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Fairfield Egan’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA) provides students the knowledge and experience to pursue a wide range of healthcare-related careers.

As an interdisciplinary course of study, the program draws upon the expertise of full-time faculty members from Fairfield Egan and Charles F. Dolan School of Business. The versatile 42-credit program complements various fields of study — from nursing to science to business. Students take courses across a variety of disciplines including economics, accounting, healthcare systems, healthcare policy, information technology, marketing, finance, management, leadership roles, and more. In the final year of the program, students have an opportunity for a practicum experience in a healthcare organization as well as complete their capstone.

Fairfield is accepting applications this fall and classes begin in Summer 2020. Admission to the program is open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

Fairfield's MHA is currently in initial phases of accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Egan School Rankings

Top 75
Best Grad Nursing Programs in the Nation
- U.S. News & World Report
Top 5
Nursing School in New England
2019 Nursing Schools Almanac
#1
Nursing Program in Connecticut
College Factual
#7
Nursing Program in the Nation
College Factual

Why Pursue a MHA at Fairfield?

Healthcare careers are growing at a rapid pace and Fairfield University’s healthcare partners and alumni support an amazing network of opportunities for students. This program is uniquely positioned to advance the careers of experienced healthcare professionals, as well as add a competitive edge to those new to the field. MHCA students have options for part-time or full-time course work and course are delivered in a variety of formats. Hybrid options allow students to enjoy face-to-face interactions without the commitment of being on campus each week, while online courses allow for flexibility.

Course Offerings

PART-TIME PLAN OF STUDY

Summer Term (2 credits)

Introduction to the US Healthcare System (2 credits)

Fall Semester (6 credits)

Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement (3 credits)
Managing People for Competitive Advantage (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits)

Healthcare Reimbursement and Organizational Performance (3 credits)
Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

Summer Term (6 credits)

Introduction to Accounting (3 credits)
Principles of Finance (3 credits)

Fall Semester (6 credits)

Performance Management (3 credits)
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 credits)

Spring Semester (6 credits)

Advanced Healthcare Policy (3 credits)
Healthcare Administration Practicum (3 cr. – 150 hours)

Summer Term (6 credits)

Healthcare Economics and Marketing (3 credits)
Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement (3 credits)

Fall Semester (4 credits)

Healthcare Administration Capstone (4 credits)

Total Clinical Hours: 150
Total Credits: 42

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Appendix 7: Full-time curriculum plan

FULL-TIME PLAN OF STUDY

Summer Term (8 credits)

Introduction to the US Healthcare System (2 credits)
Introduction to Accounting (3 credits)
Principles of Finance (3 credits)

Fall Semester (12 credits)

Leadership Roles for Systems Improvement (3 credits)
Performance Management (3 credits)
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 credits)
Managing People for Competitive Advantage (3 credits)

Spring Semester (12 credits)

Healthcare Reimbursement and Organizational Performance (3 credits)
Healthcare Administration Practicum (3 credits – 150 hours)
Advanced Healthcare Policy (3 credits)
Research Methods for Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

Summer Term (10 credits)

Information Technology for Healthcare Improvement (3 credits)
Healthcare Economics and Marketing (3 credits)
Healthcare Administration Capstone (4 credits)

Total Clinical Hours: 150
Total Credits: 42

Admission

Applicants for the MS in Healthcare Administration must hold a bachelor’s degree in ANY discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a strong personal statement.

Career & Professional Opportunities

Employment opportunities for healthcare administrators are on the rise in the state of Connecticut and nationally. Healthcare administrators may be employed in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Policy Organizations
  • Insurance Organizations
  • Healthcare Suppliers
  • Healthcare Providers

Learn more about how the University's Career Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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