Health Administration, MS


department head: Amy Woods

director of graduate studies: Steven Petruzzello

graduate office: Julie Jenkins

906 South Goodwin Ave

112 Freer Hall     MC-052

Urbana, IL 61801

graduate phone: (217) 333-1083

graduate email: jjenkns@illinois.edu


department admissions & catalog page: Community Health

department website: http://kch.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Community Health Faculty


college website: http://ahs.illinois.edu/


The Master of Science in 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 Science in Health Administration program seeks students with a 3.0 GPA or higher from their bachelor’s degree and completion of GRE prior to application. Generally  the degree is completed in two years, depending upon prior education and experience. 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.


The Master of Science in Health Administration program requires completion of 48 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 thesis option provides students the opportunity to study a section of the healthcare system more thoroughly through in-depth research.

A student may choose to write an acceptable thesis for 4 hours of credit (i.e., Community Health599) or select a non-thesis option by substituting 4 hours of credit (i.e., approved credit that includes 4 hours of Community Health 593 (Independent Study)). The independent study is a practical application project in conjunction with the student’s internship experience. 


for the degree of Master of Science Major in Health Administration


Thesis Requirement Curriculum

Total Core Required Hours36
CHLH 5## Strategic Planning in Healthcare4
CHLH 573Biostatistics in Public Health4
CHLH 577Health Program Evaluation4
CHLH 5## Operations Management in Healthcare4
CHLH 456Organization of Health Care4
CHLH 550Health Policy: United States4
CHLH 585Community Health Internship4
CHLH 5## Finance in Health Care
CHLH 599Thesis Research4
Total Elective Hours12
Chosen in accordance with the student's advisor
Total Hours Required for Graduation48

Non-Thesis Requirement Curriculum

Total Core Required Hours36
CHLH 5## Strategic Planning in Healthcare4
CHLH 573Biostatistics in Public Health4
CHLH 577Health Program Evaluation4
CHLH 5## Operations Management in Healthcare4
CHLH 456Organization of Health Care4
CHLH 550Health Policy: United States4
CHLH 585Community Health Internship4
CHLH 593Special Projects4
CHLH 5## Finance in Healthcare
Total Elective Hours12
Chosen in accordance with the student's advisor
Total Hours Required for Graduation48

Other Requirements1

Minimum GPA: 3.0