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The Master of Health Administration program is a comprehensive program that prepares students for administration roles in healthcare organizations. The program is offered through the School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Courses are accelerated and offered in eight-week formats to expedite completion.

Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) in Health Administration

To earn the M.H.A., students must successfully complete:

  1. 39 credit hours of the core MHA courses including:
    MHA 510, MHA 511, MHA 520, MHA 531, MHA 536, MHA 551, MHA 555, MHA 556, MHA 566, MHA 575, MHA 580, MHA 582, and MHA 585

  2. MHA 593 - Advanced Research in Healthcare (3 CH). Culminates in a final scholarly work outlined by the SIUC Graduate School.

To facilitate completion of the program, the course of instruction will consist of 42 credit hours. As part of the 42 credit hours, students will complete a research paper.

Course material covers topics specific to the healthcare field including, but not limited to, effective organizational operations, healthcare systems, health policy, healthcare supply chain and inventory management or controlled substances, strategic leadership for differing healthcare settings, health promotion, legal and ethical foundations, managerial epidemiology and evidence based management, and financial issues specific to the healthcare industry, such as charge masters and relative value units, etc. Upon completion of the program, students are expected to be equipped to operate effectively in administrative roles in healthcare organizations. Special project assignments, case readings, presentations, and journal article reviews are an integral part of the curriculum. Course delivery may be via synchronous and asynchronous methods.

All students graduating from the MHA program will be required to meet the qualifications of the Graduate School at SIUC. Students will be required to complete a culminating scholarly work which includes a research paper.

Students earning less than a B twice in any individual MHA courses are dropped from the MHA program due to unsatisfactory academic performance. Students dropped due to unsatisfactory academic performance will not be allowed re-entry into the MHA program at a later date.

On-campus MHA courses are restricted to on-campus students in the graduate programs within the School.  Online MHA courses are restricted to online students within the School. The MHA program strictly prohibits students from changing delivery formats unless there is a well-documented medical reason presented to the Program Director to do so.

Transfer courses from other academic institutions are not permitted as equivalencies to the core MHA courses.

A 2.7 GPA from the student’s undergraduate program is required for admission to the MHA program. Students with a 2.5-2.7 undergraduate GPA may enter as a Non-Declared student, following Graduate School Policies, and will be allowed to take up to 9 credit hours of MHA courses. At the end of the 9 credit hours, the student must hold a 3.0 GPA to be then admitted to the MHA program. Students not meeting the 3.0 GPA at the end of the 9 credit hours will not be allowed to take any other MHA courses.

Certificate in Clinical Leadership

The Certificate in Clinical Leadership is open to post-bachelor level students who hold a license in a clinical specialty. It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills specialized for roles in clinical leadership and/or as a preparatory certificate for graduate education. Courses in the certificate are specific to patient care environments and will include, but not be limited to: strategic planning, operations, human resource planning, health information, and evidence based managerial decision making specific to patient care environments. Students must complete 18 credit hours of graduate level study, all at SIUC, with a B or above in all required courses which includes:

  • MHA 510: Effective Health Care Operations (3 CH) (same as MHI 531)
  • MHA 531: Human Resources in Healthcare (3 CH) (same as MHI 531)
  • MHA 536: Strategic Leadership in Healthcare (3 CH) (same as MHI 536)
  • MHA 566: Managing Health Information (3 CH) (same as MHI 566)
  • MHA 580: Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management (3 CH) (same as MHI 580)
  • MHA 585: Financial Issues in Healthcare (3 CH) (Same as MHI 585)

Students earning a grade lower than a B may retake individual courses only once. If a grade of B or higher is not received on the second attempt of an individual course, the student is removed from the certificate program due to unsatisfactory academic performance.

Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control

The post-baccalaureate certificate in Infection Prevention and Control is designed for students with an interest in infection prevention and control within healthcare organizations. The certificate consists of 18 credit hours of coursework. A grade of “B” or higher is required in all courses and all coursework must be completed at SIU. Students must complete the following courses:

  • MHA 580: Managerial Epidemiology & Evidence Based Management (3 CH)
  • MHA 556: Individual Research in Healthcare (3 CH)
  • MHA 510: Effective Healthcare Operations (3 CH)
  • HCM 463: Environment of Care (3 CH)
  • HCM 464: Infection Prevention Informatics (3 CH)
  • HCM 465: Infection Prevention & Control Operations (3 CH)

For more information contact:

School of Health Sciences
phone: 618-453-7211
email: health.sciences@siu.edu