MHA FAQs

What is the difference between the MHA and MPH in health management and policy programs?

How long does it take to earn an MHA degree?

How many credit hours are required for the MHA degree?

What is the MHA sequence of courses?

Is the UNTHSC MHA program CAHME accredited?

What is the approximate cost to attend?

What is an MHA internship and when do students complete it?

What is the difference between an internship and a fellowship?

I don't have any healthcare experience. What opportunities or resources are available prior to the internship?

The MHA program is competency based, what does that mean?

What are the admissions requirements for the MHA program?

What types of funding is available for master students?

What types of job opportunities are available to MHA graduates?

What type of support is available to international students?

Who should I contact if I don't see the answers to my questions?

What is the difference between the MHA and MPH in health management and policy programs?

The MPH in Health Management & Policy program prepares students with competencies needed for careers in policy development, policy analysis and health management. The health management and policy public health curriculum is based upon nationally recognized, entry-level competencies that address changing health behaviors, the delivery of services in culturally sensitive manner, service delivery with limited funding, and protecting the environment and ensuring the safety of homes, workplaces and food and water supplies.   The 48 credit hour curriculum addresses health systems, quantitative methods, health economics and finance, managed care, private and public sector management, state and national policy, and health law.

The MHA program prepares students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence based practices needed to become exceptional managers and leaders in health care organizations. The 60 credit hour curriculum is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interest in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long-term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms; government agencies; for-profit and nonprofit sector organizations.

The MHA degree focuses on the organization and effective and efficient management of health services organizations within dynamic policy and competitive market environments. The central focus of course material is on organization, operation and financing of the health services organization and on the development of a strong set of business management skills for application within the market-based health care environment. In essence, an MHA is a business degree that focuses on the intricacies of the health care industry and prepares students to lead their organizations to meet, and even exceed, the needs of their communities.

How long does it take to earn an MHA degree?

The MHA program is designed to be completed in two years, although students can choose a three year curriculum or four year curriculum. Many of our students, more than 90% , earn their degree within two to three years.

The MHA Program's two year curriculum, which consists of four semesters and one summer session, allows for full time study except for the summer semester. The three year curriculum of the MHA Program allows only for six full time study semesters and two summer sessions. The four year curriculum is completed in eight part time study semesters and three summer sessions.

How many credit hours are required for the MHA degree?

The MHA program is a 60 credit hour program that includes required courses (45 credit hours), electives (9 credit hours), and culminating experience (6 credit hours).

What is the MHA sequence of courses?

The sequence of courses can be found on our Program Profiles page here, under Master of Health Administration.

Is the UNTHSC MHA program CAHME accredited?

Yes! Our program is DFWs first and only CAHME accredited program.

What is the approximate cost to attend?

For MHA residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $15,000. For MHA non-residential students, total tuition and fees cost is approximately $40,000.

** Approximate costs are to complete the entire program which includes tuition & fees, course fees, transcript, matriculation and graduation fees included. These costs are subject to change.

What is an MHA internship and when do students complete it?

All MHA students are required to complete a 500-hour internship. The internship provides students the opportunity for a "real world" experience against which to compare the concepts and models learned in the classroom; enable an appreciation of the complexity of organizations and the individuals that comprise them; and provide insights for further development of skills and knowledge during the student's remaining time in the Program.

Students are required to fulfill a total of 30 SCH before enrolling in MHA Internship and to maintain good academic standing (GPA 3.0 and above). It is through the internship experience that students are able to develop their competency mastery further and identify areas of improvement for their development.

The majority of the students are full-time and complete their internship in the summer, following two semesters of coursework. Part-time students usually complete the internship after the completion of the required 30 SCH, usually the summer after two years in the Program. Part-time students working full-time usually conduct their internship on a part-time basis spread over several months during their second year and after completion of the required 30 SCH.

To learn more about the internship and internship opportunities available to our students click here

What is the difference between an internship and a fellowship?

An internship is a requirement for all MHA students. It is typically unpaid and lasts less than six months. Internships are open to students who have not graduated from the MHA program. The MHA director will help students find an appropriate internship that meets their interests and needs.

