Courses & Curriculum


Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Health Administration, you must successfully complete 25 MHA courses, including a capstone project. Students are expected to complete a summer internship or approved educational experience.

Students are expected to earn a minimum grade of 2.7 in each course and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. All courses in the MHA program are required. For details, see MHA Program Policies and Resources.

The UW MHA program has a consistently high completion rate. For the 2013 graduating cohort, the completion rate was 100 percent.

Competency-Based Curriculum

The MHA curriculum follows a competency-based, multidisciplinary approach, combining the leadership competency model developed by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership with the latest in educational methods for adult learners. Each course maps to the competencies you can expect to learn. To learn about these competencies, see the Mission, Vision & Values page.

The MHA program follows a cohort learning model. At the start of the program, students are placed on teams that they will work with throughout their course of study. These teams serve as a forum for practicing leadership competencies and also as a valuable source of feedback for your professional development.

Course Sequence for the 2016-2017 Cohort

Year One

Total credits: 43

Autumn 2016
HSERV 511: Introduction to Health Services and Public Health (4)
HSMGMT 505: Managing Health Care Organizations (3)
HSMGMT 507: Group Dynamics and Team Leadership I (2)
HSMGMT 570: Quantitative Methods (3)
HSMGMT 579: Accounting for Health Service Managers (3)

Winter 2017
HSMGMT 510: Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management (4)
HSMGMT 514: Health Economics (3)
HSMGMT 531: Systems Modeling Frameworks for Health Care (3)
HSMGMT 571: Health Care Financial Management (3)
HSMGMT 578: Project Management (2)

Spring 2017
HSMGMT 501: Epidemiology/Critical Evidence Appraisal (3)
HSMGMT 562: Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations (5)
HSMGMT 567: Clinical Systems Management (3)
HSMGMT 592: Health Management Program Seminar (2)

Summer 2017
Summer Internship

Year Two

Total credits: 33

Autumn 2017
HSERV 552: Health Policy Development (3)
HSMGMT 503: Population Health Management Strategy (2)
HSMGMT 523: Informatics in Health Care Management (3)
HSMGMT 568: Quality Process Management (3)

Winter 2018
HSMGMT 500: Risk and Insurance Seminar (3)
HSMGMT 513: Seminar in Health Care Finance (3)
HSMGMT 532: Quantitative Methods for Health Systems Design and Analysis (3)
HSMGMT 552: Health Administration and Business Law (4)

Spring 2018
HSMGMT 507: Group Dynamics and Team Leadership II (2)
HSMGMT 518: Ethical Issues in Health Services (3)
HSMGMT 545: Capstone Integrative Seminar (4)

Note: Course information is subject to change.

Capstone Project

The capstone project is the culmination of your MHA studies, undertaken at the end of your second year. It is designed to provide meaningful hands-on experience in solving real-world health administration problems. Working in teams of three to four students, teams will tackle projects submitted by health care provider organizations in the Seattle area and present recommendations to the participating organizations.

Here are some examples of recent capstone projects:

  • Addressing Workforce Challenges in Rural Washington – Washington State Hospital Association & Health Work Force Institute
  • Analysis and Recommendations for Developing a Quality Metrics Dashboard – Puget Sound Health Partners
  • Coordinated Quality Improvement Program Plan Revisions – UW Medicine
  • External Referral Process – Group Health Cooperative
  • Positioning Rural Hospitals for Health Reform: A Business Case – Washington State Hospital Association & Health Work Force Institute
  • Reducing 30-day Readmission Rates for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure: A Pilot of Acute and Post-Acute Care interventions – Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus
  • Strategic Plan for the Virginia Mason Lewis & John Dare Center and Executive Health Programs – Virginia Mason Medical Center

The UW MHA program offers a project-based curriculum that focuses on team effectiveness and problem solving. Students are given numerous opportunities to apply the lessons from the classroom to real issues and problems occurring in local health care organizations. In my career, the knowledge that I gained through those hands-on experiences has been invaluable. I've learned that you don't solve problems working alone, but rather through partnership and accountable teamwork.

May Johnson, MHA, 2009
Clinical Business Manager, Head and Neck Center,
MD Anderson Cancer Center