Courses of Study 2020-2021 
    Dec 03, 2021  
Courses of Study 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Executive Master of Health Administration

Director of Executive Education

Mariya Thompson


The Executive Master of Health Administration program consists of 36.5 credits over 18 months, through online and residential experiences. The curriculum covers fundamental health care management competencies and theories, and offers electives in leadership, strategy, design, and the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors among others. The curriculum includes two intensive session’s on-campus in Ithaca and a health care information technology trek to Boston overlaps with the second-year residential program. A capstone project, where students work with executive mentors to apply their coursework to a work project deemed strategically important by their managers, will complete the program’s academic requirements. All courses have been developed by Cornell faculty and are supported by Executives-in-Residence who mentor students through their capstone projects. Students need a 2.5 GPA for graduation and cannot receive any grade below a C- in a required course. For additional information, see the Executive Master of Health Administration website.


The Executive Master of Health Administration program is delivered as a cohort model designed for working professionals. Students learn 80% online, with two week-long sessions on Cornell University’s campus in Ithaca, NY and one weekend session in Boston. 

Core Courses (29.5 credits)

Ithaca, NY Courses     
Boston Course

Elective Areas of Study (7 credits)

Students may select from approved elective courses, some possible areas of study include:

  • Advanced Leadership
  • Advanced Strategy
  • Design Thinking
  • Biotech and Pharmaceutical Management
  • Senior Living
  • Negotiation Essentials
  • Disruptive Innovation in Health Care
  • High Reliability Organizations
  • Service Excellence