Executive MHSA Experience

The EMHSA track provides students with a unique learning environment that includes in-person and online learning, diverse and accomplished peers, a faculty of accomplished practitioners, rigorous academic and applied learning, and experiential learning opportunities.

A Blend of ONLINE and IN-PERSON Learning

The program includes a combination of week-long on-campus intensives and 12-week online sessions over a two-year period. This approach offers flexibility together with academic rigor, exceptional teaching, personal relationships, and connection to the Georgetown campus and community.

Three on-campus intensives include academic courses, guest presentations, site visits to health care agencies and facilities in the Washington, D.C. area, high-level discussions, and numerous opportunities to connect with peers and faculty. A fourth intensive allows students in small groups to engage more deeply in topics of interest with health care agencies or experts either in the D.C. area or in select international locations. For more information, consult the EMHSA Intensive FAQs.

The majority of the coursework is delivered in an online format. The program incorporates best practices in online learning, using web-based technologies to provide interaction with faculty and other students. During each 12-week session, two online courses are delivered in weekly interactive real-time online sessions that are scheduled around the standard work day. A third course consists either of weekly self-paced learning activities or individual or group integrative seminars with opportunities for faculty interaction and advice.

A Cohort of Diverse and Accomplished Peers

Each entering class of students, who will proceed through the program of study together as a cohort, brings meaningful work experience from a variety of settings in the health care sector. The combination of in-person intensives, interactive online learning, and online collaboration provides students with a rich learning experience and the opportunity to develop and sustain personal and professional relationships with peers who bring a wide range of health care industry perspectives.

A Faculty of Accomplished Practitioners

Faculty and guest speakers come from organizations involved in health care delivery, public health, drug and device development, health care consulting, health systems management, health insurance and benefits design, patient advocacy, and legal, policy, and regulatory activities.

Students have the opportunity to build important relationships with these renowned practitioners through activities during on-campus intensives and meaningful discussions in interactive online courses.

Rigorous Academic and Applied Learning

The competency-based academic curriculum fosters management and leadership skills and health systems administration tools and practices to enable students to assume executive-level roles in the future. The executive MHSA is shaped both by the holistic, analytical, and reflective approach that is consistent with Jesuit values, as well as by the unique perspectives of its faculty. Most courses include readings, case study analyses, group activities, discussions, and issue analyses. In addition, students have opportunities to reflect on the implications for their current professional roles and environments of the insights they develop in their coursework.

Experiential Learning 

Students participate in experiential learning opportunities focused on quality and performance improvement, comparative health systems, preventive medicine, and other topics of interest.  Throughout the two-year degree program, students learn with peers and faculty practitioners through real-world health policy and management engagements.