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Health Administration MHA

Aug. 21, 2024

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Become a Healthcare Leader

The Master of Health Administration, offered by the School of Public Health, is the premier professional program for those seeking to lead the health systems of the future. Focused on the organization, delivery and management of healthcare and public health systems and services, this program will equip you with the skills and insight needed to lead in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical group practices, healthcare consulting firms and health departments. With both full- and part-time options, as well as other flexible features – including the option to complete your internship experience with your current employer – the MHA program will take you beyond the business of healthcare.

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The MHA program is designed for those who want to build their careers specifically in the healthcare industry. From unparalleled partnerships and internship experiences to exclusive access to leading experts and industry-specific resources, this unique program will help you go further faster as a healthcare leader.


Candidate status is an indication that a program in healthcare management has voluntarily committed to participate in a plan of self-improvement and is actively progressing toward the status of accreditation. Candidate status is not accredited status and does not guarantee eventual accredited status.

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Maximum flexibility

  • With full- and part-time options available, as well as an option to complete an internship with your current employer, the program will accommodate your needs.
  • Align your unique interests with a specialty area.
  • Students can tailor the program around their individual interests, allowing them to specialize in a variety of areas across the healthcare industry.
  • Strong partnerships, exceptional hands-on learning opportunities.

Take full advantage of the School of Public Health’s distinctive partnerships as you apply classroom concepts to a real-world setting. From healthcare providers and community health advocates to agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s NIOSH, you’ll have access to a wealth of local, state and national organizations. Additionally:

  • AUPHA Member: As the only program in the state to be granted membership to the Association for University Programs in Health Administration, MHA faculty – and you – gain access to scholarships, exclusive resources and professional development opportunities.
  • CEPH Accredited: The MHA program is housed within the state’s only accredited School of Public Health, ensuring the program’s delivery of quality educational experiences for all students.

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Health Administration MHA Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 for applicants with no professional work experience
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for applicants with at least 3 years of professional work experience
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA are considered based on professional experience
  • WVU requires international students to submit English proficiency scores. Minimum score requirements are as follows:
    • Academic IELTS: 6.5
    • TOEFL iBT: 79 (WVU accepts MyBest scores)
    • PTE Academic: 53
    • Duolingo English Test: 105

Please Note: There are both SOPHAS and WVU application fees.


  • Applicants must apply via the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).
    • Submit as soon as possible. Do not wait for SOPHAS to receive transcripts, recommendations, or test scores.
    • Allow up to four weeks for SOPHAS to verify and process your application.
    • Applications must be complete and verified by SOPHAS by the following deadlines:
      • June 15th for Fall admission (April 15th for international applicants)
      • October 15th for Spring admission
  • Upon acceptance from SOPHAS, students will receive correspondence from the WVU School of Public Health regarding their acceptance and instructions to complete the WVU Graduate application.
    • All application information submitted to SOPHAS will be transferred directly to WVU Admissions
    • Please note: There are both SOPHAS and WVU application fees.

For the SOPHAS application, applicants must submit:

  • A statement of purpose and objectives
  • Three letters of reference
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae
  • All university transcripts (SOPHAS requires original transcripts from ALL U.S. institutions attended, even study abroad)
  • WVU requires international students to submit TOEFL scores
  • Please note: The GRE requirement has been removed for the current application cycle. However, should you choose to submit your official GRE test scores, use WVU School of Public Health SOPHAS GRE code: 0157

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Faculty Spotlight

Learn more about faculty experiences in the Health Administration MHA program.

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France Weaver, PhD

"To succeed in my classes, students must be curious, eager to learn, and get their ‘hands dirty’ by practicing the concepts and utilizing their skills."

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Steve Davis

"I promise all my students that I will see them successfully through my courses, provided they are determined to put in the work and effort."

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website.

Students are encouraged to:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by the March 1 deadline to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827; and
  • Check with your employer to see if they provide financial support for earning your graduate degree.

Healthcare Administration MHA total degree cost: $40,749 – Residents and Non-Residents

Credits Cost
1 $867
3 $2,601
6 $5,202
9 $7,803

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

Courses and Curriculum

Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Course Title Credit Hours
PUBH 640 Health Systems Leadership 3
PUBH 659 Public Health Foundations 3
HPML 610 Health Economics for Population Health 3
HPML 620 Health Administration and Operations Management 3
HPML 622 Analytic Methods for Health Policy, Management, and Leadership 3
HPML 623 Healthcare Finance 3
HPML 626 Internship 3
HPML 650 Professional Issues in Health Administration: Health Policy 1
HPML 652 Professional Issues in Health Administration: Law and Ethics 1
HPML 653 Professional Issues in Health Administration: Talent and Culture 1
HPML 654 Professional Issues in Health Administration: Health Information and Management Systems 1
HPML 655 Health Services Project Management 3
HPML 656 Managerial Epidemiology & Strategy 3
HPML 659 Comprehensive Experience in Healthcare Management 3
HPML 682 Managing Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3


Course Title Credit Hours
HPML 696 Graduate Seminar 6

Electives: 4-6

Total Hours: 45-47

Your future in Healthcare Administration

Some of the reasons to pursue a career in healthcare administration include:

Making a difference in healthcare: Healthcare administration is a critical component of the healthcare industry, responsible for managing healthcare organizations and ensuring that patients receive high-quality care. By working in healthcare administration, you can make a difference in people's lives by improving the quality of care and the efficiency of healthcare services.

Job security and growth opportunities: The healthcare industry is growing rapidly, and there is a high demand for qualified healthcare administrators. This means that job opportunities in this field are plentiful and that there is room for career growth and advancement.

Competitive salary: Healthcare administration is a well-compensated field, with many opportunities for high salaries and bonuses.

Varied career paths: Healthcare administration is a broad field that offers a wide range of career paths, from managing hospitals and clinics to working in public health, health insurance, or government agencies.

Interdisciplinary work: Healthcare administration requires knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines, including business, law, healthcare policy, and healthcare delivery. This interdisciplinary nature of the field can be intellectually stimulating and challenging.

The Benefits to Choosing Our Program

The MHA program at WVU focuses on providing students with both a breadth and depth of knowledge in areas critical to success as an administrative leader in the health sector, including:

  • Health Services & Operations Management
  • Leadership & Organizational Behavior
  • Health Finance & Economics
  • Health Policy, Law & Ethics
  • Strategic Planning & Managerial Decision Making
  • Project Management
  • Healthcare Quality & Outcomes Management

Career Outlook for Healthcare Administration

Healthcare administration is a rapidly growing field, and there are many exciting career opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in this area. Some of the potential futures in health administration include:

  • Hospital administrator
  • Health program or service line manager
  • Behavioral health administrator
  • Health department manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Quality, safety and/or patient experience specialist or manager
  • Data analyst
  • Consultant
  • Organization or agency director

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some potential employers for the Healthcare Administration MHA degree?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical group practices
  • Insurance and managed care organizations
  • Long-term care and rehabilitation services
  • Behavioral health systems
  • Consulting firms
  • Local and state health departments
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology and medical device companies
  • Health research organizations

How long will it take me to complete a Master of Health Administration degree?

This degree is a two-year full-time MHA program. Part-time and residential options are also available.

Can you tell me more about the faculty and curriculum of the Health Administration MHA degree?

Top-tier faculty deliver a cutting-edge, competency-driven curriculum focused on health system leadership, innovation, and change. Faculty consist of professors, associate professors, and assistant professors.

What should I know about class sizes for the Health Administration MHA?

Small cohort sizes assure personalized professional development.

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