Balancing patient needs with fiscal responsibility makes healthcare an especially complex entity, requiring effective leadership at the helm. It demands leaders who possess focused determination to deliver strong ideas that drive operational results without sacrificing quality of care.
Group medical practices, public health organizations, nonprofits, and hospital systems all need qualified healthcare administrators to successfully lead them through operational challenges healthcare organizations encounter, including three of the most common: process improvement, managing with physicians, and risk management. Demand is strong for healthcare leaders, with a projected growth rate of 8% through 2031.*
Finish your master's in healthcare administration online in as few as 14 months
Franklin University’s Master of Healthcare Administration degree program provides the essential knowledge required for you to undertake senior managerial and planning work in a variety of healthcare settings. You can move through our online MHA degree program swiftly, realizing the real-world benefits of your degree in as few as 14 months, which is faster than many other programs.
Get credit for what you know – before you even take your first class
Franklin demonstrates its commitment to ambitious adults by honoring their previous professional experiences and credentials, which includes national certifications. If you have earned certifications through professional organizations including the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), or the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), you may be able to transfer in up to 4 credits, which equates to one graduate course.
If you started a healthcare administration or related program at another university, you can transfer up to 8 credits toward your MHA. To see if your previous coursework can be used for course-for-course credit to satisfy degree requirements, you’ll need to submit a syllabus for the course(s) you’d like to have evaluated for transfer credit and/or your credential documentation. Your admissions advisor will be happy to assist you in any way.
Prepare for an executive-level position in a dynamic and growing field
With Franklin’s online MHA degree program, you’ll develop healthcare specific competencies in the following areas: leadership and strategy, operations management, law and policy, accounting and finance, and management, preparing you to hold career titles such as Managed Care Director, Director of Admitting, Hospital COO, Director of Hospital Operations, Director of the Business Office, and Managed Care Analyst, just to name a few.
Uniquely designed for the busy professional, our healthcare administration master's courses are planned and updated in accordance with the changing healthcare environment. In addition to preparing you for executive-level positions, you’ll be challenged through an array of academic methodologies, including case studies, lectures, group assignments, and community and healthcare projects. You’ll also be exposed to trending marketplace topics, such as healthcare reform, health information technology, and accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Equip yourself with knowledge needed for professional credentials
In the Healthcare Administration graduate program at Franklin, you have the option to take an elective course in the highly-relevant areas of Health Informatics and Healthcare Quality management – both of which can help if you wish to seek professional credentialing or certification in the future.
By choosing elective coursework in Health Informatics, you’ll be exposed to the foundational principles and knowledge required to pursue credentialing with AHIMA as a certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA). Or, complete the program’s Lean Six Sigma elective to acquire knowledge and skills needed to pursue Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Learn up-to-date curriculum reviewed by top healthcare executives
In addition, a prominent industry-specific Advisory Board oversees our relevant MHA program curriculum. Input from Board Members like the hospital president and COO of Mt. Carmel East Hospital, a medical association CEO, an SVP at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and the President of Grady Memorial Hospitals, inject industry-specific learnings into your classes and coursework.
*Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)