Learn insights that power a world of possibilities. The healthcare industry evolves with each new medical discovery, shift in policy, and advancement in technology. To thrive as a leader in this new reality, it’s imperative that you learn to manage change and drive growth in your organization. That’s exactly what an online MHA from Maryville can prepare you to do.
Health administrators must be well-versed in a broad range of disciplines: human resources, healthcare delivery, finance, ethics, and health policy, just to name a few. That’s why Maryville’s online MHA program looks at health administration from multiple perspectives — imparting the knowledge you need to run a successful healthcare organization.
Be a generalist or choose from four concentrations
Focus on your strengths and passions and customize your online MHA degree by choosing one of four concentrations:
Maryville's online MHA with a concentration in data management is designed to teach students how to use a range of different data modeling and analytics techniques to help improve patient outcomes. Students also learn how data insights can inform business decisions. These specialized skills, combined with the knowledge developed through core MHA curriculum, are essential tools for finding success in healthcare leadership positions. The concentration includes two courses in additon to the core MHA curriculum:
Healthcare Analytics: This course will explore the types of available healthcare data, as well as different types of analytic tools to help make meaningful decisions regarding operations and management, quality, performance improvement, outcomes assessment, and marketing.
Healthcare Informatics: This course provides an in-depth multidisciplinary analysis of the strategic management of information technology in healthcare organizations. Specific topics include: electronic health records, health information exchange, the impact of information technology on quality of care, and patient safety.
Maryville's online MHA with a concentration in healthcare strategies is designed to equip students with a deep understanding of the essential concepts that are used to formulate effective healthcare plans of action, from marketing theories to economics. The concentration includes two courses in addition to the core MHA curriculum:
Healthcare Marketing: This course allows students to discover how marketing theories and methodologies apply to healthcare and the consumer decision-making process, with an emphasis on social media and digital marketing techniques.
Health Policy and Economics: This course offers a holistic review of applied economics and policy-making processes pertaining to the roles of government and markets in healthcare.
Maryville's online MHA with a concentration in population management is designed to educate students on the fundamentals of population management, from improving community health to curtailing the threat of epidemics. Key courses in this concentration’s curriculum include:
Population Health Management: Discover the management fundamentals that drive healthcare standards, from understanding the genesis of disease to exploring strategies used to improve patient outcomes.
Healthcare Financial Management: Learn how to handle the economic side of the healthcare field, including the process in which financial decisions are executed within the context of healthcare.
Managerial Epidemiology: Examine key epidemiological motifs such as data gathering methods and analyzing health event incidents. Students will learn how to apply these motifs to various healthcare aspects, from policy development to finance.
Community Health: Take a deep dive into the foundational elements of how health agencies function within communities. Students will explore the ways that various political, biological, and socio-economic factors help govern outcomes within populations.
Maryville's online MHA with a concentration in senior services is designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary perspective of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of aging. The program also examines the future of the industry, including the approaches to assisted-living services ― both today and in the future. The concentration includes two courses in addition to the core MHA curriculum:
Introduction to Gerontology: This course allows students to better understand issues related to physical and mental health changes, role transitions, care and living arrangements, and the role of the older adult in our society.
Assisted Living/Senior Services Management: This course provides an overview of the senior services industry and the different forms of senior healthcare and living services.
Tailor your studies to align with your career goals by choosing two electives from any of the specialty concentrations.
Through coursework in the online Master of Health Administration program at Maryville University, students will develop strategic and tactical planning skills that can start them on the path towards improving an organization’s operations and ensuring overall patient wellness.
MHA 610 – Healthcare Industry and Its Impact on Healthcare Management (3 credits)
The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, including financial management, services utilization, regulatory compliance issues, etc. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical elements of leadership as well as current issues clarifying how the U.S. health services system is organized, managed, and financed.
