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Master's Degree

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Offered By: Department of Health Policy and Management

Onsite | Full-Time | 2 years

About the Master of Health Administration Program

The MHA is a professional degree, preparing future health care executives for management and leadership positions dedicated to improving health and health service delivery across all sectors. The Hopkins program focuses on the U.S. healthcare system and is well-suited for early careerists interested in managerial and leadership positions within hospitals and health systems, the health insurance industry, and consulting firms.

The accelerated two-year residential cohort program is designed specifically for the early careerist. The curriculum includes one year of full-time academic coursework followed by a full-time, 11-month compensated administrative residency with faculty preceptors designed to provide direct experience through hands-on learning. The curriculum is founded on principles of innovation and strategic problem-solving, and develops the analytical, technical, and management skills required to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and integration of health and health care organizations and systems. 

Accreditations: The residential program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME); consistently ranked in the top ten of US News and World Report.

Master of Health Administration Program Highlights

CAHME accredited

contemporary competency-based curriculum

Program faculty and student advisers are accomplished professionals,

with years of practical health care management experience

A paid, full-time 11-month administrative residency

where students become members of an organization's executive management team and work on important assignments, make meaningful contributions, and develop and enhance valuable competencies related to health and health care administration

Residency organizations across the country

representing important segments of the U.S. health care system include payers, providers and consulting organizations

U.S. News and World Report

The program was once again ranked in the top 10 of graduate programs in health administration per the 2019 U.S. News & World Report.

AUPHA Logo

We are proud members of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. AUPHA’s mission is to foster excellence and drive innovation in health management and policy education, and promote the value of university-based management education for leadership roles in the health sector.

CAHME Accredited

Our MHA program is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. This accreditation assures you are receiving the highest quality educational experience and preparation for the future.

CAHME Accredited

What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree In Health Administration?

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in healthcare employment, especially medical and health services managers, is expected to increase by 20% between 2016 and 2026.

MHA graduates pursue career paths in many different settings including:

  • Hospitals/Health Systems
  • Consulting firms
  • Insurance
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Physician practice management
  • Government

Possible job titles after residency include:

  • Administrator
  • Manager
  • Consultant
  • Assistant Director
  • Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Practice Manager

Curriculum for the Master of Health Administration

Browse an overview of the requirements for this master's program in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:

Prior Coursework

Prior to matriculation, an undergraduate-level microeconomics course

Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA

Administrative Residency Requirement

The full-time residential program has a required administrative residency component during the second year of the program. The program has partnerships with local and national organizations providing the full-time paid residency positions, many exclusive to JHU students. However, because many of the residency sites have rules prohibiting placement of non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents, the program cannot guarantee placement of international students and thus the ability to successfully complete the degree program requirements for graduation. Therefore, non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents should carefully consider these possibilities before applying to or accepting an offer of admission from the full-time residential program.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

Program Faculty Spotlights

Mark Bittle
Senior Scientist
Health Policy and Management

Mark Bittle, DrPH ’06, MBA, FACHE, focuses on the organizational and management factors that influence physician alignment and managing change in complex organizations.

Conan Dickson
Associate Scientist
Health Policy and Management

Conan Dickson, PhD ’04, MPH, leverages his experience in health system management to enhance education in health care strategy, finance, and quantitative tools.

David Chin
Distinguished Scholar
Health Policy and Management

David Chin, MD, MBA focuses on transforming health systems and academic medical centers for success under value-based health care models.

Karen Charron
Associate Lecturer
Health Policy and Management

Karen Charron, MPH ‘91, is an experienced course instructor and graduate cohort director who teaches and mentors students in the Master of Health Administration program.

Tuition and Funding

The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in the two-year, full-time residential master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program. Students have the option of distributing the scholarship entirely in their second year of study or receive a 25% reduction in tuition their first year and 50% in their second year.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Keasha Wormley
kwormley@jhu.edu