Expand Your Impact as a Leader in Health Care

Master of Health Administration online

  • Enhance your leadership and decision-making skills and see the benefits in your career
  • Develop advanced-level expertise in the business of health care through a cutting-edge curriculum
  • Experience an interactive 100% online program that allows you to collaborate easily regardless of location
  • Learn from a distinguished faculty of active industry practitioners and accomplished scholars
  • Graduate with your Master of Health Administration in as few as two years
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About the Program

About the MHA Program

Master the Business of Health Care

If you are a professional working in the health care field, the evidence of change is all around you. Health care reform and shrinking resources create a shifting landscape and a strong need for professionals who possess an advanced understanding of the business side of health care. Tomorrow's health care professionals also need the leadership expertise essential to making effective decisions. They need to be able to balance the altruistic mission of health care with the business obligation to keep an organization financially viable. The Ohio University Master of Health Administration online program is designed to foster your confidence and insight to make a positive and lasting impact on the organizations in which you work.

At the same time, our MHA program allows you to attend graduate school while continuing your career. The program is 100% online with no residency and no hidden requirements. You can earn your degree in as few as two years. Furthermore, through the program’s highly interactive and entirely online learning environment, you can easily connect with distinguished faculty and a diverse group of experienced health care professionals. In addition to the program’s rigorous coursework, the meaningful relationships you can establish with professors and peers provide an enduring resource of valuable insights into the business of health administration.

Our quality program is designed to help you become the kind of health care administrator who can:

  • Demonstrate executive-level thinking capabilities in financial, legal, marketing, human resource, evaluation, information technology, and quality assurance matters
  • Develop relevant, data-driven solutions to organizational problems and create innovative strategies to meet organizational goals while acknowledging important stakeholders
  • Cultivate and lead effective and efficient work teams, employing effective communication to inform and motivate

Program Snapshot

  • Complete the online MHA degree in as few as 2 years with a manageable pace of 2 courses per semester over 6 semesters and with courses offered on a regular, predictable schedule
  • Choose from 3 points of entry each year: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Benefit from the 100% online format with no campus visits and no hidden requirements

Why the Ohio University MHA?

Enhance Your Professional Credentials

Developed specifically for mid-career health professionals, the Ohio University Master of Health Administration online program builds on your previous experience and education. It offers a rigorous, but manageable, educational experience that expands your impact as a leader in the health care industry. As an established Tier 1 institution consistently ranked in the top 2% of American public universities, Ohio University offers you a master's degree from a respected leader in higher education that builds on your past and takes you into the future.

Our state-of-the-art online MHA degree is purposefully constructed to promote collaboration, communication, and connectivity. Throughout the program you have the opportunity to become immersed in online discussions with fellow students from a variety of professions within the health care field and with renowned industry practitioner faculty members. This type of unique interaction, combined with our innovative curriculum, can expand your existing expertise and help position you for continued success in the field of health care administration.

“The key learning outcomes of the online MHA program were carefully developed to help you move to a higher level of leadership skill and knowledge to support your career goals.”
- Dr. RuthAnn Althaus,
online MHA Program Coordinator

MHA Curriculum

Coursework that Reflects the Changing Landscape of Health Care

The Master of Health Administration online program at Ohio University delivers a comprehensive and thought-provoking curriculum designed to develop your industry knowledge, strategic leadership skills, and business know-how so that you can thrive in the field of health administration.

The MHA courses are revised with each offering to assure they reflect the ever-changing health care landscape. In the MHA online program, courses are carefully linked together to show relationships between topics. They are designed to supplement and complement each other and to take advantage of insights that our extremely experienced students bring to class. In the final class, Strategic Planning, students pull together learning from the whole program and apply it to the case of a health care organization in transition. Running throughout the program, as a common theme, is attention to the role of stakeholders and how the effective leader manages stakeholder interests in and impacts on organizational function. The advanced curriculum is structured to help you identify the critical needs of today’s health care organizations and to equip you with the skills to develop innovative solutions.

