Healthcare is America's fastest-growing service industry, and healthcare executives are in demand to administer the acute and long-term care needs of an aging population and to serve as consultants to businesses and industrial organizations. The Master of Health Administration degree program focuses on the structure of healthcare organizations and examines important issues that impact the healthcare industry as well as examining the management and administrative aspects of health services organizations. It encompasses the business management side of health care, including human resources, marketing, sales, accounting, information systems, planning, and facility management.
The HSA track is attractive to working professionals as all course options are offered at night. Selected courses are also available during the day for students with more flexible schedules. Students can enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Courses are offered in a mixed-mode format with classroom limits capped at 30 students per section.
Working professionals with 3 or more years of healthcare management experience may wish to consider the Executive Master of Health Administration (e-MHA): www.ucf.edu/online/degree/executive-master-health-administration/.
The Health Services Administration track in the Health Administration MHA program requires a minimum of 51 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. This includes 42 credit hours of required courses, 3 credit hours of the capstone course, 3 credit hours of electives, and 3 credit hours of an internship. The degree program also requires 6 credit hours of prerequisite courses, which are taken after admission into the program. Knowledge of personal computers is also required.
Total Credit Hours Required: 51 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree
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- Students must complete prerequisite course work, including knowledge of finance and economics. Upon admission to the MHA program, students will be required to complete 2 prerequisite assessment tests. Students that receive a passing score of a 80% or higher will be exempt from taking the prerequisite in the respective area. - HSA 5177 - Foundations of Health Care Finance 3 Credit Hours - HSA 5436 - Foundations of Health Care Economics 3 Credit Hours
45 Total Credits
42 Total Credits
- Complete the following:
- HSA5198 - Health Care Decision Sciences and Knowledge Management (3)
- HSA6119 - Health Care Organization and Management (3)
- HSA6128 - Health Care Services Management (3)
- HSA6155 - Health Economics and Policy (3)
- HSA6195 - Management and Health Information Systems (3)
- HSA6342 - Health Care Human Resources (3)
- HSA6385 - Health Care Quality Management (3)
- HSC6636 - Issues and Trends in the Health Professions (3)
- HSC6911 - Scientific Inquiry in the Health Profession (3)
- PHC6000 - Epidemiology (3)
- PHC6146 - Health Planning and Policy (3)
- PHC6160 - Health Care Finance (3)
- PHC6164 - Health Care Finance II (3)
- PHC6420 - Case Studies in Health Law (3)
Capstone (See Program Details For Note)
3 Total Credits
- Complete the following:
- HSA6925 - Capstone in HSA (3)
3 Total Credits
- Complete at least 1 of the following:
- HSC6656 - Healthcare Ethics (3)
- HSA6112 - International Health Systems (3)
- HSA6512 - Health Care Leadership (3)
- HSA6536 - Health and Medical Terminology for Health Administrators (3)
- HSA5509 - Health Care Risk Management I (3)
- PHC6183 - Health Care Emergency Management (3)
- PUP6607 - Politics of Health (3)
- NGR5660 - Health Disparities: Issues and Strategies (3)
- GEY5648 - Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3)
3 Total Credits
- Earn at least 3 credits from the following types of courses: HSA 6946 Internship - offered every semester (Prerequisites: 24 credit hours completed in the program and completion of the internship orientation webcourse) As a requirement for the Master of Health Administration, students must complete an internship within the administrative realm of an actual healthcare organization. Students will work directly with the Director of Internships to select an organization of interest. Students are required to fulfill 240 contact hours within their selected organization over the course of the semester, or approximately 18-20 hours per week. Many healthcare organizations will require that students complete a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, law enforcement fingerprinting, state driving records, credit reports, and criminal records check. The cost of the background check is the student's responsibility. Background checks may take time to complete and, subsequently, could delay the student's internship placement. It is advised that, in the semester prior to the internship, the student contact the organization directly to obtain further information on the organization's background check requirements. Students who have potential background issues must contact the Director of Internships to schedule an interview in order to discuss the impact on field placement. The Health Services Administration Program cannot guarantee internship placement or subsequent degree completion for students who do not pass background checks Students with 3 or more years of relevant healthcare management experience may qualify for a research-based internship option and are advised to contact the Director of Internships.
Grand Total Credits: 51
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student's graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.