The College of Public Health offers the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree within the Department of Health Policy and Management. The MHA program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in leadership and management positions in hospitals, health systems, consulting firms, and other healthcare delivery systems. The program’s goal is to provide foundational knowledge and professional skills that will prepare students for careers in healthcare administration.

Mission
The MHA program at the University of Georgia is designed to prepare early career students to develop knowledge and mastery of skills to meet the critical challenges facing the health care industry.

Vision
The MHA program at the University of Georgia seeks to become a top provider in preparing highly motivated individuals in the conceptual, analytical, and applied skills required to advance into administrative careers in the health care field.

Values
Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, Professionalism, and Leadership.

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Curriculum

The MHA curriculum includes courses in the core discipline of health administration, as well as courses specific to public health. The MHA student experience is enriched with career development, events, faculty support, and hands-on learning where teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills are applied to real-life management scenarios. The program is 54 hours total, including an internship and capstone project.

Year One

FALL SEMESTER
HPAM 7150 – US Health Care Delivery Systems (3 hours)
BIOS 7010 – Introductory Biostatistics I (3 hours)
HPAM 7500 – Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
HPAM 7760 – Public Health Law & Ethics for PH Practitioners (3 hours)
HPAM 7910 – Professional Development Seminar in Health Administration I (1 hour)

SPRING SEMESTER
DMAN 7200 – Disaster Management for Health Professionals (3 hours)
HPAM 7720 – Marketing of Health Care Organizations (3 hours)
HPAM 7600 – Health Economics (3 hours)
HPAM 7410 – Health Informatics (3 hours)
HPAM 7920 – Professional Development Seminar in Health Administration II (1 hour)

SUMMER SEMESTER
HPAM 7650 – Comparative Healthcare Systems (3 hours)
HPAM 7900 – Internship in Health Administration (3 hours)

Year Two

FALL SEMESTER
HPAM 7400 – Policy Analysis in Public Health (3 hours)
HPAM 7250 – Human Resources Management in Healthcare (3 hours)
HPAM 7550 – Quality Improvement in Health (3 hours)
HPAM 7750 – Healthcare Finance (3 hours)
HPAM 7930 – Professional Development Seminar in Health Administration III (1 hour)

SPRING SEMESTER
HPAM 7890 – Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations (3 hours)
HPAM 7820 – Practice Management Consulting (3 hours)
HPAM 7950 – Capstone Project in Health Administration (3 hours)

TOTAL: 54 credit hours

 

Program Competencies

(Adapted from ACHE Competency Model)

Domain 1: Communication and Relationship Management
1. Demonstrate effective interpersonal relations and understand how to create an ethical culture in an organization.
2. Demonstrate how to provide and receive constructive feedback.
3. Prepare and deliver effective written and oral business communications.

Domain 2: Leadership
4. Understand how to create an organizational climate that encourages teamwork and values and supports diversity.
5. Identify and apply effective leadership and management skills.

Domain 3: Professionalism
6. Understand professional roles, responsibility, and accountability.
7. Integrate legal and regulatory frameworks and professional ethics considerations in decision-making.

Domain 4: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the performance, structure, and environment of the healthcare system including how the health system is managed, regulated, and governed.
9.  Implement evidence-based management in approaching public health and health system issues.

Domain 5: Business Skills and Knowledge
10. Demonstrate an understanding of financial management and analysis principles, insurance and reimbursement methods, and economic concepts.
11. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, understand, and explain data.
12. Apply quality improvement theories, human resources principles, marketing principles, and strategic frameworks within a healthcare context.

Meet our MHA Students

Mariana Gould
Mariana graduated from UGA with a degree in Health Promotion and Behavior and a minor in Health Policy and Management. She has enjoyed her opportunities interning at St. Mary’s Emergency Department and the Graduate Medical Education Department of Piedmont Athens Regional. These experiences served as platforms where she was able to apply management knowledge and skills from class to the real world. During her time as an undergrad, Mariana also played on the Georgia Women’s Tennis Team. She now teaches tennis to kids (6-17 years of age) and loves it. With 2 more years to complete her MPH & MHA, Mariana hopes to obtain as much healthcare experience as she can as she prepares to apply for administrative fellowships next year.

Kyle Hunsinger
Kyle completed his undergraduate studies in Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia and worked as a registrar at St. Mary’s Hospital. Since then, Kyle has transitioned his employment to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an Administrative Assistant and a graduate assistant for UGA. Kyle aspires to gain experience and skills related to quality assurance and operational policy creation for his future career in health management. When Kyle isn’t studying and working, he’s watching the DAWGS play and performing at Hendershot’s open mic nights.

Valerie Kimbrough
Valerie worked in various roles in the nonprofit sector that involved community engagement, program development, fundraising, and strategic management prior to returning to graduate school. In May 2019, she graduated from UGA with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Gerontology. Currently, she serves as a teaching assistant for the Health Policy and Management department and teaches an undergraduate course called Introduction to Health Policy. In addition to completing her MHA degree and teaching, she is now interning at Piedmont Rockdale Hospital in Conyers, Georgia. Her long-term goals include building and strengthening health systems to meet the needs of older adult patient populations.

