healthcare administration (mha)

the demand for collaborative, adaptable and strategic healthcare administrators has never been higher. our one-of-a-kind advanced online degree will give you an unparalleled learning experience – and the skills to get a great position in this skyrocketing field.

the healthcare industry continues to evolve and change at an unprecedented pace and demand for collaborative, adaptable and strategic administrators has never been higher. developed thoughtfully with healthcare executives and senior leaders in higher education, delaware valley university’s new online master's in healthcare administration program offers a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive advanced degree that will provide students with an unparalleled educational experience and empower future leaders in one of the nation’s fastest-growing fields.

created collaboratively by healthcare executives and senior leaders in higher education

a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program in which practice and operations in the administrative and clinical arena join academia to inform best practices and inspire cutting-edge, thoughtful and relevant change.

faculty are current practitioners in healthcare administration

you will learn from course instructors who are current executives and leaders from a variety of specialized backgrounds in the healthcare industry. they are excited to bring their knowledge and expertise to the online classroom through real-world cases, projects and concepts that are specifically designed to align with the skills that employers are seeking.

online study that fits your life

you can study anytime and anywhere thanks to the program’s dynamic online learning format. our 36-to-39-credit program offers both full- and part-time options. you can finish in as little as 24 months or move at a pace that best supports your busy life.

this program is accredited by middle states commission on higher education.

Officials sign an agreement between DelVal and Doylestown Health
in partnership with doylestown health

dr. maria gallo, president of delval and jim brexler, president and ceo, doylestown health, signed a memorandum of understanding in july 2019 to launch the new master’s in healthcare administration. “today’s signing is an unmistakable sign of progress toward our shared strategic goals,” said dr. gallo, calling the signing a “transformational moment.”

master in healthcare administration at-a-glance

applicants may be considered for conditional acceptance and permitted to start in the program if coursework/competency exam or equivalency is in progress for introductory statistics and research methods. delval offers several options for achieving mha prerequisite competencies. students must complete the two required prerequisites and health information systems and informatics before they will be permitted to enroll in data analytics for healthcare managers.

  • introductory statistics course or competency
  • research methods course or competency
core courses
  • u.s. healthcare systems
  • ethical, legal and policy issues in healthcare management
  • marketing and communications for healthcare leadership
  • healthcare accounting, economics and financial management
  • clinical integration in health services management
  • health information systems and informatics for innovative leaders
  • data analytics and impact for healthcare managers (prerequisite: health information systems and informatics)
  • quality and performance improvement for healthcare transformation
  • operations and value-based strategies in healthcare
  • healthcare capstone experience: strategic management and leadership for healthcare (last course in program)

students must choose two electives to complete as part of the core curriculum or complete all three for consideration of an applied area of specialty or additional certification.

  • elective 1-long term care
  • elective 2-population health management for healthcare leaders
  • elective 3-patient access and value-based care for healthcare pioneers

students interested in advancing their career in a focused specialty can explore electives within healthcare or across disciplines on a case by case basis and pending approval from the academic director and availability of courses.

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executive immersion experience

for three weekends over the course of the program, you will attend in-person executive immersion experiences. you will build relationships as you participate in executive workshops with real-world, case-based problem solving and presentations from healthcare executives that culminates in a capstone presentation to leadership in healthcare and higher education.

course descriptions

historical context; systems theory; analysis of organizational components; healthy policy; healthcare delivery mechanisms; access to care; health services; health services personnel; national, state, and local government roles; financing including insurance mechanisms and regulation; technology; demography; mortality and morbidity; quality assurance; political issues; and sociological, political, and economic forces that have shaped the evolution of healthcare in the u.s.; triple aim (access, quality, and cost).

an introduction to law and the legal system as it relates to the delivery and financing of health care; corporate liability; medical malpractice; admission and discharge processes; medical staff bylaws; informed consent; patients' rights; medical records; governmental regulation of personnel and health facilities; legal aspects of human resource administration in health care; liability and corporate responsibility; ethical concerns in the practice, distribution and administration of healthcare; personal, professional, and organizational ethical dilemmas and decision-making responsibilities; faith traditions; theories, principles and methods that influence reasoning, analysis and argument in contemporary health care ethics.

