Academics

The online Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is designed to educate health care professionals seeking to improve health care structures across the globe. The MHA coursework and curriculum aim to build your expertise across multiple skill sets, leverage research to positively affect diverse populations and prepare you for an executive role in health care administration.

The program features a multidisciplinary curriculum that concentrates on core principles of health care management, health economics, financial leadership and policy.

MHA@GW focuses on enhancing the 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

Curriculum Highlights

The program includes eight 10-week learning modules. These modules focus on different core competencies required for optimal health care delivery.

You will learn how to apply the latest concepts and strategies that are at the foundation of today’s most successful health establishments. You will be given the opportunity to hone your leadership style through in-depth communication with current leaders in health administration.

  • 50 total credits
  • 4 total immersion experiences
  • 2—4 years to complete

Online course content is delivered through a virtual classroom that features a suite of tools curated to enhance learning and communication. Live classes are hosted via HD streaming video, bringing students and faculty face-to-face in real time. Online classrooms feature tools such as live chat, break-out rooms, polling and annotation.

Learn more about MHA@GW through our course catalogue (PDF, 211KB), 2019 academic calendar (PDF, 81KB), 2020 academic calendar (PDF, 96KB), MHA@GW program overview guide (PDF, 233KB) and frequently asked questions (PDF, 363KB).

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Immersions

While all courses are delivered online, you are required to attend three immersions on GW’s Washington, D.C., campus and one immersion at an off-campus health organization. 


During the immersions, MHA students benefit from meeting classmates and professors in person, delving into authentic case studies and networking with health administration leaders. Immersions are crafted to deliver hands-on learning, networking opportunities and exclusive insights from seasoned leaders and influencers.

Leadership and Ethics 1 — Uncover your leadership style, discuss management ethics and implement skills of effective leadership principles.
20 Hours | 1.5 Credits | Washington, D.C

Leadership and Ethics 2 — Hear from health care professionals about emotional intelligence, servant leadership and transformational leadership.
40 Hours | 3 Credits | Washington, D.C.

Health Systems Analysis — Focus your studies on an outstanding health system in the United States or a national health system outside our borders.
40 Hours | 3 Credits | Global Health Organization

Organization Research Project and Portfolio — Verbally present your research project and leadership portfolio to your classmates and health care leaders.
20 Hours | 1.5 Credits | Washington, D.C. 

Take an in-depth look at the MHA immersion experience and explore the benefits of these real-world scenarios and networking opportunities.

Faculty

The MHA@GW program is designed and taught by the same faculty that lead our on-campus program. Faculty members include highly qualified and experienced practitioners who are heavily involved in health policy in Washington, D.C. Our expert faculty have conducted research in areas such as financial leadership, public health disaster response and organizational mechanisms. They have worked for organizations such as the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.


As an MHA@GW student, you have the opportunity to engage with faculty through one-on-one discussion sessions and during classroom dialogues with a small group of peers. This personalized structure ensures that your voice is always heard and helps you form lasting relationships with professionals in the health care administration field.

Class Profile



MHA@GW students are diverse, collaborative and dedicated individuals from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

States Represented
35
66%

Female

34%

Male

55%

Historically
Underrepresented1

20%
Have Advanced Degrees

16%
Military

67%
Have 5+ Years of Work Experience

  • 35 States Represented
  • 66% Female
  • 34% Male
  • 55% Historically Underrepresented1
  • 20% Have Advanced Degrees
  • 16% Military
  • 67% Have 5+ Years of Work Experience

The information above reflects enrolled online and on-campus students as of October 2018.

1 African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Return to footnote reference