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Online Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Online Master of Health Administration

Practical training for a growing field

Prepare for a leadership role in the growing healthcare field through real-world experiences and practical coursework.

There are over 784,626 healthcare companies in the United States — providing equipment, insurance, services, and more. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of healthcare occupations to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is projected to add about 2.3 million new jobs. And this includes leadership. Every doctor’s office, hospital, call center, laboratory, research institute, outpatient and residential care facility needs managers and administrators.

Medical and Health Services Managers:

17% growth estimated by 2024, compared to other management occupations at 6% (BLS)
$102,250 The average salary of Medical and Health Services Managers in Missouri (BLS)
$55,318 The average pay for an Entry-Level Healthcare Administrator. (

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Professional Education and Experiential Learning for the Tomorrow’s Healthcare Leaders

The transition to value-based care and population health, emergence of personalized medicine, increased use of exponential technologies, entry of disruptive and non-traditional competitors, the demand for expanded care delivery sites, and revamped payment and public funding models are all impacting the financial performance of the health care ecosystem. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects between 2017-2024, global health care spending is expected to rise 5.4 percent annually to just over $10 trillion. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of healthcare occupations in the U.S. to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is projected to add about 2.3 million new jobs, including leadership positions. Given all these healthcare dynamics, financial volatility, and operational complexity, what is clear is that the role of healthcare professionals and leaders is under evolution. The role is more valued than ever, and healthcare leaders must update their competency skills to build and support resilient organizations and communities.

Program Overview

Delivered online to fit your schedule, location, and convenience, the William Woods University Master of Health Administration (MHA) will prepare you for this growing need with the leadership and administration competency skills in the healthcare industry. All the MHA courses include a weekly forum discussion relevant to the weekly learning topic. This allows you to communicate and collaborate with other students and learn from your peers’ and faculty's personal and professional experiences.

In this program, you will learn to:

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate healthcare services
  • Manage and lead a facility, clinical area or department, and more
  • Analyze key leadership and management roles and functions in health care administration
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to function proficiently as a graduate learner, including planning, managing time, obtaining resources, and using technology
  • Analyze the effects of decisions made by healthcare administrators on the financial position and operations of the healthcare organization
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of current healthcare technology
  • Evaluate a healthcare organization’s culture and underlying structure to develop effective management and leadership strategies

Your online Master of Health Administration degree at work:

Many professionals with an MHA work in hospitals, residential facilities, universities, medical equipment manufacturing, health systems, and insurance companies.

Job responsibilities and titles include:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and other Senior Officers
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Physician Group Administrator
  • Vice President
  • Clinical Administrator
  • Operations Directors
  • Operations Manager
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Insurance Payers Administrator
  • Healthcare Line Manager (Finance, Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, etc.)


The Master of Health Administration is a total of 36 credits, which will cover ethics, technology, human resources management, case studies, finance, law, and other areas with a focus on the healthcare industry. You will earn the degree by completing 12 courses, including core health administration courses, graduate business course electives, and a capstone course.

Courses you may take


  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university from which you graduated.
  • Prior work experience in healthcare is not required, but one or more years of relevant work experience in healthcare or an undergraduate degree in a health-related field is preferred.

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla, and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas, and other states.

Admissions Information

Learn more about online admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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