marketing concepts as applied to health services organizations; consumer behavior; market segmentation; target marketing; marketing research; management and control of marketing mix variables; assessing the internal and external environment; competitor analysis; service design/performance as they interact with marketing plans; buyer behavior; segmentation; market research; products/services; pricing, distribution, promotion, and marketing control.

financial management functions and organizations; financial statement analysis; working capital management; present value analysis; capital budgeting; cost of capital; variance analysis; financing techniques; financial analysis case studies; financial statements; cost allocation; capital acquisition and budgeting; pricing of services; time value analysis; reimbursement; financial risk and return; long-term debt financing; capital structure; cost of capital; and analysis of financial performance; revenue cycle; financial viability; basic accounting transactions; financial report preparation; concepts of accrual vs. cash accounting; not-for-profit health care accounting; and the analysis of health care organization financial reports; spreadsheet use to make financial decisions; healthcare reimbursement and theory; forecasting; reading and analyzing healthcare financial statements; recording transactions; budgeting, full costing, incremental costing; responsibility accounting; analysis of cost and budgetary controls; interpretation and utilization of accounting reports and statements; operating accounting measurements; quantitative techniques; analysis of financial statements; financial decision-making models; auditing; capital investments; strategic financial management; provider behavior; production; costs; supply; market structure; competition; patient access and demand; insurance; expenditures; utilization; healthcare reform; premium rate setting; cost and utilization rates; advanced managerial accounting concepts; variance analysis; hmo rate setting; private and public healthcare reimbursement systems under managed care; financial aspects of integration; managing resources; profitability; cost and pricing models; exploring the interaction financial, strategic, organizational policy and the external environment information on decisions; economic models of supply and demand; competition; market power; labor choices; production functions and efficiency are applied to the health sector; integrated care delivery systems; application of economic principles to the allocation of scarce resources in health care.

organizational structure; organization/ environment relationships; organizational performance, power and leadership; perception, attitudes, motivation, communication, and group dynamics; leadership concepts and management principles as employed by clinical professionals in health care organizations; effective approaches to communication; change and conflict management; performance and financial management; and cultural competence; skills required to solve the most pressing operational problems found across departments within today’s complex health care institutions; patient safety, clinical process improvement, and credentialing.

principles of modern information architectures; computer networking and communication technologies needed to support modern information infrastructures; information systems and technology in health care, specifically focusing on the limitations of such technology; informatics initiatives aim to facilitate effective information use for the purpose of improving the quality of health services and/or efficiency of processes; implications for various stakeholder groups (e.g., patient access); electronic medical record; including consumers, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers; conduct research; develop public health informatics tools/projects; terminology; organization; and strategy, planning techniques; systems selection; contract negotiation; project management; medical informatics; technology trends and issues for health care; theory, technology, and practical application of information systems; design, acquire, and maintain information systems for integrated health care delivery.

essential data analytics skill set that can be applied across the continuum of healthcare service and delivery; core functions of data analysis; visualization and presentation; data mining strategies; database management; modelling of trends and population health management applications; projects that integrate an understanding of health data and analytic strategies that are appropriate for making strategic choices in health policy and general healthcare delivery research and management within the triple aim framework.

introduces the theoretical application of statistical quality management in health care, as well as the practical application of quality improvement methods in health care settings; customer driven process involving team and process thinking and application of statistical tools to way in which work is accomplished; knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to implement, facilitate, and coordinate continuous quality improvement activities in health care environments; provides students with knowledge, skills, and tools including lean/six sigma, to implement, facilitate, and coordinate continuous quality improvement activities in health care environments; develop, implement, and test a solution to improve health care or public health delivery, using a model called the model for improvement. the model uses three questions to scope the improvement project and four steps, plan-do-check-act, to implement and test solutions.

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4 + 1 program

high-performing undergraduate students from all majors may apply for an accelerated mha. delval’s 4+1 program allows students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in as little as five years while saving more than $7,500 in graduate tuition. mha courses taken in junior or senior years are included in full-time undergraduate tuition and count towards both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

danielle pedrotty, m.ed., administrative director master's in healthcare administration