Healthcare Administration | MHA

Pacific’s first graduate health professions program designed for working professionals, the Master of Healthcare Administration Program prepares students to become leaders in the challenging and dynamic environment of healthcare. With a blended curriculum of courses that include online and in-class sessions during evenings and weekends, working professionals can apply their experience in the classroom and gain relevant experience through internships and capstone projects.

MHA Program Features

  • Faculty who are working professionals in the field
  • Building essential leadership skills
  • Executive format for working professionals
  • Mentor program with faculty and healthcare professionals
  • Location in Hillsboro (adjacent to MAX)
  • Intimate class size, which nurtures student-faculty interaction
  • Exposure to Pacific University’s other health professions programs
Healthcare Compliance Program Manager; Assistant Professor
Director & Associate Professor, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership

Bobby Nijjar, RD, EdD

Assistant Professor
Experiential Learning Coordinator; Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Healthcare Spanish
Director of Human Resources & Safety Management; Instructor

Block I

MHA-601

Executive Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare

2 credits

MHA-605

Healthcare Management Strategies

3 credits

MHA-625

Healthcare Accounting and Finance I

4 credits

Block II

MHA-630

Healthcare Finance II

3 credits

MHA-510

Policy, Regulation, and Politics in Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-650

Health Services Research and Evaluation Methods

3 credits

Block III

MHA-620

Healthcare Operations Management

3 credits

MHA-610

Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Systems

3 credits

MHA-690

Capstone Seminar

1-2 credits

Block IV

MHA-615

Stragetic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

MHA-515

Managing Human Resources and Diversity in Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-525

Community Health and Managerial Epidemiology

3 credits

Block V

MHA-640

Legal Aspects of Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-635

Managing Information Systems in Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-550

Quality Management in Healthcare

3 credits

Block VI

MHA-530

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

2 credits

MHA-675

Internship or Research Project

1-9 credits

MHA-690

Capstone Seminar

1-2 credits

Internship

Internships must take place within a healthcare organization under the supervision of an onsite preceptor. The student, faculty advisor, and preceptor must agree on the selection of an appropriate project which the student must describe in writing and submit to the MHA Program director, the faculty advisor, and the preceptor for approval.

During the internship, students must demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the MHA coursework, and the project must demonstrate the application of quantitative and/or financial/analytic skills. A final paper analyzing the internship and the project is required of the student, as well as routine time logs of completed project work within the institution, and a presentation of the project to the organization’s senior management, the MHA Program faculty, and fellow students.

Healthcare Research or Health Policy Analysis Paper

Under the direct supervision of faculty and the approval of the MHA Program director, students may choose to complete a healthcare research, health management research or health policy analysis paper of publishable quality.

Potential peer-reviewed journals for publication of the paper must be identified in advance by the student, and the research designed, conducted, and reported according to the peer-review standards of one of the cited journals. Students will be required to submit a copy of the journal standards as well as complete and submit a formal research proposal for approval by the faculty and the MHA Program director. Specific proposal guidelines adopted by the MHA Program will be provided to students for this project. Students also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Pacific University.

During the course of the research, students will be required to demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the MHA coursework, particularly in regard to research design and methodology. Upon completion of the research, students will be required to present and defend the research before the faculty and fellow students. 

Field Research Project 

Students will be afforded an opportunity to conduct a field research project on a specific healthcare management problem in a community or institutional setting. A formal research proposal must be prepared, submitted, and approved by the faculty, the MHA Program director and the institution involved in the research. Specific proposal guidelines adopted by the MHA Program will be provided to students for this project. Students also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Pacific University.

During the course of the project, students will be required to demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the MHA coursework, particularly in regard to research design and methodology. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student’s integrative experience in the MHA Program. Field research projects/papers must be presented to the faculty, the institution or community of research, and fellow students, and defended by the student.