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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the FSPH MHA!

The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Master of Health Administration program has a long and distinguished history of preparing students to assume management and leadership positions in health care organizations. Graduates serve in leadership positions in all facets of health care including health systems, hospitals, physician practices, HMO's, health insurance, and consulting. Many graduates serve as chief executive officers of their organizations.

The MHA program prepares students for their careers by combining a strong educational program with opportunities to gain a variety of practical experiences in the health care field. The program includes courses that develop key business skills as well as an awareness of various aspects of the dynamic health care environment. Advanced courses include project work for health care organizations. Students may acquire additional practical experience through paid summer internships, our mentor program which matches individual students with local health care executives, and health-related part-time positions. The programmatic competencies integrated into the program are: background information on the health care system; leadership/professionalism; human resources management; health law/ethics; quantitative skills; financial skills; information skills; decision making; implementing change; and personal development.

A great strength of the MHA program at FSPH is the faculty. Student learning is enhanced by a core group of full-time faculty with extensive academic and management experience, supported by an impressive cadre of part-time and associate faculty who bring significant experience to their specific areas of health care expertise.

The MHA program has excellent linkages to the health care field. There is an MHA Program Advisory Committee that includes health care leaders from across the state of Indiana. Prominent members of the health care community participate in a number of courses to bridge practical experiences with course content. Health care organizations not only support projects conducted as a part of the MHA curriculum, but also provide internships. Entry level part time work opportunities may be available for full time students.  While we cannot guarantee you a part time position, many of our students have found excellent jobs in the medical arena giving them an opportunity to observe firsthand our healthcare system. 

We invite you to learn more about the MHA program at FSPH. Please watch my information video about the MHA program, here. Our faculty and staff are here to help answer your questions and assist with the application process. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Department of Public Health community.

Ann Johnston, EdD, FACHE
Director of Health Administration Programs