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Master in Health Administration

Conference Exhibits

The Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management will host booth exhibits at the following conferences. Please stop by to learn more about the MHA program.

ACHE 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Chicago, Illinois
Hilton Chicago
Monday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Student and Alumni Reception

All MUSC Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management alumni, current students, and friends are invited to the ACHE 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership Student and Alumni Reception on Tuesday, March 5, at the Hilton Chicago. We will be in conference room 5F on floor 5 from 6 to 7 pm. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

About the Profession

It would be hard to imagine a field more dynamic today than health care administration. Today more than 100,000 people serve in the field, from middle management to CEO level. Managing opportunities and challenges arising from technological change, demographic shifts, regulatory requirements, and other changes make this field a demanding and rewarding one for highly motivated people with excellent interpersonal communication skills. Health administrators are at the table when key decisions are made about human, financial, and information resources.

They work in numerous settings:

  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Consulting
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Physician-based practices
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community health agencies
  • Managed care organizations

About the Program

The College of Health Professions welcomes career-oriented individuals who want to help shape the direction of health care organizations. Students are sought who bring both a business mind and a commitment to caring for the enterprise, its patients and families, and its employees. Our students gain employment in hospitals, physician practices, long term care settings, and consulting organizations. Our Master of Health Administration program is offered in two formats. 

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The MHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health care Management Education (CAHME).

Master in Health Administration: Executive Format

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.

Master in Health Administration: Residential Format

Residential MHA students require little or no health care experience, and are full-time students. Classes are conducted face-to-face and we offer many opportunities for real-world learning. Residential MHA students fulfill a 10-credit hour internship between their first and second years. Students complete 64 credit hours, including the internship and an interprofessional course.

Academic Calendar Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 (PDF)

MHA Alumni By State 

MHA Alumni By State

Measures of Student Success

Percent of RMHA students who graduate on time for 2014-2015: 100 percent | 2015-2016: 100 percent
Percent of EMHA students who graduate on time for 2015-2016: 96 percent
Percent of RMHA students employed in health care within 3 months of graduation for 2014-2015: 89 percent | 2015-2016: 94 percent


Our curriculum prepares graduates to have a broad understanding of the health care system and factors impacting its various components. We train our students to be able to apply concepts and managerial skills in human resources, strategic planning, decision-making, finance, marketing, and information systems. We are proud that alumni are able to take an integrated approach to managing health care professionals and facility operations.

Student Learning Competencies

The MHA Program has adopted a competency model (PDF) to guide the curriculum development. The model was developed with input from alumni, faculty, and health administration practitioners.

I. Communication & Relationship Management

  • Interpersonal Communication: Build collaborative relationships and negotiation skills
  • Writing Skills: Prepare business communications
  • Presentation Skills: Demonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills

II. Leadership

  • Leading and Managing Others: Hold self and others accountable for organizational goal attainment.
  • Change Management: Promote and manage change.
  • Ability for Honest Self-assessment: Demonstrate reflection through self-assessment.
  • Systems Thinking: Be able to assess the potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a broad variety of situations.
  • Problem-solving and Decision-making: Apply evidence-based decision making techniques to Health care questions.

III. Professionalism

  • Personal and Professional Ethics: Adhere to ethical business principles; exhibit ethical behaviors; responding in timely manner and fulfilling one’s commitments.
  • Professional and Community Contribution: Participate in community service; balance professional and personal pursuits.
  • Working in Teams: Create, participate in, and lead teams, including inter-professionalism.

IV. Knowledge of the Health Care Environment

  • Health care Issues and Trends: Understand circumstances causing major changes and reform in U.S. health care delivery.
  • Health care Legal Principles: Discuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles including standards, regulations, and risk management.
  • Health Policy: Articulate the impact of select health policies on the delivery of health services.
  • Population Health and Status Assessment: Understand and explain the major factors in health status.

V. Business & Analytical Skills

  • Financial Management: Ability to compile and analyze financial data; develop capital, operating, and cash flow budgets; analyze investment data; pro forma development.
  • Human Resources: Apply methods and techniques related to the management of health care organization employees and professional staff.
  • Organizational Dynamics and Governance: Understand the roles, responsibilities, structures, and influence governing bodies hold in health care organizations.
  • Strategic Planning: Ability to perform environmental analysis and develop strategic alternatives; discern competitive strategy; formulate business strategy based on evidence.
  • Marketing: Analysis and assessment of markets, market segmentation, strategy, change, and innovation.
  • Information Management/ Understanding and Using Technology Skills: Apply techniques and methods to plan, design, implement, and assess information flow and communication.
  • Quality Improvement/ Performance Improvement: Identify relevant problems and apply concepts of process improvement and patient safety.
  • Quantitative Skills: Analyze data and interpret quantitative information.
  • Planning and Managing Projects: Able to design, plan, implement and assess projects and develop appropriate time lines related to performance, structure, and outcomes of health services.
  • Economic Analysis and Application: Analysis and application of economic theory and concepts to business decisions.

Teaching Methods

Courses use a variety of teaching methods and tools.

 These include:

  • Cases
  • Real projects for organizations
  • Service learning projects
  • Interactive learning through discussion with guest lecturers and speakers
  • Participative learning
  • Lecture
  • Presentations
  • Case competitions
  • Collaborating with peers and external organizations
  • Simulation

Master of Health Administration Grading Policy

 Please see our MHA Program Handbook (PDF)


"I just wanted to express how much the BHS and MHA programs have prepared me for my career in Health care. I definitely would not be where I am today, if it had not been for the outstanding education, and experiences received at MUSC. I will forever be indebted to the faculty, staff, and administration that guided me through my degree programs. The confidence that I now have all began when I stepped through the doors of the College of Health Professions on Rutledge Ave in Downtown Charleston, SC…and it has continued to grow immensely up until this day. All because I was given the opportunity to learn at one of the greatest institutions in the United States of America."

Kenneth L. Heyward, MHA
Management Analyst
VHA Chief Business Office – Business Policy