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MHA - Master of Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program prepares health administrators who are able to work in a variety of settings in the United States and abroad. The MHA program is a 60 credits program of graduate coursework designed to develop management skills tailored specifically to the health care industry. A robust set of coursework provides study in management of health care organizations, organizational behavior, health care economics, financial management, population health, marketing and communications, leadership, information systems and analysis. Students receive a solid grounding in public health to address the issues of population health management. A year-long residency in a health care setting is required and provides the opportunity to apply management skills and gain practical experience. Graduates are able to address issues unique healthcare industry and meet the challenges of the evolving health care climate both in the United States and globally.

The MHA is the most widely accepted healthcare management degree in the United States. The MHA program at Tulane is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Health care is the largest industry and second largest employer in the U.S., and the anticipated growth in healthcare positions continues to outpace all other occupations. The MHA prepares graduates for careers in the healthcare industry in an array of settings, such as public and private hospitals, multi-specialty clinics, and long-term care institutions. The MHA opens a path to leadership positions and opportunities for advancement.


The MHA program at Tulane is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Accreditation ensures that an academic program adheres to curriculum and academic standards that are recognized in the job market. Accredited schools and programs periodically undergo self-examination and outside review to ensure that academic standards are being maintained and keep up with standards in the field. The Tulane MHA has been CAHME-accredited since 1971 and the current accreditation is through 2023.

Graduation Rates

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Placement Rates by Academic Year

MHA 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16

Number of Graduates




Number of Graduates minus Unknown and Not Seeking




Placement rate (employed + further education)

100.0% (8) 

96.6% (28)

100.0% (14) 


87.5% (7) 

93.2% (27)

85.7% (12) 

Continuing education/training

12.5% (1) 

3.4% (1)

14.3% (2)  

Actively seeking employment

0.0% (0) 

3.4% (1)

0.0% (0) 

Not seeking employment

0.0% (0) 

0.0% (0) 

0.0% (0) 


0.0% (0) 

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0) 





Program Competencies

At the completion of the MHA degree, the student will be able to:

  • Speak and write in a clear, concise and logical manner in formal and informal situations within healthcare settings to convey cogent business presentations and to facilitate a group. (Effective Communication)
  • Demonstrate attributes necessary to influence others to achieve high performance in a healthcare setting. (Leadership)
  • Continuously strive to improve oneself and to act with respect and sensitivity for others. (Professionalism)
  • Consider the business, demographic, ethno-cultural, political, and regulatory factors in developing strategies that continually improve the long-term success and viability of healthcare organizations. (Strategic Management)
  • Utilize data to effectively organize and coordinate the performance and activities of a healthcare organization in order to achieve defined objectives. (Management)
  • Deconstruct complex problems into smaller elements and synthesizing that with other data to derive recommendations. (Critical Thinking and Analysis)
  • Use financial and accounting information to assess the financial health of an organization, to inform short-term operational decisions and to assess long-term resource allocation opportunities. (Financial Skills)
Admission Requirements

MHA applicants must meet the SPHTM admission requirements, which can be found here. The MHA will also accept the GMAT, MCAT or LSAT in addition to the GRE standardized exam.

Degree Program Requirements

The MHA requires the following courses:

Program Course Requirements (54 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • GHSD 6050 Health Systems Concepts (3)
  • GHSD 6120 Foundations of Management (2)
  • GHSD 6170 Quality Management in Health (3)
  • GHSD 6190 Ethical Concerns for Health Care Managers (2)
  • GHSD 6210 Health Law and Regulation (3)
  • GHSD 6320 Managerial Communications (2)      
  • GHSD 6360 Human Resource Management (3) 
  • GHSD 6380 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • GHSD 6450 Health Economics (3)
  • GHSD 6500 Introduction to Health Care Accounting (2)
  • GHSD 6540 Managerial Accounting (2)
  • GHSD 6550 Dynamics of Payment Systems—Policy & Function (3)
  • GHSD 6710 Quantitative Decision Models (3)    
  • GHSD 6780 Information Systems (3)
  • GHSD 6840 Health Market Analysis (3)
  • GHSD 6910 Leadership and Professionalism in Health Care (2)
  • GHSD 7170 Strategic Management & Planning for Health Care Organizations (3)
  • GHSD 7580 Financial Management (3)  
  • GHSD 7660 Health Policy Analysis (3)

Electives (minimum of 6 credits) 

MHA students may select other departmental courses or other graduate-level courses with advisor approval.


MHA students conduct an administrative residency that fulfills the practicum requirements. Seek MHA guidance for more information about the residency requirement.

Culminating Experience

The MHA program requires an oral comprehensive examination. The exam consists of a case study and four competency-specific questions. The case study tests the student’s ability to integrate material taken from all areas of the curriculum through the analysis of a complex situation, while the four questions assess specific knowledge in the MHA program competency domains.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Mark Diana, PhD

Program Director: Mark Diana, PhD

Department Administrator: Vanessa Bailey


Phone: (504) 988-1313

Students can either apply through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS.

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