About the MHA Program

  • Advance your career in the healthcare administration field with the master of healthcare administration (MHA) degree
  • Contribute to improving healthcare delivery, including community health and enhancing access to care
  • Practice state-of-the-art management methods for healthcare and social services organizations
  • Prepare yourself for a leadership role through course work and networking with leaders in the field
  • Position yourself to fill an increasing need for talented administrators in a dynamic and high-demand field

What does the future hold?

By 2022, global healthcare expenditures are expected to increase to over $10 trillion USD1. In the United States, healthcare spending reached $3.5 trillion in 2017, accounting for 17.9 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)2. There is an increased demand for forward thinking, talented, and resourceful healthcare administrators to be stewards of this rapidly growing industry. As the population ages and remains more active later in life, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all healthcare related occupations3. Earning a master’s degree in healthcare administration (MHA) from Pacific University will prepare you for a challenging but rewarding career in planning, directing, and coordinating medical and health services.

For those working in large healthcare systems, health services administrators can be responsible for managing million-dollar budgets and hundreds of employees. To make effective decisions, they need to draw upon multiple disciplines and perspectives, grounded with knowledge and practical experience. They must understand financial and management information systems to accurately interpret data for good decision-making.

Future health services administrators must be prepared to lead a rapidly evolving healthcare delivery system by understanding technological innovation, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, the demands of healthcare reform, and how to effectively restructure roles and manage inter-professional teams of care providers in an environment increasingly focused on preventive care. Healthcare managers of the future will be called upon to improve efficiency in healthcare facilities, increase patient satisfaction, access to care, and the quality of healthcare. In addition, they will need to optimize the efficiency of inter-related services, such as inpatient care to outpatient follow-up care, and have the skills to work effectively with inter-professional teams of managers and clinicians.

A master's degree is now the gold standard for senior-level managers in healthcare administration.

  1. https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/life-sciences-and-healthcare/articles/global-health-care-sector-outlook.html
  2. https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NationalHealthAccountsHistorical.html
  3. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm