Academic Experience

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With a unique focus on leadership development, the Executive MHA program gives mid-career professionals the business and management skills to lead a health care organization. If you’re an early-career professional interested in earning an MHA, you should consider our full-time Master of Health Administration degree.

Competency-Based Curriculum

To teach you the leadership skills you’ll need in your career, our rigorous, competency-based curriculum incorporates the leadership competency model developed by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. This model identifies the technical skills and behavioral characteristics health care leaders must have to be successful throughout their careers. Each course in the MHA program maps to the competencies you can expect to learn.

To give you a solid foundation in all aspects of health services administration, you’ll study a range of topics, including health economics, strategic management, industrial systems, organizational behavior, group dynamics and health law. A capstone project allows you to apply what you've learned in real-world health care settings.

Leadership Training

The Executive MHA program teaches you a variety of leadership skills that can be applied to a broad range of health care roles and settings. You'll practice your leadership skills through team-based learning experiences in class, and then work on your personal leadership development through ongoing, one-on-one leadership coaching by the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the UW Foster School of Business.

Program Format

The UW Executive MHA is a part-time, two-year program completed in eight consecutive quarters.

Classes meet once a month, Thursday through Saturday, in all-day sessions at the UW Bellevue location. Classes are supplemented by Tuesday evening webinars, online assignments and team projects.

Our program has a cohort learning model. At the start of the program, students are placed on teams that they will work with throughout their course of study. These teams serve as a forum for practicing leadership competencies and also as a valuable source of feedback for your professional development.

Other Degree Options

Advanced Standing Degree Option

The Master of Health Informatics & Health Information Management Advanced Standing Degree Option allows UW MHA and Executive MHA graduates to earn a MHIHIM degree in just one year. This program enables students to build on their health administration foundation to advance into leadership roles in health information systems and to develop domain expertise in health informatics.