Dec 06, 2019  
CURRENT 2019-2020 Graduate Catalogue 
    
CURRENT 2019-2020 Graduate Catalogue

Healthcare Administration - M.H.A.


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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Eric Richardson

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) will prepare early to mid-level careerists with the essential foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide effective, ethical, and innovative leadership, management, and administration across a wide range of healthcare organizations. The 42 to 48 credit hour curriculum can be completed in as little as one (1) year by students who meet all preferred admission requirements.

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of the Master’s curriculum, the new graduate will be able to:

  • Analyze data that encompasses leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and health disparities among local, regional, and global populations that impact population health and associated healthcare organizations.
  • Create evidence based solutions aimed at improving cost, access, and quality of care.
  • Evaluate the internal and external environmental factors (social, cultural, economic, and political) impacting the strategic management of healthcare organizations.
  • Assess the impact of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of healthcare and public health policy.
  • Apply appropriate communication strategies based on communication goals and audience characteristics.
  • Design strategic planning initiatives that incorporate financial analysis, human capital management, operational improvement, marketing, and legal/regulatory compliance based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.

Admission Requirements


Students desiring admission into the graduate program in healthcare administration at UNCW must seek admission to the UNCW Graduate School. For admission to a graduate degree program at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington, applicants must (1) hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or its equivalent in a foreign institution. Equivalency of international baccalaureate degrees will be determined using World Education Services (WES.org) course-by-course transcript evaluations submitted to the Graduate School. (2) have a strong overall academic record with a B average or better in the basic courses prerequisite to the area of proposed graduate study; and (3) meet additional admission requirement(s) as outlined by the graduate program.

The ideal candidate for this program will be an early to mid-level careerist (the student) who presents with a bachelor’s degree in a healthcare related discipline [i.e., business (with a healthcare concentration), healthcare administration, public health, nursing, or other allied health disciplines] and one (1) year of work experience in a healthcare related  field (including, not limited to: hospital, out-patient facility, public health entity, long-term care, etc.).  Candidates who do not meet the ideal entrance requirements of a bachelor’s degree in a healthcare related field and one (1) year of work experience in a healthcare related field can be admitted but will be required to complete an additional six (6) hours of course credit as practicum.

Part-time Study for MHA Programs


Students may enroll part-time. Each student will work with his/her advisor in designing his/her part-time program of study. Students who are enrolled full-time and find it necessary to change their status to part-time will develop a part-time program of study with their advisor. The program must be completed in five (5) years from initial enrollment into the graduate program.

Degree Requirements (42 to 48 credit hours)


A total of forty-two (42) to forty-eight (48) graduate credit hours is required for the Master of Healthcare Administration degree dependent on candidates meeting ideal admission requirements for the program.

A total of six (6) credit hours of transfer credit may be accepted with approval from the graduate coordinator.

With the exception of six approved transfer credits, all graduate study must be completed in residence depending upon the degree option pursued.  An HCA student must have a “B” or better in each required course. If a student earns a “C”, he/she must repeat the course and must earn a “B” or better to progress. A student will only be allowed to repeat one course. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The program has no language requirement.

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