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Online Master of Healthcare Administration

The healthcare industry is experiencing dynamic changes and reliable growth, and professionals need the skills and development to stay on the cutting edge.  The Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) draws on expertise of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership to support healthcare professionals with training and practical experiences directly related to on-the-job challenges.  USF uniquely prepares students in the theories that inform business and healthcare administration, the issues and best practices in the field, plus practical experiences that make them more effective healthcare leaders.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants to the MHA program must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • If the cumulative GPA is below 2.75 with less than five years professional work experience the applicant must take the GMAT and submit scores to the university for review.  If the applicant has 5+ years professional work experience, a resume can be submitted for review.

To apply for the Online MHA, students must:

  • Submit online application for admission
  • Submit official bachelor or higher degree granting transcript
  • Submit a letter expressing professional goals in pursuing the degree

*Note: Transcripts are official only if sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the registrar of the institution attended.

Program Outline

45 credit hours total. All courses are three credit hours, unless stated otherwise.

  • ACCT 515 – Managerial Accounting
    • A study of relevant costs and cost behavior. Explores the manner in which financial and cost analysis can be of use to management in various decision-making and control processes.
  • BUS 508 – Introduction to Healthcare
    • This course introduces healthcare delivery from a systems approach. The course will explore the history of healthcare, the key functional components of healthcare and the role of healthcare in a free market system. The course will include an overview of the intricacies of healthcare and the need for specialization in areas of finance, administration, quality, operations, and human resources.
  • BUS 551 – Financial Management
    • Nature and scope of the finance function, the business environment, valuation theory, risk concept, analysis of financial statements, long-term and short-term financing, capital budgeting under certainty and risk, working capital management, capital structure, dividend policy, leasing, mergers and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: ACCT 515
  • BUS 555 - Franciscan Values and Ethics in Business
    • Introduces students to ethics-related aspects of the business decision-making process.  Students will address a variety of topics, including the theoretical underpinnings of ethics, stakeholders, decision making strategies, and utilization of such strategies in specific areas such as shareholder and employment relations, marketing, and globalization.  The emphases of the course issue recognition, application of ethical principles, application of Franciscan values, and analysis of the consistency of corporate decision-making processes with such principles and values.
  • BUS 631 – Human Resource Management
    • Human resource planning, recruiting and selection, assessment of performance, compensation and benefits, development of personnel, labor relations, safety, legal framework, and human resource management (HRM) issues.
  • BUS 650 – Quality Management in Healthcare
    • This course will familiarize students with current quality initiatives in healthcare such as patient satisfaction, JACAHO accreditation, and case management. The course will introduce the role of planning and management of outcomes-based quality improvement measures and will identify the potential rewards and costs of quality management efforts. The course will include an exploration of integrated performance improvement for healthcare. Prerequisite: BUS 508-Introduction to Healthcare.
  • BUS 656 – Healthcare Compliance for Healthcare Administration
    • Introduction to compliance for health care administration. History of compliance is presented as well as required elements for compliance programs in a variety of healthcare delivery settings. Includes but not limited to standard areas of compliance and documentation such as HIPAA, accounting and financial standards, billing and reimbursement, claims submission, recovery auditors, and quality. Applies best practices in healthcare compliance and reviews case studies illustrating diverse compliance issues and topics.
  • BUS 671 – Healthcare Law
    • This course will explore the regulatory and governance environments within healthcare delivery. This course will explore such as informed consent, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions medical staff issues, liability and corporate compliance will be covered. Additional topics in current legal affairs include EMTALA, HIPAA, and the Fraud & Abuse/Stark laws will also be explored. Prerequisite: BUS 508.
  • BUS 680 – Marketing Management
    • Determine objectives and select strategies to reach marketing management objectives. Topics include: business philosophies, buyer identification, market segmentation, marketing environment, planning, marketing mix development, implementation, developmental marketing plan, and control issues.
  • BUS 575 - Quantitative Methods
    • Develops basic competency in the application of the quantitative methods to help create more effective solutions to business problems.  Covers foundations of statistics, probability, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, modeling, linear programming, decision theory, and queuing theory.
  • BUS 589 - Epidemiology for Healthcare Administration
    • Introduction to epidemiologic concepts for health care administration. Selected concepts of epidemiology are presented as well as specific epidemiologic methods such as biostatistics that can be applied to the study of both well population and those with chronic or acute disease or injury. Applies evidence-based health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention strategies with a focus on epidemiological theories and models to improve health status and access to care for diverse populations.
  • BUS 566 - Healthcare Economics
    • This course will expand upon current methods and approaches to economic analysis to include the unique challenges facing managers in healthcare organizations. The course will focus on healthcare efficiency and quality through traditional supply and demand principles. Additional concepts of resource allocation, consumer response and related managerial economic principles will be covered..
  • BUS 644 - Principles of Managed Care
    • This course will introduce the various models of managed care programs. The course will explore the historical origins, operating systems, technologies employed, and relationships among stakeholders of managed care systems.
  • BUS 691 - Healthcare Strategy
    • This course will introduce healthcare policy development, formation and evaluation principles through contemporary issues in healthcare. The course will provide an understanding of policy and administration of managed care, patient-centered care and quality directives. The course will also explore value and ethical considerations in policy formation and evaluation. The course will include discussion in the role of change in healthcare marketplace and the interrelations between key stakeholders in the change process.
  • BUS 694 – Capstone Project 
    • Provides the student with an opportunity to practice theory and concepts presented in core courses by applying these to an actual healthcare administration business problem. A program will be designed to aid the student in gaining practical administrative experience within the Healthcare and/or related industries.

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