Academics Overview

This innovative web-based Executive Master of Health Administration program focuses on preparing health services professionals to become successful leaders in the ever-changing field of health care. Curriculum for the MHA@GW is designed to build expertise across the various skill sets necessary for successful health organization leadership, including:

  • Leadership and ethics
  • Management and strategy
  • Information technology and decision science
  • Community health and quantitative methods
  • Finance and economics
  • Quality improvement
  • Law and regulation

Program Director: Leonard H. Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACHE

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“The most exciting part of this program is the ability to relate my real life work experience to what we are discussing in class. It gives an outside perspective and allows you to directly apply what you are learning in real time.”

Kelly Baker, MHA@GW Student


The MHA@GW develops leaders who possess the values, knowledge and skills to achieve optimal delivery of health care.

As a student in the Executive MHA program, you will engage in a variety of interactive online learning exercises, including live, face-to-face, weekly class sessions and highly produced multimedia coursework. The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to providing experiential learning and believes that health care is, at its core, about human relationships. Because of this, students are required to participate in periodic in-person visits to meet and collaborate with peers and instructors. These immersions are scheduled on GW’s Washington, D.C. campus and at health care organizations across the United States.

Program Requirements

The program includes eight 10-week learning modules, offered four times per year. These modules focus on different core skill sets required for optimal health care delivery.

In addition to the online learning modules, students complete four real-world immersion experiences as well as an applied research project (Capstone) during their last cohort. In total, the Executive MHA degree requires 50 credits to complete.

Program Competencies

The goal of the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership is to provide health care delivery organizations with talented graduates who possess the knowledge, skills and attitude to deliver health services in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The Executive Master of Health Administration degree is designed to develop students’ skills in leadership, communication, relationship management, business acumen and professionalism across the widest possible spectrum of health care delivery organizations.

Upon completion of the Executive MHA, students will be prepared to:

  • Lead and manage others, plan and implement change and engage in honest self-assessment.
  • Enhance and improve communication and relationship management within interpersonal communication, verbal and written communication and team-based processes.
  • Apply core skills and knowledge to business problem solving, decision-making and project management. These skills include quantitative ability, financial management, economic analysis and information and technology management.
  • Utilize the core elements of ethics and professionalism to improve management practice within health care delivery organizations.
  • Apply appropriate knowledge of health care issues and trends, health care personnel, standards and regulations and population assessment to optimize the delivery of services.
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