MHA Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement

Grounded in our values, our mission is to provide outstanding education to a diverse group of early to mid-career individuals from across the nation and partner with them to transform them into professionals who are well-prepared to lead and manage health care related organizations across the United States.

Our curriculum and competency model emphasize a collaborative, evidence-based, and engaged learning environment that prepare our students to successfully contribute to varied organizations and communities. Our program is delivered through instruction by highly qualified faculty engaged in scholarship and practice, field experiences with our alumni and other practitioners, and extensive professional networking. Through our integrated emphasis on professional development, career planning, application, and emphasis on lifelong learning, our graduates are prepared for entry into early career positions or advancing their careers in healthcare and increasing responsibility throughout their careers.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be nationally recognized as an exceptional program for delivering healthcare management and leadership education among our alumni, students, community, prospective employers, and peer graduate programs.


In addition to embracing the University of Iowa values (Creativity, Community, Excellence, Inclusion, and Integrity), and the College of Public Health’s (Community, Diversity, Integrity, Respect, Learning, Excellence, Responsibility and Social Justice) core values, we ensure our mission and pursue our vision through seven clear, strong program-specific values (“RAISED”):



The MHA program meets the needs of those seeking managerial positions in healthcare or health-related organizations. It is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

The philosophy underlying the organization of the curriculum is to provide students with the broad base of knowledge and skills that will not only allow them to compete successfully for high-quality entry-level positions but will also provide the basis for lifelong success as healthcare executives.

MHA Competencies