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Health Administration

About the Health Administration Program

The Graduate Program in Health Services Management prepares professionals to meet critical and complex challenges in leadership and improvement in organizations and systems throughout the health industry.  The program provides recognized national and global leadership in health management education. 

The program is competency-based and distinctively equips graduates for success through (a) providing solid grounding in professional and operational knowledge and skills, (b) integrating health informatics throughout the health services management curriculum, and (c) incorporating overarching complex systems context and analytical approaches.

The residential and executive master’s degrees launch and advance patient-centered, improvement-oriented, financially-responsible, and ethically-grounded careers in evidence-based health services management. 

The program admits diverse cohorts of students from Missouri, other states, and other nations.  Through the admissions process, the program looks for learners with strong academic records, maturity, motivation, leadership capabilities, and career potential.  Primary post-graduation placement organizations include health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices, surgery centers, information technology companies, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance entities, and other points of health services delivery. 

Whereas the residential master’s degree format is a traditional on-campus residential program, the executive master’s degree is offered in a hybrid model featuring both on-campus and distance learning.  In both formats, emphasis is on fostering an individualized and collaborative culture of learning, mentoring, and professional development among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other practitioners in order to prepare and enable transformational leadership in improving patient care quality, safety, value, and overall level of population health.

Implemented in 1965, the program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and has been accredited since 1968 by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), formerly Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA).

Degrees offered

Joint degrees

  • The MHA can be jointly pursued with the following degree programs: MS in health informatics and bioinformatics, MBA, MPA, MS in industrial engineering, JD.

Contact Information

Veronica Lemme
CE 707 Clinical Support and Education Building; DC006.00
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212