The program focuses on assuring that you can “talk the language” of those specialized professionals upon whom you will depend to make complicated leadership decisions. You will get practice with balancing financial, ethical, and human resource issues with policy, epidemiological, and legal issues. The Ohio MHA program is designed to develop health administrators who are good consumers of information from other professions and who can use that information toward more skillful and informed leadership.

Explore Your Courses:

HLTH 6010
Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System

This first course in the MHA program sets the stage for understanding the US system. It includes an examination and analysis of how the US system works and the cultural bases of its organization and financing. Ability to lead in health care requires acknowledgement of how cultural beliefs and values about health and health care in a society impact how the system structure and financing have developed and how they can change. Examining the cultural beliefs underlying how the system works leads to many ‘aha!’ moments, even for seasoned health care professionals. Succeeding courses revisit these insights regularly in proposing solutions to thorny health care problems. (3 credits)

HLTH 6020
Information Systems for Health Services

This survey and analysis of health care information systems planning and leadership prepares health administrators to communicate productively with information technology and clinical professionals. The course explores the challenges of selecting and implementing information systems to achieve organizational mission. The course focuses on how and from whom health administrators should gather information and judge its veracity. It also considers other organizational data and issues that go into selection decisions and implementation plans. Attention to various stakeholders and how to manage their impact on IT projects. (3 credits)

HLTH 6030
Leadership of Health Organizations

This course examines leadership concepts as they apply specifically in health care organizations. Topics such as managing change, intra-organizational communication, and high-level decision making are included. The course focuses on building skills to sort through and make sense of the plethora of information available in making judgment calls. Focusing on leadership, the course goes well beyond management, helping students recognize, build on and enhance their own skills and increase their adaptability. Like other Ohio University MHA courses, this one also stresses the importance of identification, empathy and communication with relevant stakeholders. (3 credits)

HLTH 6040
Research and Quantitative Methods for Health Services

This course focuses on the value of various research methods and resulting data for running an efficient and effective organization. The course focuses on development of skills to be good consumers of research information. The course acknowledges that most health administrators will not be designing and running research projects but that they must be able to communicate with researchers in a variety of disciplines. They must be able to recognize quality research protocols and select findings that can complement data from other disciplines in leadership decision making. (3 credits)

HLTH 6080
Health Policy

This course looks at the impact of health care public and organizational policy on leadership function. The course prepares health administrators to understand how such policy evolves, including their potential role in shaping it. The course addresses how to analyze both current and proposed policy for impacts on their organization. Focusing on communication with employees and other stakeholders, it also considers strategies for translation of policy for implementation and compliance within the organization. (3 credits)

HLTH 6100
Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Health Care

This course focuses on strategies to measure and improve health care efficiency, effectiveness, and quality. It considers various quality standards and protocols, preparing the health administrator to gather, assess, and act on data from a variety of sources. It addresses the role of getting stakeholders “on board” to develop a safety culture and to achieve organizational goals. (3 credits)

HLTH 6210
Health Care Finance

This course addresses essential financial administration tools and concepts needed to maintain health care organization viability. The course increases students’ ability to discuss with financial professionals various data like financial statement and cost analysis, budgeting, asset pricing models, and valuation methods among others. The course provides practice in consolidating and weighing financial information with data from many other disciplines in making leadership decisions. Attention is also given to the health administrator’s need to translate financial information for other stakeholders whose functions are affected and whose cooperation is needed. (3 credits)

HLTH 6280
Health Law

This course examines the roles and legal rights of patients, administrators, governing boards, state and federal government, third-party payers, and health care providers. It focuses on the health administrator knowing how and when to communicate with legal experts and how to use relevant legal precepts. The course also deals with assisting legal counsel with communication of legal concepts to relevant stakeholders. (3 credits)

