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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 - Individual Research/Residency - 6 credit hours. Culminates in either a final scholarly work outlined by the SIUC Graduate School or a Residency in a health care setting approved by the University and Instructor.

To facilitate completion of the program, the course of instruction will consist of 45 credit hours. As part of the 45 credit hours, students will complete a graduate residency (also known as a graduate internship) or research paper. The graduate residency will focus on one of the areas of healthcare management, wherein students can apply coursework to real-world settings. The graduate residency is a six credit hour experience where one credit hour is equivalent to 50 contact hours. A total of 300 contact hours is required for successful completion.  

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. Delivery will 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 if not completing the graduate residency/internship option.

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

Note: Not all healthcare organizations or facilities may act as residency sites due to the ability to meet achievable objectives of the program and/or residency course, state-to-state licensure/permissions, and/or upper SIUC administrative approvals.

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.

Students participating in a residency may be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug-screening. Students who do not satisfactorily pass the background check and/or drug screening may find it difficult to secure a residency in the field of health care and may be removed from the MHA program or administratively required to complete the individual research project included in MHA 593 instead.    

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

For more information contact:

School of Health Sciences
phone: 618-453-7211