MHA 615 – Healthcare Operations (3 credits)
In this course, students examine operational concepts related to delivering quality, consistent, and cost-effective patient care across the healthcare system. Students gain an understanding of the major functions of operations management, governance, and organizational structures. The course will address specific concepts related to understanding how to perform an operational assessment; taking a systems perspective on the organization and delivery of services; identifying problems and improvement opportunities using analytical techniques; and monitoring performance data to identify trends and variation based on current operations and those resulting from changes and improvements.
MHA 630 – Healthcare Human Resources and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
This course provides a systematic application of the principles of organizational behavior to understanding professional roles in health services organizations. Students will explore governance theory and structures in a healthcare setting, medical staff structures and its relationship to facility operation (credentialing, privileging, and disciplinary processes). Students will also examine topics in human resources including recruiting, hiring, compensation, incentives, and performance-based evaluations, as well as reviewing the legal and regulatory environment of human resources management and a discussion of healthcare labor markets.
MHA 631 – Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement (3 credits)
Quality and performance improvement are critical to the success of every healthcare organization. Students will explore quality improvement techniques with an emphasis on the roles of patient and health professional in improving healthcare delivery, outcomes tracking, analysis, and impact on practice performance and patient care. Specific topics include clinical care, patient safety, waste and cost reduction, and delivery of the most cost-effective care possible.
MHA 651 – Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Risk Management(3 credits)
This course explores the legal, policy, and ethical challenges found in the healthcare system and investigates the role of the healthcare administrator as decision-maker, leader, and ethical steward of the healthcare administration profession.
This course applies financial principles to management within various organizations in the healthcare industry. Topics include resource allocation, cost analysis, budgeting, and funding sources. Students will learn how financial decisions are made, reported, and implemented in healthcare organizations.
MHA 656 – Population Health Management (3 credits)
In this course, students will be exposed to management principles of healthcare quality and the origin, distribution, and control of disease. Theories of health behavior relevant to individual and community health promotion program planning will also be explored. Students will examine formal and informal programs and strategies used to enhance the healthcare provider’s performance, quality outcomes, and patient satisfaction.
MHA 660 – Healthcare Technology and Information Systems (3 credits)
This course provides explores the fundamentals of information technology in the healthcare industry. It includes an exploration of how information technology supports clinical services, quality improvement, and administrative functions in health services organizations.
Choose from four concentrations or opt for the general MHA degree by choosing any two courses from the concentrations listed below.
MHA 670 – Healthcare Marketing (3 credits)
This course examines the theory, concepts, skills, and principles of marketing applied to health-related organizations and networks. Students will analyze marketing theories and methodologies applied to healthcare marketing, consumer decision-making about health, and marketing research techniques. Emphasis is placed on the effective use of social media and digital marketing techniques in healthcare. The course will culminate with the development of a strategic marketing plan for a healthcare product or service.
MHA 671 – Health Policy & Economics (3 credits)
This course provides a holistic review of the application of economics and policymaking process to the roles of markets and government in healthcare. Students will explore the concepts used by economists to analyze health outcomes, health behaviors, healthcare markets, health insurance markets, and the role of government.
MHA 675 – Healthcare Analytics (3 credits)
Big data is driving changes in healthcare industry. In this course, students will look at the types of available healthcare data, as well as different types of analytic tools to help make meaningful decisions regarding operations and management, quality, performance improvement, outcomes assessment and marketing. It builds upon previous knowledge of basic statistics and analytics, concepts, and tools by applying them specifically to the healthcare system.
MHA 676 – Healthcare Informatics (3 credits)
This course provides an indepth multi-disciplinary analysis of the strategic management of information technology in healthcare organizations. Specific topics include: electronic health records, health information exchange, the impact of information technology on quality of care and patient safety. Students will focus on information system acquisition and the implementation process including assessing the need for information technology, cost analysis and justification, Request for Proposal (RFP) process and implementation.
MHA 680 – Introduction to Gerontology (3 credits)
This course provides a multidisciplinary perspective of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of aging. An overview of the issues that significantly impact the older adult, their family, and society is presented. The demographics profile of America’s older adult serves as a basis for explaining issues related to physical and mental health changes, role transitions, care and living arrangements, and the role of the older adult in our society.
