Program Overview

faculty and student working through problem on a laptopThe Master of Health Administration (MHA) program has been preparing students for careers as healthcare administrators for more than thirty years. It is the only CAHME (Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education) – accredited program in Arkansas, and our graduates work in organizations involved in the provision, financing, insuring, and regulation of healthcare. The curriculum is developmentally structured, with each semester’s work building on previous semesters.

The program is designed to provide an optimal mix between traditional classroom work and experiential learning in healthcare organizations. To further expose our students to real world issues a number of courses are taught by practicing senior-level healthcare administrators. The MHA requires 51 credit hours, and is designed to be completed in 21 months by full-time students, or approximately three and one-half years by part-time students. Most courses are offered in the evening to accommodate the program’s mix of full- and part-time students. A limited number of core courses are offered online.

Full-time students participate in a paid Summer Residency between their first and second years. Senior healthcare administrators serve as Preceptors for these experiences. Effort is made to place students in experiences compatible with their career goals. Part-time students complete a Management Project which involves work on a significant management issue in a healthcare organization, and senior administrators also serve as Preceptors for these experiences.

This program is supported by the Department of Health Policy and Management, and is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Completion of all course requirements, including the practical experience (Summer Residency or Management Project), ensures that graduates have attained the MHA competencies. The MHA Competency Model consists of five domains – (1) Leadership, Professionalism, and Ethics; (2) Communication and Relationships; (3) Management and Strategy; (4) Measurement and Analysis; and (5) Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment – 22 competencies identified as relevant for graduates from the MHA Program. Learn more here.

Students enrolled in the MHA Program have an opportunity to be involved in the MHA Student Association (MHASA), which represents all students enrolled in the MHA Program. The MHASA is focused on service, education, and professional development of future health care leaders. All students in the MHA program are automatically members of the association and are eligible to serve on committees and access the services offered. More information on the MHASA.

The MHA Program is CAHME Accredited.

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The MHA program is a full member of the Associate of University Programs in health Administration (AUPHA)

Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

Students interested in applying to the MHA program, please review the following documents:

For More Information

Richard Ault, MHSA
Director of MHA Program
Phone: 501.526.6652

Department of Health Policy and Management
UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
4301 West Markham Mail Slot 820 Little Rock, AR 72205