Anisha Koshy
Anisha graduated from UGA with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Public Health. During her undergraduate career, Anisha exposed to herself to various health-related opportunities such as volunteering at charity care clinic, working at a microbiology research lab, and interning with dentists and radiologists. She witnessed firsthand how public health programs help patients, and wanted to gain additional knowledge and skills to better improve the healthcare system and its communities. While completing her degree, Anisha is working at an anesthesia staffing company and aspires to become the Director of Operations at a large hospital or ACO.

Avery Michaels
Avery was a marketing specialist for one of the world’s largest insulation manufacturers and spent time at a nationally recognized firm as a website developer before starting his own business in graphic design. However, he always had an interest in health, exercise, and nutrition. He received a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and a Master of Public Health from the University of Georgia. His combined interest in healthcare and business led to his decision to obtain a career in health administration. He plans to use his experience of being a business owner and knowledge acquired through his interdisciplinary academic background to become an administrator at a children’s hospital. After graduating with his MHA, Avery will be completing an administrative fellowship at Allegheny Health in Pittsburgh, PA.

Devynn Monahan-Sharpe
Devynn graduated from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Minor in Psychology. After shadowing multiple physicians, she noticed major problems in the healthcare system and believed health management was the right career path for her. In addition to her coursework, Devynn works as the operations assistant for a 19 clinic family practice and has found a passion in pediatrics. Ultimately, she hopes to become the vice president of operations at a children’s hospital. To de-stress, Devynn binge-watches Netflix shows and plays with her dogs.

Shade Olowookere
Shade is from Rhode Island where she studied at the University of Rhode Island with concentrations in health services, business administration, and Spanish. After earning her MPH at UGA, Shade continued her education because she wanted to be a part of improving coordination of patient care and overcoming barriers facing health systems –both domestic and international. During her time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Law Program (PHLP) internship, she became extremely passionate in understanding how laws affect the healthcare industry and public health practice. In the near future, Shade plans to attend law school to continue her goal in using the law as a tool for public health advancement.

Florence Pham
Florence made the decision to enroll in the MHA program while obtaining her MPH at the University of Georgia. She saw the MHA program as an opportunity for her to improve healthcare delivery and become a leader in healthcare. Outside of school, Florence spends her time working at Piedmont Athens Regional- Oconee Health Campus and interning at ApolloMD in Atlanta. Both organizations have provided different perspectives of the healthcare delivery process and insights on how to improve the patient experience. After graduating with her MHA, Florence aspires to work as an operations manager at an urban hospital. For fun, she enjoys camping, hiking, and playing board games.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are GRE or GMAT scores required for admission?

No, we currently do not require standardized test scores such as the GRE or GMAT for admission to the MHA program. Students may choose to include GRE or GMAT scores for consideration with their application, but this is optional and not required.

Is the program traditional in format or can it be completed online?

The MHA program is a traditional, on-campus format with classes based on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens, GA. While there may be a few online or evening course offerings, the majority of the curriculum is completed on-campus, during the day.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The MHA program of study requires 54 credit hours over 5 semesters, which takes 2 years to complete.

Are students allowed to attend the program on a part-time basis?

The MHA program is a cohort-based program with a structured curriculum and no elective courses. Due to this, most courses are only offered once a year, thus the timeline for completion would vary for students wishing to enroll on a part-time basis.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Graduate assistantships within the department and college are limited and typically not available. Many students who have assistantships obtain those through grant-funded projects or working with faculty in other departments and colleges. Students interested in obtaining a graduate assistantship are encouraged to explore opportunities available within the entire university community.

Is the MHA available on the UGA Gwinnett campus?

No, all MHA coursework is completed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens, GA.

Is the MHA application completed through SOPHAS?

No, the MHA application is completed through the HAMPCAS. Application instructions are located under the “How to Apply” section.

How to Apply

The MHA application opens in HAMPCAS on September 3, and the deadline to apply is February 15. Applications received by this deadline will receive full consideration. Applicants will be notified of decisions regarding admission in March.

Students can access the UGA MHA application in HAMPCAS here.

Application Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current resume or CV
  • Three recommendations by Discipline Specific Academic Advisors or Employers
  • Personal Statement of Academic and Professional Background and Career Objectives

Prerequisites:

All students must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. There are no graduate credit hour requirements prior to admission to the program.

Students who do not have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a public health discipline are required to take a public health foundations course (PBHL 7100) during their program of study.

Contact

MHA Program Coordinator:
Dr. Lesley Clack
311D Wright Hall
ugamha@uga.edu

MHA Student Ambassadors:
Kyle Hunsinger, 2nd year MHA student
kmh21031@uga.edu

Anisha Koshy, 2nd year MHA Student
anisha.koshy25@uga.edu