Health Administration : Online


Why study Health Administration : Online?

Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Cincinnati’s innovative on-line Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degree Program is to provide working professionals who might not have ready access to traditional educational routes with a high quality curriculum in health care management, preparing them to serve as innovative, transformative, ethical health care leaders within teams, organizations and health systems:

  • We offer a competency-driven, evidence-based curriculum which, by including both academics and practitioners as faculty, is adaptive to the ever-changing health care environment
  • Our on-line approach is designed both to expand access and to allow mid-level and other working health professionals to develop and enhance nationally-recognized competencies
  • A faculty chosen for their commitment to the scholarships of discovery, integration, application and/or teaching & learning create an online learning environment which is research-based and service-oriented and which assures the best possible educational experience for all students, including individualized learning paths when necessary.

Vision Statement:

The vision of the UC MHA program is to be acknowledged as a national exemplar in leveraging developments in online educational technology to prepare future leaders for the ever-changing health care environment. 

The faculty’s demonstrated success in the scholarships of discovery, integration, application and/or teaching & learning will be one vehicle for this, particularly gaining national recognition for published and presented research. 

Our graduates will be the further proof of our efforts:

  • their evaluations will guide us
  • their efforts will be recognized by their supervisors, colleagues, patients and organizations as characterizing curious, competent, and compassionate stewards of the public and institutional trust, and
  • their performance will reflect honor upon their alma mater, their employers, and their profession.

Values Statement:

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program values a conception of the health systems leader as a true health professional, rather than a simple manager. In this we are in strong support of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) Code of Ethics, with its focus on the health care manager’s responsibilities

  • to the profession
  • to patients or others served
  • to the organization, and
  • to employees.

In our faculty we value:

  • a commitment to teaching informed by research and/or practice
  • a dedication to service, whether to university, profession, or community
  • the understanding that our learners are adults who are working and living full lives while improving their education
  • a cooperative, collegial approach that allows for the development and maintenance of an integrated practice-oriented curriculum

Among our students and graduates, we value:

  • a habit of critical analysis, buttressed by an in-depth understanding of the evidence-based approach
  • an understanding that marketplace mastery can be combined with corporate good citizenship
  • an ongoing commitment to improvement in all aspects of one’s professional efforts, and
  • an understanding that all of one’s patients, clients, colleagues and all others are fully deserving of human compassion and respect

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • List of three references: one which addresses the applicant’s academic readiness for graduate-level work, one which addresses the applicant’s work ethic and habits, and one which addresses the candidate’s communications and interpersonal skills
  • Resume/CV of personal, professional and educational background. Applicants are strongly encouraged to highlight experience in health care.
  • Letter of intent or brief essay (no more than three double spaced pages) which must include the following information: academic goals, professional objectives, work plan for completing the degree, and level of motivation for this program.
  • Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application
  • International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 580 (paper version), 237 (computer), or 93 (Internet), and obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees and other relevant documents
  • GRE not required, but if you have taken the GRE/GMAT and would like submit your scores, the University’s code is 1833.

The University of Cincinnati Master of Health Administration program has graduates from all over the country. From presidents and vice presidents of hospital systems to chief operating officers, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses, the UC MHA program has over 500 graduates from over 20 states. Our graduates work for the Department of Labor to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Stanford Children’s Health, to the University of Cincinnati Health System. The UC MHA program is a 100% online, with no residency requirement, allowing our students to attend school while working for some of the largest health care systems in the country.

Program Outcomes

Statistics on our students including graduation and employment rates can be viewed on the UC MHA Program Outcomes page.

According to a 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, health administrators’ median salary is $99,730.  The job outlook for health administrators is expected to rise 18% over the next decade.  Health administrators work in healthcare facilities, including hospitals, medical practices, nursing homes, and hospital systems.  Health administrators prepare and monitor budgets, operating revenue, supervise staff, and ensure the quality improvement of the health system.  Some of the careers that health administrators occupy include CEO and CFOs of hospital systems, clinical managers, health information managers, and nursing home administrators.  The majority of UC MHA program graduates work in higher management positions across the United States. 

The University of Cincinnati Master of Health Administration (MHA) program has several advising and mentoring programs to help students as they move through the MHA program. Student success is critical to the success of MHA students. From the time an MHA student is accepted into the program, they are assigned a Student Success Coordinator that helps them with enrollment and course selection.  During the first course of the MHA program, students are assigned an academic advisor from the faculty in the UC MHA program. UC MHA students are also given the opportunity to be matched with UC MHA Alumni in a mentoring program. Students are matched with alumni in order to network, provide guidance, and advise you as you go through the program. 

Please see the Graduate School handbook.

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Master of Health Administration program, please visit our application and complete the form.

To learn more about the Master of Health Administration degree program visit our program website.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Mia Granacher
57 West Daniels Street
Common Edge North
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-4302

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Program Code: 35MAS-HADM-MHA-.HADM-DL