Health Administration (MHA)

Master of Health Administration

Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management
Beaver College of Health Sciences

Sandi Lane, Director of the MHA Program

The College of Health Sciences offers the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree (855*/51.0701) with the following concentrations:

  • Information Systems (855B)
  • Leadership (855C)

The MHA degree is a hybrid online program designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The educational mission of the program is to prepare individuals in advanced health care management and administration principles and applications. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and competencies enabling them to lead a variety of health care organizations. Instruction in the MHA program combines theoretical foundation with applied principles of health administration and is delivered by faculty with applied work experience in the health care industry.

The MHA degree program is primarily an online program of 46 semester hours. The curriculum is structured around a core set of courses totaling 37 semester hours. Students will choose one of two concentrations in either Information Systems or Leadership for an additional 9 semester hours. Students can complete the program in two years of full-time study (9 semester hours per term) or three years of part-time study (6 semester hours per term).

Each academic year, students will spend two to three days in face-to-face instruction on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone and dates will be announced prior to the start of each academic year. For information about the format of the online program, please contact the Office of Distance Education:


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official GMAT or GRE exam scores; written statement addressing prior experience and career goals in health care; satisfactory completion of coursework in financial accounting and statistics (at least 3 credit hours) at the undergraduate or graduate level. Work experience of two or more years in a health care setting is preferred prior to beginning the MHA program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet or exceed the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Students will be admitted each Fall semester.

Location: Online


Course Requirements for the Master of Health Administration (Code: 855*)

Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 46

Required Coursework
  • HCM 5210: Foundations of the US Health Care System (3)
  • HCM 5220: Statistics for Health Administration (3)
  • HCM 5240: Health and Disease (3)
  • HCM 5270: Organizational Development and Behavior in Health Care (3)
  • HCM 5570: Financial Management for Health Organizations I (3)
  • HCM 5575: Financial Management for Health Organizations II (3)
  • HCM 5590: Performance Improvement Concepts and Applications in Health Care (3)
  • HCM 5610: Health Economics (3)
  • HCM 5680: Management and Human Resources in Health Organizations (3)
  • HCM 5700: Health Care Informatics (3)
  • HCM 5800: Executive Skills Development (1)
  • HCM 5910: Health Law and Policy (3)
  • HCM 5950: Strategic Management in Health Care (3)
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Information Systems (Code: 855B )

  • HCM 5710: Health Care Data Management (3)
  • HCM 5720: Data Analytics in Health Care (3)
  • HCM 5725: Health Information Project Management (3)

Leadership (Code: 855C)

  • HCM 5730: Leadership in Health Care (3)
  • HCM 5735: Health Care Operations Management (3)
  • HCM 5740: Marketing in Health Care (3)

 Other Requirements for the MHA:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: Not required