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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Health Administration (MHA)

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Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)
CIP Code: 51.0701
College of Public Health (PH)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 58

Contact Information:
College of Public Health
Health Policy and Management Department (DEA)
13201 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard MDC56
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Barbara Orban
Phone: 813-974-6505


Faculty Search: Public Health Faculty List

Program Information

The M.H.A. program prepares students for private and public sector leadership positions. In addition to the five core areas of public health, the curriculum helps students develop skills and knowledge in basic business disciplines with application to health services; a clinical and community perspective and professional skills. Students develop an understanding of organizational models and management principles applied to health settings; health care financial management and economics; quality and performance improvement; health policy and policy analysis; strategic planning and marketing; and health law and ethics.

The Master of Health Administration has the following competencies in which the graduate will be able to:

Management Science and Technology

  1. Explain and demonstrate an understanding of scientific operational definitions and their measurement, e.g., efficiency, effectiveness and quality.
  2. Integrate operational planning and management tools for performance and quality improvement.
  3. Demonstrate the use of information systems and application software in health services, e.g., electronic medical records, GIS, and use of software tools for management decision-making.
  4. Explain and demonstrate the application of quantitative analysis, e.g., descriptive and inferential statistics, regression, forecasting.
  5. Build analytical thinking acumen, e.g., the ability to understand any issue by delving into its relevant components and formulating solutions.
  6. Manage and assess operational performance.

Leadership, Planning, and Communication

  1. Shape operational and strategic plans and integrate with marketing initiatives.
  2. Lead improvement upon organizational design and culture, e.g., formal and informal decision-making structures, and champion workforce diversity.
  3. Clarify human resources management and staff development.
  4. Demonstrate public health values and reinforce ethical decision-making.
  5. Integrate and demonstrate effective written oral communication.

Public Policies and Community Engagement

  1. Assess community needs and values and the role of external relations, e.g., demographic/population contexts for development and management of health services.
  2. Comprehend and explain the legal and regulatory environment for health services.
  3. Explain and identify the optimal quantity of health care services to provide, e.g., satisfying supply and demand constraints and resource limitations.
  4. Analyze public policy context and choices.
  5. Analyze the linkages between cultural competencies and diversity regarding health disparities.

Concepts of Economic and Financial Management

  1. Comprehend and create budgets (e.g., variance analysis and standards development) and apply contribution margin analysis as used by clinical revenue-generating personnel and for product line management.
  2. Explain the principles and applications of cost accounting, e.g., break even analysis, the costing process, measurement, and control.
  3. Understand and construct financial statements, applying ratio analysis and pro forma statement generation.
  4. Execute financial mathematics, e.g., time value of money calculations, capital budgeting, return on investment, and project risk analyses.
  5. Perform differential reimbursement calculations by payers (e.g., Medicare/Medicaid, self-pay, managed care) and describe the major principles of health insurance.
  6. Understand and explain economic evaluation, e.g. cost benefit/cost effectiveness analysis.

Major Research Areas
Health care financial management, Health economics, Quantitative methods in health services, Health insurance, Health law, Quality management, Performance improvement, Community health assessment, Organizational theory and behavior applied to health settings, Health information management, Health policy, and Strategic planning


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. The College is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: May 1
Spring: August 1
Summer: November 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: August 1
Summer: November 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Meeting these criteria per se shall not be the only basis for admission.

  • Public health course prerequisites:
    • Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Life sciences, social sciences, business, or health professions
    • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Microeconomics or equivalent (prerequisite must be completed prior to enrolling in PHC 6430 Health Economics I) and Accounting (prerequisite must be completed prior to enrolling in PHC 6160 Health Care Financial Management)
  • Work experience: Preferred, but not required
  • Minimum undergrad GPA: 3.00 upper division (may be waivedif GRE exceeds minimum subscores)
  • Verbal GRE Score: 50th percentile Preferred
  • Quantitative GRE Score: 50th percentile Preferred
  • In lieu of the GRE, applicants may submit a minimum GMAT score of 500 for the M.H.A.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements







Principles of Health Policy and Management
Biostatistics I
Environmental and Occupational Health
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health


Management and Policy



Strategic Planning and Healthcare Marketing
Managing Quality in Health Care
Health Policy and Politics
Health Insurance and Managed Care
Health Services Management
Organizational Behavior in Health Services
Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics
Comparative Health Insurance Systems


Finance, Economics and Decision-Making Skills



Health Care Financial Management
Managerial Decision Analysis
Health Care Finance and Costing
Quantitative Analysis in Health Services
Information Systems in Health Care Management
Health Economics I


Culminating Requirements




Special Project
Advanced Seminar in Health Care Management
  (Case-based capstone course that includes the final comprehensive exam)
Supervised Field Experience:

  • Students with little or no professional experience: 2 hours minimum
  • Students with substantial work experience can negotiate a reduced number of hours with their advisor (e.g., 1 hour) if the student has meaningful experience (involving decision-making) in a health care or related organization




MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS (plus field experience)




College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

PHC6102, PHC6000, PHC6050, PHC6357, PHC6410, PHC6148, PHC6147, PHC6151, PHC6114, PHC6180, PHC6181, PHC6420, ACG6025, QMB6305, PHC6161, PHC6191, PHC6196, PHC6430, PHC6977, PHC6183, PHC6945,