The impact of COVID-19 has shown how critical it is for healthcare professionals to be prepared to offer informed guidance and services as our communities navigate new public health challenges. By earning your online Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree with Duquesne, you can develop the knowledge and leadership to help facilities better navigate challenging times.
Focus your MHA in one of three in-demand specializations –– Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management or Population Health –– and learn to implement IT-based solutions, design services to mitigate potential risks and create programs that empower people to adopt safer and healthier lifestyle habits.
Complete coursework online
Graduate in as few as 2 years
Transfer credits accepted
No prior work experience or clinical hours required
Earning a graduate degree online allows you to continue working in your current position while preparing to advance your career in health administration.
Your new skills and knowledge can help position you for greater earning potential and a growing number of leadership roles –– with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting an 18% increase for medical and health services manager employment between 2018 and 2028. These professionals also have a median annual salary of $100,980, with the highest earners working in government or local, state and private hospitals.
Study at a research-based institution. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies Duquesne as a “Doctoral University: High Research Activity.”
Flexible online program. Complete coursework from anywhere, on your schedule.
Learn from respected leaders in the field. Duquesne’s faculty are internationally known and actively practice in the healthcare community.
Graduate from a top-ranked institution. Study at a university ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” and “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News & World Report.
Build your network. Connect with classmates, faculty, industry experts, and prospective employers during your on-campus three-day residency.
Duquesne is home to the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences (RSHS), one of the largest health sciences schools in the country. Its nationally recognized programs are led by internationally renowned faculty who actively practice in the healthcare community.
As an RSHS student, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects aimed at improving the health and quality of life for people across their lifespan. Here are just a few possibilities:
Ongoing faculty-led research projects
Real-world capstone projects
Complete 14 courses (42 credits) and specialize your career with one of Duquesne's health administration concentrations: Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management, or Population Health. Of the courses you need to complete the program, two will be specific to your chosen concentration.
There is a required three-day on-campus residency prior to graduation that offers you an opportunity to network with classmates, faculty, industry experts, and prospective employers.
To prepare for future accreditation, the MHA program curriculum and competency framework align with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accreditation requirements and the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLC) Competency Model.
HADM 502 – Introduction to the Healthcare Systems (3 credits)
This course is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the organization of the U.S. healthcare system. It examines the major institutions, professions and political forces that influence the provision of healthcare services in the United States. The course explores the development of each major component of the medical care system from a historical perspective by examining the changes in their organization and role over time. The course also covers the major problems presently confronting each aspect of healthcare along with discussions about alternative means of resolving those issues for the future. Additionally, the course serves as a means to provide students with a broad understanding of the concepts and language requisite for many of the subsequent courses in the MHA program.
This course is intended to provide an overview of the subject of accounting. Students will learn financial and managerial accounting concepts with an emphasis on contemporary management control theory as applied in the health services industry. The course begins with the characteristics of the management control function. It then examines the nature and purpose of financial statements and introduces fund accounting. The course concludes with coverage of full cost accounting, the measurement and use of differential costs, and pricing decisions.
HADM 508 – Health Services Research Methods and Statistics (3 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of selected research and quantitative methods used in conducting health services research. The course addresses all phases of the research process, from generating research questions and hypotheses, to study design, sampling, measurement, data collection and data analyses. Proper use of statistical methods and computer applications for secondary data analysis is also covered.
HADM 511 – Healthcare Human Resources Management (3 credits)
This course surveys the activities and decision-making functions of the human resources manager, including personnel planning, recruitment, interviewing, training and development, compensation practices, benefits administration, maintaining personnel records, employee communication, labor relations and succession planning, with an emphasis on the legal dimensions of these various activities. Attention is also drawn to the professional and legal responsibilities of the individual manager or team leader in matters such as employee rights, privacy, and sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, employee evaluations, workers compensation and recruitment of personnel.
