Health Administration, MHA

for the degree of Master of Health Administration in Health Administration

Department Head: Kim Graber

Director of Graduate Studies: Steven Petruzzello

Interim Director of Program:  Laura Rice

Graduate Office: Julie Jenkins

Graduate Office Address: 906 South Goodwin Ave, 112 Freer Hall MC-052, Urbana, IL 61801

Graduate Phone: (217) 333-1083

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The Master of Health Administration program is designed to prepare graduate students to become successful healthcare managers and administrators. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to manage the complex United States healthcare system efficiently and effectively.

Our mission is: Preparing future leaders in healthcare to improve health systems through effective management.
Our vision is: To be nationally recognized for producing top leaders in healthcare management.
Our values: Professionalism Respect Inclusive Distinguished Excellence

The Master of Health Administration program seeks students with a 3.0 GPA or higher from their bachelor’s degree. Generally the degree is completed in two years. No undergraduate courses will satisfy courses for both an undergraduate and master's degree (i.e. “double dipping”). Students entering the program are encouraged to have completed undergraduate coursework in health, health administration, and other business related  courses with all majors accepted.


Applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last 60 semester hours of their undergraduate degree work (excluding fieldwork, student teaching, and physical activity courses).

  • International and some domestic students may be required to show proof of English Proficiency.

for the degree of Master of Health Administration in Health Administration

The Master of Health Administration program requires completion of 52 hours of coursework including an internship. The courses are intended to provide overall knowledge of the United States healthcare system while promoting student’s flexibility in selecting electives. The independent study is a practical application project in conjunction with the internship experience. 

Total Required Hours52
CHLH 456Organization of Health Care4
CHLH 550Health Policy: United States4
CHLH 551Health Administration Professionalism2
CHLH 552Health Economics4
CHLH 553Health Finance4
CHLH 554Advanced Health Finance4
CHLH 555Healthcare Quality4
CHLH 556Strategic Planning in Healthcare4
CHLH 557Operations Management in Healthcare4
CHLH 572Principles of Epidemiology4
CHLH 573Biostatistics in Public Health4
CHLH 585Community Health Internship4
CHLH 593Special Projects2
Chosen in accordance with the student's advisor
Total Hours Required for Graduation52

 Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 (8 within the unit)
Minimum GPA: 3.0