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Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA): 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 University Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Graduate Catalog from the dropdown.


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

This course presents an overview of legal and ethical issues health care administration. Students will explore a wide variety of health care legal and ethical situations and dilemmas and develop a foundation of knowledge of health law and ethical decision-making. The course stresses practical knowledge of health laws and ethics and their application in the real world of health care.

This course examines broad aspects of service sector marketing, management, and strategic planning. Students will explore a variety of topics, including the customer’s role in service delivery, designing the service offering, service recovery, strategic plans, and strategy’s impact on successfully delivering services.

Same as MGT 531.

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.

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 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.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of information systems used for managerial and clinical support in healthcare, including electronic health records. The course covers the concepts of healthcare delivery systems, their integration with workflow processes and employee and patient management, clinical data collection, data storage management, and data confidentiality and security.

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 groundwork 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.

New Advanced Seminar Policy: there must be no longer than one year between when a student completes Advanced Seminar and enrolls in Capstone. If one year or longer has elapsed since taking Advanced Seminar, students will need to retake Advanced Seminar at their own expense.


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

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.

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.

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.

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

Breadth and depth experience of performance improvement initiatives that impact all levels of health care including clinical and financial issues.

This course examines the major components of organizational development and change: the evolution of organizational development, the nature of organizational change, and how change agents can effectively manage and implement change in organizations. The course is designed to provide an overview of the field of Organization Development, providing consultant tools and methods to current/prospective managers, administrators, and consultants. The emphasis is on practical applications of best-of-class practices for graduate students pursuing careers in government, education, nonprofit, and private sector organizations.

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.


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 take 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. In some courses, you will have the opportunity to participate in synchronous “in-person” sessions, which will allow you to virtually meet your peers and provide a more textured three-dimensional experience.

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.

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