A fellowship is not a requirement for MHA students. Fellowships are typically paid and last from six months to two years, with the average length being one-year. Administrative fellowships are designed to give postgraduates additional, in-depth, hands on training to help them become better healthcare leaders. Each fellowship is designed differently, with different requirements and opportunities for students. The MHA director will inform students of fellowship opportunities as they become available; however, there are dozens of fellowships available around the country and the director is not aware of them all. Students should be proactive about seeking out these opportunities using the MHA Student Resources page, and applying for the fellowships in a timely manner.

I don't have any healthcare experience. What opportunities or resources are available prior to the internship?

Our MHA program encourages students to participate in a number of professional and interprofessional activities to help students prepare for their internship and futures as healthcare leaders. Students are required to participate in MHA Professional and Academic Development (PAD); a course designed to enhance professional development skills and opportunities. The MHA PAD course consists of a number of activities every semester including volunteering or working in a healthcare setting, joining a professional organization such as ACHE (http://www.ache.org/ ), MGMA (http://www.mgma.com/ ) or HFMA (https://www.hfma.org/ ), meeting local health executives and administrators, and participating in other workshops, and sessions that will assist students in defining their career goals, building competency within their professions, and increasing their knowledge and skills to excel academically and professionally.

The MHA program is competency based, what does that mean?

The mission of the MHA Program is to prepare students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence-based practices needed to be exceptional managers and leaders. The Master of Health Administration Program has adopted the national Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) competencies model. Three competency domains (Transformation, Execution and People), and 18 competencies within those domains guide the MHA Program curriculum. The 18 competencies chosen by the program represent our assessment of the cognitive and affective knowledge and skills needed to be effective in the diverse settings in which our graduates will work as they enter careers in health services management. As indicated by the target level that we have set of each competency, we have established expectations that are realistic for aspiring healthcare leaders to have by the completion of the program. To see a list of all 18 competencies please click here (link to Competency Page)

What are the admissions requirements for the MHA program?

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • Applicants must complete an application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS. All application materials need to be submitted directly to the application service, UNTHSC SPH does not require a supplemental application.
    • Applicants to the MHA program may apply through either the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Services HAMPCAS or SOPHAS.
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Submit official scores from one of the following graduate admissions examinations:

o Graduate Record Examination (GREinstitutional code 6565
o Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT)
o Medical College Admissions Test (
MCAT)
o Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
o Pharmacy School Admissions Test (PCAT)
o Dental School Admissions Test (DAT)
o The examination requirement is waived for applicants possessing a professional doctoral degree with a license to practice in the United States.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 double spaced pages)
  • Current resume or curriculum vita

What types of funding is available for master students?

The Dean offers competitive scholarships & graduate assistantships (GA) to new incoming students each fall semester. These awards are given out based on prior academic performance. To be considered for the scholarships & GA positions applicants must have submitted and completed their fall application through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS by the March 15th priority application deadline to be considered. That means all application materials must be received by the application service well enough in advance for the service to complete the coursework verification and release the application to the university.

The competitive scholarship qualifies an out-of-state or foreign resident for an out of state residency tuition waiver for the designated award year(s).

The GA positions are part-time hourly paid positions with a limited amount of funding for the first academic year. These positions do not qualify for an out-of-state residency waiver for tuition.

What types of job opportunities are available to MHA graduates?

Many of our graduates go one to work in hospitals, health systems, medical clinics, physicians' practices, VA facilities, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, or do consulting work. They hold management staff positions, staff specialist or staff support positions, and senior staff positions. Approximately 90% of our graduates are employed within three months of graduation.

What support is available to international students?

Our Office of Admission & Academic Services and our International Student & Scholar Services offer support and resources for our international students.

For information about the documents needed for international applicants please click here

Who should I contact if I don't see the answers to my questions?
If you have specific questions about the MHA program or curriculum contact:

Nuha A. Lackan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Health Management & Policy
Program Director, Master of Health Administration
Phone: 817-735-2242
Nuha.Lackan@unthsc.edu

If you have specific questions about admissions please contact:

Liz Medders
Associate Director of Recruitment & Admissions

Phone: 817-735-5046
Liz.Medders@unthsc.edu

OR

Dianna Hosford
Coordinator of Recruitment and Outreach
Phone: 817- 735-2459
Dianna.Hosford@unthsc.edu

This page last updated 25th Jul 2014