HLTH 6300
Epidemiology in Health Administration

This course is an overview and analysis of epidemiological principles that provide the basis for setting priorities, allocating scarce health care resources, and preventing disease. It recognizes that the health administrator needs to understand information from clinical professionals in making leadership decisions to manage health services to protect health. (3 credits)

HLTH 6350
Human Resource Management in Health Care

This course deals with the practical aspects of human resource leadership in various health care settings. Leadership of the human capital in health care is challenging because the industry is labor-intensive, has a diverse workforce, and is involved with life-and-death work. This course focuses on the role of the health administrator in working with and through the human resources department to align HR strategy with organizational strategy, to assure well-being of employees, and to assure competitive position. (3 credits)

HLTH 6380
Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Services

This last course in the MHA program, taps learning from every other course in a real-life strategic analysis of a health care organization in transition. The course focuses on key processes in planning and delivering health care to the community, such as needs assessment, feasibility studies, strategic marketing design, and implementation and evaluation strategies and methods. This course is an application exercise simulating activities health care administrators engage in daily, pulling information from various sources and recombining it for decision making. It is a practical, interesting, exciting, and informative culmination for the MHA program. (3 credits)

HLTH 6480
Ethical Issues in Health Care

This course examines the impact of ethical issues on leadership decision making. It explores dominant ethical theories and principles relevant to every aspect of health care leadership. Both clinical and organizational ethical issues are considered along with communication and stakeholder strategies. (3 credits)

MHA Faculty

World-Class Educators and Highly Regarded Industry Experts

The Ohio University MHA faculty, comprised of well-respected leaders in the health care industry, share their expert knowledge and years of in-the-field experience. Their focus is on delivering rigorous, relevant, and influential curriculum in a dynamic academic environment that fosters collaboration, communication, and professional development. A high level of interaction between faculty and students paves the way to meaningful relationships with your instructors. Not only can your educational experience be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling because of this close connection, but often it can lead to a collegial relationship that continues even after you graduate.

Dr. RuthAnn Althaus

Dr. RuthAnn Althaus

Dr. Althaus is a Professor of Health Administration and Coordinator of the Master of Health Administration online Program in the Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University. Dr. Althaus has designed, directed, and taught in a variety of health care programs over the years. These include a Master of Public Health program, an Executive MBA for Physicians and Senior Health Care Executives program, and the current Ohio University program. She also has experience in business and international business education which supports her research interests in U.S. health system financing and organization, comparative health systems, ethical issues in health administration and business, and the role of multinational business in socioeconomic progress in developing countries.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Zoology from Ohio University, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Adult Education from the Ohio State University, Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois – Medical Center, and Master of Business Administration from Illinois Benedictine College. Dr. Althaus earned her Certificate in International Business Faculty Development from the University of Hawaii, Certificate of Advanced Study from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Dr. Althaus is a Certified Health Education Specialist as well.

Dr. Althaus is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Public Health Association, the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics, and the Association for the Advancement of Health Education. She is a recipient of the Gold Best Case Award from the North American Case Research Association in 2006. Dr. Althaus is a Certified Health Education Specialist as well.

Valarie Blake

Valarie Blake

Valarie Blake teaches law with a specialization in health care. Before entering the higher education sector, Ms. Blake was a senior research associate in the Ethics Division of the American Medical Association, where she studied, taught, and drafted policy in the area of medical ethics. Previously, she served as an Advanced Bioethics Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, conducting research, teaching, and providing community service in bioethics.

Ms. Blake holds a Juris Doctorate with a specialization in health law and bioethics from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters of Arts in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Blake’s research and writing interests center around regulatory issues in assisted reproduction, issues in global health, and research ethics and regulation.

Dr. Jeff Bolles

Dr. Jeff Bolles

Dr. Bolles has 20 years of experience in higher education, including being with the MHA online program at since 2009. In addition to being faculty at Ohio University, Dr. Bolles is the curriculum coordinator and an assistant professor in health promotion at a university in southeastern North Carolina.

