programs and degrees

Master of Health Administration (MHA)



Program Mission Statement

The primary mission of the MHA program is to develop managers and leaders for health services and public health organizations through excellence in education.


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.


Program Competencies

Upon completion of the MHA program in Health Systems Management, graduates will be able to:

  • Incorporate knowledge of public health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems. (Courses that substantially support this competency: EPID 6030; BIOS 6030; ENHS 6030; HSMG 6030; SPHL 6010; SPHL 6030.)
  • Develop and define a vision and guide individuals and groups toward that vision while maintaining group cohesiveness, motivation, commitment, ethical standards and effectiveness (Courses that substantially support this competency: HSMG 6190; HSMG 6360; HSMG 6380.)
  • 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. (Courses that substantially support this competency: HSMG 6170; HSMG 6360; HSMG 6380; HSMG 7170.)
  • Effectively transfer information 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. (Courses that substantially support this competency: HSMG 6190; HSMG 6320; HSMG 6840; HSMG 6910; HSMG 6920; HSMG 7660; HSMG 7910; HSMG 7920.
  • Formulate the right questions, think logically and independently, conceptualize and problem solve in an unstructured environment. (Courses that substantially support this competency: HSMG 6170; HSMG 7170; HSMG 7550; HSMG 7580.)
  • Assess the impact of health policy on major and diverse community and organizational stakeholders and its implications for organizational response, initiatives, and direction. (Courses that substantially support this competency: HSMG 6210; HSMG 6360; HSMG 6380; HSMG 7550; HSMG 7660.)
  • Recognize and analyze health system and sub-system properties, processes, and outputs, and the dynamic interactions within the system and with the external environment. (Courses that substantially support this competency: HSMG 6170; HSMG 6360; HSMG 6380; HSMG 6450; HSMG 6500; HSMG 6840; HSMG 7660; HSMG 7710.)
  • Develop, implement, manage, and evaluate economic and financial models to plan and guide the organization to achieve its strategic goals and objectives. (Courses that substantially support this competency: HSMG 6450; HSMG 6500; HSMG 7540; HSMG 7550; HSMG 7580.)

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. While students with at least one or two years of work experience preferred, about half of each MHA class comes to Tulane directly from undergraduate degree programs. 


Program Requirements

To meet the graduation requirements, the MHA student will complete no less than 60 academic credits, including an 18 credit hour public health core, a 37 credit hour health systems management core, a 950-hour Administrative Residency (that also fulfills the practicum requirement), 5 credit hours of electives and a Culminating Experience.

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School Core Requirements (18 credit hours)                                       


Course Title


BIOS  6030      

Introduction to Biostatistics


ENHS 6030

Survey of Environmental Health


EPID 6030

Epidemiologic Methods I


HSMG 6030

Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management


SPHL 6010

Biological Basis of  Disease


SPHL 6030

Social And Behavioral Aspects of Global Health


SPHL 7950

Culminating Experience
(public health analysis and defense)


SPHL 9980

Practicum (fulfilled by 950-hour administrative residency)



Management Core Requirements (37 credit hours)


Course Title


HSMG 6170       

Quality Management in Health Care


HSMG 6190

Ethical Concerns of Health Care Managers


HSMG 6210

Health Law and Regulation


HSMG 6320

Managerial Communications


HSMG 6360

Human Resource Management


HSMG 6380

Organizational Behavior


HSMG 6450

Health Economics


HSMG 6500

Introduction to Health Care Accounting


HSMG 6750

Information Systems


HSMG 6840

Health Care Marketing


HSMG 6910

Administrative Internship I


HSMG 6920

Administrative Internship II


HSMG 7170

Strategic Management and Planning for Health Care Organizations


HSMG 7540

Managerial Accounting


HSMG 7550

Health Care Payment - Policy and Function


HSMG 7580

Financial Management


HSMG 7660

Health Policy Analysis


HSMG 7710

Quantitative Decision Models


HSMG 7910

Administrative Residency I


HSMG 7920

Administrative Residency II





















Electives (minimum of 5 credit hours)

MHA students may meet the minimum elective hours with any other HSMG courses. 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 HSMG courses, or, with advisor approval, other courses outside of HSM.


For more information:

Meredith Sugarman
Senior Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-988-5429
Fax: 504-988-3783
Location: Tidewater, 1931





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