Healthcare Administration

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  • Program Overview

    Healthcare facilities are increasingly complex to manage due to many factors: increased governmental regulation, demand for accountability, advances in healthcare technology, the changing demographics of the country, and the variety of reimbursement systems. There is a pressing need for qualified healthcare administrators to plan, organize, direct, and control their organization's resources.

    The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed to meet this need through an executive format with a blend of face-to-face evening courses and online instruction. Graduate students will typically take two courses per semester, each of which is 7 weeks, allowing students to focus on a single course at a time. Given the dynamic curriculum and flexible modality, the MHA program is ideal for working healthcare professionals who wish to continue to work while pursuing their education to advance their careers.

    The part-time program consists of 36 credits with the option of a capstone paper or comprehensive examination. A volunteer service commitment, or internship, of no less than 20 hours is required for individuals not presently employed in health care.

    Career opportunities are abound for capable, highly skilled healthcare managers. More than 100,000 people serve in the field, from middle management to CEO level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 17% growth in the field over the next eight years, adding 56,000 jobs which pay on average close to $100,000 annually.

    There are very few careers more dynamic than healthcare administration. Management opportunities and challenges continue to evolve to make this field demanding and rewarding for highly motivated people with excellent interpersonal communication skills. Health administrators work in numerous settings, including:

    • Hospitals and health systems
    • Ambulatory care facilities
    • Physician-based practices
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Community health agencies
    • Managed care organizations

    Program Director:
    George Couch, DrHA, MBA

     Key Components

    • Combines face-to-face and online learning in a flexible cohort format.
    • On-campus courses will be held on weekday evenings in Gannon's new Center for Business Ingenuity.
    • Program review and input from an Advisory Council of five (5) Regional Healthcare Leaders.
    • Taught by Gannon Faculty, Guest Faculty composed of distinguished, recognized healthcare executives and leaders.

    Program Objectives

    The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed for career-oriented individuals who want to help shape the direction of healthcare organizations. Students will be sought who bring both a business mind and a commitment to take care of the enterprise, its patients and families, and its employees. Our students will be provided with the education, tools, and resources to help them gain employment in the full continuum of health care including hospitals, physician practices, long-term care settings, and public health, research, and consultant organizations.

    Executive Format

    Gannon University executive MHA students will be working health care professionals who balance their studies with their careers. Instruction will be delivered both in-person and online, allowing students to continue working while completing their degree within two to three years. Graduates will complete 36 credit hours of coursework with the option of a capstone paper or comprehensive examination. Students in this program presently employed in healthcare are not required to complete an internship or volunteer service.


    • Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
    • Health Care Information Systems and Technology
    • Health Care Management and Leadership
    • Health Care Research and Quantitative Methods
    • Health Care Policy
    • Quality Management in Health Care Services
    • Health Care Finance Health Care Law and Ethics
    • Human Resource Management for Health Care Health Care Services Marketing
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Strategic Management
    • Comprehensive Exam or Capstone Paper