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Master of Health Administration

Essential skills for tomorrow’s healthcare managers

The need for healthcare is shared by everyone, regardless of age, status or background. Meeting this need requires close coordination among professionals of all disciplines, including those in health administration. For those who want to pursue this rewarding field and help improve the healthcare sector from within, the right education is essential.

Enhance your knowledge, take charge of your career

The mission of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program at Northcentral University is to prepare individuals for early and mid-career healthcare leadership roles. Our curriculum integrates essential leadership and management competencies with interprofessional practices, thus enabling our graduates to make evidenced-based decisions that will effect change in the complex and diverse healthcare industry.

Our program was designed to align with the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and utilizes the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) competency model. The MHA program is also a participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network and an associate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). As a student, you will explore crucial topics such as data-driven decision making, health policy development and implementation, leadership skills, and quality management within healthcare organizations. You will also learn about fiscal decision making, financial management, and the role of technology in a healthcare setting. Additionally, interprofessional education (IPE), which is designed to facilitate teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration, is incorporated throughout the program.

As a graduate of our program, you will be able to:

  • Manage strategic projects and action plans in healthcare organizations
  • Assess institutional financial and healthcare delivery performance
  • Examine community healthcare needs per industry standards
  • Model accountability with respect to compliance in policy, and regulation and ethical codes of conduct
  • Analyze organizational needs based on clinical and financial data

Earn your Master of Health Administration degree online

At National University you can complete your Master of Health Administration degree program 100% online. This allows you to continue your education without putting your career on hold. We also have helpful online resources and weekly start dates to offer you the flexibility you deserve. And, while you may be attending class online, you’re never alone at NU. Our unique one-to-one learning model and active online communities offer you the support you need to succeed.

Our MHA program also has established a chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta, the national academic honor society for health administration students.

To learn more about NU’s Master of Health Administration vision, values, policies and procedures, and educational and training protocols, please review the MHA Handbook.

Cameron Hierstein

Class of 2021

"The education I received in the MHA program at NU fostered a better understanding of healthcare management and decision-making through evidence-based methods. In every course, I was impressed with the highly qualified professors. Their real-world experiences shed light on applying the course concepts, and I benefited from the direct access to these highly-skilled faculty members through the University's one-to-one format.

Rick Valdenegro

Class of 2020

"NU really took a personal interest in who I am and who I want to become and helped me in achieving that next step in my career. They adhered to their one to one model of learning and I truly felt as if I was in a classroom throughout my entire program."

Career Potential*

  • Medical Practice Administrator
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Director of Assisted Living
  • Clinical Supervisor / Manager
  • Ambulatory Care Coordinator
  • Director of Case Management
  • Director of Surgical Services
  • Patient Experience Manager
  • Population Health Manager
  • Accountable Care Organization Manager
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.



NCU’s Master of Health Administration program has received candidacy status from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the national organization that grants accreditation to graduate degree programs. The acceptance of the MHA program into CAHME Candidacy demonstrates the School of Health Sciences’ commitment to continuous quality improvement through a focus on attaining CAHME accreditation.

Master of Health Administration Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 42 Credit Hours
Courses: 14 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 29 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

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