What Is an MHA?

A Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree focuses on developing leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to manage health-related programs and organizations. Many MHA programs are designed for experienced professionals with two years of full-time health sector experience or three years full-time experience in any other industry and are looking to learn among peers who will help solve current challenges in the health care industry.

Career Paths

Students earning their MHA degrees are seeking leadership roles in health-related organizations. They complete courses that build proficiency in areas such as business administration, ethics, human relations, law and financial management.

MHA graduates can choose to pursue a number of career paths, including directorial and managerial positions. Below, you will find examples of career options in various health-related settings.

Clinical administration

Quality management
Risk management
Clinical finance
Clinical operations

C-suite executives


Health care planning and management

Infection prevention
Business development
Physician recruitment


Long-term care
Home care
Veterans health administration
Government analyst

Who Can Benefit From an MHA?

MHA programs enable health care and health services professionals to gain the education they need to move into, or advance within, a clinical or administrative leadership position — without having to put their current career on hold.

Many MHA students work in the clinical and acute care field — as physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and chief medical officers — and are looking to advance their career as health care providers within a hospital setting.

In addition to clinical professionals, an MHA is also ideal for health services professionals who are seeking a more direct administrative role in managing health care organizations. These professionals include pharmaceutical representatives, health care IT staff, lawyers specializing in health care, accountants serving medical businesses and health care consultants.



Take the Next Step

If you are ready to advance your career in health care management with an online MHA from GW, request more information today.