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MHA Program

Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program 

The Program in Public Health at Stony Brook Medicine is proud to offer the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program! The MHA Program is a 2-year, hybrid degree that develops highly qualified health management professionals with an understanding of population health competencies. Students have the opportunity to achieve their degree through a combination of high quality, interactive, distance learning and in-person courses. The curriculum couples a strong foundation in general management principles with specialized instruction in healthcare administration and population health. Courses are led by full-time faculty members with terminal degrees and subject matter experts who are active practitioners in their fields. 

As part of a world-class university and academic medical center, the MHA Program offers students unique opportunities to learn from seasoned experts in the healthcare field. Graduates of this program will develop competencies in a variety of critical topics which are relevant to the management of healthcare organizations, including:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Health Leadership and Change
  • Health Law and Compliance
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Human Resources
  • Quality Improvement
  • Information Systems Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Physician Practice Management
  • Long-Term Care Administration

 These essential areas of study are supplemented and enhanced by courses in population health, including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Economics
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

The degree culminates with the practicum and capstone courses, preparing graduates to enter into the health administration workforce or to advance to the next level in their career. 

The MHA Program is responsive to national trends in health administration education in terms of its structure, curriculum, and relevance to the job market. The structure of the MHA Program is intended to meet the needs of students who require more flexibility than the traditional classroom setting. With over 50% of the curriculum delivered through an online format, the MHA Program typically requires students to be present for on-campus, evening classes only one or two evenings per week during the semester. This balanced structure is intended to accommodate the needs of prospective students who are working professionals, busy parents or caregivers, and other self-motivated individuals who appreciate the flexibility afforded by asynchronous online coursework. 

In addition, the demand for healthcare managers in the United States is growing, making the MHA credential a viable degree choice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that "employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations," resulting in 72,100 additional jobs in the industry over the next decade.

See our students in action! Check our current MHA degree candidate and Advisory Board member, Eric Morley, MD, MS who will be featured as a panelist at a local Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) event this Spring, discussing Technology Innovation Changing the Face of Healthcare Delivery! For more information about this event, click here.