As the health care system in the United States evolves, its tradition of quality and technological leadership comes face-to-face with difficult financial and ethical challenges -- matched by unprecedented opportunities. The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program at Ohio State will prepare you to work in this complex and diverse environment. You can provide the leadership needed to advance health care in our communities, improve the performance of our health system, and nurture innovation.
Choosing the MHA at Ohio State
The MHA degree program at Ohio State prepares women and men for management and policy positions in health services careers. The education you receive will contribute to improving health care through instruction and practical experiences focusing on effective management of health care institutions.
Founded in 1969, our MHA graduates have achieved significant leadership positions around the U.S. and beyond. In 1995, the MHA degree program became part of The Ohio State University College of Public Health, the state's first and only accredited college of public health.
Pursuing your health education here connects you to one of America's great institutions of higher learning. The Ohio State University has one of the nation's largest single college campus enrollments and the vast resources that go with it. Ohio State also ranks highly in institutions awarding degrees to minority students.
Master of Health Administration Degree
The Master of Health Administration degree is the most widely recognized professional preparation for those who will take leadership roles in the delivery and financing of health services. Career settings range from care delivery organizations, such as hospitals and clinics, to related components of the health care system, including consulting, insurance, and government agencies.
Guiding all aspects of the Ohio State University MHA program is its mission:
To provide early- and mid-careerists with an exceptional educational experience encompassing the organization, financing, delivery, and improvement of health care services leading to rewarding careers in health services management and policy.
Our students are grounded in the fundamentals of high-quality health care delivery and gain the ability to positively influence the health care delivery system. They achieve these skills through a carefully designed curriculum that includes: instruction by faculty who are actively engaged in research; field experiences with practitioners and alumni; strong connections to health care organizations and government agencies.
The MHA requires 60 semester credit hours and is awarded after successful completion of two academic years of full-time study or the equivalent. During the first academic year, you will take required courses that form a foundation of basic knowledge and analytical skills, an understanding of health care organization and policy issues, and exposure to problems and applied skills within health service organizations. The second academic year further develops core competencies and allows you to concentrate on your areas of interest through electives within the College of Public Health and elsewhere throughout the university.
Course teaching approaches and student assessment methods reflect the diverse nature of the MHA curriculum and the expectations of graduate level education. Most of our classes are taught using a blend of methods, including lecture, class discussion, case analyses, guest speakers, and experiences with the field of practice. Similarly, student competencies across the MHA curriculum are assessed through a combination of methods, including examinations, written reports, individual and group projects and presentations, case study analyses, and preceptor evaluation.
The M.A. and Ph.D. programs are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis through 2007. Ea