The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree prepares students for exciting careers in health services management for a variety of health related institutions in an evolving healthcare delivery system. Structured to meet the highest professional and accreditation standards the program is designed to address the needs of current healthcare managers, clinical professionals who anticipate future administrative responsibilities, and pre-professionals who wish to prepare for an entry-level career in healthcare administration.

The Master of Health Administration is a 51 credit hour degree program. Students take 45 credit hours of core courses including a 3 credit hours internship, and 6 credit hours of elective courses. Administratively located within the Department of Public Health Sciences, it is an interdisciplinary program with courses taught by faculty from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Belk College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services. The Master of Health Administration degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); and the Department of Public Health Sciences is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Students may enroll in the Master of Health Administration program on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are scheduled primarily in the evenings at the UNC Charlotte main campus and at UNC Charlotte Center City.

Master’s prepared health service managers may work as chief or executive administrators, assistants to chief executives, or as directors and mangers of departments and units. Examples of the settings where MHA graduates work include: hospitals and hospital systems, physician practices and clinics, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, consulting firms, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, local/state/federal health agencies, health insurance companies, and medical supply and equipment manufacturers.

Course of Study

Each student is required to complete 45 hours (15 courses including the Internship) in the core curriculum. These courses offer a basic body of knowledge, skills, and values relevant to health services administration.  Additionally, students will select 6 credit hours (2 graduate courses) in elective studies. 

Core MHA Courses (45 hours)

HADM 6100. Introduction to the US Healthcare System. (3) 

HADM 6104. Health and Disease. (3) 

HADM 6108. Decision Analysis in Healthcare. (3) 

HADM 6116. Accounting for Healthcare Management. (3) 

HADM 6120. Health Economics. (3) 

HADM 6124. Marketing in Healthcare. (3) 

HADM 6128. Human Resources Management. (3) 

HADM 6134. Quality and Outcomes Management in Healthcare. (3) 

HADM 6138. Healthcare Finance. (3) 

HADM 6142. Health Policy Development. (3) 

HADM 6145. Organization Behavior in Healthcare. (3) 

HADM 6146. Information Resources Management. (3) 

HADM 6150. Health Law and Ethics. (3) 

HADM 6154. Strategic Management of Health Services Organizations. (3) 

HADM 6400. Health Administration Internship. (3) 

Elective Courses (6 hours)

(Elective courses can be drawn from any of the University's graduate offerings).