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About the Program

The College of Health Professions welcomes career-oriented individuals who want to help shape the direction of health care organizations. Students are sought who bring both a business mind and a commitment to caring for the enterprise, its patients and families, and its employees. Our students gain employment in hospitals, physician practices, long term care settings, and consultant organizations. Our Master of Health Administration program is offered in two formats.

The MHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Master of Health Administration Executive Format

Executive MHA students are working health care professionals who balance their studies with their careers. Instruction is delivered primarily online, allowing students to continue working while completing two to three years of coursework. Students report to campus for a long weekend of study and collaboration once every semester. Graduates complete 54 credit hours; no internship is required.

Master of Health Administration Residential Format

Residential MHA students require little or no healthcare experience, and engage as full-time students. Classes are conducted face-to-face and we offer many opportunities for real-world learning. Residential MHA students fulfill a six-credit hour internship between their first and second years. Students complete 62 credit hours, including the internship and an interprofessional course.

Academic Calendar Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 - click here

Measures of Student Success

Percent of students who graduate on time for 2014-2015- 100%
Percent of students employed in health care within 3 months of graduation for 2014-2015- 89%

Goals  |  Our curriculum prepares graduates to have a broad understanding of the health care system and factors impacting its various components. We train our students to be able to apply concepts and managerial skills in human resources, strategic planning, decision-making, finance, marketing and information systems. We are proud that alumni are able to take an integrated approach to managing health care professionals and facility operations.

Masters of Health Administration Student Handbook - click here

Student Learing Competencies

The Faculty of the MHA Program has adopted a competency model to guide the curriculum development. The model was developed with input from alumni, faculty and health administration practitioners.

 CompetencyDescription
I. Communication and Relationship Management  
 

1. Interpersonal Communication

Build collaborative relationships and negotiation skills
 2.   Writing SkillsPrepare business communications
 3.   Presentation SkillsDemonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills
II. Leadership  
 4.   Leading and Managing OthersHold self and others accountable for organizational goal attainment
 5.   Change ManagementPromote and manage change
 6.   Ability for Honest Self-assessmentDemonstrate reflection through self-assessment
 7.   Systems ThinkingBe able to assess the potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a broad variety of situations
 8.   Problem-solving and Decision-makingApply evidence-based decision making techniques to healthcare questions
III. Professionalism9.   Personal and Professional EthicsAdhere to ethical business principles; exhibit ethical behaviors; responding in timely manner and fulfilling one’s commitments
 10.  Professional and Community ContributionParticipate in community service; balance professional and personal pursuits
 11.  Working in TeamsCreate, participate in, and lead teams, including inter-professionalism
IV. Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment  
 12.  Healthcare Issues and TrendsUnderstand circumstances causing major changes and reform in U.S. health care delivery
 13.  Healthcare Legal PrinciplesDiscuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles including standards, regulations, and risk management.
 14.  Health PolicyArticulate the impact of select health policies on the delivery of health services
 15.  Population Health and Status AssessmentUnderstand and explain the major factors in health status
V. Business and Analytical Skills16.  Financial ManagementAbility to compile and analyze financial data; develop capital, operating and cash flow budgets; analyze investment data; pro forma development
 17.  Human ResourcesApply methods and techniques related to the management of health care organization employees and professional staff
 18.  Organizational Dynamics and GovernanceUnderstand the roles, responsibilities, structures, and influence governing bodies hold in health care organizations
 19.  Strategic PlanningAbility to perform environmental analysis and develop strategic alternatives; discern competitive strategy; formulate business strategy based on evidence
 20.  MarketingAnalysis and assessment of markets, market segmentation, strategy, change and innovation
 21.  Information Management/ Understanding and Using Technology SkillsApply techniques and methods to plan, design, implement and assess information flow and communication
 22.  Quality Improvement/ Performance ImprovementIdentify relevant problems and apply concepts of process improvement and patient safety
 23.  Quantitative SkillsAnalyze data and interpret quantitative information
 24.  Planning and Managing ProjectsAble to design, plan, implement and assess projects and develop appropriate time lines related to performance, structure and outcomes of health services
 25.  Economic Analysis and Application

Analysis and application of economic theory and concepts to business decisions

 

Teaching Methods

Include:

  • Cases
  • Real projects for organizations
  • Interactive learning through discussion with guest lecturers and speakers
  • Participative learning
  • Lecture
  • Presentations
  • Case competitions
  • Collaborating with peers and external organizations

Master of Health Administration Grading Policy

All courses, except those dropped during drop/add period, are recorded on the student's permanent record. When a student is required to repeat a course, the computation of his/her overall grade point average includes each grade earned.

Merit grades are assigned on a continuous scale ranging from 0.0 to 4.0 (see below).

Incomplete

A grade of incomplete or in progress (IP) may be awarded to allow students to complete coursework one semester beyond the regular grading period as a result of circumstances beyond the student's control. An incomplete is not calculated in the grade point average. If the student fails to remove the incomplete within one semester, it will be converted to a merit grade of 0.0. All incomplete grades must have the prior approval of the instructor. The removal of incomplete grades is the responsibility of the student and should be directly handled between student and instructor.

Grade Reports

The Office of Enrollment Management (843-792-5396) posts all official grades on a secured Web site through an interface known as WebAdvisor. Students can retrieve their grades by visiting WebAdvisor on the Office of Enrollement Management's website http://webadvisor.musc.edu and logging in using their MUSC Network Account (MNA) in order to access their grades. Please note that the University does not mail paper copies of grades. Furthermore, no staff member of the Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management will give out information about grades over the phone or in person. Should students require grades prior to receiving them electronically from Enrollment Services, they will need to make arrangements with their course instructor.

 

 
 
 

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