Dr. Bolles received a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health from Texas Woman’s University, a Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from SUNY College at Cortland. During his master’s degree curriculum at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Bolles became passionate about the study of epidemiology. One of his favorite areas of study in epidemiology is the United States’ reaction to HIV and AIDS, and what we should learn from the processes of discovery and surveillance of HIV and AIDS in the United States.

Edward J. Budd

Edward J. Budd

Edward Budd has been working with Ohio University’s online MHA program, since its inception, as a professor and facilitator. Mr. Budd is CEO of a major urban not-for-profit hospital and medical center where he previously served as chief financial officer. Mr. Budd has also served as director of finance for a metropolitan health system, and assurance manager for a large accounting firm.

He earned a Master of Management in Finance and Health Services Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Public Accounting from Loyola University Chicago. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Dr. Cynthia Chargois Cranby

Dr. Cynthia Chargois Granby

Dr. Granby has worked in the area of health care management while serving 20 years in the United States Navy as a senior health care executive. Her research interests include preventive health services for females in the military, cultural competence in health care, and ethical legal issues in health care.

Dr. Granby earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies with a health sciences concentration from Old Dominion University. She earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from Albany State University (Albany, GA). She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Medical Administrators (FAAMA).

Dr. Barry Ewy

Dr. Barry Ewy
PharmD, JD, MHA

Dr. Ewy is currently the CEO of a non-profit international pharmaceutical repackager and labeler, where he is responsible for operational and financial leadership including all aspects of operations, human resources, and donor relations. Prior to that role, Dr. Ewy was the CEO of a specialty acute care hospital. Dr. Ewy also had a private law practice for several years that focused on the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. In his law practice, Dr. Ewy participated in arbitrations and mediation, negotiated and drafted settlement agreements, participated in depositions, conducted legal research, and drafted and argued motions and briefs.

Dr. Ewy was an adjunct professor for the University of Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy for six years. He has spoken on the topic of health care law to various pharmacy and optometry groups. He has also presented lectures on health care law, policy and procedure development, and organizational structure and control.

Dr. Ewy earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy; his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, School of Law; and his Master of Health Administration from A.T. Still University.

Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham has over a decade of experience as a financial analyst and controller with a Virginia hospital now owned by a Fortune 100 company. Prior to his positions with the hospital, Mr. Graham was a cost accountant, cost analyst, and accounting manager for various corporations located in Virginia.

Mr. Graham’s academic background includes 15 years of teaching and mentoring online, as well as course and curriculum development for online courses. Mr. Graham prides himself on having a day-to-day individualistic approach with students, which allows for positive interfacing, proactive problem solving, and timeline maintenance for completion of assignments.

Mr. Graham holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Management from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Management from Emory & Henry College. He is also an advanced member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), having served on several committees over the years.

Dr. Brett Hicks

Dr. Brett Hicks

Dr. Hicks possesses an extensive background in health care administration, global public health, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief covering over 20 years in the U.S. and countries such as the Philippines, Australia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Iraq. Dr. Hicks is a certified emergency manager (CEM). He is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and holds membership in the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society for Business Administration and the Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society.

Dr. Hicks earned a Doctor of Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Public Health from Emory University with a focus in health policy and management, a second Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security from American Military University with a focus in emergency and disaster management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Development from Hawaii Pacific University. In addition, he has earned an executive certificate in leadership and management from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Jerome Horn

Dr. Jerome Horn

Dr. Horn is a Certified Public Accountant and a Health Facility Administrator licensed in the state of Indiana. His experience includes public accounting, various controller and CFO positions, and over 26 years of health care finance and administrative positions. Dr. Horn has served as CEO for four rural general acute care hospitals. Currently, his focus is on long-term care having served as Superintendent of the Indiana Veterans’ Home and as Administrator of proprietary Skilled Nursing and Rehab Centers as well as Retirement Facilities.

Dr. Horn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana State University, a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis, and a Doctor of Health Education (D.H.Ed.) degree from AT Still University (online). He has taught traditional University courses for over twenty years and has been involved in the online environment since beginning his D.H.Ed. program in August 2007.

