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Curriculum

The MHA program’s blend of on-campus experiences and web-based instruction offers the best of both worlds: face-to-face and technology-enabled education proven to optimize learning outcomes.

How Long Will It Take?

DMU’s M.H.A. program offers flexible enrollment, allowing students to complete their degree requirements in as little as two years. The program consists of 48 total credit hours – 45 academic course credit hours and a three-credit-hour Field Based Learning project.

These plans layout several examples of how long it would take to complete the program with different course loads:

Block I

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MHA 619Health Care Human Relations Management3.0
MHA 621Overview of the U.S. Health System3.0
MHA 625Health Care Financial Management I3.0
MHA 626Organizational Behavior and Leadership Theory3.0
MHA 627Legal and Ethics I: Clinical Decision Making2.0
MHA 650Health Care Statistics and Research3.0
MHA 801Professional Development Seminar I: Blending Theory with Practice2.0

Block II

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MHA 628Legal and Ethics II: The Business of Health Care2.0
MHA 629Organizational Development I: Systems Improvement3.0
MHA 630Health Care Financial Management II3.0
MHA 631Health Information Management3.0
MHA 633Population Health and Managerial Epidemiology2.0
MHA 742Strategy Formulation and Implementation2.0
MHA 802Professional Development Seminar II: Blending Theory with Practice1.0

Block III

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MHA 642Long-Term Care Internship3.0*
MHA 644Health Care Economics and Policy3.0
MHA 646Strategic Marketing and Communications2.0
MHA 648Organizational Development II: Process Development3.0
MHA 748Organizational Development III: Tools Application1.0
MHA 749Field Based Learning3.0 *
MHA 803Professional Development Seminar III: Blending Theory with Practice1.0

* One of these courses is required

On-Campus Experiences

Students participate in three on-campus experiences during the program. Held on the DMU campus, these five-day events offer professional development that’s highly intensive and highly interactive. Sessions cover current issues in health care, from leadership and quality assessment to governance, conflict resolution, and strategy formulation and implementation.

Learn more about on-campus experiences

Field-Based Learning

In this culminating course, students apply knowledge gained from their graduate experience to the resolution of a “real” administrative problem or to take advantage of an opportunity. This field-based experience fosters the integration and synthesis of program content through critical thinking; it also facilitates the student’s transition from education to professional practice.

M.H.A. Learning ePortfolio

M.H.A. students build a portfolio throughout the program. It organizes the students’ experiences in the program around competency development while reinforcing the practice of content integration and self-evaluation as a discipline of leadership.

During the first on-campus experience, program faculty introduce students to this portfolio exercise; give students access to a web-based tool to build their electronic portfolio (ePortfolio); provide a template of required and elective documents (or artifacts); and outline a process of self- and external review to guide the students as they integrate their learning into practice. Replicating a 360-degree evaluation, students identify a professional mentor to review their portfolio and provide feedback, while the academic adviser serves as the primary reviewer/evaluator of the portfolio.

The use of an electronic portfolio allows students to take these reflective documents with them into their professional careers. They can continue to update and reflect on their development activities.