Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Print This Page

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 2,500 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 22 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 30 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 MHAs named “Top Doctors”
    Posted by Mona Rath on June 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Four physicians from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Executive MHA program were named “Top Doctors” in 2016 by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Two current ... Read more →

  • Christianson reappointed MedPAC vice chair
    Posted by Mona Rath on June 9, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Professor Jon Christianson, Division of Health Policy & Management, has been reappointed vice chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in Washington, D.C., where he will ... Read more →

  • MHA Health Management Career Fair Sept. 8
    Posted by Mona Rath on May 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Is your organization seeking an MHA graduate for hire? Attend our career fair and meet one-on-one with more than 70 first- and second-year full-time students seeking administrative fellowships, ... Read more →

  • MHA Spring News 2016
    Posted by Mona Rath on April 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    From the program director Welcome to the spring edition of MHA News! Spring in Minnesota is a season of transition. It also has been a time of transition for the MHA program. In my first few months ... Read more →