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Master of Healthcare Administration

Program Coordinator: Brandi Sillerud, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA_BC
School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
216M Lommen Hall, (218) 205-6781
brandi.sillerud@mnstate.edu

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program provides students with the skills and experience to be competitive in a variety of professional settings. Building on students' existing leadership skills, management styles and current understanding of healthcare policy in the highly regulated healthcare industry, students will be able to dynamically contribute to the improvement of the delivery of services throughout the healthcare continuum.


Master of Healthcare Administration

Description
The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) - 43 credits

Admission Requirements

Information on admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) program at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is focused on a creating a board-based knowledge platform from which to launch future healthcare leaders. Students will focus on gaining a greater understanding of elements related to healthcare leadership and administration. The program is guided by five domains with accompanying competencies. The major domains include: (a) leadership, (b) professionalism, (c) communication and relationship building, (d) knowledge of the healthcare environment and (e) business skills. The curriculum and courses are built to reflect these key domains and associated competencies.

Current Student Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize a systems approach as an organizational leader to effectively plan resource use, guide ethical decision-making, role model critical reasoning, build relationships, promote evidence–based practice to improve systems, and assure safe, high quality patient care outcomes.
  • Apply safety and quality principles, methods, performance measures, and standards to transparently and continually improve health outcomes across the continuum of care.
  • Analyze, incorporate, promote, and evaluate current/emerging patient care, informatics, and communication technologies to deliver and enhance healthcare outcomes.
  • Evaluate, advocate for, and support organizational/governmental policy to improve health care delivery and population health outcomes.
  • Collaborate as leader/member of interprofessional teams to optimize care management, coordination, and administrative practices.
  • Develop clear and concise communication methods as an emerging healthcare leader.
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking through project management methods with the implementation of a scholarly capstone project.

Domain #1: Leadership

Competencies:

  • Utilize a systems approach as an organizational leader to effectively plan resource use
  • Build and facilitate relationships within the healthcare environment
  • Employ ethical decision-making when encountered with a problem
  • Improve system outcomes by implementing evidence based practice to organizational issues
  • Provide innovative thinking and critical reasoning on issues that impact health care organizations
  • Use change theory to implement change to assure safe, high quality patient outcomes

Domain #2: Professionalism

Competencies:

  • Uphold ethical principles and corporate compliance standards
  • Advocate for optimal health care in the community
  • Demonstrate professional norms and behaviors
  • Engage in continued professional development

Domain #3: Communication and Relationship Building

Competencies:

  • Develop clear and concise communication methods as an emerging healthcare leader
  • Collaborate as leader/member of interprofessional teams to optimize care management, coordination, and administrative practices
  • Establish cultural competency in the workforce
  • Create a shared vision that strategically aligns with an organization
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to enhance healthcare decision making

Domain #4: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment

Competencies:

  • Apply safety and quality principles, methods, performance measures, and standards to continually improve health outcomes across the continuum of care
  • Develop and articulate organizational performance improvement programs and goals
  • Prepare projects that align with governmental, regulatory, professional and accreditation agency requirements
  • Evaluate, advocate for, and support organizational/governmental policy to improve health care delivery and population health outcomes
  • Utilize evidence for establishment of standards, practices and patient care models within an organization

Domain #5: Business Skills

Competencies:

  • Integrate information from various sources to make decisions and recommendations
  • Utilize data to drive business decisions
  • Utilize technology to support improvement of clinical and financial performance
  • Apply basic financial management and analysis principles
  • Evaluate the strategic, financial, human and operational management of organizational resources to improve care outcomes.
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking through project management methods with the implementation of a scholarly capstone project

Mission:

The Mission of the Health Administration program is to provide an exceptional graduate-level educational experience that will prepare students to assume leadership positions in a variety of health care organizations.  Students are exposed to real-world, interprofessional experiences in which they are able to witness the confluence of theory and practice.

Vision:

The vision of the Master of Health Administration program is for students to become future healthcare leaders who enrich the communities they serve with their knowledge and passion for quality, safe and efficient healthcare. 

Values:

  • Excellence— the program sets the highest standards for qualifications, experience and professionalism. This is expected of faculty and staff so that students may have optimal learning experiences.
  • Professionalism—Professional behavior is expected of students and faculty.  Honesty, integrity and ethical behavior are the cornerstones of the MHA program.
  • Diversity—Understanding that each person comes to the program with his/her own unique perspectives, backgrounds and experience leading to a richer learning experience
  • Lifelong Learning—The program is designed to encourage lifelong learning by engaging students in healthcare community activities, organizations, publications and encouraging student involvement in ongoing educational opportunities

Core Requirements ( 43 credits )

ECON 610 Healthcare Economics (3)
MBA 611 Marketing Management (3)
MBA 641 Human Resource Management (3)
MBA 671 Healthcare Delivery Science (3)
MBA 682 Operations Management (3)
MHA 605 Healthcare Quality & Regulatory Management (3) 
MHA 618 Healthcare Law and Ethical Decision Making (3)
MHA 619 Applied Health Care Financial Management (3)
MHA 625 Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
MHA 628 Healthcare Delivery Systems, Policy & Reimbursement (3)
MHA 638 Health Information Systems (3)
MHA 650 Organizational Strategies & Systems Leadership (3)
MHA 692A Capstone I (1) 
MHA 692B Capstone II (6)