MHA Curriculum

Health administration online courses that emphasize strategy and innovation


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The online Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy and Innovation is a 39-credit-hour program beyond the bachelor’s degree and 60 credit hours beyond the associate degree for working health professionals. It provides online courses in healthcare management in a flexible format to help advance your strategic leadership skills.

Students with an associate degree must be working healthcare professionals actively credentialed in their respective healthcare discipline, complete a bridge curriculum of 21 credit hours (which is included in the 60-credit-hour degree), and obtain a B or better in bridge curriculum courses before progressing to graduate-level MHA courses.

Prerequisites (offered online every term):

ACCT 220 Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the generally accepted concepts, principles, and practices of accounting. Topics include debit and credit transaction analysis, preparation of financial statements, analysis of balance sheet accounts, and concepts of the management of accounts. (Fall, Summer)

ACCT 221 Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ACCT 220.

ACCT221 is the second part of the two-sequence introductory accounting course. The first part of the course, which completes the financial aspect of accounting introduced in ACCT 220, covers the basics of the corporate form of business entity and accounting for: stock transactions; retained earnings and dividend distribution; long-term liabilities; statement of cash flows; and financial statement analysis. The second half of the course covers: the basics of managerial accounting; cost-volume- profit analysis; budgetary planning, control and responsibility accounting; standard cost variance analysis; incremental analysis; and basic capital budgeting techniques. (Spring, Summer)

ECON 250 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits) 

This course is a study of economics as it affects the national interest. Topics include total employment, output and income, inflation and recession, and the variables that influence these conditions. (Fall, Spring)

ECON 260 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)

This course is a study of the decisions people make in the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Topics include supply and demand, individuals and markets, market structures, and the economics of public policy. (Spring, Summer)

FNCE 321 Principles of Finance (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ACCT 221, ENGL 102.

This course is a study of business finance. Topics include financial planning, forecasting, analysis of loans and investment practices, capital budgeting and risk assessment, short-term and long-term financial management, and international finance. (Fall, Summer)

HTCA 470 Patient Care Management (3 credits) (AS to MHA Only)

This course provides an overview on how to operate and manage a healthcare organization with the purpose of improving operational efficiencies and the quality of patient care. Students will become familiar with managing different types of health care organizations. Students can learn management techniques that impact quality of care and understand the role of governance and issues in managing ancillary services.

HTCA 485 Health Care Strategy and Decision Making (3 credits)

This course focuses on strategic planning for healthcare organizations. Students can learn to gauge their organization’s readiness, how to develop strategies that align with their organization’s core values, and how to involve stakeholders in the planning process. Students also can learn how to collect and analyze data to identify areas in need of improvement.

Degree Courses:

STAT 515 Scientific Inquiry and Research (3 credits)

This course is a review of research designs and scientific methods of research, including concepts of validity, reliability, and standardization leading to the systematic evaluation and application of evidence-based research. It covers qualitative and quantitative data analyses, including one-sample, correlation and regression, analysis of variance and covariance, factorial and multivariate, and nonparametric methodologies relevant to healthcare. The utilization of scientific evidence through scholarly inquiry to improve business, as well as clinical processes and ultimately patient outcome, is emphasized.

RELT 510 Identity and Mission (2 credits)

The course addresses the mission and practices of faith-based healthcare. A wide range of assignments and readings, biblical and elsewhere, provide the healthcare provider in training with a broader understanding of the spiritual dimensions of healthcare. Topics include human identity as “the image of God” and “child of God,” spirituality across faith traditions, compassionate whole person care, and aspects of bioethics related to human dignity, autonomy, and beneficence.

MKTG 520 Marketing & Planning in Healthcare (3 credits)

This course addresses marketing concepts in healthcare through discussions of marketing strategy, positioning and branding, program/service development, and pricing, as well as distribution and promotion. Students can learn how to conduct a situational analysis, understand marketing and consumer behavior, and assess an organization’s capabilities.

RELP 610 Role Fidelity and Exercise of Power (1 credit)

This course places emphasis on the biblical perspective of servant leadership in the use of authority. Issues pursued include the recognition of boundaries in personal relations within the workplace and balancing role fidelity with personal integrity.

FNCE 531 Healthcare Finance (3 credits)

This course introduces healthcare providers in leadership roles to essential concepts in finance. This includes content regarding the business of practice management, such as reimbursement methodologies and payment policies. Additionally, it addresses concepts of responsibility of leadership related to finance. Topics include qualitative assessment and healthcare financial management, effect of financial management on the changing face of healthcare, tax status of healthcare organizations, third-party payer system, Medicare and Medicaid, determining product costs, reimbursement methodologies, managing working capital, managing revenue cycle, managing materials, operating budgets, capital budgets, and financial analysis.

