Master of Health Administration


Why a Master of Health Administration (MHA)?

Let McKendree University help you be the leader who makes a difference in your organization. The Master of Health Administration offers a high-quality educational experience to the leaders who will drive the future of healthcare. The degree will provide the business skills and healthcare industry knowledge necessary to manage organizations in the constantly changing health arena. 




McKendree University Entrway MonumentWhy McKendree University?

The MHA program at McKendree University combines academic excellence with the high level of flexibility necessary for working adults to pursue an advanced degree. Our low faculty to student ratio, combined with a variety of student services, ensures that students receive the personal attention and support they need to succeed.




Curriculum Requirements

This 30-hour online program can be completed in five semesters.

MHA 500 Healthcare Operations and Economics

MHA 501/NSG 501 Health Policy and Legal Aspects in Healthcare

MHA 502/NSG 502 Ethics, Social Justice, Diversity, and Health Equity

MHA 503/MBA 503 Marketing and Management Concepts

MHA 600 Driving Success and Sustainability with Strategic Planning

MHA 601 Leading and Managing in Organizations and Systems

MHA 604/NSG 604 Quality, Safety, and Performance in Healthcare Organizations

MHA 630 Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations

MHA 652/MBA 652 Organizational Behavior

MHA 660 Health Administration Capstone Project and Practicum




Interesting Courses

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MHA 501 Health Policy and Legal Aspects in Healthcare 

This course prepares graduate-level students to participate in planning and implementation of quality care in a variety of healthcare systems. The focus is on analysis of healthcare policy and legal aspects of health systems at multiple levels including locally, nationally and internationally. Students develop a healthcare policy paper exploring the role of the law and healthcare policy within healthcare systems.

MHA 502 Ethics, Social Justice, Diversity, and Health Equity

In this course, students analyze the concepts of social justice, diversity, and health equity in the context of fundamental ethical theories, constructs, and philosophies. Students will explore the impact of the social determinants of health and the experience of health disparities that impact health systems as well as health outcomes at individual, group, community, national, and global levels.

MHA 600 Driving Success and Sustainability with Strategic Planning

This course examines the impact of strategic planning based on evidence-based practice to positively impact health organizations including population health. The value of strategic planning to drive organizational success will be explored, including the need to engage patients and families in the process. Students will also explore the value of technology, information systems, and data mining to guide strategic planning. The value of measurement and process evaluations in organizations will be emphasized.

MHA 630 Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations 

This course examines the financial decisions impacting healthcare managers in a variety of settings. Students will investigate the use of fiscal data to support managerial decision making. Fiscal concepts include budgeting, capital expenditures, risk management, mergers and corporate governance,cost accounting, cost-variance analyses, and personnel costs in the current healthcare environment.




Career Opportunities

McKendree’s MHA is designed for those who want to gain a broader perspective for leading and managing in today’s changing healthcare environment. The curriculum is customizable for healthcare workers at any career stage, from early-entry professionals to experienced leaders, including:

  • Physicians

  • Nurses

  • Chief Executive Officers

  • Chief Financial Officers

  • Chief Nursing Officers

  • Exercise Science Graduates

  • Health & Wellness Graduates

The flexible curriculum is ideal for professionals in fields across the healthcare spectrum, including:

  • Public Health

  • Mental Health

  • Long-term Care

  • Primary Care

  • Healthcare Consulting

  • Healthcare Accounting

  • Healthcare Marketing

  • Athletic Training

  • Specialty Physician Practices

  • Radiology Services

  • Laboratory Services

  • Nutritional Services

  • Patient Registration

  • Therapy Services

  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment Sales

  • Healthcare Communications





This program is offered online with classes starting every eight weeks. The program requires 80 precepted, practicum hours.  




Faculty Input

“McKendree University is committed to preparing leaders to manage organizations in the changing healthcare environment, as well as providing the skills to drive the future of healthcare.”
- Dr. Richelle Rennegarbe, Division of Nursing Chair

“An MHA helps prepare the certified athletic trainer to assume the role of clinic manager/director for a physician’s practice, outpatient sports medicine clinic, professional sports organization or recreation center.” - Dawn Hankins, Director of MS in Athletic Training




Graduation Cap

Admission Requirements

McKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete graduate level work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

1. A completed graduate admission application (no fee).

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

4. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

5. A current resume or vita.

6. Three professional references.

7. An essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by completion of the degree.

8. Applicants who meet initial qualifications will be interviewed.



Tuition, Employer Reimbursement & Financial Aid 

Tuition for the Master of Health Administration program is $525 per credit hour.

Employer Reimbursement and Financial Aid are available (click for detailed information).

Online and Graduate Tuition Discounts



Next Step

Contact your student service specialist below and get details on the admission process and the first start date.

Photo of Carol FairlieCarol Fairlie

Student Services Specialist
Old Main 102, Lebanon, Illinois
(618) 537-6507  





Photo of Richelle RennegarbeRichelle Rennegarbe, Ph.D., R.N., CENP

Chair of Division of Nursing
Professor of Nursing

1st Floor Division of Nursing
(618) 537-2148


Photo of Kendra Taylor, DNPKendra Taylor, DNP

Director of MHA Program 
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Nursing House
(618) 537-6989


Photo of Jill Parsons, Ph.D.Jill Parsons, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing
(618) 537-6842


Jean Sampson, D.Mgt.Jean Sampson, D.Mgt.

Chair, School of Business
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 106
(618) 537-6884



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