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Walden is one of the top granters of healthcare administration master’s degrees in the U.S.¹

You see the changes that need to happen in healthcare—and you want to help lead the way forward. With Walden’s Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, you can combine your healthcare experience with critical business skills to become the leader you were meant to be.

An MHA program academically prepares students to pursue leadership roles in hospitals, physician practices, nursing care facilities, and other settings. Walden’s 100% online MHA degree program is designed with working professionals like you in mind, allowing you to advance your education while continuing to work.

Why Choose Walden?

Offering MHA online since 2008

Our MHA program was developed for online learners—and continuously refined to meet the unique needs of working professionals.

A degree on your terms

Choose our flexible, competency-based format designed to work around your busy schedule.

Aligned with NCHL

Aligned with the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) model, this MHA program combines industry knowledge with practical competencies for outstanding healthcare leadership.

A pioneer in distance learning

For more than 50 years, Walden has harnessed learning innovation to offer students the high-quality education they need to thrive.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive a 15% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 28, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.  

Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $500 Grant and fourth subscription period at no tuition cost based on your progress if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 5, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Program Details


Degree Completion Requirements

  • 53 quarter credits
    • Foundations course (3 credits) 
    • Core courses (50 credits)

Transfer of Credit
You may be eligible to receive 25 transfer credits for prior master's-level coursework when enrolling in Walden's MHA program, which can save you time and money. Call an Enrollment Specialist at 1-866-492-5336 to determine eligibility and learn more.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits

Core Courses

MMHA 6000
Foundations of Healthcare Administration

In this course, students work toward increasing their knowledge of key contextual and environmental factors affecting the practice of healthcare administration, including the importance of culture, communication, and diversity. This course is an introduction for students to healthcare stakeholders in a variety of settings within the field of healthcare as well as key health and medical terms, including basic health, wellness, and disease information. They consider professional behaviors, such as setting goals and managing time, as well as the attitudes and motivation required for success as a healthcare manager. In addition, students work toward developing the competencies needed for success within an online environment as well as critical thinking, written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

(3 cr.)
MMHA 6050
Contemporary Topics in the U.S. Healthcare Delivery System

Students in this course assess the causes and consequences of historical events on health and medical care in the United States. They appraise the impact of barriers related to cost, quality, and access to health and medical care. Students analyze unique and complex aspects of subsystems and differentiate vertical and horizontal integrated health care delivery systems. They compare characteristics of health care and medical care in the United States with health care and medical care systems in other countries. Students also evaluate current and future issues, trends, and forces in health care and medical care reform.

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6200
Principles of Population Health in Healthcare Administration

An increasing need exists for healthcare administrators to address population-wide health issues. Developing evidence-based health programs enables healthcare to be addressed on a preventive basis at the community or service area level. In this course, students utilize clinical data sets and combine this knowledge with public health data sets concerning socioeconomic and behavioral influencers of health. Students analyze these influencers to determine effective and appropriate services, programs, and solutions to benefit the population as a whole. They discover health issues facing special populations, respond to case studies, and create program plans to improve population disease outcomes.


  • MMHA 6000

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6300
Law, Ethics, and Policy in Healthcare Administration

The rapidly evolving healthcare system presents the healthcare administrator with complex challenges and risks. Healthcare administrators must possess the skills needed to assess external and internal healthcare polices to influence organizational design and delivery of healthcare services. Students assess and discuss key policy initiatives from the diverse perspectives of policymakers, interest groups, and other stakeholders. In their coursework, students focus on required knowledge of laws and regulations developed by policymakers that impact the healthcare organizations, and students will review key laws that govern patient care delivery, employee relations, contracts, and fraud. Emphasis will be placed on legal and regulatory failure points that administrators must avoid in designing and implementing policies and practices within the healthcare organization. To help frame these concepts, students examine the ethical underpinnings and principles that healthcare organizations and administrators follow in the delivery of services to patients.


  • MMHA 6000

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6400
Healthcare Financial Management and Economics

In this course, students gain knowledge of economics principles such as cost, quality, and access as it relates to the healthcare world. The principles of healthcare financial management including accounting and finance are vitally important to the viability and ongoing operations of a healthcare business. Students have the opportunity to interpret and analyze the financial statements of a business, use and analyze financial ratios, utilize variance analysis, understand and implement operating and capital budgeting, and develop knowledge of the business planning process. Students create portions of a business/financial plan using these techniques and analyze the viability of their plan using accepted financial management tools.


  • MMHA 6200
  • MMHA 6300

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6500
Human Resource Management and Organizational Development and Leadership for Healthcare Administrators

Students in this course examine organizational behavior as well as the roles and responsibilities of management and leadership within healthcare organizations through the macro (organization-wide) and micro (individual and team performance) perspectives. Students also focus on understanding organizational values, mission, and vision; management and leadership principles to help manage change; and effective delivery of services in an increasingly global environment. They also learn and apply theories of organizational design, governance, and alternative organizational structures, and they consider the theory and practice of managing individuals and groups through motivation, communication, teamwork, leadership, organizational change, coalition building, negotiation, and conflict management and resolution. Through group assignments and personal assessments, students work toward developing self-awareness and effective management styles and strategies.


  • MMHA 6200
  • MMHA 6300

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6600
Healthcare Informatics and Technology Management

Students in this course have the opportunity to learn how sustainable health information technologies and applications inform organizational strategies and transformation in the healthcare environment. They can also learn how these complex systems help organizational decision makers to improve patient care outcomes and organizational behaviors. Topics include evolving technologies such as data analytics, eHealth, and social media; using technology applications to manage population health; and personalized medicine. Students are challenged by scenario-based discussions that analyze best information technology practices across multiple industries.  


