The mission of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) is to provide students with a graduate education that will further their careers as health care leaders and innovators. The MHA program prepares students to successfully deal with the numerous challenges confronting health care organizations and leaders in a future characterized by changing economic incentives and interdependent relationships between health care providers, payers and purchasers.
The program is designed to meet the academic requirements of early and mid-career professionals who aspire to develop and advance their careers in the health care industry.
After completing the program, graduates are prepared to advance their careers or seek employment in entry level or mid - level management jobs in a variety of health care organizations including hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care facilities, consulting firms, associations and other health care related organizations.
Focus of the Curriculum
The program prepares future executives with strategic, business, analytic and decision-making skills, and health care industry and operational management knowledge needed to manage change, foster innovation and meet public expectations for value, commitment to caring about people and accountability.
The curriculum is based on developing student proficiency in competencies organized into five domains:
- Knowledge of the health sector and health care management
- Communications and interpersonal effectiveness
- Critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving
- Management and leadership
- Professionalism and ethics
The MHA faculty consists of health-related professionals with advanced preparation and relevant experience in various leadership, consulting and technical positions supporting health systems, consistent with the areas in which they are teaching and (where relevant) conduct research. Consistent with the mission of the university, the MHA hires and supports a diverse, qualified faculty who are actively engaged in the full academic role (academic teaching, service and research/scholarship). The research of consequence and scholarship of the faculty reflects a breadth of scientific disciplines, scholarly inquiry and contributions to advance the profession of health care administration and improve the health of the communities we serve.
Linking with Mason’s Mission and the Strategies of the College
In support of the university’s goal to educate a new generation of leaders for the 21st century, the program seeks to prepare the next generation of health care leaders to shape change and be innovators in a rapidly evolving health care delivery system.
MHA Vision Statement
To be a premier academic program for healthcare administration dedicated to preparing future executives to assume leadership positions in health care organizations, and to be recognized as an exceptional program by our national peers, our alumni, and prospective employers.
MHA Values Statement
We are committed to:
We advocate and emulate high ethical conduct in all we do and provide a learning environment that instills this in our students.
- Lifelong Learning
We recognize that lifelong learning is essential to our ability to innovate and continually improve ourselves, our organizations, and our profession.
We lead our classes through example and mentoring and recognize that caring must be a cornerstone of our professional interactions.
We advocate inclusion and embrace the differences of those with whom we work and the students we serve.
- Competency-Based Education
We advocate for an educational curriculum that is designed to develop student proficiency in the competencies necessary for future success in health care administration.
- Evidence-Based Curriculum
We value continuing quality improvement in our curriculum in response to evidence of student proficiency, evidence of alumni success in their careers, and the advice of the employers we serve.
We recognize and advocate for student accessibility including multiple pathways and delivery formats.
- Faculty – Student Partnership
Both faculty and students are mutually invested in the success of our graduates and the program. Continuous quality improvement in the curriculum and student learning depends on the active engagement and collaboration between faculty and students.