Health Administration (online) (HLSO)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Public Health


The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of Maryland, College Park offers students a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program with courses in public health services administration, research methods in healthcare, health law and ethics, health economics and analysis, strategic management of human resources, health service information systems, financial management of health organizations, marketing for competitive health service, quality assessment and evaluation, and health care leadership and communications. The 46-credit professional degree will prepare graduates to manage the many complex health-related organizations including hospitals, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, rehabilitation agencies, public health clinics, state agencies, among others.  The program is mostly online and requires in-person attendance a few weekends of the Fall semester at the University of Maryland College Park Campus.

Public health and health services now comprise the largest industry in the United States, producing nearly one seventh of the United States’ gross national product. According to the World Health Report 2000, the health care system should be conceptualized as including not only health services, but also public health and social welfare activities. The Department of Health Policy and Management adopts this integrated approach to address current health needs, provide leadership in a rapidly evolving health care industry, and anticipate future health challenges in an expanding global economy.


Negin Fouladi
Program Director
Department of Health Policy and Management
3310 School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) online program has a two-part application process: applicants must submit the SOPHAS application (, the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health, and the UMD Supplemental applicationBoth applications must be submitted and verified by the scheduled deadline. Applications will be reviewed when the SOPHAS and the UMD Supplemental applications are completed.


  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • At least one undergraduate math course
  • Transcripts from all previous coursework
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) (international applicants)
  • Statement of purpose and objectives including career and educational goals, professional experience, areas of interest
  • Response to personal experiences question(s)


  • SOPHAS application & UMD Supplemental application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Fit between applicant's goals and expectations and program degree competencies
  • GRE scores are not required for this program 

Note for applicants with foreign credentials:

For detailed instructions on how to apply, please visit the School of Public Health Website:


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents April 4, 2025 November 15, 2024
The Fall priority deadline for both SOPHAS and UMD applications is December 20, 2024 The Spring priority deadline for both SOPHAS and UMD Supplemental applications is October 11, 2024
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants N/A N/A


Office of Extended Studies (OES) Program Website:
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Faculty information:

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Boudreaux Michel Full Member B.A., Augsburg College, 2003; M.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2009; Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2014 Associate Professor, Health Administration
Assistant Professor, Health Equity
Assistant Professor, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Assistant Professor, Health Services
Chen Jie Full Member B.S., Shanghai University, 2001; M.A., SUNY-Stony Brook, 2006; Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook, 2008 Chair, Health Administration
Associate Professor, Health Administration
Associate Professor, Health Equity
Associate Professor, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Associate Professor, Health Services
Simon-Rusinowitz Lori Full Member B.S., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1975; M.P.H., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1978; M.A., Whitworth University, 1985; Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1987 Associate Professor, Health Administration
Associate Professor, Health Equity
Associate Professor, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Associate Professor, Health Services
Thomas Stephen Full Member B.S., Ohio State University, 1980; M.S., Illinois State University, 1981; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1985 Professor, Health Administration
Professor, Health Equity
Professor, Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Professor, Health Services