Master in Health Administration / MBA Program
Systemic challenges inherent in today's health care delivery, including inefficiency, over capacity, labor shortages, and unchecked litigation, have resulted in higher costs and lower standards of care. Higher insurance premiums and taxes make U.S. firms less competitive in the global marketplace, creating fewer jobs. Personal health is declining, with more lifestyle-induced illnesses, such as obesity, lost productivity, shortened longevity, and reduced quality of life.
Hence the ever rising demand for managers and leaders who not only have sound business skills, but who also possess substantial insights and function as change agents to effectively manage limited resources in a rapidly evolving health care environment.
Students who are enrolled in the MHA/MBA program can earn both degrees in three academic years. If earned independently, these degrees would require four years of study.
Applicants to the MHA/MBA Program must complete the application requirements of both Fisher College of Business and the College of Public Health separately, applying independently to each school. In order to enter the combined MHA/MBA program, students should indicate to both program offices their intent to study in the dual degree program.
Both colleges have small classes, approximately 30 students in the MHA program and 150 students in the MBA program, and start in the fall of each calendar year. The business school follows a rolling admissions process; for the MHA, you are expected to send in your application by December 1. For both programs, it is in an applicant's best interest to submit application materials early.
Students admitted to the dual degree program may pursue the MHA/ MBA according to this schedule:
To complete a MHA, you need to take 60 semester credit hours. For the MBA, you are expected to earn 57 semester credit hours. In a dual degree scenario, you will be able to leverage part of your MHA electives toward your MBA degree and vice versa.
The Fisher MBA program accepts 12 semester hours of MHA coursework towards the completion of MBA electives. The MHA program accepts 16.5 semester hours of MBA coursework towards the completion of MHA electives shortening the overall curriculum for both programs by 27 semester hours.
In addition to the more than 300 companies that recruit from Fisher's Office of Career Management, a wide array of firms, corporations, government agencies, and health care institutions work with the placement office of the College of Public Health, resulting in a nearly 100 percent placement rate at graduation.
The majority of graduates with the dual degree initially take initial positions in the health care industry that include consulting, clinical research, academic detailing, and product management. Companies that have hired from the College of Public Health in the past include: