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Master of Health Administration (MHA)

programs and degrees

 

Program Description

The MHA program offers the most widely accepted management degree in the U.S. healthcare system. Graduates are employed with public and private hospitals, ambulatory care organizations, long-term care institutions, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, multi-institutional systems, and other organizations concerned with the planning, delivery, and financing of personal health services. The program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) since 1971. The MHA program resides in the Health Systems Management and Policy Concentration in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, a CEPH-accredited school. MHA Open House Spring 2014CEPH requires that the students pursuing the MHA degree be “grounded in basic public health knowledge,” specifically that they “obtain a broad introduction to public health, as well as [an] understanding of how their discipline-based specialization[s] relate[s] to achieving public health goals” with not less than three semester hours of credit devoted to these requirements. CAHME requirements are embodied in the Program Competencies delineated below.

MHA Program Mission Statement

The mission of Tulane University’s MHA program is to train future managers and leaders who strive to improve the delivery of health services in diverse settings. We do this by delivering a degree program that draws on the multi-disciplinary expertise of our faculty who create and disseminate knowledge that improves managerial practice and strengthens health systems worldwide.

MHA Program Vision

We envision a future where the influence of our scholarship and the performance of our graduates enhance quality of life by improving health systems worldwide.

MHA Program Values

We maintain these core values:

  • Commitment to excellence
  • Collaboration and collegiality
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Innovation and risk taking
  • Balance among our life commitments
  • Celebration of our accomplishments

 

Program Competencies


Broad Introduction to Public Health/Discipline’s Relation to Achieving Public Health Goals

The CEPH basic public health knowledge areas include epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease. The following courses provide both a broad introduction to these knowledge areas as well as provide an understanding of how health administration and management relate to achieving public health goals: BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics; GHSD 6050 Health Systems Concepts; GHSD 6120 Foundations of Management; GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Health Care; GHSD 6190 Ethical Concerns for Health Care Managers; GHSD 6210 Health Law and Regulation; GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior; GHSD 6890 Health Market Analysis–Epidemiological, Social, and Behavioral Considerations.

CAHME Competencies [GHSD Courses Substantially Supporting Each]

  1. Develop and define a vision and guide individuals and groups toward that vision while maintaining group cohesiveness, motivation, commitment, ethical standards and effectiveness.  [GHSD 6050 Health Systems Concepts; GHSD 6120 Foundations of Management; GHSD 6190 Ethical Concerns for Health Care Managers; GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management; GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior; GHSD 6890 Health Market Analysis–Epidemiological, Social, and Behavioral Considerations]
  2. Effectively transfer information in oral, written, and non-verbal form to others, including the ability to judge what needs to be communicated, when it needs to be communicated, to whom, how and how much, and where this communication should take place. [GHSD 6190 Ethical Concerns for Health Care Managers; GHSD 6320 Managerial Communication; GHSD 6890 Health Market Analysis–Epidemiological, Social, and Behavioral Considerations; GHSD 6910 Administrative Internship I; GHSD 6920 Administrative Internship II; GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis; GHSD 7910 Administrative Residency I; GHSD 7920 Administrative Residency II] 
  3. Formulate the right questions, think logically and independently, conceptualize and problem solve in an unstructured environment. [GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Health Care; GHSD 6550 Health Care Payment–Policy and Function; GHSD 7170 Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations; GHSD 7580 Financial Management]
  4. Participate in planning and decision-making, organizing, leading, and controlling an organization’s human, financial, physical, and information resources to achieve organizational goals in an efficient and effective manner.  [GHSD 6050 Health Systems Concepts; GHSD 6120 Foundations of Management; GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Health Care; GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management; GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior; GHSD 6780 Information Systems; GHSD 7170 Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations]
  5. Assess the impact of health policy on major and diverse community and organizational stakeholders and its implications for organizational response, initiatives, and direction. [GHSD 6050 Health Systems Concepts; GHSD 6210 Health Law and Regulation; GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management; GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior; GHSD 6550 Dynamics of Payment Systems–Policy and Function; GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis]
  6. Recognize and analyze health system and sub-system properties, processes, and outputs, and the dynamic interactions within the system and with the external environment. [GHSD 6050 Health Systems Concepts; GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Health Care; GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management; GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior; GHSD 6450 Health Economics; GHSD 6500 Healthcare Accounting; GHSD 6890 Health Market Analysis–Epidemiological, Social, and Behavioral Considerations; GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis; GHSD 6710 Quantitative Decision Models]
  7. Develop, implement, manage, and evaluate economic and financial models to plan and guide the organization to achieve its strategic goals and objectives. [GHSD 6450 Health Economics; GHSD 6500 Healthcare Accounting; GHSD 6502 Managerial Accounting; GHSD 6550 Health Care Payment–Policy and Function; GHSD 7580 Financial Management]

