Providing management leadership in one of the nation’s largest service industries requires well-rounded leaders and innovators.
Health Care Administration is an ever-changing field of study that requires well-rounded leaders and innovators to manage the challenges in the health care world. Administrators are responsible for coordinating and organizing the delivery of care while staying in touch with consumers’ needs. The Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program at WKU allows health care professionals the opportunity to strengthen their education with a unique and flexible schedule.
Created to meet the goals of busy executives, the EMHA program’s curriculum only requires three classroom visits per year. These meetings will occur on designated weekends between mid-July and mid-August. The remainder of the two-year program will be completed through online distance learning, which makes attaining your MHA degree easier than ever.
The diversity of the students in the EMHA program adds depth to your educational experience and gives you the opportunity to share similar experiences of healthcare professionals from all over the country. Interacting with other professionals in the program will enhance your education and create close business and personal relationships.
Completing the EMHA program at WKU provides additions to your knowledge, your qualifications, and your career. Your experience as a healthcare professional has prepared you to become a leader, and you can take your leadership to the next level with WKU’s Executive MHA Program.
The unique and flexible schedule of WKU’s Executive Master of Health Administration program allows you to strengthen your education without having to give up your job or lifestyle.
The EMHA program was designed for professionals working in the healthcare field.
There are two options for admission to this program:
There is no Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement for applicants who meet Executive MHA admission criteria.
Part 1: Materials to be submitted to the EMHA Program
Part 2: Materials to be submitted to the WKU Graduate School Office
If determined eligible for EMHA after a review of materials under Part 1, the applicant shall be required to:
Students pursuing an MBA are required to complete 33 hours of business courses to complete the degree.
Courses needed to complete the degree (in addition to admission requirements) include:
Students are required to complete two contemporary issues courses, or may substitute a three-hour elective. Electives may be chosen from BA 592, 560, 551, 552, or other 500 level business courses. Up to 6 hours of approved graduate level courses may be transferred into the program with the approval of the MBA office. If these courses are graduate level business courses, they must be from an AACSB accredited institution. If job-related, graduate level course electives other than business may be accepted from a regionally accredited institution.
BA 590 must be taken in the final semester.
Please note: Certain courses may offered on a rotating basis, so please plan your program of study carefully. Contact April Schleig, the academic advisor for the program for additional information on course offerings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Master of Health Administration requires completion of 42 credit hours. The executive option does not require a thesis. Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school.
PH 520: Biostatistics for Public Health
PH 582: Epidemiology
PH 583: Public Health Administration
PH 587: Health Behavior
HCA 540: Health Care Organization and Management
HCA 541: Strategic Management & Marketing of Health Services
HCA 542: Health Care Human Resources Administration
HCA 543: Health Care Quality and Accountability
HCA 545: Managerial Finance for Health Services
HCA 551: Health Care Jurisprudence
HCA 586: Health Economics & Policy
Select one of the following classes
HCA 555: Healthcare Preparedness and Leadership
HCA 556: Ambulatory Care/Rural Health
HCA 572: Special Topics in Health Services
PH 584: Principles of Environmental Health
HCA 544: Healthcare Systems Design and Behavior
HCA 564: Health Systems Informatics
HCA 574: Decision Making in Health Care
Two 3 credit hour courses in a concentration area. Advisor approval is required.
Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.
Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.
If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.
Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.
All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.
Dr. William Mkanta
MHA Program Director
Phone: (270) 745-5260