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MHA – Master of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program Description
The Master of Health Administration program is an Associate Graduate Candidate Program member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

The MHA program is designed to meet the educational needs of both traditional and nontraditional students. Since classes are offered primarily during the evening hours, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Thursday, this program is ideal for those individuals who wish to maintain their full-time employment while pursuing a graduate degree in health administration. A minimum of fifty-five (55) credit hours, distributed among the core and capstone/residency requirement, is required. 

The MHA degree program length for a full-time student is five (5) semesters with twelve (12) graduate hours for three (3) semesters, ten (10) hours in the summer semester, and nine (9) hours in the final spring semester. The total number of credit hours required to complete the program is fifty-five (55). The program can be completed on a part-time basis which will increase the program’s length of study.

The MHA Program requirements include successful completion of the MHA program capstone course and a residency/fieldwork experience. The competency model for the Program is based on the Health Leadership Alliance (HLA) Core Competencies Model. Student competency levels are based on the cognitive domain of the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.

MHA Program History
The MHA Program was approved in the year 2000 by the former Florida Board of Regents, now the Board of Governors (BOG) with oversight powers for the State University System in Florida. The Program admitted its’ first class in August of 2001. The governing bodies for FAMU are the Florida Board of Governors, (BOG), and the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT). Program name changed from Master in Health Care Administration (MSHA) to Master of Health Administration (MHA) in 2014.

MHA Program Mission Vision and Values Statements
Program Mission
The mission of the Master of Health Administration program (Program) is to provide comprehensive graduate education in healthcare administration, to prepare recent college graduates for early- and mid-level careers in the healthcare delivery system.  In keeping with the historic mission of the University, of educating African Americans, the Program embraces persons of all races, ethnic origins and nationalities.

Program Vision
Florida A&M University’s MHA Program will be nationally recognized as an outstanding graduate program in healthcare administration through excellence in performance of our graduates, faculty scholarship and service.

Program Values
The MHA program holds the following core values as essential components to the achievement of the above stated mission:

MHA Student Learning Objectives
Graduates of this program will be prepared to address a broad range of community health issues in a manner that demonstrates superior knowledge and skills in solving these challenges.  Upon completion of the MHA Program, all graduates will be able to demonstrate the following competences:
•    Proficiency in oral and written communication including knowledge of techniques and protocol for business communications.
•    The ability to use critical and strategic thinking in analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating various cases, reports and research publications that address current topics and issues in the health care industry.
•    An understanding of knowledge, concepts and skills related to the delivery of health care services and the interdisciplinary nature of the health management profession. 
•    Practical application of the knowledge and skills while gaining experience through residency/fieldwork placements in a variety of health care agencies and organizations. 
•    Proficiency in the use of various technologies for research, statistics, finance, presentations, and other problem solving.
•    The ability to synthesize didactic knowledge obtained across the MHA curriculum and to apply critical thinking, problem solving skills, and strategic decision making tools to successfully complete the MHA program capstone course.
Career Opportunities (Link to Bureau of Labor Statistics – Florida and National)

Career Opportunities
Occupational Outlook Handbook @

Approximately 50% of health care managers work in hospitals or medical centers. The remainder are employed by nursing homes, ambulatory care centers, outpatient health facilities, medical supply companies, health insurance companies, managed care organizations, community-based rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, health care professional associations, adult day care centers, medical group practices, mental health centers, community health centers, drug treatment facilities, health care consulting firms, government health agencies, and other organizations.

Q. What is the employment outlook for health care management graduates?
A. Health care is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy. According to the Occupational Outlook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the health services industry is projected to grow at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the economy. While a personnel shortage in traditional areas of health care exist, such as doctors, nurses, medical technologists, and other clinical workers, the need for health care managers and executives to be responsible for the management of health care facilities is growing. Because of the continuing longevity of the population, increasing demand for health care, availability of advanced medical technology, and the growth in alternative delivery systems, the health care delivery system is expected to continue to grow. As the health care delivery system grows, the demand for health care managers also will increase.
Career Opportunities – By the year 2014 health services employment is projected to increase dramatically with over 4,700,000 new health care jobs. The increased demand for health care services, fed by the growing proportion of elderly in the population is expected to continue for a full 50 years! Health care jobs are in demand (, 2014).
Career Flexibility – A degree in healthcare management can open many doors for you.  Graduates find exciting careers in hospitals, managed care organizations, federal and state agencies, long-term care facilities, health insurance companies, home health agencies, medical group practices, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, and community health centers.
Great Earning Potential – in 2012 medical and health services managers earned an average annual salary of $88,580, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Outstanding Graduates (what are they doing now?)
An analysis of the positions currently held by Program graduates for the past three (3) years in Figure 9 indicates that 65% (13/20) of the graduates are employed in healthcare staff level positions.  Of these graduates, 53.9% are employed at the Staff Specialist (Analyst) level, 23.1% are at the Management Staff level, 7.7% are at the Senior Staff level and 23% are employed as fellows.  These positions are indicative of student attainment of Program goals for early careerists.
Analysis of the responses to the  2014 Alumni survey question "After graduation did you obtain your first job in the field of healthcare administration within the first three months?" indicate that 50% of the respondents were employed within 3 months of graduation, and an additional 18.8% found employment within a year of graduation from the Program.  Thirty-one percent of the respondents were still looking for a healthcare position.

Positions by Type# of Graduates (last 3 yrs.)
Executive Office (e.g., CEO, President, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Information Officer, Partner, Owner etc.)1
Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of Operations    (e.g., Assistant Administrator, Division Director, Facility/Regional Administrator, etc.)    1
Management Staff   (e.g., Manager, Unit Administrator, Practice Manager, etc.)  3
Senior Staff (e.g., Senior Analyst, Senior Consultant, Financial Officer, Information Officer, etc.)1
Staff Specialist, Staff Support (e.g., Management Analyst, Medical Records Administrator, Consultant, etc.)7

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