Master of Health Care Administration
Maximize your potential
DMU's M.H.A. program will prepare you to improve health care delivery.
Beyond individual patient care, the delivery of safe, effective, affordable and accessible health care requires a unique combination of expert management and skills in leadership, service and performance. DMU’s Master of Health Care Administration program will prepare you to lead and succeed in this complex, growing industry. You will gain skills in financial management, leadership, health policy and more. It’s practical knowledge you can apply immediately in the daily management of health organization and long-term, big-picture planning.
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Designed for your life
DMU’s M.H.A. program, now available entirely online, offers web-based instruction and on-campus experiences to create a flexible experience for each student. In the traditional course model, our variety of enrollment options allow much of the program to be completed online and while you are working full-time, so it fits both your life and your goals, and flexible enrollment allows students the ability to earn their degree in as little as two years. Three five-day immersive experiences on campus combines the best of both words: face-to-face and technology enabled education.
The 48-credit-hour program will give you skills in financial management, leadership, health policy and more. It’s practical knowledge you can apply immediately in the daily management of health organizations and long-term, big-picture planning.
Learn from the best
The DMU M.H.A. faculty are scholars and national health leaders with diverse professional experience. They bring the most current health care topics into the classroom. Your professors will lead the learning experience as you explore challenges unique to health care and engage with your peers from health care organizations across the country.
M.H.A. faculty at DMU are adept at teaching, interacting with and supporting students in both online courses and on campus to create a comprehensive interprofessional educational experience for our students. An innovative component of the on-campus experiences is an exercise in the Standardized Performance Assessment Laboratory. Small groups of students are assigned roles in a health care organization and given the task of investigating, assessing and resolving a case based on interviews of “actors” involved in the case.
Let's get real
The program offers professional development that’s highly intensive and highly interactive. Courses cover current issues in health care, from leadership and quality assessment to governance and strategy formulation and implementation.
Show what you know
As the final course of the program, students select a Field Based Learning or Long-Term Care Internship in which they apply knowledge gained from their course work to resolve a real-world administration problem or to seize a professional opportunity. DMU’s M.H.A. program is the only one in Iowa that supports long-term care licensure.
The M.H.A. program recently received a full seven-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management (CAHME).
Graduate certificate available
The certificate program provides students with a selection of courses designed to be completed in one year. Classes are created for working professionals with real-world applications.
“During my time at DMU, I was able to not only expand my knowledge of health administrative concepts and practices, but also engage with current health professionals and students in other programs. Together this creates a well-rounded understanding of the realities of the health care industry.”
Ashley Miller, M.H.A. alumna