Program Structure

In 2000, several changes were made to the Program's structure to lessen time away from home and work and enhance the off-campus sessions. First, the schedule of on-campus sessions and classes was revised to reduce on-campus time to six one-week sessions. Second, enrollees take fewer courses at a time than previously and in a somewhat shorter semester. Third, in recognition of the growing importance of information technologies, more course work in information systems was added. Fourth, part-time enrollment options were made available.

Full-time students enroll for 22-months and participate in four semesters of study with six on-campus sessions. Each semester is comprised of both on- and off-campus sessions. The mix of on-campus and off-campus study is designed to minimize time away from employment and home as well as travel expenses. During the six one-week on-campus sessions, students attend classes on the Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

A typical full-time class schedule of on- and off-campus sessions is as follows:

 
Year 1
Year 2
late July 1st on-campus session (7 days) 4th on-campus session (7 days); Summer session ends, 3rd semester begins
July - December
1st off-campus semester 3rd off-campus semester
mid-December 2nd on-campus session (7 days); 1st semester ends, 2nd semester begins 5th on-campus session (7 days); 3rd semester ends, 4th semester begins
January - May
2nd off-campus semester 4th off-campus semester
mid-May 3rd/Summer on-campus session (7 days); 2nd semester ends, Summer session begins 6th on-campus session (7 days); 4th semester ends - Graduation!
May - July Summer off-campus session  

Part-time schedules are determined by the Program's director to meet individual students' needs.

On-Campus Study

During on-campus sessions, students attend lectures, participate in seminars, and use the Department's learning laboratory, computer facilities and library. Students have ample opportunity to interact with fellow classmates, faculty, and visiting scholars and practitioners. Organized class sessions are typically held during the day and are designed to facilitate effective and efficient learning. Evenings are reserved for study, group project work, informal interaction with fellow students, and social events.

Off-Campus Study

During each off-campus semester, students continue course work at their home/work site using a carefully planned array of distance learning technologies. The Program uses the World Wide Web as the primary mode of communication during off-campus periods. This technology allows students and faculty to communicate with one another asynchronously through personal computers equipped with Internet access. Thus, courses can be accessed anywhere via a local Internet provider or online service.

Each course has its own separate "electronic classroom" which serves as the primary channel to conduct seminars and discuss assignments and projects. These electronic classrooms are also used to distribute announcements, hold meetings, and facilitate informal communication among faculty and students. With a full-time load of 3 courses, a minimum of 15 to 20 hours of work per week is necessary to complete off-campus seminars and course assignments.

There is a heavy emphasis on computer communications, proficiency with the use of personal computers is necessary. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are used extensively throughout the program. Training on the Program's communications and other software is done during the initial on-campus session.

Tentative Calendars 

 

Class of 2017 

Fall 1
On-Campus

July 18 - 23, 2015
Off Campus (July 27 – Dec. 9, 2015)

  • Health System Organization, Financing & Performance (3 cr)
  • Health Economics (3 cr)
  • Health Care Organization & Leadership (3 cr)
Spring 1
On-Campus

Dec 10 - 16, 2015
Off-Campus (Dec. 28, 2015 - May 7, 2016)

  • Health Care Managerial Accounting (3 cr)
  • Health Analytics & Decision Support (3 cr)
  • Management of Health Care Organizations (3 cr)
Spring 1 - Part 2 (Summer)
On-Campus

May 8 – 13, 2016
Off-Campus (May 16 – July 22, 2016)

  • Health Care Politics & Policy (3 cr)
Fall 2
On-Campus 

July 23 – 28, 2016
Off-Campus (August 1 – Dec. 9, 2016)

  • Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (3 cr)
  • Health Care Law & Bioethics (3 cr)
  • Informations Systems for Health Care Management (3 cr)
  • Managerial Epidemiology (2 cr)
Spring 2
On-Campus

Dec 12 –18, 2016
Off-Campus (Dec. 19, 2016 – May 6, 2017)

  • Health Care Marketing (3 cr)
  • Health Care Strategic Management (3 cr)
  • Human Resources Management in Healthcare (3 cr)
On-Campus

May 7 – 12, 2017
Graduation May 13, 2017

  • Completion of final semester

 Click here to download a printer-friendly copy of the MSHA tentative calendar for 2017.

 

Class of 2018 

Fall 1
On-Campus

July 23 - 28, 2016
Off-Campus (August 1 – Dec. 9, 2016)
  • Health System Organization, Financing & Performance (3 cr)
  • Health Economics (3 cr)
  • Health Care Organization & Leadership (3 cr)
Spring 1
On-Campus

Dec 12 - 18, 2016
Off-Campus (Dec. 19, 2016 - May 6, 2017)

  • Health Care Managerial Accounting (3 cr)
  • Health Analytics & Decision Support (3 cr)
  • Management of Health Care Organizations (3 cr)
Spring 1 - Part 2 (Summer)
On-Campus

May 7 – 12, 2017
Off-Campus (May 15 – July 21, 2017)

  • Health Care Politics & Policy (3 cr)
Fall 2
On-Campus 

July 22 – 27, 2016
Off-Campus (July 31 – Dec. 8, 2017)

  • Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (3 cr)
  • Health Care Law & Bioethics (3 cr)
  • Informations Systems for Health Care Management (3 cr)
  • Managerial Epidemiology (2 cr)
Spring 2
On-Campus

Dec 11 –17, 2017
Off-Campus (Dec. 18, 2017 – May 4, 2018)

  • Health Care Marketing (3 cr)
  • Health Care Strategic Management (3 cr)
  • Human Resources Management in Healthcare (3 cr)
On-Campus

May 6 – 11, 2018
Graduation May 12, 2018

  • Completion of final semester

 Click here to download a printer-friendly copy of the MSHA tentative calendar for 2018.