HADM 514 – Healthcare Marketing and Strategic Planning (3 credits)
This course provides a survey of marketing concepts as applied to health services organizations. An examination of marketing strategies useful in the delivery of health care services is provided to students. Special attention will be given to market research, pricing, targeting a market, branding, new product development, innovation and the development of a complete marketing plan. The course will also examine strategic planning processes and issues with an emphasis on environmental scanning, competitive analysis, strategic decision-making, and implementation in health care settings. Additional topics include ethical concerns in development and implementation of marketing and strategic plan.
HADM 517 – Healthcare Economics and Policy (3 credits)
This course is designed as an in-depth study of how the framework of economics can be applied to health care markets. The course will study the production, cost, and financing of health care services, delivery mechanisms and their effects, private and social insurance programs, and use of economic evaluation techniques in making decisions about allocation of scarce resources. The course also introduces current major issues in health policy, including managed care, public health, Medicare and Medicaid, disparate health care issues and global health issues.
HADM 520 – Healthcare Law and Ethics (3 credits)
This course is aimed to introduce practical knowledge of legal and ethical issues inherent in health care delivery and administration. Topics will include the U.S. legal system, legal and regulatory ground of managing health care organizations, the basic of ethical theory and analysis, issues regarding informed consent to and refusal of treatment, the use and disclosure of health information, fraud and abuse.
HADM 523 – Healthcare Information Systems (3 credits)
This course explores the theory, technical requirements and applications of information systems in the health care field. Special emphasis will be given on clinical data, electronic health records, legal and ethical aspects of health information, coding, decision support systems, managing risks and policy implications of health information technology. Also to be explored are the SDLC within the SAAD framework, information security and confidentiality, RHIOs, telemedicine and health surveillance within the public health sector.
This course is designed to increase analytical and decision-making skills using finance theories, principles, concepts, and techniques most important to managers in the health care industry. In addition to basic finance and accounting concepts, topics covered include the concepts of health insurance and third-party reimbursement, cost concepts and decision analysis, budgeting requirements, long-term financing, capital budgeting and risk, and financial and operating analyses. The course will integrate corporate finance and accounting theories, institutional knowledge of health care finance, and applications to specific real-world problems.
HADM 529 – Operations and Quality Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
This course will introduce the application of operations research/management science and industrial engineering techniques to health care organizations. The course focuses on the use of quantitative methods to address complex operational issues and realistic problems, with the goal of ensuring improved quality of care. The quantitative approach to decision making is balanced with discussions of qualitative issues in decision-making such as the role of ethics, values, beliefs, power and other aspects of decision-making.
HADM 532 – Leadership in Healthcare Management (3 credits)
This course focuses on a value-added and process-centered method of goal attainment. Topics will include leadership theories, culture, human resources management, contingency and transformational theories, communication skills, conflict management, mentorship, team building and change management.
HADM 560 – Capstone Project (3 credits)
This course is designed as a culminating experience for students, requiring that they connect and apply theories, concepts and techniques mastered throughout the MHA program to important real-world situations. The course will provide students with a structured opportunity to demonstrate mastery of content; initiative, ability to integrate concepts and skills in a cohesive project; and leadership and management skills.
HADM 535 – Health Informatics and Data Analytics (3 credits)
This course explores how to design, develop, adopt and apply IT-based innovations in health care delivery and public health, and how to collect and organize data within a database, how to import, store, analyze and visualize data to convert actionable information for decision-makers. Students will learn Access and SQL to then develop databases and queries based on health care scenarios.
HADM 538 – Data Mining and Predictive Modeling (3 credits)
This course introduces the basic concepts, principles, methods, implementation techniques and applications of data mining and predictive modeling to discover a new piece of information proactively. Students will learn Python and Hadoop to then make data-driven decisions based on health care scenarios. In addition, business intelligence models and frameworks will be employed such as complex event processing and process mining.
