Curriculum

The program’s courses are designed to meet the distinctive needs of the experienced health care professional. Courses develop business skills for the unique health care environment so that students are prepared to meet the challenges of the health care marketplace. Classes draw upon the knowledge of the faculty and the diverse group of experienced professionals enrolled. The competency model utilized by the MSHA Program is operationalized in curricular offerings in the development of learning objectives for individual courses. A description of the competency model for the MSHA program can be found here.

Each semester is composed both of on-campus and off-campus sessions. During the six one-week on-campus sessions, students attend professional program classes on the MCV Campus. During the off-campus session of each semester, students continue studies at their home or work site, employing a carefully planned array of distance-learning technologies.  Students are required to complete a total of 41 semester hours (including transfer credit, if any) to qualify for the Master of Science in Health Administration degree. The curriculum consists of 14 courses listed below that must be completed by all degree candidates. All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.

Full Time Enrollment

First Semester (Fall)

Health System Organization, Financing and Performance (HADE 602)

Health Economics (HADE 624)

Health Care Organization and Leadership (HADE 646)

Second Semester (Spring)

Health Care Managerial Accounting (HADE 606)

Health Analytics & Decision Support (HADE 610)

Health Care Politics and Policy (HADE 615)

Management of Health Care Organizations (HADE 647)

Third Semester (Fall)

Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (HADE 607)

Managerial Epidemiology (HADE 609, 2 credits)

Health Care Law and Bioethics (HADE 611)

Information Systems for Health Care Management (HADE 612)

Fourth Semester (Spring)

Health Care Marketing (HADE 614)

Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations (HADE 648)

Human Resources Management in Health Care (HADE 649) 

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Part Time Enrollment

Recognizing the challenge that full-time enrollment brings to busy careers and personal lives, the Department now offers part-time options in the MSHA Program. Part-time students generally enroll in 6 or 7 credit hours per semester and spend an additional 10 months in classes in the Program. The recommended part-time schedule is shown below. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Fall 1

Health System Organization, Financing and Performance (HADE 602)
Health Economics (HADE 624)

Spring 1

Health Care Managerial Accounting (HADE 606)
Management of Health Care Organizations (HADE 647)

Spring 1 - Part 2

Health Care Politics and Policy (HADE 615)

Fall 2

Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (HADE 607)
Health Care Organization and Leadership (HADE 646)

Spring 2

Health Analytics & Decision Support (HADE 610)
Health Care Marketing (HADE 614)

Fall 3

Managerial Epidemiology (HADE 609, 2 credit)
Health Care Law and Bioethics (HADE 611)
Information Systems for Health Care Management (HADE 612)

Spring 3

Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations (HADE 648)
Human Resources Management in Health Care (HADE 649)