This course provides an overview of the senior services industry and the different forms of senior healthcare and living services. Students will learn about the day-to-day management of assisted-living communities, including resident care, operations, finance and budgeting, human resources and staffing, and successful marketing and community relations. Students will also examine the future of the industry and approaches to creating next generation of assisted-living services.
MHA 685 – Managerial Epidemiology (3 credits)
This course focuses on core epidemiological concepts including measures of occurrence of health events and methods of data collection. Students will explore practical applications of epidemiology to health services planning, quality monitoring, planning, policy development, system development, finance, and underwriting.
MHA 686 – Community Health (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of the concepts and methods of community health assessment and improvement in the USA today. This course will examine political, social, environmental, and economic factors, as well as access to care, that affect health outcomes across populations. Students will examine community health topics and their relation to community health improvement including: the nature of health and its determinants; the use of quantitative and qualitative methods; community mobilization and capacity building; the organization and structure of community health agencies and their myriad roles; the evidence base for community health improvement interventions; and the impact of current national policy, including the Affordable Care Act.
MHA 690 – Leadership and Professionalism in Healthcare (3 credits)
This class will address fundamental leadership principles through the introduction of leadership styles, techniques, theory, and models and prepare students to practice ethical leadership in a healthcare setting. Students will examine identifying, monitoring, and maintaining codes of professional conduct and procedures to ensure needs of staff are met. Students will also focus on understanding the implications of ethical, financial, and operational decisions, providing procedures to monitor the standards of behavior, and accountability procedures.
As the culminating course in the MHA program, students will review the business and leadership fundamentals of healthcare administration plus further examine the compelling issues defining the industry today and in the future. Through integration and application of prior coursework, students will develop a strategic plan for a health services organization.
To ensure the best possible educational experience for students, Maryville may update its curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends.
The following criteria are considered during the admission process for the Master of Health Administration:
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
3.0 cumulative GPA required for full admission
Less than 3.0 cumulative GPA can be considered for conditional admission
Personal letter explaining qualifications for graduate work
To ensure your success in the online MHA program, it’s important you understand basic statistics. If you have completed a statistics class previously, you may already satisfy this requirement. If not, Maryville offers an abbreviated online statistics course to get you up to speed. This self-paced shortened course may be taken alongside your first class.
Demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:
Test score* (TOEFL IBT 79, IELTS 6.0, PTE 58)
College degree earned in the U.S.
College degree where medium of instruction is English
*Low sub-scores may disqualify a student. Test dates must be within five years of application.
Tuition and fees
Maryville University was named as one of the best values in private college education by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
A college degree is an investment in yourself and your future. That’s why Maryville strives to offer value and give you the best possible return on your investment.
Tuition rates vary depending on the type of degree you are interested in pursuing. The costs below reflect tuition rates for 2020-21 and are subject to change.
MS in Healthcare Administration 36 credits, $714 per credit
Online program fees
Each semester, your billing statement will include a per-semester student fee called OneFee. This fee covers your access to all services and resources provided by the university and made available to you as a Maryville University student. Please note: Some programs do have additional fees. Your enrollment advisor can help answer any questions you may have regarding program fees.
Online master’s and doctorate programs OneFee: $675 per semester
About Maryville University
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Today, Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success — both online and on campus.
Accreditation and ranking
Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Ranked by Forbes among “America’s Top Colleges” for 2019
Named a 2019-2020 Military Friendly® School
Named an “Apple Distinguished School” for 2018-2021
Listed among the “Best College Values 2019” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Ranked a “Best National University” for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report
Ranked among Money’s “Best Colleges” 2019
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Maryville faculty are professionals and leaders in their fields who bring their experiences and knowledge into the classroom, but what makes them truly unique is that they’re about teaching first. They are invested in helping you excel in the classroom, in your career, and beyond.