HTCA 641 Strategy I

This course will introduce students to ways in which organizations use strategic management theories and processes to impact key organizational systems, processes, and technologies to improve overall health outcomes. The course enhances decision-making and strategic management skills by providing students the opportunity to analyze the effects of various decision-making strategies on organizational outcomes. Students will discover unique perspectives and gain knowledge of how the healthcare industry moves to a culture of strategy and innovation.

HTCA 642 Strategy II

This course will challenge students to examine the strategic development process and how to embed innovation to strengthen organizational capacity and market presence. Moreover, by developing a conscious, disciplined focus on the sources of innovation, opportunities to change perception, and how disruption stimulates the healthcare system, future healthcare leaders can drive strategy. Students can learn the value of using strategy and innovation to create organization change and growth. Additionally, this course provides knowledge and perspectives to scan, monitor, and analyze industries and markets for signs of strategic shift. Examples of strategy formulation and implementation (communicating the strategy) are emphasized.

HTCA 650 Innovation I

This course will introduce the definitions and concepts that include the innovation process, design thinking, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship, process improvement, and the market factors that impact the healthcare innovation process. Students will use design thinking and processes to identify needs of the healthcare industry and move beyond theory to developing prototypes.

HTCA 651 Innovation II

This course will explore the models and cycles of innovation and how innovation works in organizations. Exploration of how to embed innovation in the organizational strategy and ways to innovate across the organization to create sustainable value are also included. Key innovation concepts include creating ways to innovate across the organization, methods to prepare for a disruptive society, and using stories to fuel innovation. Additionally, students can learn ways to increase the capacity of leaders for strategic innovation and create space for innovation to occur within the organization.

HTCA 564 Strategic Leadership in Healthcare (3 credits)

This course explores various leadership theories. It focuses on leadership’s role and responsibilities in the maintenance and improvement of productivity, quality, and the competitive position of the enterprise. Critical issues such as employee motivation, interpersonal perception, communication, accommodation of the individual to the organization, individual career development, organizational impact on individual and group work behavior through design of work, and methods of evaluation and rewarding work effectiveness are explored. Students will assess their personal leadership styles. The areas of individual behavior, informal and formal organizational structure, and group dynamics will be related to leadership style and effectiveness in managing change. Students will also critically examine and learn conflict resolution skills.

HTCA 623 Healthcare Systems and Governance (3 credits)

This course reviews the U.S. healthcare system, both public and private sectors, and examines the structure of the health system, current topics in healthcare reform, the policy process, and advocacy for public health. It aims to develop a general managerial perspective on the role of operations management in the function of a healthcare organization at both the tactical and strategic levels, how their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed.

HTCA 513 Information Systems and Healthcare Informatics (3 credits)

This course provides the student with a conceptual framework for database development, relational data management, use of health statistics, health indicators, confidentiality, security, and privacy in a healthcare setting. Meaningful case studies are considered to help take aim at today’s challenges while laying the groundwork for the changes ahead.

HTCA 545 Population Health Management (3 credits)

This course will provide students with training in the measurement, analysis, method, language, models, and concepts of population health. It clarifies how an understanding of determinants of health can influence public policy, planning, and research to promote a healthier society with greater health equity. By the end of the course, students should understand the relationship between healthcare and individual and population health, and be able to combine that knowledge with critical thinking to identify, evaluate, and address issues in healthcare and population health collaboratively. Students should be able to apply statistical and epidemiological methods to clinical and managerial decision-making and to interpreting and appraising the literature on healthcare delivery. They should be able to analyze the forces, explicit (e.g. legal, financial) and implicit (e.g. historical, cultural), that influence individual and population health and healthcare delivery. Students will demonstrate the structure and function of front line systems in healthcare and apply principles and practices that improve processes, outcomes, and value.

HTCA 633 Ethical Issues and Public Policy (3 credits)

This course will expose students to the principles of business ethics as well as understanding ethical dilemmas. In the process of reviewing these general principles, students will consider and develop their own prioritized value that would apply to their anticipated work in healthcare organizations. Students can also learn about the legislative, regulatory, and policy issues related to the management and provision of healthcare. Students can explore in-depth issues such as cost and value in healthcare, and modes of financing within various healthcare systems. Moreover, students can learn the elements of corporation, agency, and administrative law that influence the healthcare industry. This course can help students gain a better understanding of the sociopolitical forces that impact the formation, adaptation, regulation, and maintenance of healthcare.