2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) 
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2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

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The healthcare system is experiencing a rapid transformation. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an aging population, and emerging new technologies, employment of medical and health services administrators and managers is projected to grow 23% from 2012 to 2022.

Today’s healthcare industry employers require effective, visionary leaders who can help them respond to the needs of their communities while optimizing organizational performance and outcomes. Our fully online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program can put you at the forefront of the field and help you improve the experience of healthcare providers as well as patients.

As a leader in healthcare education, Walden is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students, the healthcare industry, and employers. The coursework in this online healthcare administration degree program explores the latest trends and allows you to develop the professional competencies expected by top healthcare organizations:

  • Critical and creative thinking and problem solving
  • Business and interpersonal communication
  • Strategic planning
  • Adaptability and collaboration
  • Change management

Taught by doctoral level faculty, our MHA degree program features curriculum with multimedia that lends a real-world perspective to your online learning experience.

With a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Walden, you can gain the skills and credentials that allow you to pursue healthcare leadership roles and make a difference in your organization and community.


Note: The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.

Learning Outcomes

The MHA Program Learning Outcomes relate to the Walden University Outcomes.

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively with colleagues, stakeholders, and service recipients. (WLO VII, VIII, IX)
  2. Assess the components of the healthcare delivery system in the United States. (WLO II, V)
  3. Appraise delivery of healthcare strategies and solutions. (WLO II, IV, VI)
  4. Analyze environmental factors impacting the management of healthcare organizations. (WLO IV, VI, IX)
  5. Analyze decisions that impact the healthcare delivery system such as laws, mandates, court decisions, and policies. (WLO I, III, IV, V, VII, IX)
  6. Utilize professional ethics in managing and leading healthcare organizations. (WLO  II, III, VII, IX)
  7. Analyze the responsibility and operations of a healthcare organization in patient care outcomes and business performance. (WLO II, IV, VII)
  8. Apply critical-thinking skills in financial management, human resourcing, operational improvement, and strategic planning. (WLO IV, V, VI, VII)
  9. Analyze managerial and leadership challenges in healthcare. (WLO III, VI, VII, IX)
  10. Analyze healthcare marketing used to improve consumer experience and competitive advantage. (WLO II, IV, V, VI, VII, IX)
  11. Utilize evidence-based healthcare strategies that are culturally appropriate to improve population health outcomes. (WLO I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX)

Competency-Based Education

In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) (Competency Based)  page for program details.

Course-Based Program

Degree Requirements

  • 53–68 total quarter credits (depending on whether a student chooses to complete an optional specialization) 
  • Core courses (53 cr.)
  • Optional specialization (15 cr.)


General Program

In the general Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, you prepare to help your organization address the challenges of today’s changing healthcare landscape. Through coursework, you will explore the regulations, laws, court decisions, and health policies that impact health service providers. You also examine and analyze the latest theories, technologies, and strategies in the field, focusing on developing the advanced business skills that today’s healthcare employers need. Multimedia and case studies are integrated into the relevant curriculum to help you gain the knowledge and credentials to pursue healthcare leadership roles.

Note on Licensure

The Master of Healthcare Administration is not a licensure leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed professional in healthcare administration, healthcare leadership, nursing home administration, or other similar positions.

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