On-Campus MHSA Program of Study

The one-year on-campus master's in health systems administration is competency-based and multidisciplinary. The curriculum is customized for the specialized needs of early careerists, the unique perspectives of program faculty and the on-campus delivery format.

Faculty insights and experience are incorporated to prepare students to conceive and lead creative, informed solutions to current and emerging health care challenges. In accordance with Jesuit values, the curriculum takes a holistic, analytical and reflective approach that includes experiential learning.

Program of Study

The following diagram reflects the longitudinal integrative course sequence of the on-campus MHSA. Course descriptions are available on the Registrar’s web site.

MHSA Program of Study, by semester

Competency-Based Curriculum

Graduates will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in six core competency domains:

  • Performance Management & Quality Improvement
  • Policy, Strategy & System Models
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Management Skills & Tools
  • Knowledge Management, Analysis & Critical Thinking
  • Financial Acumen and Management

Competency assessments, aimed to assess mastery of competencies over the course of the degree experience, are administered at the beginning, mid-point, and conclusion of the program. Findings inform continuous improvement efforts to enhance the student experience and respond to new and emerging trends in health system leadership.


The Importance of Health Systems Administration

We believe that successful leaders in the health care industry have the technical and leadership capacity to address the most complex concerns in society. Virtually every decision and action has implications for the quality of health care, the cost of care, and access to timely and appropriate services.

The health care sector is unlike any other in terms of mission, structure and organization, encompassing the fields of medicine, public health, public policy and ethics while requiring the application of management competencies such as law, finance, marketing, human resources, and strategic planning.

We believe that health systems administration is a distinct profession, with a 75-year history, and a distinct body of knowledge, code of ethics, and identity.  The profession calls for individuals who are committed to public service, have clear and unwavering values, and are driven by a commitment to make a positive contribution to the public good.

Graduates join a diverse network of alumni who are advancing health care in a variety of settings and leadership capacities. Alumni engagement and input is highly valued by faculty and students and greatly enhances the MHSA student experience.

Our Beliefs Inform Our Curriculum

We believe that education for the health systems administration profession should encompass the competencies and tools of leadership, management, and the social and technical contexts for application. Because leaders in health systems administration bring specialized knowledge, skills, and values to their organizations, our curriculum is highly practice-based.

The program has strong management content but is distinguished from the MBA, which includes few health care-specific courses, and from the MPH, which broadly covers those factors that influence population health with emphasis on medical care and applied management skills.

Our Values Inform Our Curriculum

To accomplish our mission and vision, our curriculum is guided by the following values:


We value our students as individuals and the diverse experiences and perspectives they bring to the program.


We value the patients for whom our students will ensure provision of the care they need in a safe and caring environment. 

Academic Excellence

We value knowledge, understanding, the integration of theory and practice, and finding better ways to challenge our students to be active learners to advance their skills and experience. 


We value exploration and inquiry both for illumination and to improve policies, programs, and institutions. 

Critical Thinking

We value “contemplation in action” as an approach to finding solutions to complex problems. 


We value clear and concise articulation, prose, and the ability to use information to effect change. 

Social Responsibility

We value individual and societal responsibility and accountability. 


We value professionalism in health services administration practice, including a commitment to a code of personal and organizational ethics, integrity, and career-long growth.

Teaching Excellence

We value effective and innovative approaches to individuals’ learning.