Dr. Phillip E. Jackson

Dr. Phillip E. Jackson

Dr. Phillip Jackson is a facilitator within the online MHA program. He is board certified in health care management and served 30 years in the United States Navy as a senior health care administrator working in military hospitals around the world. His experiences also include several years as a financial manager and senior program/budget analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs. He has taught a range of health care management, leadership, finance, accounting, and business courses. Dr. Jackson’s research interests include cultural competence in health care, safety-net care, and leadership.

He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from National University and his Master of Science in Management (Finance) from the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Jackson earned his Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, Regent University. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business at Victory University.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), Professional in the Academy for Healthcare Management (PAHM), and Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Walena Valencia

Walena Valencia

Walena Valencia’s experience includes 34 years in public and private health care finance and administration, as well as in health consulting and payer experience at all levels of care. Her leadership experience includes eight years in Medicare program administration, four years in a regional long-term care system, and 11 years in a large county health system, as well as many years of leadership roles in university and community health systems. One of her most exciting experiences has been participating in a startup county hospital, including its medical education programs.

Within the Medicare Division of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, she assisted corporate attorneys interpret reimbursement regulations for settlement agreements, write position papers, and prepare witnesses for Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) hearings. She has served in management training and development roles at the local, regional, and national levels of both payer and provider systems.

Walena Valencia couples an extensive health care finance and administrative career with an MBA in Operations Management (Operations Research Techniques) from DePaul University, an MSPH from Walden University, and a BSC in Accountancy. She has participated in Graduate Certificate programs in Health Services Management (Northwestern University), Long Term Care Administration (University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Home Health Management (UIC), and Gerontology (UIC), and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Illinois. Ms. Valencia is currently completing her PhD in Public Health (Epidemiology).

Dr. Joseph Weingarten

Dr. Joseph Weingarten

Dr. Weingarten has spent his entire career in health care. As a teenager he worked as a hospital orderly (patient care attendant) in both acute care and long-term care facilities. He enlisted in the Navy where he worked as a hospital corpsman, receiving field combat training and working in a variety of acute care hospital settings, including general surgery, surgical intensive care, and labor and delivery. Dr. Weingarten left the military after four years to pursue his education.

Working the night shift at a psychiatric facility, Dr. Weingarten studied economics during the day and ultimately received his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Memphis. He went to work for a large, urban acute care hospital where he was responsible for running simulations on the impact of Medicare’s transition from fee for service to prospective payment reimbursement. During his nine years at the hospital, Dr. Weingarten earned his PhD in business with a major in economics and a specialty area in health care.

After leaving the hospital, Dr. Weingarten spent 15 years as a senior analyst with a Medicare subcontractor working to improve the quality of care to Medicare beneficiaries. In this capacity he worked on many external quality review audits and served for two years as a certified HEDIS compliance auditor for the NCQA, traveling around the country auditing managed care and physician organizations.



Embark on Your Academic Journey with Ohio University

As the health care industry continues grow, Ohio University serves the academic needs of students who are passionate about helping others, committed to advancing their education, and dedicated to becoming agents for positive change.


The admission requirements for our Master of Health Administration online program ensure that you and your fellow students are fully equipped, both academically and professionally, to contribute to and benefit from this challenging graduate program.

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

Spring 2016 Summer 2016
Program Webinar September 30, 2015 January 27, 2016
Application Deadline November 13, 2015 March 17, 2016
Registration Opens November 16, 2015 March 14, 2016
Registration Deadline December 21, 2015 April 18, 2016
Classes Start January 11, 2016 May 9, 2016

Tuition and Financial Aid

Invest in Your Future

Investing in a Master of Health Administration online from Ohio University can add value to your professional future. Many resources are available to help you finance your graduate education. For information on financial aid, click here.


Question: Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or other standardized tests?

