Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Mar 04, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024

Master of Health Administration

In the Brooks School of Public Policy .

Director, Sean Nicholson (3301C MVR, 607-254-6498,
Associate Director, Julie Carmalt (3301G MVR, 607-255-2503,
Associate Director, Cathy Bartell (3301A MVR, 607-254-6476,

The standard degree program is a two-year, 60-credit, non-thesis professional Graduate School program culminating in a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. Your course work will include classes in management, health care delivery and finance, population health, quantitative analysis and methods, law and ethics, accounting, economics, health policy, and strategic management.

What you learn in the classroom will be facilitated by didactic lectures, case studies, discussion and analysis, guest lectures, video and analysis, peer instruction and presentation, and small group activities. 

Your classroom learning also will be complemented by a range of practical learning experiences including:


Degree Program Information

  • Instruction Mode: primarily In-Person in Ithaca, NY.
  • Length of Program:  Full-time, 60 credits.
  • The MHA degree is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME).

Core Curriculum

Innovative Curriculum:
Our two-year MHA offers students a rigorous management curriculum, unparalleled flexibility in selecting specialized courses based on career interests, and practical learning opportunities. Students are required to take 15 courses in key management disciplines, usually with a healthcare focus. Formal classes are complemented by a range of practical learning opportunities such as PLICs, trips, the colloquium series, a summer internship, and the capstone course.

Students need a 3.0 GPA to graduate and cannot receive a grade below a C in any required course.  The Field Studies/Capstone course requires a grade of B or higher to graduate.

Core Curriculum:

Health Care Organizations
Regression Analysis and Managerial Forecasting
Health Care Accounting
Population Health for Health Managers
Managerial Finance
Health Care Finance
Managing Operations
Health Policy
Organizational Development and Human Resources
Microeconomics for Management and Policy
Health Care Strategy
Marketing Management
Health Care Ethics
Legal Aspects of Health Care
Data Analytics for Health Care Administrators

The Sloan Colloquium

Sloan Colloquium

During each semester, practicing healthcare executives visit campus and give lectures, workshops and seminars as part of the Sloan Colloquium Series. The colloquia provide informal settings where students interact directly with high level professionals to learn about recent trends, issues and innovative developments in the field. There are often lively debates and interchanges between students and practitioners. Recent colloquia included speakers from academic medical centers, community hospitals, the VA system, medical practice management, bio-technology, health insurance, management consulting and professional associations. Colloquia enable Sloan students to interact with industry practitioners in a seminar setting. Students are also invited to lunch with speakers on a rotating basis.

Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLICs)

Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLICs)

Sloan offers at least ten Practitioner-Led Intensive courses (PLICs) per year. PLICs are 0.5 to 2.0 credit weekend courses taught by experienced health care executives that allow students to develop expertise in a special topic or skill.  PLICs are taught by experienced health care executives on a range of topics such as:

  • Health Care Facilities Planning
  • Alternative Payments in Health Care
  • VUCA Leadership
  • Disruptive Innovation in Health Care
  • Key Management Issues in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Introduction to Quality and Quality Measurement
  • Using Python to Analyze Data
  • Private Equity in Health Care
  • Physician Practice Administration

Capstone Course

Capstone Course

In your second year, you will work as part of a three- or four-person team with your classmates to complete a year-long capstone project for a health care organization. You will provide expertise to a real client looking for a solution to a real problem. In the process, you will find yourself synthesizing the competencies you have acquired in the classroom and internships during your time at Sloan. The product of the course will be an oral presentation and research paper. Following are examples of recent culminating capstone projects:

  • Helping a hospital’s pediatric practice grow patient volume
  • Redesigning physician schedules at a GI clinic to improve patient access and throughput  
  • Examining the feasibility of a hospice house
  • Exploring how to allow physician practices to accept cash payments from patients without violating payer contracts


Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Workshops

Each fall, first year students are required to attend a number of career and professional development workshops designed to hone their professional communication, networking, interviewing, negotiating, etiquette, and health care management skills. 

Summer Internship

Summer Internship

Students are required to undertake a 10-week (usually paid) internship in the summer between the first and second year of the program. Internships allow students to apply classroom learning to real projects at a health care organization. Some students return to campus in the fall with a full-time offer from their internship organization; all students gain a deeper appreciation for the challenges and opportunities in the health care industry, and arrive with a renewed motivation and focus for the second year.

Off-Campus Trips

Off-Campus Trips

You and your classmates will participate in two class trips over the two years of the program. In odd years, you will go to Boston, where you will observe and interact with practitioners who are financing or implementing innovative activities to disrupt the health care industry. Through presentations and discussions, you will develop an appreciation for the importance of innovation in health care, and the difficulty of implementing it. In even years, you will go to Washington, D.C., where you will meet with health policymakers, lobbyists and advocacy groups to learn firsthand how health policy is crafted in this country and how policy affects various types of health care organizations.