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Healthcare Administration MHA Overview

Master of Healthcare Administration

South University 2018 Graduation
The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program at South University West Palm Beach is designed to prepare students from a variety of backgrounds to seek employment in healthcare management and leadership upon graduation.  The 12-course (48 credits) program is founded with the philosophy that healthcare leaders require strong competencies in both healthcare and management to be successful. Specifically, competencies are addressed in contemporary healthcare management and leadership strategies, present healthcare systems and organizations, policy evaluation and planning techniques, financial management, and business operations.The curriculum is designed to provide students with a sound foundation in solving the problems of today’s health systems, a greater understanding of management issues and to prepare them to seek employment in middle and senior management roles in health administration of hospitals and other health services organizations, as well as the private and public health infrastructure.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Career Outlook

Master of Healthcare Administration students have many avenues to consider upon graduation. Whether it’s a leadership role in a healthcare facility, or the manager of a wellness program, our students can finish the MHA program prepared to pursue whichever position they choose within the industry.

Within this industry, there is a demand for healthcare professionals. Job growth for Medical and Health Services Managers is projected to be 20% from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are a few careers that our students consider:

  • Clinical Director: Through creating effective policies and overseeing implementation as a manager, clinical directors improve the quality of healthcare offered to patients.
  • Mental Health Program Manager: Also known as behavioral health program directors, these individuals help implement specific programs within public and private mental health facilities.
  • Practice Administrator: The responsibility of a Practice Administrator is to oversee various elements within a medical facility. One of those tasks is ensuring departments are properly staffed

Course Requirements

Master of Healthcare Administration: 48 Credits
MHA5010 Healthcare Management and Organizational Behavior, 4 Credit Hours
MHA5020 Healthcare Organizations and Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MHA5030 Current Economics in Healthcare, 4 Credit Hours
MHA6050 Regulation and Policy in Healthcare, 4 Credit Hours
MHA6060 Health Law and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
MHA6080 Healthcare Planning and Marketing, 4 Credit Hours
MHA6100 Executive Leadership in Healthcare Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
MHA6120 Management Information Systems in Healthcare, 4 Credit Hours
MHC6303 Quality Performance and Management, 4 Credit Hours
MHC6305 Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
MHC6306 Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations, 4 Credit Hours
MHA6999 Seminar in Healthcare Cases, 4 Credit Hours

South University, Online Program Offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.


Graduates will be able to:

• Analyze real world business problems in healthcare organizations understanding the framework in which healthcare services are produced, coordinated, consumed, and reimbursed.

• Integrate human resource, marketing, finance, and information management skills into the analysis for healthcare settings.

• Develop ethical and professional solutions for healthcare business challenges.

• Analyze contemporary strategic planning and decision-making in healthcare to assess alternative management solutions in healthcare related problems and challenges.

• Evaluate critical issues in acute and long-term care environments from the perspectives of the healthcare stakeholders.

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

Success Stories

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our healthcare graduates have to say.

Jason Miller 2017
Jason Miller Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant

“South University pushed me hard - to the limits of my mental capacity - and that brought out the best in me.”

Jay Bodalia 2006
Jay Bodalia Grad Alumni
Class of '06
Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiologist Assistant

“I was working as a neonatal pediatric respiratory therapist, and after five years I had reached my maximum potential. I had friends who were in AA school, and I saw how much they enjoyed it”

Jennifer DAngelo 2018
Jennifer DAngelo Grad Alumni
Bachelor of Health Sciences

“I needed a program that would support my professional and academic goals in addition to understanding my family obligations. South University did that and so much more. South University and their compassionate staff and educators never stopped encouraging me to follow my dreams. From helping me with class schedule adjustments to providing financial aid services, they always assisted me in my time of need.”

Jessica Patel 2009
Jessica Patel Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

“I was really seeking a more productive environment, and the possibility of one-on-one relationships with professors, and I've found it. At South, I have a number of favorite teachers, and I simply feel like I belong here because I'm surrounded by kind, friendly people -- and especially by professors who are helpful and accessible! I think I have really good role models for my work, and how I want to see myself in the workplace someday.”

John Fulton 2009
John Fulton Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

“As soon as I got here, I really felt like the  courses suited my personality.”

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