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Healthcare Administration Courses

Curriculum Details

36 total credits required

The University of New Haven’s online MHA is CAHME-accredited and designed to be flexible – you can complete your healthcare administration courses in any order. Required courses are offered every term to ensure timely completion of your degree.

The hands-on, application-based curriculum includes a wide variety of electives, allowing you to customize your studies for your career goals. Students also complete a capstone or internship to gain real-world skills and build their professional network. Courses simulate the practical reality of healthcare through case studies and real-world assignments, so you acquire the cutting-edge knowledge you need to succeed as a healthcare administrator in the 21st century.

The University of New Haven’s healthcare administration courses are taught by dedicated faculty who provide the personal attention you need to succeed. Every faculty member brings at least 10 years of academic and industry experience to the classroom.

This program consists of 36 credit hours and 12 total courses. Courses are 7 weeks in duration. Most students complete their degree in just to 18 to 24 months. Our MHA is the only such program in Connecticut – and one of just four in New England – that is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Core Courses


A comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the U.S. healthcare system. This course includes the historical origins and current social and political contexts in which health care is provided. Cross-listed with ATHL 6803, SLPA 6703.

Identification of the characteristics of healthcare organizations and the dimensions of management in such organizations. Examination and application of the principles of management necessary for the successful operation of healthcare organizations.
The use of computers in the healthcare field. Review of the history of information systems and their application in healthcare settings. Survey of problems and issues inherent to healthcare information management.
Theory and application of financial planning and management techniques in healthcare organizations. Emphasis on financial decision making and on preparation of short- and long-term cash, capital, revenue and expense budgets and financial plans to meet the requirements of HCFA and other third parties.
This course examines the laws relating to the public health at the federal, state, and local level as well as the practical administration of those laws.
Explores and defines a wide spectrum of critical ethical issues; factors that should be considered in resolving these issues; investigation of ways in which organizations can anticipate and plan for future ethical problems.
This course introduces research methods and the fundamental statistics needed to succeed in today’s healthcare organizations. The course follows a practical approach that allows the student to learn key statistical principles and learn ways to effectively convey data and results using Excel and other statistical software. This course covers both quantitative and qualitative research methods used in healthcare.
Examination of the diversity of communication encounters and contexts in which allied health professionals may be involved; emphasis on development of competencies and skills necessary to communicate effectively with staff, patients, and the community. Influence of interpersonal communication and mass media in staff development, patient care, and the marketing of healthcare. Students will develop a communication campaign aimed at internal and external audiences.
This course will explore the current state of healthcare leadership, leadership models and approaches, and the values and decision-making processes of leaders in healthcare organizations. This course will also prepare students for the job market with practical applications and skill-building.
This course covers theories and strategies used in strategic management of healthcare organizations. Practical approaches to strategic planning, analysis of the healthcare environment, structure and implementation of strategic plans, and innovative models in healthcare.
A supervised work experience in a healthcare organization. Students must complete a minimum of 150 hours of internship and complete a paper about their internship experience.

Elective Courses


This course addresses the concepts and principles of project management and allows students to apply that knowledge to healthcare organizations. Students will learn how to create and design a project; plan, schedule, and budget a project;, and monitor and evaluate projects in a healthcare setting.

Revenue cycle management tracks the revenue from patients from their initial appointment or encounter with the healthcare system through final payment of balance. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of both the theory and application of revenue cycle management in healthcare organizations.

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