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the School's requirements to be considered for admission. A baccalaureate degree is required for admission to the MHA degree program. The ideal educational preparation would include study in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences, mathematics, economics, business and humanities. There are no specific educational prerequisites since no one undergraduate major is preferred above others. The School's minimum admission requirements include a GRE score of 1000 or higher. The Program also seeks students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or better. The MHA program of study allows exceptions for outstanding performance either on the GRE or the undergraduate GPA, impressive service or professional experience, or strong recommendations.

Graduation Requirements

To meet the graduation requirements, the MHA student will complete no less than 60 semester hours of academic credit. These hours comprise a 51 credit-hour health systems management core (including BIOS 6030), a 950-hour administrative residency (that also fulfills the practicum requirement), 9 credit hours of electives, and a culminating experience.

MHA Management Core Requirements (51 credits)

[Prerequisite/Co-requisite Course(s) listed in brackets]

BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics
GHSD 6050 Health Systems Concepts
GHSD 6120 Fundamentals of Management
GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Health Care
GHSD 6190 Ethical Concerns for Health Care Managers
GHSD 6210 Health Law and Regulation
GHSD 6320 Managerial Communications
GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management
GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior
GHSD 6450 Health Economics [GHSD 6030 or 6050 strongly recommended]
GHSD 6500 Introduction to Health Care Accounting
GHSD 6540 Managerial Accounting [GHSD 6500 or ACCN 6010] 2
GHSD 6550 Dynamics of Payment Systems – Policy and Function [GHSD 6500 or ACCN 6010; GHSD 6450 or FINE 6110; GHSD 6540 or ACCN 6020]
GHSD 6710 Quantitative Decision Models [BIOS 6030] GHSD 6780 Information Systems
GHSD 6890 Health Market Analysis–Epidemiological, Social, and Behavioral Considerations
GHSD 6910 Administrative Internship I
GHSD 6920 Administrative Internship II [GHSD 6910]
GHSD 7170 Strategic Management & Planning for Health Care Organizations [GHSD 6050; GHSD 6360, 6380 or MGMT 6110; GHSD 6500 or ACCN 6010; GHSD 6540 or ACCN 6020; GHSD 6890; GHSD 7580 or FINE 6010] 3
GHSD 7580 Financial Management [GHSD 6500 or ACCN 6010; GHSD 6540 or ACCN 6020; GHSD 6450 or FINE 6110]
GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis [GHSD 6050]
GHSD 6710 Quantitative Decision Models [BIOS 6030]
GHSD 7910 Administrative Residency I [GHSD 6910, 6920]
GHSD 7920 Administrative Residency II [GHSD 6910, 6920, 7910]

Electives (minimum of 9 credits)

MHA students may meet the minimum elective hours with other GSHD courses or other graduate-level courses with advisor approval. In addition to the minimum elective hours, there may be additional elective hours equal to the number of credit hours of any required courses waived on the basis of prior coursework. Any such additional elective credits may be satisfied using any other GHSD courses, or, with advisor approval, other courses outside of GHSD.


 

For more information:

Meredith Sugarman - Senior Program Coordinator
E-mail: sugarman@tulane.eduCAHME Image
Phone: 504-988-5429
Fax: 504-988-3783
Location: Tidewater Building,  19th Floor

 

 

 

 
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