Answer: No, we do not require the GMAT or GRE. Our program is tailored for experienced mid-career professionals for whom we feel a standardized test is not an appropriate measure of ability. If you have previously completed either of these exams, you are welcome to include them with your application.

Question: When can I begin the program?

Answer: There are three start dates to choose from each year – Fall, Spring or Summer.

Question: How much time will my studies take?

Answer: Most students spend about 20 to 25 hours per week on MHA-related work.

Question: When I graduate, how will my diploma read?

Answer: Your diploma will read “Master of Health Administration.“Although the program is conducted entirely online, your diploma will not include the word “online.”

Question: How much does the program cost?

Answer: Total cost is $25,338 for Ohio residents and $26,022 for non-residents, including books and fees. Learn about financial aid here.

Question: Does Ohio University accept financial aid?

Answer: Yes. To be considered eligible to receive financial assistance, you must file the current year FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to begin the financial aid process. You can learn more about financial aid at Ohio University through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (OSFAS). Visit us at www.ohio.edu/financialaid. Our school code is 003100.

Question: How do I stay in contact with my classmates and faculty during the program?

Answer: In the Ohio University MHA program, you are never alone! Through discussion forums, e-mail, and online chats, you will be engaged in exciting collaborative learning in your courses. Faculty members maintain regular contact and you may contact your faculty members online, during video office hours, and by e-mail. You will also be able to collaborate with your peer students via conferencing software.

Question: What computer skills do I need?

Answer: We purposely chose a very user-friendly learning platform for the online MHA. As long as you feel comfortable navigating the Internet, using e-mail, and working in Microsoft Office, you should feel at ease participating in this program.

Question: I am interested in taking some of the courses, but I do not want a full master’s degree. Could I enroll in a few of the courses without being admitted?

Answer: No, you must enroll in the program to take any of the online MHA classes. The MHA online program is a carefully planned curriculum built to complement and enhance the backgrounds of our select learning community of students.

Question: I have taken some graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?

Answer: Transfer credits are not accepted because of the special orientation of the Ohio University MHA online program. Program courses are carefully interlinked. They depend on students having a higher level and very current background than we could presume from courses taken elsewhere. We want to assure every student success and assure that each student is prepared to contribute when working in groups.

Question: How quickly can I complete this online MHA program?

Answer: It is possible to complete the program in as few as two years.

Question: Are there course prerequisites for admission?

Answer: If you are accepted into the program, we will evaluate your transcript for previous education in statistics and financial accounting. If you need one or both, fulfilling them need not add to your program length. Ohio University offers short courses you can complete in the time between being accepted and starting your first course in the MHA program. Having prerequisites allows us to adjust to the varied backgrounds of our students. We do not want you to spend your time in graduate school on topics that displace more important higher level learning or extend the length of your graduate program.

Question: How many credits and courses do I take each term?

Answer: Each 15-week semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) consists of two 7-week terms, called term A and term B. There is a one-week break between terms A and B in the Fall and Spring semester. Students take two 3-credit classes each semester: the first in term A and the second in term B.

Question: Are campus visits required?

Answer: No. However, we hope that students will choose to attend the graduation ceremony and enjoy celebrating with faculty and fellow students once they’ve completed the program. In addition, students are always welcome to visit the Ohio University campus in beautiful southeastern Ohio and to take advantage of services and programs offered when they are in the area.

Question: What kind of people am I going to be working with?

Answer: Your fellow students will be experienced, working professionals with at least two years of experience in the U.S. health field.

Question: Why does Ohio University require at least two years of experience for admission to the MHA?

Answer: The Ohio University MHA is set at a higher level for professionals who already have an intimate knowledge of the US health care system. Coursework depends on students sharing and collaborating from positions of insight as they consider the difficult problems facing health care. The Ohio University MHA program is designed to help experienced health care professionals enhance their careers. The high-level curriculum is not designed for the career changer or those transitioning into the health care field for the first time.

Question: What are the computer requirements for the MHA online program?