  • MMHA 6400
  • MMHA 6500

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6700
Healthcare Operations Management

In this course, students examine the factors that affect performance outcomes within healthcare organizations; methods to monitor, adjust, and improve performance; and techniques and tools of quantitative analysis of operations and decision support that assist in management of capacity issues, reengineering, staffing, scheduling, productivity, and supply chain. Other important concepts that students examine include understanding operational assessment; understanding patient care and related support-care processes through creating flowcharts of steps in the process; taking a systems perspective on the organization and delivery of services; identifying problems and improvement opportunities using analytical techniques; and monitoring performance data to identify trends and variation based on current operations and those resulting from changes and improvements.


  • MMHA 6400
  • MMHA 6500

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6800
Marketing Management and Business Communication for Healthcare Administrators

Students in this course apply principles, theories, and relevant contemporary concepts of healthcare marketing. They evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare marketing tools, such as advertisement campaigns and social media, develop data collection tools for marketing research, and create a marketing plan for a healthcare organization. The interrelationship of a healthcare organization's strategic plan, business plan, marketing plan, and healthcare consumerism is analyzed. Students will apply best practices of business communications as they practice effective oral and written business communication skills.


  • MMHA 6600
  • MMHA 6700

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6900
Healthcare Quality Management

Students in this course are introduced to the basis for quality and patient safety and are provided an overview of healthcare quality, methods of assessing quality, and techniques for improving quality. They can learn key terminology and concepts, including defining quality care; measuring quality in terms of the structure-process-outcomes model; distinguishing between clinical and customer service quality; identifying techniques to avoid adverse clinical events; and exploring customer service quality in terms of defining, measuring, and improving patient satisfaction. Students also explore and discuss the roles of governmental agencies in promoting and reporting quality information regarding hospitals and other health organizations, accrediting bodies, and recent performance initiatives of government and private payers. They apply course concepts to current issues of improving clinical and service quality in healthcare organizations, with special consideration of the 5 Million Lives Campaign—a national effort initiated by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement designed to improve medical care in the United States.


  • MMHA 6600
  • MMHA 6700

(5 cr.)
MMHA 6999
Strategic Planning in Healthcare Administration

Throughout this course, students review and apply the phases of strategic planning, integrating the principles and practices presented throughout the Master of Healthcare Administration program. They examine the role of strategic planning in achieving organizational performance excellence, as well as the notion of planning as a cyclical process within the healthcare organization. Students submit a comprehensive strategic plan and recommend courses of action that help healthcare organizations address their strategic and tactical needs and the needs of their communities.


  • MMHA 6400
  • MMHA 6900

(5 cr.)

Flexible Learning

Two Ways to Learn

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

  Course-based learning
Tempo Learning®
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

With Tempo Learning, you may be able to complete your Master of Healthcare Administration degree in 22 months for under $25,000*

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* Based on the fastest pace of our top 25% transfer students. Your actual total program time and costs will depend on your individual pace and transfer credits. A student’s pace is usually determined by their experience with the subject, ability to work independently, and available time. 

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

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Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive a 15% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 28, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.  

Tempo Learning®: Receive up to a $500 Grant and fourth subscription period at no tuition cost based on your progress if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 5, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Optional Specialization

Leadership and Organizational Development

Explore leadership and organizational theories, concepts, and trends in the healthcare setting.

Program Outcomes

Build Your Leadership Confidence

Walden’s 100% online MHA degree program empowers you to move from doing to leading in the changing world of healthcare. Build on your expertise with the hard and soft business skills leaders need to be successful. Coursework explores best practices in financial operations, management, and human resources as well as the trends, regulations, laws, and policies that impact health systems today.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MHA?

In today’s U.S. healthcare climate, employers seek creative, innovative leaders who can respond to community needs while improving organizational performance. Jobs for medical and health services managers are expected to grow 32% through 2030, much faster than the national average for all occupations.2

As a healthcare professional with vision, you want to broaden your impact—and brighten your future. Trust Walden to help you achieve it.

Jobs for medical and health services managers are expected to grow


through 2030.2

A Master of Healthcare Administration degree can academically prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Clinical director
  • Health manager
  • Nurse Manager
  • Mental health program manager

A Master of Healthcare Administration degree can academically prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Hospitals—state, local, and private
  • Physician offices
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government agencies

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this MHA online program.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • Sarah Pavelka

    Sarah Pavelka

    Program Director

    Dr. Pavelka, a Walden graduate, has more than 20 years of experience in leading, consulting, and coaching. Her areas of expertise include leadership, organizational performance, and continuous improvement in business, industry, education, and healthcare.

  • Laura Lentenbrink

    Laura Lentenbrink

    Contributing Faculty

    A licensed registered nurse and attorney, Dr. Lentenbrink has held numerous leadership roles throughout her career. She has been appointed as a health systems leader for national initiatives, has served on multiple community boards, and has published in a number of healthcare-related areas.

  • Mary Ann Garbowski

    Mary Ann Garbowski

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Garbowski has served on active duty as a hospital administrator in the Air Force since 1997. Using an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, she strives to cultivate an interactive environment in which students can express themselves freely while learning to engage with the past in meaningful ways.

Learning Outcomes

All graduates will be prepared to:

  • Utilize effective oral and written communication strategies as productive healthcare administrators
  • Analyze the components of effective health care delivery for diverse populations in the United States
  • Assess the effect of delivery of care on patient outcomes and equity for healthcare organizations
  • Analyze the impact of environmental factors on healthcare operations management
  • Assess the impact of emerging trends and innovation on healthcare organization’s performance
  • Apply critical thinking to solve healthcare administration challenges in considering the social determinants of health framework
  • Appraise strategic practices on achieving sustainable competitive advantage for healthcare organizations
  • Evaluate the role of healthcare administrators in improving health outcomes through facilitating social change


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