HADM 547 – Medical and Regulatory Compliance (3 credits)
This course explores how the healthcare laws and regulations serve as a framework for healthcare compliance in various health care settings. Students will become familiar with federal and state regulations relating to health care entity operations, as well as laws relating to billing, fraud, and abuse. Student will understand the roles and responsibilities of the health care compliance officer, learn how to develop and implement an effective compliance program, and use case studies to practice policy drafting, education. and training program development.
HADM 550 – Healthcare Litigation and Risk Management (3 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the healthcare litigation process, including the filing of the complaint, responding to the complaint, discovery, trial, appeal, and collection. Students will learn how to develop healthcare contracts and define the nature of the physician-patient relationship within those contracts. Students will have an opportunity to apply the major theories of liability in cases involving healthcare organizations, including respondent superior, informed consent, independent contractor status, apparent agency, and direct corporate liability. Common defenses to professional liability claims will also be covered, as will important laws relating to liability insurance and peer review. The course will also introduce best practices to reduce the risk of policy, regulatory or legal violations, as well as best practices to address potential and or actual violations.
With the rapid changes in healthcare delivery systems, an appreciation and specialized understanding of epidemiology is a necessary requirement for healthcare administrators. This course is an in-depth study of how to apply epidemiological concepts and methods to the typical functions a management utilizes to identify and address the planning, organization, and management of health services. Topics will include the concepts of health, illness, and disease and their operational measures, biostatistical applications, and epidemiological methods used to identify health problems along with health policy implications. The course will emphasize the use of epidemiological methods in population-based medicine and managerial decision-making, which is necessary in the delivery of cost-effective, high-quality health services.
HADM 544 – Health Promotion (3 credits)
This course explores major issues in health promotion and disease prevention. There will be considerable discussion regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs. Health education and health promotional strategies will be outlined in addition to various case studies of several health communication programs.
To qualify for the online Master of Health Administration program, you must meet the following prerequisites:
Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university*
Achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
In addition, you must provide the following:
Official TOEFL scores, if applicable*
Resume or curriculum vitae
Comprehensive essay with statement of purpose
Three letters of recommendation
*Graduates of foreign institutions will need to have their degrees evaluated by an educational evaluation agency to determine equivalency.
Tuition and fees
Duquesne knows how important it is to understand the numbers. And since it wants you to be confident in your decision to study with the university, below is a summary of expected tuition rates for 2020-2021 — fees and program-specific costs are not included.
Cost per credit hour: $1,372
Total credits: 42
Total tuition: $55,230
About Duquesne University
Who Duquesne is today has a lot to do with who it was yesterday. Founded more than 140 years ago by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne was built on a core set of values that guides it even now.
As one of the nation’s top Catholic universities, Duquesne’s Spiritan tradition is at the very heart of the institution. You will see it in the way its students treat one another, the way they learn, and how they view the world. The university strives to provide a well-rounded education that will challenge students academically while nourishing their spiritual and ethical development.
Today, Duquesne is home to nine schools of study and serves nearly 9,500 students. The university boasts a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, with 80 undergraduate programs, 90 master’s, doctoral, and professional programs, and 20 post-graduate certificate programs.
About the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences
Duquesne is home to the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences (RSHS), one of the largest health sciences schools in the country. Its nationally recognized programs are led by internationally renowned faculty who actively practice in the healthcare community. When students graduate with a health sciences degree from Duquesne University, they will be well-prepared to start making immediate contributions in patients’ lives and in the industry as a whole.
Accreditation and ranking
Duquesne University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) — an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
To prepare for future accreditation, the MHA program curriculum and competency framework align with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accreditation requirements and the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLC) Competency Model
Duquesne is ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” and “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News & World Report
Ranked among the “Best 384 Colleges” — which profiles only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges — and recognized on the regional list for the Northeast for “2019 Best Colleges” by The Princeton Review
Named as one of “America’s Top Colleges” and listed among “Best Value Colleges” and “Best Value Private Colleges” by Forbes
Classified as a “Doctoral University: High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education