Answer: Before you start the MHA online program, you will want to make sure that you have configured your computer to work for an online program. Ohio University’s MHA online program uses a learning management system called Blackboard that requires your web browser to conform to certain standards, which we will outline for you and with which our technical support service will help you. We provide 24/7 technical assistance so that when you want to study you will not be delayed by a technical glitch.

Question: What transcripts are required for admission?

Answer: The Admissions Committee needs to see a transcript from every college or university you have attended. Official transcripts are required only for colleges or universities from which you earned a degree from.

Why Ohio University

Why Ohio University?

Take Pride in Advancing Your Education with Ohio University

You can be proud to have a degree from the highly regarded Ohio University. The University is classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as an institution with high research activity. Ohio University also offers professional education in other health professions or in fields such as business, education, engineering, law, public policy, or social work. The University is a well-established leader in higher education and in the education of health care professionals. Our prestigious Master of Health Administration sets us apart as one of the nation’s top health administration programs.

A Tradition of Excellence

More than 200 years as an academic leader

Ohio University was established in 1804, less than a year after Ohio became a state, making it the ninth oldest public university in the United States. The 1,800-acre campus is set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Ohio. There are 11 colleges at Ohio University offering more than 250 undergraduate degrees, 188 master’s degrees and 58 doctoral programs. The Ohio University student body is comprised of approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,500 graduate students (2013-2014) from all 50 states and 10 countries. There are approximately 200,000 total Ohio University alumni worldwide. The University prides itself in creating a stimulating academic environment that fosters personal and professional growth in both its on-campus and online programs. Ohio University boasts an outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines. The University continues to pioneer education by offering a growing number of excellent online programs.

Top Ranked

Top ranked university. Ohio University is a Tier 1 institution consistently ranked in the top 2% of American public universities. We are routinely recognized for academic quality and value by such publications as U.S. News & World Report, Peterson’s Guide to Competitive Colleges, and The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges. Ohio University has also qualified as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for the last 18 consecutive years.


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Regionally accredited. Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The HLC is an independent corporation that accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

Health Care Education at OU

Ohio University has a long history of preparing health care and human services professionals. The online Master of Health Administration program is one of 25 undergraduate and graduate majors in the College of Health Sciences and Professions. College programs include Nursing, Physical Therapy, Hearing and Communication Therapy, Social Work, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, and Nutrition.

Student Experience

Student Experience

Strike a Balance Between Life and Learning

The Master of Health Administration online program at Ohio University is specifically designed with working health care professionals in mind. We understand that it will take effort to incorporate the MHA program into your already busy life. That’s why we have planned the program to be as stimulating and engaging as possible. We want you to look forward to your school work, which includes a dynamic combination of online videos, lectures, textbooks, webinars, live chats, discussion boards, tutorials, and other Internet resources. Activities are designed to encourage interaction with your faculty and fellow students at your convenience from virtually anywhere, at any time. Every moment spent contributing to class discussions, completing coursework, and connecting with your instructors and peers will enhance your experience in the online MHA program and will provide you with relevant and useful information you can often apply immediately in the workplace.

As you work your way through the program, you will have the unique opportunity to build lasting and valuable relationships with your classmates and professors, share your work experiences with other professionals in the health care industry, and discuss important issues.

Our technologically advanced, 24/7 accessible learning environment affords you the opportunity to study on your schedule. You can find the balance between the pursuit of your graduate degree and the daily responsibilities of your personal and professional life. In as few as 2 years you can add the letters ‘MHA’ behind your name.

Our Students

Experience the Ohio University Difference

Ohio University’s MHA students are dedicated professionals who want to make a difference in the field of health care administration and to enhance their career. They strive to increase their impact in the organizations and communities in which they serve.

As you consider your academic options, one of the best ways to anticipate your student experience is to learn a bit more about what current students and alumni have to say about the program. Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch video testimonials of some of our MHA online graduates.

