Degrees & Programs

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

The Minnesota MHA is a top-ranked program of health care administration. As one of the first of its kind in the nation and founded by James A. Hamilton, it has become a model for other health care management programs.

We provide our students with training to become leaders in health care administration with a curriculum that emphasizes practical skills and career development. One hundred percent of graduating students secure administrative fellowships or jobs by July of their graduating year.

The MHA Alumni Association is the largest and most active of its kind. The group of more than 2,600 graduates engages with students by hosting events and providing mentorship and internship opportunities to many students.

Healthcare administration student Meghan Howell

Which MHA Program is Right for Me?

  • Designed for students with minimal health care management experience.
  • Courses are delivered on campus over 21 months and curriculum emphasizes analytical and problem solving skills, collaboration with inter-professional teams, and a deep understanding of health systems and hospital operations.
  • Classes are small and cohort-based.
  • Students complete a 10-week summer residency that provides real life work experience and an opportunity to apply the Minnesota Problem Solving Method to a management project.
  • At graduation the majority of students are placed in an administrative fellowship where they receive guided experience to strengthen their management and leadership skills and bridge the gap between being a student and becoming a junior executive. Many organizations offer full time employment upon completion of a fellowship
  • Designed for employed executives, physicians, and health care professionals seeking to advance their management and leadership skills and capabilities.
  • The program is a learning cohort model that blends online and on-campus coursework.
  • Most coursework is online, allowing minimal interference with work and family.
  • Students spend 26 days on campus over 25 months.
  • Working with faculty and advisors, students design and conduct a project to introduce an innovation into their organization. The project provides the opportunity for students to bring together many aspects of their learning into an innovation of significant value.

MHA News

  • Executive MHA Profile: Beth Olson
    by Mona Rath on August 30, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Translating Diabetes Research to Care Delivery Beth Olson is a program manager in clinical research at the International Diabetes Center/HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis. She coordinates […]

  • MHA Alumni Profile: Gabrielle Cummings
    by Mona Rath on July 18, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Guiding a New Generation of Healthcare Professionals Gabrielle Cummings, MHA ‘02, is the President of Highland Park Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem in Highland Park, IL where she […]

  • MHA Alumni Profile: William Santulli
    by Mona Rath on June 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Transforming Patient Safety William Santulli, MHA ‘84, is the Chief Operating Officer for Advocate Aurora Health in Downers Grove, IL and Milwaukee, WI. He is among Modern Healthcare’s […]

  • MHA Student Profile: Katie Klingel
    by Mona Rath on June 14, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Determined to Integrate Physical and Mental Health Care Katie Klingel chose the field of public health because she wanted to gain a better understanding of how evidence-based delivery models and […]

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