Catalog 2011 - 2012

Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program

Department of Health Management and Policy (HMAP)

José A. Pagán, PhD
Department Chair
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Education and Administration Building, 709
Email: ywanda.kimbrough@unthsc.edu

Elizabeth Trevino Dawson, DrPH
Assistant Dean and MHA Program Director
UNT Health Science Center
School of Public Health
Education and Administration Building, 735
Email: elizabeth.trevino@unthsc.edu

The Master of Health Administration program is designed to prepare students with competencies needed to assume management positions in health services organizations throughout the world. The 60 semester credit hour program is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interested in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals, managed care organizations, medical group practices, ambulatory, long-term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, government agencies, for profit, and nonprofit sector organizations. Emphasis is placed on theoretical bases in three areas: organization and operations, economics and finance, and policy analysis. Through an internship and a final integrative experience, students are asked to incorporate, synthesize, and apply their knowledge within both an operational and a community context. The result is an organizational perspective that encourages students to integrate knowledge from a range of management disciplines while emphasizing accountability for effective performance.

The School of Public Health is a member of SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). Students may apply online at www.sophas.org or directly to the school by downloading an application at www.hsc.unt.edu. The School of Public Health admits MHA students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The deadlines are as follows:

Semester Admission Deadline Classes Begin
Fall 2011 March 15, 2011 August 22,2011
Spring 2012 June 1, 2011   
Summer 2012 February 1, 2012  
Session I:    
Session II:    
Summer Institute June 1, 2012  
Fall 2012 March 15, 2012  

It is recommended that non-U.S. citizens apply well in advance of these deadlines to allow for the preparation of immigration documents.

Applicants to the MHA program will fall under one of the following admissions categories:

  1. Full Admission: Accepted without reservation to the MHA program.
  2. Denied: Not admitted to the program because application was not competitive.
  3. Non-review: Not reviewed due to an incomplete application file.
  4. Provisional Admissions: In rare instances, the SPH may admit a student on a provisional basis where one of the credentials is below the average of the applicant pool, providing that all other admission criteria are met or exceeded. This admittance requires the approval of the Master's Admissions Committee, the Department Chair and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Upon successful completion of the provisional requirements, the student may be granted full admission into the School. A student admitted previously must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA during the first semester of study. An additional semester of study may be permitted under the provisional status, should these requirements not be met in one semester. This would require approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

MHA Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit an application to SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) at www.sophas.org or download an application from the School of Public Health at www.hsc.unt.edu.
  • Submit complete, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Submit official scores from one of the following graduate admissions examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or Pharmacy School Admissions Test (PCAT). The examination requirement is waived for applicants possessing a professional doctoral degree with a license to practice in the United States.
  • Applicants with foreign transcripts must also include an official WES or ECE transcript evaluation report listing course-by-course U.S. grade point equivalencies.
  • International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being granted admission. Minimum TOEFL exam requirements: written=550; computer-based= 213; internet-based=79. The TOEFL is waived if the applicant has earned a high school diploma or a bachelor or master degree from an accredited institution within the United States or Canada.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • If invited for an interview, applicants are expected to participate in either an on-campus interview or a technology-assisted interview.

Once an offer of admissions has been extended to a student, official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be re-submitted directly to the SPH Office of Student and Academic Services (3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699) if the student applied through SOPHAS.

Once an offer of admissions has been extended to an international applicant, the Health Science Center will not issue immigration papers for student visas until the following documents have been received and approved by the Health Science Center:

  • Proof of financial resources
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended should be re-submitted both in English and the student's native language if the student applied through SOPHAS.

Admissions Decisions and Deferments for MHA Applicants

Applicants will be furnished written notification regarding their admission status by the SPH Office of Student and Academic Services. Statements by other Health Science Center personnel concerning the applicant's admissibility are not valid until confirmed in writing by the Office of Student and Academic Services.

Students who are admitted to a degree program and plan to enroll are required to submit an Admissions Decision Form along with a non-refundable $200 assurance fee that will be used toward tuition upon arrival. Applicants admitted to a degree program that do not intend to enroll in the semester for which they applied must contact the Office of Student and Academic Services to request deferment. Deferments must be made in writing and cannot exceed one year from the original acceptance date. There is a non-refundable deferment fee of $300; the deferment fee is due at the time the request is made.

Information submitted in the application materials must be complete and correct. Prospective and current students must notify the proper institution officials regarding any changes in the information provided on their application. Falsification or omission of any information on the application documents will void a student's admission, cancel their enrollment, and/or result in appropriate disciplinary action.