“The MHA program has helped me not only gain knowledge for my future, but grow in my current position as well. The online format works well around a family and a full time job. I’ve enjoyed the assignments and readings, as well as getting to know other students from around the country. The faculty, course facilitators, and administrators have all been so kind and helpful throughout the admission process and through course work.”

– Liz McKinney
Current Student

“I chose Ohio University because of the reputation. I was a little leery of some of the places that I looked at because of a lot of the news reports about the for-profits and the quality of the education.”

– Deborah Albaugh, MHA
2012 graduate

“The coursework is so interesting that it keeps you involved on those days when you may not feel like going home from work and working on coursework. Your other classmates are there to bolster your spirits. You’re never far from them, even though it’s an online program. It’s nice to have the support of the professors and the facilitators, as well as of your classmates.”

– B.J. Ferrebee, MHA
2012 graduate

“The MHA program at Ohio University has provided me with true health administration knowledge. Their facilitators are knowledgeable, experienced individuals who work in the industry and I have enjoyed my learning experience.”

– Jamar Calloway
Current Student

“While doing my research on Ohio University, I found that this program also includes epidemiology. Several colleges I researched did not include this very important area of study.”

– Michael Carden, MHA
2012 graduate

Student Support

We Are Committed to Your Success

At Ohio University, we believe that a strong support system can make a tremendous impact on your ability to reach your academic and professional goals. Our dedicated team of enrollment advisors, student services advisors, and faculty offer you information to help you manage graduate school in an already busy life as well as make important decisions about your future. We strive to offer the highest level of assistance possible, and we are fully committed to helping you succeed.

Enrollment Advisors

The support starts before you even apply to the online MHA program at Ohio University. Your Enrollment Advisor works as a consultant, helping you to choose the best program for your graduate education. Once you make the decision to apply to the Ohio University online MHA program, your Enrollment Advisor will assist you until you complete your application and submit it to the university. You can count on dedicated support every step of the way.

Student Services Advisors

Once you are accepted into the program, you will begin working with your Student Services Advisor. You can rely on your Student Services Advisor to understand your situation and to assist you with registration and textbook information, program updates, and any administrative questions you have throughout every course during your two years in the program.

Meet Your Support Team:

Krista Force

Enrollment Advisor

I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s in business administration. I have worked in admissions for more than ten years, and I am committed to helping you reach your goals. Any goal worth attaining requires sacrifice, hard work, and dedication. I enjoy helping people strive to reach their goals to complete a master’s degree.

I am ready to assist you in any way that I can!

Page Thall-Donovan

Enrollment Advisor

I hold a bachelor’s degree in business administration specializing in organizational management. I have been working in higher education for the past 5 years helping students achieve their goals. I believe we can never have enough education. Information changes on a daily basis, so it is important to be trained on the most up-to-date information available.

I am here to assist you with detailed information, as well as walk you through the application process.

Jessica Kenyon

Enrollment Advisor

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. My background is in Human Resources Talent Acquisition. After a few years in the human resources field, I chose to transition into higher education. What I enjoy most about my job is that I get to work with a diverse group of highly experienced health care professionals from all walks of life. I hear so many inspiring stories as I get to know and speak with students.

I look forward to helping you further your education with Ohio University’s online MHA program.

Madeline Casanova

Student Services Advisor

I received my bachelor’s degree from Temple University, and I am currently pursuing a master’s in business administration. I have more than 10 years of experience in the field of education, including time spent working in admissions, financial aid, and student retention. I enjoy working with dedicated students who have a passion for advancing their studies. It is so rewarding to help our students pursue their career and educational goals.

Working with the online MHA students has given me the opportunity to meet professionals in the health care field, who are dedicated, passionate, and driven to reach their career and educational goals.


We’re Shaping Stronger Health Care Leaders

How does our MHA online program prepare you to thrive as a leader in the modern health care marketplace? Browse our video library to find out. Get advice from recent program graduates. Listen to current professors discuss relevant industry topics. Learn more about the online learning experience at Ohio University. Delve deeper into everything our program has to offer.