Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA)
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The healthcare industry is massive and complex, requiring managers with specialized knowledge and skills to solve problems and develop innovations related to the access, cost, and quality of healthcare.
National University’s Master of Health Administration offers a career-focused curriculum designed to prepare you for an important role in a burgeoning industry. You’ll develop the conceptual and analytical skills you’ll need to understand and manage challenges faced by today’s healthcare organizations.
What sets NU’s MHA degree apart from other programs is our partnership with San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL), the leading professional membership society for all current and future healthcare leaders in San Diego and Imperial Counties. As you study and learn, you’ll have access to an international network of more than 30,000 healthcare executives and a means by which to pursue unique career advancement opportunities.
The Master of Health Administration program has received candidacy status from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the national organization that grants accreditation to graduate degree programs. The acceptance of the MHA program into CAHME Candidacy demonstrates the School of Health Professions’ commitment to continuous quality improvement through a focus on attaining CAHME accreditation.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
Candidate status is an indication that a program in healthcare management has voluntarily committed to participate in a plan of self-improvement and is actively progressing toward the status of accreditation. Candidate status is not accredited status and does not guarantee eventual accredited status.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills and apply decision-making technology to evaluate information and to discover evidence-based solutions that are reliable.
- Communicate effectively in all forms of expression to relate facts, simplify complexity, customize, and create persuasive arguments for the target audience to improve organizational function and/or to transform organizational vision for all stakeholders.
- Use and analyze corporate financial management concepts (e.g., rate of return, net present value, and cash flow analyses); analyze trends in population, disease, and utilization data; understand principles of insurance rating, actuarial risk, and shared risk to make decisions.
- Assess the business, demographic, ethnocultural, political, and regulatory implications of decisions and develop strategies that improve the long-term success and viability of the organization.
- Evaluate political, economic, social, technological, workforce, legal, ethical and regulatory factors that impact systems, organizations, communities and individuals at multiple levels along the health care continuum.
- Implement care and processes for better outcomes with the attendant evidence-based best practices in the full scope of healthcare operations and delivery.
- Demonstrate leadership excellence through abilities and behaviors, which include establishing a vision and motivating and supporting others to work towards that shared vision and related goals.
- Evaluate alternative organizing structures and use organization structure to design performance improvement strategies.
- Apply evidence-based approaches to engage communities and multilevel partners in working together to improve modifiable determinants of health and health outcomes to achieve optimal population health.
- Employ organizational integrity by examining organizational behavior for honesty and fair dealing with all constituencies, including employees and community stakeholders
- Exercise professional behaviors consistent with self-awareness, accountability, continuous learning, and ethical and social responsibility for the greater good.
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Linda J Mast, PhD, FACMPE
Email: [email protected]
Phone number: (928) 582-1074
PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2000
Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Areas of Concentration: Healthcare Administration; Curriculum & Instruction
MBA, Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts,
1984, Health Care Administration
BSN, University of Maryland-Baltimore, 1978,
Areas of Expertise
- Competency-based education
- Problem-based Learning
- Population health management
- Health Policy
Dr. Linda Mast is an Army Veteran and has been a long-time member of AUPHA and a passionate advocate for equity in access to higher education in the health care administration professions. She has served in leadership roles at several universities including Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences at Northcentral University and the Robert Morris University-Chicago School of Business. Dr. Mast’s significant executive healthcare administration experience including positions with academic medical centers, hospitals, and as Chief Compliance Officer for the University of Chicago gives her the opportunity to incorporate real world examples in her approach to developing curriculum. She has contributed to several new programs and curriculum development in both traditional face to face and online delivery. Innovation in curriculum design for adult learners is one of her passions, and she has served as PI for funded research on self-directed learning and competency- based learning from both a faculty development perspective and the student experience. Dr. Mast is a member of JHAE Editorial Board, former chair of Online Program Directors Forum, and co-author with Stephen Gambescia of the pivotal AUPHA funded white paper in 2013 titled “Assessing Online Education and Accreditation in Healthcare Management” that served as the impetus for advancing conversations to ensure the eligibility of online programs to be accredited. Dr. Mast is a member of AzMGMA Student Membership Committee, a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and a Veteran of the Army Nurse Corps. She serves her community on the Yavapai College Foundation Board and as a member of the Frontier Rotary Club.
Current Research Focus
- Competency-based learning (Serves as PI for funded project)
- Interprofessional Collaboration
Honors and Awards
- National University Dissertation Chair of the Year, 2023
- Northcentral University Research Excellence 2022
- Rosalind Franklin University Researcher of the Year 2014
- Robert Morris University-Chicago Teaching Fellow 2009
Rodney K McCurdy, PhD
Professor and DHA Academic Program Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone number: 707.454.6848
PhD Health Services and Policy Analysis, University of California, Berkeley
Master of Health Administration (MHA), Baylor University
BS Business Administration, University of Maryland
Areas of Expertise
- Organizational behavior in healthcare
- Macro-organizational theory
- Social Network Analysis of Organizations
Dr. McCurdy oversees the curriculum and research efforts of doctoral students in health administration addressing organizational and managerial challenges to improve health system performance. He has over 25 years of direct healthcare management experience including leadership positions at both the organizational and delivery system levels. He has extensive experience working with clinical professionals and leading multidisciplinary teams. Dr. McCurdy has over 15 years experience in higher education and research. He was a staff fellow with the Center for Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of Health and Human Services from 2016-2019. His work incorporated organizational behavior, performance measurement, and performance improvement methods to facilitate a climate for value in healthcare organizations. Dr. McCurdy is a retired US Air Force officer (Major).
