Promote Patient Care in a Growing Industry
Through multiple factors, the healthcare industry is seeing an influx of open positions — including for leaders ready to take charge. Learn to improve care quality and access from individual through community levels with ACU’s online Master of Healthcare Administration degree program.
Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you — intentionally structured to allow you to balance a full-time job, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.
Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire graduate degree.
About the Program
ACU’s online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) allows you to gain industry insights immediately upon beginning coursework and develop a professional network tailored to healthcare leaders. Taught by experienced healthcare professionals, the program offers a depth and breadth of field-specific knowledge that is beneficial to students and stands out to employers.
All the Details on Your Degree
Through a Christian worldview, our Master of Healthcare Administration will prepare leaders in health organizations by focusing on innovation in the healthcare industry and exploring how faith shapes the ethical challenges of patient care. This program is ideal for students who are working professionals seeking to enhance their healthcare leadership and administration skills.
Earn a certificate while completing your master’s degree.
While enrolled in our Master of Healthcare Administration program, you will also earn a graduate-level Certificate in Healthcare Administration. Earn this valuable credential as you progress through your degree at no additional cost.
Foundations in Health Services Administration & Leadership
Community & Population Health: Transforming the Healthcare System
Self-Reflection in Healthcare Leadership
Innovation and Trends in Healthcare
Upcoming Start Dates
January 9, 2024
March 5, 2024
April 30, 2024
Common Job Titles
Director of Patient Access
Clinic Operations Director
Healthcare Strategy Director
Compliance or Business Operations Director
Vice President of Quality
Healthcare Research and Development Analyst
Population Health Manager
The Healthcare Operations concentration focuses on systems and practices necessary for the administration of healthcare services. Students will explore the unique considerations of leading healthcare interdisciplinary teams, tools for population health management, and the use of information systems to drive clinical and administrative decision support. Students completing this concentration will be prepared to manage a variety of healthcare organizations.
The Leadership concentration focuses on the tools and techniques that healthcare administrators use to inspire their teams and ensure the quality delivery of patient care. Coursework examines theoretical and practical models of leadership and strategies for leading organizational change. Students will also gain an awareness of their personal leadership and communication styles.
The General concentration offers broad exposure to the field of healthcare administration and leadership. Students can customize their degree by selecting from courses in the Leadership and Healthcare Operations concentrations. This concentration allows students to identify courses specific to their individual interests and professional goals.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Meghan Hope, Master of Healthcare Administration
Dr. Meghan Hope is an assistant professor and program director for ACU’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration programs. Meghan received her Juris Doctor with health law concentration from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Midwestern State University. Prior to joining ACU, she worked as a healthcare regulatory and operations consultant focusing on new hospital development, management, and reimbursement issues. With more than a decade of expertise in the healthcare industry, Meghan has also served as an administrator in community-based and academic healthcare environments. Her research interests and passions include healthcare policy influences on management decisions and regulatory considerations in clinical research.
Meghan received her master’s online and has since developed a passion for the online learning experience. She loves the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with her students while helping them develop the leadership skills and industry expertise necessary for successful careers in healthcare administration.
Planning your Healthcare Leadership Career
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ACU Online launches Master of Healthcare Administration program
ACU Online is launching a Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) program with the first class starting August 2021. “This program will provide healthcare professionals with the ability to gain new expertise and achieve their career and educational goals,” said Dr. Stephen Johnson, vice president and chief administrative officer for ACU Online.
Faculty Spotlight: Meghan Hope
A lot happens beyond the four walls of a hospital. For Meghan Hope, Program Director for Healthcare Administration programs at ACU Online, this was true throughout her education and continues to inspire her as she leads the next generation of healthcare professionals. Check out our latest blog to learn more about her story.
The Growing Need for Healthcare Administrators
A Master of Healthcare Administration is a versatile degree. The types of positions, duties, and settings can vary, but one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of openings for people with both a solid medical background and the right academic credentials.
Innovation in Healthcare: ACU Master of Healthcare Administration
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