Health Administration

Sue A. Boren, Program Director and Professor

Contact Information

Health Administration
If interested in the program contact, Lhakap Lama,
If interested in a course contact, Carla Jerome Beckmann, jeromebeckmannc@missouri

Department of Health Sciences

Graduate level academic programs at MU in the area of Health Administration are offered through the Department Health Sciences in the College of Health Sciences.  

The Department Health Sciences offers the following degrees and graduate certificate programs:

  • Master of Health Administration (executive and residential cohort)
  • Graduate Certificate in Informatics for Public Health (100% online)

Residential Master of Health Administration students may also pursue a dual MBA, MS in Industrial Engineering, MPA, or JD degree.  Some students choose to complete an additional Master's degree, such as the MPH, concurrently with the MHA degree.

Professor S. Boren**
Associate Professor P Alafaireet**, B. Hensel*, J. Kapp**, N. Khatri**, I. Zachary**
Assistant Professor M. Kim**, D. Moxley *
Adjunct Instructor R. Sommer*, J. Tucker*
Professors Emeriti  . Hicks**, D. Wakefield**


Graduate Faculty Member - membership is required to teach graduate-level courses, chair master's thesis committees, and serve on doctoral examination and dissertation committees.


Doctoral Faculty Member - membership is required to chair doctoral examination or dissertation committees.  Graduate faculty membership is a prerequisite for Doctoral faculty membership.

While MU does not offer undergraduate degrees specifically in health administration, the University does offer baccalaureate opportunities in a number of related areas in the other Schools and Colleges that make up the University.  The catalog provides a complete list of these degree options.

About the Master of Health Administration

The graduate program in Health Administration prepares professionals to meet critical and complex challenges in leadership and improvement in organizations and systems throughout the health industry. The program provides recognized national and global leadership in health management education.

The program is competency-based and distinctively equips graduates for success through (a) providing solid grounding in professional and operational knowledge and skills, (b) integrating health informatics throughout the health services management curriculum, and (c) incorporating overarching complex systems context and analytical approaches.

The residential and executive master’s degrees launch and advance patient-centered, improvement-oriented, financially-responsible, and ethically-grounded careers in evidence-based health administration.

The program admits diverse cohorts of students from Missouri, other states, and other nations. During the admissions process, the program seeks learners with strong academic records, maturity, motivation, leadership capabilities, and career potential. Primary post-graduation placement organizations include health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices, surgery centers, information technology companies, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance entities, and other points of health services delivery.

Whereas the residential master’s degree format is a traditional on-campus residential program, the executive master’s degree is offered in a hybrid model featuring both on-campus and distance learning. In both formats, emphasis is on fostering an individualized and collaborative culture of learning, mentoring, and professional development among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other practitioners.  The intent is to prepare students to enable transformational leadership and improve patient care quality, safety, value, and overall level of population health.

Established in 1965, the program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and has been accredited since 1968 by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), formerly Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA).

Residential students may also pursue a dual MBA, MS in Industrial Engineering, MPA or JD degree, or complete an additional Master's degree, such as the MPH, concurrently with the MHA program.