Program Overview

The value of healthcare is more apparent than ever. Learn to lead in these changing times.

The impact of COVID-19 has shown how critical it is for healthcare professionals to be prepared to offer informed guidance and services as our communities navigate new public health challenges. By earning your online Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree with Duquesne, you can develop the knowledge and leadership to help facilities better navigate challenging times.

Focus your MHA in one of three in-demand specializations - Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management or Population Health - and learn to implement IT-based solutions, design services to mitigate potential risks and create programs that empower people to adopt safer and healthier lifestyle habits.

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Why earn your health administration degree online?

Earning a graduate degree online allows you to continue working in your current position while preparing to advance your career in health administration. Your new skills and knowledge can help position you for greater earning potential and a growing number of leadership roles - with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a much faster than average 32% increase for medical and health services manager employment between 2020 and 2030. These professionals also have a median annual salary of $104,280, with the highest earners working in government or local, state and private hospitals.

The smart choice - a 100% online MHA.

  • Study at a research-based institution. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies Duquesne as a "Doctoral University: High Research Activity." 
  • Flexible online program. Complete coursework from anywhere, on your schedule.
  • Learn from respected leaders in the field. Our faculty are internationally known and actively practice in the healthcare community.
  • Graduate from a top-ranked institution. Study at a university ranked among "America's Best Colleges" and "Best Value Schools" by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Expand your network. Connect with classmates, faculty, industry experts and prospective employers during your on-campus three-day residency and internship. Why choose Duquesne for your online health administration degree?

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Why choose Duquesne for your online health administration degree?

Duquesne is home to the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences (RSHS), one of the largest health sciences schools in the country. Our nationally recognized programs are led by internationally renowned faculty who actively practice in the healthcare community.

"This program has given me an opportunity to explore facets of the healthcare industry that I am most passionate about while exposing me to new areas of interest. Being able to work full-time and complete the program has been an awesome challenge and I appreciate the ability to balance a demanding work schedule and personal responsibilities while completing the program." -Megan Pisone, current student

As an RSHS student, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects aimed at improving the health and quality of life for people across their lifespan. Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Ongoing faculty-led research projects
  • Community-engaged learning
  • Real-world capstone projects
  • Administrative fellowships
  • Internships

Prepare to join the next generation of dedicated health practitioners, top-level healthcare executives and excellent scholars who we train at the RSHS.

Which concentration is right for you?

Health Informatics and Data Analytics

Today's patients receive care from a variety of professionals, which means key information is in danger of not being passed along. That's why data sharing is so important to ensure the best possible care.

In fact, 52% of health executives and finance leaders agree that technology can improve comprehensive patient care when information is shared between providers, payers, government and industry.*

Help promote value-based care by learning to design and develop systems that support collaborative, data-driven decisions with a concentration in health informatics and data analytics.

*SAP and Porter Research

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Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management

Patient privacy is just as important as quality patient care. Patients want to know that the personal information they share is safe from theft or misuse. The consequences of inadequate security can be severe. For example, in 2018, a data breach resulted in hackers gaining access to more than 2.65 million Atrium Health patients' medical records.

Compliance violations like this can cost an organization millions of dollars - and do great damage to its reputation. That's why they hire health administrators with the expertise to identify risks and implement programs that minimize business losses.

This concentration can help you develop the skills to protect your organization and your future.

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Population Health

Disease prevention, control and maintenance are vital to supporting a community's ability to thrive - from the health of those impacted by chronic conditions to the well-being of large populations who are at risk of contracting and spreading emerging risks to public health.

Leadership and strategy are key, and the expertise of health administrators can identify gaps in care and develop programs that protect entire groups of patients. Learn to help safeguard the quality of life for your own community by focusing your MHA in population health.

Now it's your turn to become one of them with a population health concentration.

Consider this:*

  • 6 in 10 adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease
  • 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have two or more chronic diseases
  • The leading drivers of the nation's $3.3 trillion in annual healthcare costs are heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease

As a health administrator, you'll use data to improve an individual's ability to complete everyday tasks while living with a disease, as well as help create plans for addressing larger-scale issues. Let's advance population-based medicine together.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Our MHA faculty are leaders in healthcare organization management.

Building new skills and broadening your knowledge takes more than textbooks; it takes practical experience and personal lessons from professionals actively working in the field.

Our faculty of industry leaders design your curriculum based on real-world methods and research. Beyond what you experience through industry-driven coursework, you'll also have the opportunity to develop your skills through hands-on learning experiences and real-world simulations.

We're committed to helping you join the next generation of dedicated, top-level healthcare executives by providing you with the highest standard of scientific and clinical education.

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Online Health Administration Curriculum

42 Credit Hours | 14 Courses

The coursework for Duquesne's online MHA program is designed to enhance your ability to think critically and communicate effectively so you can lead a successful, patient-focused and financially secure healthcare facility. Our curriculum is continually updated to address critical modern healthcare issues - such as cases and publications relating to global issues like COVID-19 - helping you to graduate ready to apply current best practices related to your field.

Strengthen your Master of Health Administration degree by choosing a concentration for your coursework. We offer concentrations in Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Population Health, and Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management.

Industry preparation is personalized at Duquesne.

We are known for the supportive relationships we build with students. It's what sets us apart. Our curriculum is built to prepare you to specialize in your chosen area of expertise - and you'll receive regular, one-on-one support from our MHA faculty throughout the program. We can also help you build your marketability by pursuing an internship. Faculty members will work with you to identify professional goals and recommend you to organizations that support your interests. We're on this journey with you. And your success is our highest priority.

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Study with us, and you can learn to:

Drive policy and procedure enhancements

Develop the skills to assess major performance indicators of healthcare systems, then apply your knowledge to impact policies and procedures.

Apply critical thinking to improve performance

Learn how to use relevant information from a variety of sources to make rational decisions that drive performance through critical thinking and data analysis.

Build a strategic plan and measure results

Use statistical techniques to measure and implement a strategic plan for the organization by applying marketing principles and techniques.

Proactively address healthcare trends

Effectively communicate issues and challenges of the healthcare system to decision-makers and build productive relationships while being mindful of group dynamics.

Set the standard for health administrators

Conduct business based on professional standards and codes of ethical behavior, like adhering to operational policies and procedures regardless of who's watching.

Inspire the next generation of leaders

Demonstrate leadership abilities and inspire others to reach a higher level of commitment to the organization's mission and vision.

Duquesne is consistently recognized for academic excellence:

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"I credit much of my early and future success to the challenging program where I was able to transform from a college student who did not know where she wanted to go to a young professional eager to apply knowledge and high-quality care across any facet of the healthcare sector."

- Nicole Porter, graduate
John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences

Online Master of Health Administration Admissions

To qualify for the online Master of Health Administration program, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Earn a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited university*
  • Achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Recommended, but not required: 2-3 years of work experience in a healthcare environment
  • Admission Requirements

In addition, you must provide the following:

  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable*
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Comprehensive essay with a statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

*Graduates of foreign institutions will need to have their degrees evaluated by an educational evaluation agency to determine equivalency.


Duquesne University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) - an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Duquesne is current in candidate status with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). To prepare for future accreditation, the MHA program curriculum and competency framework align with CAHME accreditation requirements and the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLC) Competency Model.