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Master of Health Administration

Health Administration is a profession that provides management leadership in one of the nation's largest service industries. Components of the health care delivery system include hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, personal care homes, retirement centers, health maintenance organizations, medical sales, insurance, companies, etc. WKU's graduate program in healthcare administration has a business foundation in accounting, finance, management, economics, personnel management, as well as, a specialized foundation in health care administration and related health areas. The environment of health care changes every day. Change, whether it be advances in technology, clinical practice, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic equipment, personnel requirements, information management, or many other areas of health care, is affecting the entire industry. The health care system in the United States is uniquely structured. This is where you, as a health care administration major, fit into the picture. The industry needs well-educated, energetic, competent, and creative managers and administrators that can not only prepare for the future of health care, but can also create that future.


The Mission of the Western Kentucky University Master of Health Administration program is to prepare well-rounded students for leadership roles in healthcare management, as well as in the overall public health and healthcare delivery models within the local, state, and regional communities. 


The Vision of the Master of Health Administration program at Western Kentucky University is to be recognized as a leading choice in the preparation of dynamic and dedicated leaders in healthcare management for service and innovation in local, state, regional and global communities.


The Department of Public Health offers a Master's program in Health Administration. This program prepares the student for management and administrative positions in various types of health care facilities, organizations, and agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies and clinics. This program will also prepare individuals to work in medical sales companies, health planning agencies, the health insurance sector and other related health organizations.

PROGRAM VALUES:  The MHA program at WKU adopts both institutional core values and values upheld in the field of healthcare management.

(1) Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion:  Based on the insitutional values, the MHA program at WKU strives to reflect the environment conducive to respect to all individuals regardless of their race, religion, gender, age, nationality or any other status they might have.

(2) Excellence in Leadership:  Based on the provisions of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the MHA program at WKU prepares the students with the professional qualities that are desired leadership roles in health administration and management.  

(3) Professionalism:  The MHA program at WKU strives to promote a culture of professionalism in all stages and settings of learning.  Enhancements are continually made in the student field experiences and engagements in professional activities to develop professionalism.

(4) Commitment to Serve:  Consistent with the Western Kentucky University mission, the MHA program at WKU value all types and levels of diversity among all its constituencies--students graduating from the program are prepared to be ready to serve individuals from diverse backgrounds for their need for healh care in the U.S. and in global communities.

(5) Integration:  The MHA program at WKU prepares students to be successful in the healthcare industry by incorporating in its program the understanding that collaborations among important stakeholders in heath care and integration with other industries is an important aspect of finding effective interventions and strategies for improving the healthcare services.

(6)  Life-Long Learning:  Building a student body that acknowledges the changing environment of health care and value and appreciate the need for staying abreast of all the changes and innovations occurring during their careers. 


The Health Administration program of Western Kentucky University meets all criteria and standards for admission into the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as a student chapter. On December 12, 1989, the ACHE Board of Governors officially granted student chapter status to the Health Administration Program. The objective of the student chapter is to promote the ethical development of personal, professional, and social skills in a manner that will enhance the attainment of effective leadership in health care organizations. This is accomplished through professional interaction and dialogue with practicing health care professionals, research projects, community service, and other appropriate activities and endeavors.


Health Administration program is a full member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

For More Information, Contact :

Dr. Gregory Ellis-Griffith
Associate Professor
Director, HCA Programs
Academic Complex 127F

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 Last Modified 1/21/21