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Health Administration (HLSA)   

Program Title and Classification

Health Administration

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of Maryland, College Park offers students a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program with courses in public health services administration, epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, health behaviors and determinants, health policy, health law and ethics, health economics and analysis, strategic management of human resources, health service information systems, financial management of health organizations, marketing for competitive health service, quality assessment and evaluation, and health care leadership and communications. The 46-credit professional degree will prepare graduates to manage the many complex health-related organizations including hospitals, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, rehabilitation agencies, public health clinics, state agencies, among others. With the impending retirement of the first wave of baby boomers, public health and health care organizations face large scale losses of middle and executive level administrators. Public health and health services now comprise the largest industry in the United States, producing nearly one seventh of the United States’ gross national product. According to the World Health Report 2000, the health care system should be conceptualized as including not only health services, but also public health and social welfare activities. The Department of Health Services Administration adopts this integrated approach to address current health needs, provide leadership in a rapidly evolving health care industry, and anticipate future health challenges in an expanding global economy. The MHA program is considered to be equivalent to the MPH and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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Admissions Information

Applications to the MHA program in the University of Maryland School of Public Health are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

Applications for the MHA program are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable)
  3. GRE scores taken within the past 5 years
  4. 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic capabilities and probability of success in graduate school
  5. Statement of professional goals and interests and their congruence with those of the program
  6. Relevant academic and work experience

Applicants for the Master of Health Administration degree should be sure to the use the HLSA major code when selecting the program on the Graduate School application.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Degree Requirements

Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 46 credits

Non-thesis option: 46 credits

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

HLSA 601: Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)

HLTH 665: Health Behavior I (3 credits)

MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)

HLSA 785: Internship in Public Health (3 credits)

Thesis option:

HLSA 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Students take 22 credits of cognate courses.

Non-thesis option:

HLSA 786: Capstone Project in Public Health (3 credits)

Students take 25 credits of cognate courses.




Contact Statement

Please see updated information on the program, faculty, deadlines and contacts at the program website


Associated Information


Health Administration, Health Policy, Health Care Administration, Health Services


Health Equity (HLEQ)

Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation (HPAE)

Health Services (PHHS)

Principles of Public Health (Z076)

Public Health Practice and Policy (PHPP)