All materials submitted during the application process become the property of the Health Science Center and cannot be returned.

Financial Assistance

To be eligible for scholarships and assistantships offered by the School of Public Health, applicants must complete the admissions application by March 15, 2011. For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at 817-735-2401.

MHA Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of the M.H.A. program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply financial knowledge to help optimize resource allocation to support organizational viability.
  2. Use information technology to assist in managerial decision making.
  3. Manage a diverse staff.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical values necessary for managerial decisions.
  5. Develop knowledge of important federal and state health policy issues.
  6. Identify important regulatory and legal issues that impact health service management decision making.
  7. Show a level of leadership that relies on important written and oral communication skills.
  8. Possess a familiarity with the fundamentals of biostatistics and epidemiology necessary to analyze community needs.
  9. Understand the application of expert economic, statistical and legal analysis in the support of management decision making.
  10. Understand the concepts of productivity and how to measure them using tools from economics, finance and management science.

MHA Academic Procedures

Each student is responsible for the completion of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program according to the procedures that follow. Each item must be completed in the sequence and time period indicated. Forms are subject to revision at any time and should be obtained from the School of Public Health Office of Student and Academic Services. Students may e-mail the Office of Student and Academic Services at sph@unthsc.edu with questions, concerns or clarification on any of the following procedures.

  1. Upon acceptance to the School of Public Health, an advisor is assigned from the Department of Health Management Policy.
  2. The student must file a curriculum plan approved by the advisor and department chair with the School of Public Health Office of Student and Academic Services before the completion of the first semester of enrollment. Enrollment will be restricted after the first semester if a curriculum plan is not on file. Students are strongly encouraged to follow a 2-year or 3-year curriculum plan to ensure the most appropriate sequence of courses and the availability of classes.
  3. Students must complete a full-time, 12-13 week internship, which requires 500 contact hours. Students are eligible to enroll for the Master of Health Administration Internship after the completion of a minimum of 27 SCH. Students must confer with the MHA Program Director prior to registration. For details regarding the internship, review the MHA Internship Manual on the School of Public Health website at www.hsc.unt.edu.
  4. All MHA students must complete the MHA Capstone course. The capstone is designed to allow students the opportunity to apply methods and techniques learned in the MHA program to a practical health administration problem. All students will participate as members of a team to conduct a project focused on a health administration problem and will present their results orally and in a written report. This course is designed to partially meet the culminating experience requirement for students in the MHA program.
  5. Students must submit the Intent to Graduate Form to the School of Public Health Office of Student and Academic Services in the semester prior to the semester for which they plan to graduate. For example, if a student intends to graduate in the spring semester, the Intent to Graduate Form must be submitted to the Office of Student and Academic Services by the specified deadline in the fall semester (see academic calendar for deadlines).

To request a waiver, a student must submit a petition in writing to their advisor and the appropriate instructor outlining the class they would like to waive. The petition should also include documentation indicating the previous coursework is comparable to the requirements of the course stated in the petition. The student's advisor, instructor, and department chair associated with the course must approve such petition.

No credits are awarded for courses that are waived. A waiver allows a student to substitute an elective course for a required course. For additional information regarding transfer coursework, refer to the section, “Use of Transfer Credit.”

Required Courses  45

BIOS 5300  

Biostatistics for Public Health 1      3
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health    3
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HMAP 5300 Introduction to Health Management and Policy                                                        3
HMAP 5312  Health Politics & Policy 3
HMAP 5320  Health Services Management 3
HMAP 5321  Health Information Systems 3
HMAP 5322  Health Care Operations Management 3
HMAP 5324  Strategic Management and Marketing 3
HMAP 5326  Public Health Program Planning & Evaluation 3
HMAP 5328  Human Resource Management 3
HMAP 5330  Health Finance 1 3
HMAP 5332  Health Finance 2 3
HMAP 5350  Health Economics 3
HMAP 6340 Health Care Law  3

 Elective Courses
(Choose 3 from the following list)

BIOS 5324 Data Management 3
HMAP 5340  Public Health Law 3
HMAP 6322  Organizational Management 3
HMAP 6330  Health Insurance and Managed Care 3
HMAP 6220  Leadership for Public Health 2
MGMT 5140 Organizational Behavior and Analysis (UNT DENTON) 3
MGMT 5210 Human Resource Management Seminar (UNT DENTON) 3
MGMT 5530 Operation & Management of Physician Practice Organizations (UNT DENTON) 3
 Culminating Experience 6
HMAP 5302  MHA Capstone  3
HMAP 5394  MHA Internship  3
  Total SCH 60

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