Master of Health Administration

Jami DelliFraine, Ph.D., Division Director.

Healthcare facilities are increasingly complex to manage due to a number of factors: increased governmental regulation, demand for accountability, advances in healthcare technology, the changing demographics of the country, and the variety of reimbursement systems. There is a pressing need for qualified healthcare administrators to plan, organize, direct, and control their organization's resources. Career opportunities abound for capable, highly skilled individuals. To help meet this need, the Master in Health Administration program in the College of Health Professions offers the MHA degree in two formats: one is a full-time traditional day program (residential format) and one is an executive format, which includes blended courses which have on-campus classes over an extended weekend three times per year, with online delivery of remaining course content.

Residential MHA

Residential MHA students require little or no health care experience and are full-time students. Classes are conducted face-to-face and with many opportunities for real-world learning. Residential MHA students fulfill a 10-credit hour internship between their first and second years. Students complete the 64 credit hour program in less than two years (5 semesters), including the internship.

Executive MHA

Executive MHA students are working health care professionals who balance their studies with their careers. Instruction is delivered primarily online, allowing students to continue working while completing two to three years of coursework. Students report to campus for a long weekend of study and collaboration once every semester. Graduates complete 54 credit hours; no internship is required.

The program offers a hybrid option that fluctuates between a full and part time curriculum. The program also offers an Accelerated Pathway track for student in the MUSC BS in Healthcare Studies degree.

Physician/Doctoral Prepared Clinician Advanced Standing

The program offers a hybrid option that fluctuates between a full and part time curriculum. The program also offers a Physician/Doctoral Prepared Clinician Advanced Standing pathway and an Accelerated Pathway track for student in the MUSC BS in Healthcare Studies degree.

Physicians and other doctoral-prepared clinicians, after practicing for a few years, sometimes find that additional education in health administration and leadership is necessary for their continued effectiveness in their position as leaders in healthcare.  Those with a clinical doctorate (MD, DO, PharmD, etc.) have the opportunity to save time and money by choosing the Physician/Doctoral Prepared Clinician Advanced Standing Executive Master in Health Administration (EMHA) pathway. In recognition of the training completed by physicians and other doctoral-prepared clinicians in statistics and other areas, MUSC’s MHA permits advanced standing to these professionals, making them eligible to complete the degree in 45 (vs. 54) credit hours. By eliminating 9 credit hours, qualified individuals can complete the degree in one fewer semester (5 vs 6), which will yield approximately $9,220 in savings.

Accreditation

The Master of Health Administration program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).