Masters in Healthcare Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


With nine core courses in administration foundations and health care systems, plus two electives and the capstone course focused on the healthcare continuum, our online MHA curriculum broadens your professional knowledge base and offers excellent networking potential.

Choose two out of several electives offered to pursue the specific competencies and skills you need to work in the health care setting that best meets your career goals. Students interested in satisfying the academic requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in New York should select AGE 503 and HCA 621 as their electives.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and are subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Administration Foundations Total Hours:

ACC 506 Health Care Accounting ProcessesCredit Hours: 3

Learn how to understand and use fiscal knowledge to make mindful decisions in health care organizations. You'll review and analyze varied accounting processes.

FIN 585 Health Care Financial ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Explore the diverse financial planning, management, and accountability systems existing in the health care organizations today and predicted health care financial uses in the future.

HCA 527 Ethical and Legal IssuesCredit Hours: 3

Explore the legal principles of development, application, and assessment in health care organizations. You'll examine best practices for leadership in applying ethics to business and clinical decision-making, and adherence to the codes of ethics of health care professionals.

HCA 531 Leadership in Marketing and Strategic PlanningCredit Hours: 3

Explore broad aspects of service-sector management and strategic planning. You'll gain an understanding of the customer's role in service delivery, service offering design, service recovery, strategic plans, and strategy's impact on the successful delivery of health care.

Same as MGT 531.

HCA 607 Data Analysis for Health Care LeadersCredit Hours: 3

This course introduces the concept of core statistical analysis as students make the connection between computational outputs and communicating the findings for multiple stakeholders. Concepts, tools, and techniques are introduced throughout this collaborative and interdisciplinary course before students embark on a series of health-related information gathering and interpretative tasks to solve emerging problems in healthcare facilities and organizations, public health, and other related fields.

HCA 615 Human Resources ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Learn how to understand and manage human behavior in health care organizations. You'll explore legal aspects and evaluation as well as employee motivation, collective bargaining, and recruitment.

Same as MGT 615.

Health Care Systems Total Hours:

HCA 521 Health Care Systems: A Continuum of CareCredit Hours: 3

Health care is constantly evolving and change is inevitable. Technology – in both the administrative and clinical environments – has become dynamic. New medical advances as well as innovative informatics regarding data capture, delivery, analysis, and storage are also occurring rapidly.

The role of the healthcare manager is not a static one. Healthcare managers must assume many roles and be proficient in many competencies to lead their organizations. They must possess business acuity, be critical thinkers and motivators, be able to navigate the complexities of both compliance and finance, and they must drive their organizations to discover, appraise, and adopt new – and sometimes disruptive – strategies to differentiate them from their competitors. Healthcare managers must also engage with and support the communities, which their organizations serve, so that all entities thrive.

HCA 627 Health InformaticsCredit Hours: 3

Health Care Informatics provides a graduate level managerial perspective of the effective use of data and information technology in health care settings. The course provides students with strategies for improving operational efficiencies with healthcare informatics.

HCA 612 Advanced SeminarCredit Hours: 3

HCA 612 (Advanced Seminar) is the prequel and pre-requisite to the HCA 675 Capstone Course. In HCA 612 students will work with their Professor to identify a problematic system/process in their workplace or in another organization and perform the ground work to develop a proposal for a system/process improvement project that the student conducts in the eight week period after completing HCA 612, but before entering the Capstone course.

Electives Total Hours:

AGE 503 Perspectives in GerontologyCredit Hours: 3

Review literature relevant to the study of gerontology and consider current and future aging issues and career opportunities.

AGE 613 Grant Writing, Program Planning, and EvaluationCredit Hours: 3

Examine the skills needed to develop health care and social service program proposals, especially those funded by grants. You'll use introductory qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate program effectiveness.

HCA 516 Community Health ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Students are introduced to the basic tenets, methods, and applications of community health management. Essential community health management skills will be developed to promote health within dynamic national and international health systems.

HCA 525 Organization LeadershipCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of organizational leadership and its relationship to health care. You'll explore focus areas including Human Dynamics® and personal mastery, in addition to governance structure, roles, responsibilities, and alignment to leadership as it affects the health care system.

HCA 613 Health Care Administrator LeaderCredit Hours: 3

Explore the skills and core competencies of leadership within health care organizations including concepts of visioning, change management, and team development.

HCA 614 Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Evidence Based HealthcareCredit Hours: 3

Explore a comprehensive overview of performance improvement initiatives that impact all levels of health care, including clinical and financial issues.

HCA 616 Organization Development and ChangeCredit Hours: 3

Learn to apply application tools and methods of the behavioral sciences to improve organization performance. Key principles and conduct of internal/external consultants.

HCA 621 Nursing Home AdministrationCredit Hours: 3

Gain insight into nursing home management issues, whether it be for the seasoned veteran or the novice health care manager. The analysis of these issues will assist in developing the manager's style of management.

Capstone Total Hours:

HCA 675 Capstone ProjectCredit Hours: 3

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program at Utica College requires that all graduate students complete a three-credit hour Applied Practical Application Project and Paper – the Capstone Course.

The capstone is a 16-week culmination and synthesis of the student’s work in the MHA program. The capstone highlights the student’s competencies and expertise in an area of healthcare administration. The form the Capstone takes is an Applied Practical Application Paper.

By the time students takes HCA 675—Capstone—they should have completed their proposed project in their workplace with their healthcare supervisor, manager, mentor, or another administrator/executive in the facility in which they work or with a healthcare supervisor in another organization. The project should be a new system design and implementation, a system redesign, a process improvement, or a new program.

Prerequisite: HCA 612.

Coursework and Residencies

Our online classes are small and students and graduate program faculty work closely together in a virtual atmosphere designed to promote personal and professional development. You can complete the 36-credit master's program in two years by completing six eight-week courses each year. The following courses include synchronous online residencies:

  • HCA 521 – Health Care Systems
  • HCA 525 – Organizational Leadership
  • HCA 531 – Leadership in Marketing and Strategic Planning
  • HCA 613 – The Health Care Administrator Leader

You will take these courses in an online learning environment where faculty and multiple students can engage at the same time. Residencies are scheduled to accommodate students' work schedules and time zone differences.

Request More Information

We'd love to get to know you and hear more about your educational and professional goals. If you'd like to learn more about one of our programs, fill out this form and we'll be in touch:

          I consent to receiving SMS/MMS messages generated by an autodialer from Utica College or its representatives at the mobile number I provided. Consent is not required to receive information. Message & data rates may apply. Send STOP to 35254 to unsubscribe. Send HELP to 35254 for help. Click here for Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
          This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.