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Healthcare Administration

  • Accelerated
  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Online

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed for career-oriented individuals who want to help shape the direction of healthcare organizations. Management opportunities and challenges continue to evolve to make this field demanding and rewarding for highly motivated people.


  • 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 organizations' resources.

     Students present at Erie’s Jefferson Educational Society.

    Gannon University Masters of Healthcare Administration students presented a lively, fact-filled debate comparing and contrasting health care options to a large crowd at Erie's Jefferson Educational Society.

     

    The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed to meet this need through an executive choice format with flexible instruction. Students decide what works best with their schedules. They can take course work entirely on line or also blend in weekly enrichment sessions through on-line/video conferencing.  The 36-credit, part-time program can be completed in just two years. Students will typically take two courses per semester, each of which is seven 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.

    Career opportunities 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 an 18% growth in the field over the next seven years, adding 2.4 million new jobs which pay more than the average in all other sectors of the U.S. economy.

    Students visit and tour at UMPC Hamot in Erie

    Students in Gannon's Healthcare Management and Masters of Healthcare Administration programs had the opportunity to take their learning outside the classroom during a visit and tour at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

    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:
    Rick Stachel, DSc, MBA
    814-871-7187
     stachel001@gannon.edu  

    Key Components

    • Executive-Choice Format with complete flexibility.  Students decide what fits best with their schedules. They can take instruction entirely on line or attend as many weekly enrichment sessions as they like through web/video conferencing.
    • Project-Based Learning that allows students to develop necessary skills and competencies through true-to-life class activities and projects.
    • Program review and input from an Advisory Council of five 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 healthcare 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 professionals who balance their studies with their careers. The executive choice format allows students complete flexibility. They can take course work entirely on line or add in any number of weekly enrichment sessions through web/video conferencing.