Current Research Focus
- Complex adaptive systems in healthcare
- Organizational resilience
- Implementation science
Email: [email protected]
University of San Diego – PhD–Leadership, Healthcare Science and Nursing
Areas of Expertise
- Healthcare Administration
- Program development and implementation within industry and academic institutions
- Compliance and Privacy
Career represents progressive roles in leadership, compliance, project management, quality, and consulting, with faculty positions over the last decade. Skills: team facilitation, coaching, strategic planning, operations, and project implementation/management. Experience is applicable to public- and privately-sponsored constituents, integrated health systems, health plans and academic centers and institutions.
Current Research Focus
- Professionalism and Interprofessional Education
- Early Onset Colorectal Cancer
Honors and Awards
Recipient of the National University Presidential Scholars Award: Interprofessional Education and Practice.
- 2017-01-01, Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance
- 2016-01-01, Certified in Healthcare Compliance
- 2016-01-01, TeamSTEPPS(R) Master Trainer Certification
- 2011-01-01, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification
- 1994-01-01, Certified Case Manager
- 1990-01-01, Associate Risk Management
- 1986-01-01, American Board QA & UR Certificate
- DNV: NIAHO/ ISO 9001 Certifications: CMS/COP
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Mobile Intensive Care Nurse
- Critical Care Registered Nurse
- Harper, J. (2019). IPEC’s core competency 2 roles and responsibilities: What more do we need to implement these? Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(7): 46-55.
- Harper, J. (2018). Interprofessional communication: How do we do it? Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(4): 48-58.
- Harper, J. (2018). Getting underneath IPEC competencies: Core competency 4: Teams and Teamwork. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(3), 56-69.
- Harper, J. (2015). Hospitalization for acute diabetic complications: are we aware? International Journal of Health Sciences & Research, 5(6), 613-623.
- Harper, J. (2016). Closing the Gap: Innovative Approaches to integrating TeamSTEPPS and IPEC Competencies to promote Interprofessional Education and Practice. Conference presented at the American Hospital Association, Washington DC, USA.
- Harper, J. (2015). Hospitalization for acute diabetic complications: Are we aware? Conference presented at the International Conf: American Society of Business and Behavioral Science, Venice, Italy.
- Harper, J. (2014). Hospitalization for Acute Diabetic Complications: Are We Aware? Conference presented at the National University Fall Faculty Scholarship Conference, La Jolla, CA.
- Harper, J. and Robinson, J.B. (2022). Teaching from a distance: Challenges in classroom management to promote professionalism. Journal of Business and Educational Leadership, 12(1), 35-56.
Academic Program Director
Master of Healthcare Administration
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: (858) 309-3483
Univ of Alabama, Birmingham – PHD – Administration/Health Services
- Jones, L. (2017). Healthcare Administration Leadership in Academia: Driving patient-centered care. Conference presented at the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care, Baltimore, MD.
- Jones, L. (2015). Building Core Competencies for Inter-professional collaboration. Lecture presented at the National University Spring Sympsoium, Mission Valley, CA.
- Jones, L. (2014). Wellness, Employers, Employees, and the ACA. Conference presented at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s Health Literacy Conference, Irvine, CA.
Frequently Asked Questions
Earning your Master’s in Healthcare Administration from NU can be an excellent way to prepare for a leadership role in a variety of healthcare settings. Not only will your industry-current skills be in demand, but salaries for MHA graduates can also be very appealing. In May 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $104,280.
An MBA is a globally recognized management degree that usually positions graduates for management roles in the corporate world. An MHA degree focuses more on providing you with a specialized skill set relevant to the needs of healthcare facilities and related organizations seeking hospital administrators and healthcare managers who understand the current challenges of the health sector.
Both specializations have similarities, but the roles and responsibilities differ. While professionals with either degree will likely work in similar environments, healthcare managers’ roles tend to focus more on overseeing the big picture needs of a healthcare organization. Conversely, healthcare administrators are generally needed for the day-to-day operations and staffing.
Aside from the attractive salaries commanded by healthcare administrators, the job outlook for professionals with an MHA is extremely robust. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow by 32 percent by 2030. That’s much faster than the average for other occupations, and it means you should have ample opportunities to establish and advance your career.
Healthcare administration can be an ideal choice for those who want to play an important role in the industry but have no desire to be a medical professional or a direct care provider. Instead, these highly skilled professionals are charged with directing the operations of a healthcare organization, rather than dealing directly with patients.
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