School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
The Masters of Health Administration (MPA) prepares graduates for managerial and leadership roles in the challenging and complex field of health care administration. The curriculum develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.
- Why Study Health Administration at Grand Valley?
- Student and Graduate Profile
- Tuition and Financial Aid
- Degree Requirements
- Employment Outlook
- The MHA integrates classroom study, applied research, professional development, and field experience.
- The MHA develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.
- MHA graduates are qualified for management positions with direct health service providers, marketing, human resources, finance, planning in pharmaceutical, medical device and supplies, and insurance companies.
- Grand Valley offers research opportunities to all graduate students. Some students will collaborate with faculty on ongoing research projects and other students will find or create research opportunities independently.
- Students receive personal attention by faculty in all courses in our student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
- Learning takes place using state-of-the-art equipment and instructional materials.
- Class sizes are small and there is a nice blend of professional and practical experience, diverse specialties, and immense academic knowledge.
- The MHA is the most flexible health-related graduate program at GVSU in terms of course scheduling. We offer MHA courses on the downtown Pew campus at night and on weekends, so they can accommodate most work schedules. We offer a growing number of classes in online and hybrid formats. We offer many popular courses in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. Students can attend part-time or full-time, adjusting their course loads to fit changing circumstances.
- Well-qualified MHA applicants are not required to take standardized tests, which are expensive, yet fallible indicators of academic success. We make admission decisions on a rolling basis, and will inform you of your status a few weeks after your application is complete. We encourage you to apply on time, but we will evaluate your application even if it is late.
- The curriculum is delivered by ten academic facility members who have earned Ph.D.s and are actively engaged in research. They are supported by twelve practitioner-faculty members who bring a total of 90 years of real-world experience into our classroom.
A complete application to the MHA program requires:
- A completed graduate application.
- A $30 non-refundable application fee unless the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University and has paid this fee.
- An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution.
- Three reference from informed sources.
- An essay on career and educational objectives (250 to 750 words).
- A resume
- Submission of an official TOEFL or IELTS score report is required of applicants whose native language is not English.
Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. The admissions committee may request additional information or a personal interview if it deems them appropriate and necessary.
The admissions committee is looking for the evidence that an applicant will be successful if admitted into the MHA program. This evidence can take several forms. Furthermore, the admissions committee considers each applicant as a whole student. No decision is based solely on any single factor. A strong applicant for the MHA program will have the following:
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average from an accredited college or university. (This GPA will include all courses, including those classes that may have been repeated or transferred.)
- Three positive recommendation from well-informed sources such as current and/or former professors or supervisors.
- A demonstrated commitment to the healthcare field. Ideally this would be three or more years of professional work experience since receiving a baccalaureate degree. Lesser professional, volunteer, and intern experiences with health organizations will be considered positively for pre-career applicants.
An applicant concerned about falling short on the above criteria may want to consider these recommendations for securing favorable evidence of their ability to do graduate level work in the MHA program.
- Submitting a GRE score is recommended for applicants who have neither a 3.0 undergraduate GPA nor three years of professional experience. GRE scores of at least 550 verbal and 620 quantitative will be considered favorably.
- Successfully completing graduate-level course work as a nondegree-seeking student. However, 12 credits taken as a nondegree seeking student is the limit that can be applied to the MPA program upon admission.
In some cases, an applicant that is seen as strong except for a specific area of deficiency may be offered admission on a condition that they take a course to rectify that deficiency before proceeding with the MHA course work.
Students may apply online at admissions.gvsu.edu or contact Fran Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.331.6575 for an application packet. To ensure full consideration for fall admission, all application materials should be received by June 1. Winter term applications should be received by November 1. Spring/Summer term applications should be received by April 1. Early application is strongly encouraged. Late applicants may be admitted on the basis of remaining program capacity.
Demographics of MHA graduates, at time of graduation, April 2005 to April 2012
- Total graduates: 97
- Age under 25: 18%
- Age 25-29: 36%
- Age 30-39: 25%
- Age 40+: 22%
- Female: 64%
- Male: 36%
- White: 79%
- Asian: 7%
- African-American/Black: 6%
- Hispanic: 3%
- Mixed-race: 1%
- Foreign citizen: 2%
Demographics of MHA student, Winter 2013
- Total students: 50
- Age under 25: 22%
- Age 25-29: 32%
- Age 30-39: 22%
- Age 40+: 24%
- Female: 64%
- Male: 36%
- White: 82%
- Asian: 8%
- Mixed-race: 6%
- African-American/Black: 4%
- Hispanic: 0%
- Part-time: 64%
- Full-time: 36%
- Michigander: 90%
- Out-of-state: 4%
- Foreign: 6%
The MHA. degree consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours for in-service students and 45 credit hours for pre-career students. For this purpose, in-service is defined as having three years of professional experience prior to being admitted into the program.
Core Level I
Twelve credits earned in four courses:
- PA 630: Health Administration and Services
- PA 611: Research Methods
- PA 612: Human Resources in Organizations
- PA 614: Organization Theory
Core Level II
Twelve credits earned in four courses. PA 630 is a prerequisite for these courses, but may be taken concurrently.
- PA 631: U.S. Health Policy and Politics
- PA 632: Health Services Financial Management
- PA 633: Health Economics
- PA 634: Health Care Law and Ethics
Level III: Specializations
Fifteen credits in five courses.
- PA 643: Strategic Management and Planning
- PA 635: Hospital Organization and Management
- PA 638: Long Term Care Organization and Management
- PA 640: Marketing Health and Human Services
- PA 645: Aging in Society: Concepts, Controversies, and Challenges for Public Service Administrators
- Pa 646: Managerial Epidemiology for Health Administrators
- PA 616: Policy Analysis
- PA 644: GIS in Public Service
Level IV: Capstone
Six credits in two classes.
- PA 690: Internship (Fall, Winter, and Summer)
- PA 619: Management Seminar (Fall and Winter)
Please see the following information.
- BLS Occupational Outlook: Medical and Health Services Managers
- ACHE: Careers
Please see the following information.
- SPNHA: Student Resources
- GVSU Graduate Studies: Graduate Students Resources
- ACHE: Your Career as a Healthcare Executive
Devon Acklin, MHA '11, is currently a charge nurse and phlebotomist with Michigan Blood and an adjunct professor at Davenport University.
Michael Breon, MHA '12, is currently director of post acute experience at Spectrum Health Continuing Care.
Alyson Dondzila, MHA '12, is currently development coordinator with the Spectrum Health Fountation and Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Foundation.
Kris Drake, MHA '07 is currently director of operations at Access Health in Muskegon.
Richard Kline, MHA '08, is currently executive director of Covenant Retirement Communities.
Marenta Klinger, MHA '11, is currently a long-term care ombudsman with Adult-Well Being Services in Detroit.
Courtney Lawler, MHA '10, is currently a program & data analyst with the Michigan Public Health Institute in Lansing.
Joshua Meringa, MHA '09, is currently a nurse educator / academic liaison at Spectrum Health and a council member in the City of Grandville.
Justin Ott, MHA '11, is currently an alayst with Spectrum Health's 340B Pharmacy Program
Julie Scholten, MHA '12, is currently a project manager at Spectrum Health
Mike Soltis, MHA '09, is currently a data specialist with Metro Health PHO
Chad Yerrick, MHA '12, is currently financial accountant at Grand Rapids Public Schools and a fundraiser for cancer research..
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