Online MHA Overview
Few industries are as large and complex as health care in the United States. Healthcare organizations rely heavily on medical and health services managers to plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers — an important and evolving part of the healthcare system.
Tulane’s CAHME-accredited Online Master of Healthcare Administration program will give you the applied analytical skills to promote data-driven decision making in healthcare organizations through a combination of industry-leading instruction and real-world learning. You’ll graduate with the cutting edge skills to make a measurable impact in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and group medical practices.
The MHA program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) since 1971.
Online MHA Program at a Glance
Learn Essential Skills
Learn how to harness data to advance and improve health care and develop skills in communication, leadership, critical thinking and analysis, strategic management, and finance.
You’ll learn to speak and write in a clear and logical manner within healthcare settings so that you can push initiatives forward.
Consider the business, ethno-cultural, political, and regulatory factors in developing long-term strategies for healthcare organizations.
Gain access to Tulane’s industry-leading faculty from anywhere, on your schedule, with our online program.
Interested in studying on our campus in New Orleans? Learn more about our on-ground programs on
the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine website.
Lead Equitable Transformation in Health Care
The Online MHA is built for early to mid-career healthcare professionals who are ready to dedicate their careers to improving health care for everyone. Combining strategies and principles from a number of professional fields — from leadership, ethics, and social justice to economics and data analytics — the program prepares students to become impactful leaders. Tulane MHA students and alumni believe that equity and access are critical to successful health care, and they are driven to fight healthcare disparities and create meaningful change.
Applied Practice Experience
You’ll engage in a supervised practice experience to gain real-world skills that can be immediately applied to your career.
Attend one of the top 20 best healthcare management programs in the nation.
Join a powerful alumni network of Tulane SPHTM grads who are passionate about collaborating towards improved public health outcomes.
Positive Career Outcomes
An unprecedented 99.7 percent of Tulane SPHTM graduates are working, volunteering, or continuing their education within one year of graduation.
What You Will Learn
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program prepares students with a foundation in healthcare leadership and applied analytical skills to promote data-driven decision making.
The 54-credit program adds an online modality to our already Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)-accredited MHA program. The program curriculum covers leadership of healthcare organizations, applied analytics, healthcare economics, financial management, population health, communications, and strategy. Students also complete an Applied Practice Experience (APE) to gain practical experience, develop professionalism, and apply their management skills.
Curriculum information subject to change.
Learn to influence others to succeed in a healthcare setting.
Learn to develop strategies that improve the long-term success of healthcare organizations.
Learn to promote data-driven decision making.
Learn to assess the financial health of organizations.
Apply Your Passion To Practice
You can see the future of health care through an analytical perspective, and you want to be a part of driving improvement in health systems. But first, you have to get the applicable skills to make an impact. At Tulane, our Applied Practicum Experience (APE) requirement allows you to develop real-world competencies in a supervised practice setting of your choosing.
You’ll embark on your APE after you complete the foundational MHA courses, and you’ll demonstrate your mastery of five key competencies: three foundational competencies outlined by the CEPH and two competencies outlined by program faculty.
The APE can be completed in your local area, and you can choose to work at your current employer as long as your practicum role is different from your current job — perfect for career changers or shifters. If you need assistance with placement, our dedicated team is here to help you find a match that aligns with your healthcare administration career goals.
Careers in Health Administration
Earning your master’s in health administration online from Tulane is a powerful step towards opening a variety of in-demand career opportunities. Some potential paths you could take after graduation include:
Medical and Health Services Manager
Median Annual Salary: $101,340*
Information Systems Manager
Median Annual Salary: $159,010*
Administrative Services and Facilities Manager
Median Annual Salary: $99,920*
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
“What’s going to set our students apart is their ability to translate data, communicate it, and persuade others to make data-driven decisions.”
– Emily Harris, MHA, Clinical Instructor, MHA Program Director
Our renowned faculty brings real-world experience to the classroom. They will prepare you to make an immediate impact on your organization.
Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD
Dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Thomas LaVeist, is a nationally renowned public health expert and thought leader. As a researcher, Dr. LaVeist is primarily focused on the social and behavioral factors that impact health outcomes, particularly examining health disparities between various ethnicities and how social policy affects the quality of life for African Americans. Through his work, Dr. LaVeist hopes to develop an orienting framework for policies and interventions that close race disparities in health-related outcomes. Dr. LaVeist also holds the Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity.
School Of Public Health And Tropical Medicine
Tulane’s rigorous Online MPH is offered by the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine — the No. 12 school of public health in the U.S. and the only combined school of its kind in the nation. MPH students approach public health through a global lens to promote health equity. Tulane is the top-ranked graduate school for producing Peace Corps volunteers for a reason. Apply now to become an expert in the five core areas of public health and develop leadership skills to help you improve lives.
Unlock opportunities in public and private sectors to define your career path.
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to Covid-19, Fall 2021 Orientation will be held virtually. In future academic terms, students may be required to travel to New Orleans to participate in an in-person orientation, but Tulane will be monitoring health and safety conditions closely before making a determination.
Students enrolled in Tulane’s Online MPH, Online MHA, and Online MSPH programs may only take online courses at this time.
Yes! The Online MPH, Online MHA, and Online MSPH programs blend self-paced asynchronous coursework with live, synchronous sessions for discussions, case studies, and exercises that allow students to hone their acquired knowledge and skills.
All students are required to supply their own desktop or laptop computers throughout the program. Click here to review our detailed recommendations for technology. In addition, students who do not own a printer may want to consider purchasing a printer to produce hard copies of course materials.
With guidance from program faculty and staff, all Online MPH, Online MHA, and Online MSPH students will complete an Applied Practice Experience, such as a Practicum or Residency, prior to graduation.