The online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University helps aspiring health care leaders develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to tackle complex global health challenges. The Milken Institute School of Public Health is ranked No. 16 on U.S. News & World Report‘s 2015 list of best graduate schools in health care management.
GW’s online MHA curriculum consists of eight modules focused on the leadership and analytical skills needed to create highly effective health care organizations, as well as core health care areas such as quality improvement, decision science, quantitative methods and community health. Students will attend live online classes, complete dynamic online coursework and participate in real-world immersion experiences held on the GW campus and at health organizations in the United States and abroad.
While the majority of the learning takes place online, MHA@GW students must attend four immersive campus visits — two 40-hour immersions and two 20-hour immersions held on the George Washington University campus and at various health organizations nationally or internationally. These experiences are essential components of the MHA@GW curriculum and allow students to see firsthand how high-performing health care systems operate. Immersions also bring students together with other health care professionals to develop high-level leadership skills.
Highlights of the online Master of Health Administration program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University include:
- Highly interactive online classes that are conducted live with an approximate 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Collaboration between accomplished health care leaders from across the United States who learn from each other’s diverse experiences
- A capstone research project that is related to a student’s current organization or community, enabling each student to make a clear commitment to improving health care processes and outcomes wherever they are located
|Total Credits||50 credits|
|Full Time vs. Part Time||Students attend one class at a time but
must be working full time while completing the degree.
|Time to Complete||The online MHA program can be completed in as
few as two years and as many as four years.
|Immersion/Placement||Four (4) immersion experiences|
|Tuition||$1,710 per credit|
Established in 1997, the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities. The Milken Institute School of Public Health combines the fields of business, medicine and education to provide professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to change the world.
Students have access to key public health professionals who are actively making a difference in the field. Offered the same opportunities as GW’s on-campus students, online students are able to work or volunteer in agencies and organizations that are shaping public health practice and policy. Immersion events also provide MHA@GW students with the opportunity to experience the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s vibrant learning culture.
GW’s online Master of Health Administration program consists of eight 10-week learning modules, each one focused on different core skills sets required for optimal delivery of health care. The MHA learning modules are broken down as follows:
- Healthcare Management and Strategy
- Medical Informatics and Decision Management
- Healthcare Financial Management
- Community and Public Health
- Health Economics and Quantitative Methods
- Quality and Performance Improvement
- Law and Policy
- Systems Thinking and Learning
Courses are designed and taught by the same professors that teach on campus. GW faculty members bring a wealth of experience to the classroom and remain heavily active in research, outreach and training in the field of health care. The small student-to-teacher ratio (roughly 15:1) allows students to develop close relationships with these influential, Washington, D.C.-based health professionals.
- GPA: There is no minimum GPA requirement, although applicants should have a strong academic background.
- Test Requirement: No prerequisite standardized testing is required to apply (i.e., GRE/GMAT results are not required).
- Work Experience: Two years of full-time health sector experience or three years of full-time experience in any industry is required. Additionally, all students must currently be employed in the health sector.
- Additional Requirements: Applicants must submit official transcripts from all academic institutions attended, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation and a current resume or CV. Applicants are also required to participate in a live, face-to-face interview with an admissions manager that will be recorded via web camera.
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