Program Requirements

A faculty advisor can help you choose your electives to meet your goals and needs.

Degree requirements

The program requires a minimum 36 hours of graduate credit plus any necessary prerequisite courses.

Core requirements - 30 hours

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ACC 688 Healthcare Accounting Concepts 3 hrs
FIN 788 Healthcare Financial Management 3 hrs
MGT 701 Health Services Organization 3 hrs
MGT 702 Managing Healthcare Organizations* 3 hrs
MGT 703 Health Law and Ethics* 3 hrs
MGT 704 Human Resources in Healthcare Organizations* 3 hrs
MGT 705 Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations* 3 hrs
MGT 711 Measurement and Management of Quality in Healthcare* 3 hrs
MGT 764 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3 hrs
MGT 770 Leadership Development 3 hrs
  Core Total: 30 hrs

*Course prerequisites may be required.

Electives - 6 hours

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ITC 761 Management Information Systmes* 3 hrs
ECO 604 Health Care Economics* 3 hrs
HLH 750 Programming Approaches in Wellness/Health Promotion 3 hrs
MGT 790 Seminar in Management 3 hrs
PBH 720 Epidemiology 3 hrs
PBH 740 Health Behaviors 3 hrs
PBH 756 Introduction to Public Health

3 hrs

PBH 783

International Health and Infectious Disease

3 hrs

PLS 754 Seminar in Health Policy 3 hrs
  Elective Total: 6 hrs

*Course prerequisites may be required.

Research requirement

Significant supervised quantitative and qualitative research projects in MGT 701, MGT 703, MGT 711, PLS 754, PBH 720 and culminating in the capstone MGT 705 course. Satisfies the research requirement of the Graduate College.

MPH-MHA Dual Degree

Students can obtain dual degrees in health administration and public health at Missouri State University. Students who successfully complete the program will receive both a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. A total of 12 hours of coursework can be applied to both programs, reducing the time required to obtain both degrees separately.

Public health and health administration are increasingly important areas in health care and medicine. Information, resources, technology, research and new challenges are expanding tremendously in the fields of public health and health administration and it is important to have a trained workforce that can bridge these two areas of health care and medicine. The successful completion of dual degrees in public health and health care administration provide students with a unique set of knowledge, skills and abilities that enable graduates to communicate relevant health information; account for health care priorities, policy and delivery; manage crises; and address major health concerns at the level of a population. All these activities are information intensive to support professional decision-making, practice and action.

The dual MHA/MPH degree program provides graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and abilities to address challenges on a local and global scale. This dual degree program offers a course of study that emphasizes effective management and responsible oversight within the health care delivery system and focus on identifying, resolving, and preventing health problems that affect communities and populations. Beyond these foundations, both programs challenge students to lead their organizations toward satisfying the future demands and needs of their communities.

There is overlap between the MHA and MPH programs, which enables students to complete both degrees in a streamlined process. The MHA has a core requirement of 35 credit hours while the MPH has a 42 hour requirements. Currently there are three courses (9 credit hours) jointly shared by the two programs.

In addition, there is a joint collaborative relationship between the two programs in terms of the Capstone Project in Public Health (PBH 799 - 3 credit hours) with the Program Director for the MHA program serving on the student's Capstone Committee. In keeping with the traditional approach to dual degrees, there is a reduction in overall hour requirements for both degrees. While separately the two degrees require a total of 78 credit hours, under the joint degree program students could earn the two degrees in 66 credit hours.

Applicants to the joint MHA/MPA must be admitted into each program separately and must adhere to the admission requirements and prerequisite courses stipulated by each program. The student's decision to complete the joint MHA/MPH degree must be declared to the MHA and MPH Program Directors before the end of the second semester of the first year in either program.