College of Public Health Catalog 2013/2014

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The Master of Health Administration (MHA) prepares students for private and public sector leadership positions. In addition to the five core areas of public health, the curriculum helps students develop skills and knowledge in basic business disciplines with application to health services; a clinical and community perspective and professional skills. Students develop an understanding of organizational models and management principles applied to health settings; health care financial management and economics; quality and performance improvement; health policy and policy analysis; strategic planning and marketing; and health law and ethics.

The MHA requires a minimum of 58 semester credit hours plus field experience.

The core competencies for the Master of Health Administration program are stated below. The competency model includes four domains:

  1. Management Science and Technology
  2. Strategy and Leadership
  3. Public Policies and Community Orientation
  4. Economics and Financial Management
  5. Professionalism and Communication Skills

See the MHA Competencies Document for detailed listing of the MHA competencies.

You may View MHA Program Statistics here.

Degree Details

 Required Application Documentation

Applicants to the MHA degree are required to complete both a SOPHAS application and a USF Graduate School application. Required Documentation (all items are required regardless of GPA or GRE scores):

  • Complete SOPHAS application (requires the following)
    • Transcripts
    • GRE taken within five years preceding application or equivalent scores (see section 6.2 Admissions Tests Information for more information)
    • Minimum of two letters of recommendation..
    • Statement of purpose and objectives
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions. (see section 6.2 Admissions Tests Information for more information)
  • Competed USF Graduate School application
 Degree Admission Criteria

The admission committee reviews and considers all required application documentation (listed above). To be admitted to an MHA degree, applicants must meet the following criteria.


1)      USF Graduate School Admission Criteria

  • MHA applicants must have one of the following (a, b or c):
    1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
    • “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, OR
    • “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
    1. A bachelor’s degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree with a “B” average or better from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must also demonstrate proficiency in English* in one of the following ways:
    1. By providing a score of 79 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLiBT)
    2. By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Lang Testing System (IELTS).
    3. By Earning a score of 500 (or equivalent) on the GRE-Verbal exam
    4. By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the US
    5. By earning a degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction (must be documented on the transcript).

2)      Additional College of Public Health Master of Health Administration Criteria

  • MHA applicants must meet the minimum GRE scores for their program (defined in the GRE Scores Table in section 6.2 Admissions Tests Information of this catalog) AND the minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in upper division courses (GRE scores must be submitted regardless of GPA and GRE scores).
  • Undergraduate majors are diverse and include: Life sciences, social sciences, business, or health professions.
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: Micro economics.
  • Applicants with insufficient background or training in public health or other health and biological sciences may be required to take prerequisite courses.  Check specific department web sites for more information. 
  • Basic computer competency is expected.
  • Students in all online public health courses are expected to meet certain technology requirements in order to successfully participate in their courses. It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements are met prior to the start of the semester. For more information, visit:
  • Applicants admitted to the M.H.A. or an M.P.H. with a concentration in the Department of Health Policy and Management who have a score on the GRE Verbal of Analytical Writing test which is below the 40th percentile may be required to take REA 2105—Critical Reading and Writing—or an equivalent English composition course, during the first semester of enrollment, and pass with a grade of “B” or better in the class. 
  • Meeting of these criteria shall not be the only basis for admission

To start the application process, see section 6.1 Application Procedures.

 Program Curriculum

Download the program check sheet.

Program Coursework 

College Core Courses



PHC 6000




PHC 6050




PHC 6102

Principles of Health Policy and Management



PHC 6357

Environmental & Occupational Health



PHC 6410

Social & Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health



Total Core Credit Hours



Management and Policy



PHC 6147

Managing Quality in Health Care



PHC 6148

Strategic Planning and Health Care Marketing



PHC 6151

Health Policy and Politics



PHC 6180

Health Services Management



PHC 6181

Organizational Behavior in Health Services



PHC 6420

Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics



PHC 6435

Perspectives on Health Insurance


PHC6430 or CI

Section Credit Hours Subtotal



Finance, Economics and Decision Making Skills



ACG 6026

Accounting Concepts for Managers



QMB 6305

Managerial Decision Analysis



PHC 6161

Health Care Finance and Costing


PHC6102, ACG6025

PHC 6191

Quantitative Analysis in Health Services


PHC6050, QMB6305

PHC 6196

Information Systems in Hlth Care Management


PHC6102, PHC6050

PHC 6430

Health Economics


PHC6102, UG Micro

Section Credit Hours Subtotal



Culminating Experiences



PHC 6945

Supervised Field Experience


See note #1 below

PHC 6977

Special Project



PHC 6166

Advanced Seminar in Health Care Management


PHC6148, 6180, 6161; min of 36cr completed

Section Credit Hours Subtotal




  1. During 2nd semester meet with advisor and begin planning field experience. See
  2.  Any grade below a C (C- to F) is required to be retaken. The grade will be included in the student’s GPA
  3. The College reserves all rights to repeal and/or modify
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