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Brooks College of Health

Frequently Asked Questions Department of Health Administration

  • What can I do with a Master in Health Administration (MHA) degree?
    Students gain technical knowledge, interpersonal skills and experience to be successful in administrative and leadership positions in Healthcare Organizations. Health Administration professionals function in a wide range of roles including facilities management, financial management and healthcare operations. These activities can take place in a variety of settings that include hospitals, medical groups. insurance companies, long-term care facilities, healthcare agencies, and other healthcare organizations.
  • Where have our graduates been hired?

    Baptist Health System

    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
    • Brooks Health System
    • Flagler Hospital
    • Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute
    • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
    • Memorial Hospital
    • Piedmont Health, Atlanta
    • Saint Vincent's Health
    • SHANDS Hospital Jacksonville
    • Veteran Administration Health System
  • Why UNF's MHA Program?

    UNF's MHA program is located in Jacksonville, Florida. This dynamic health services marketplace is composed of 13 hospitals, the Mayo Clinic, and numerous non-profit health related organizations. The Northeast Florida region is growing in population and diversity. Jacksonville is geographically situated as a gateway for the movement of people, products, and healthcare services. As a result, numerous opportunities exist for student internships, residencies, and permanent employment.

    UNF has been rated one of the best college values in the country. The campus is located in beautiful, sunny, northeast Florida, just minutes from downtown Jacksonville, riverfront areas and the Atlantic Ocean. The campus has been rated the most scenic in the state. It consists of over 1,000 acres, and contains miles of walking trails for outdoor exercise and recreation.

    UNF's MHA program faculty is dedicated to providing a quality educational experience. This is documented by the MHA programs accreditation by the Council on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) which is the gold standard for MHA graduate education. Because the program is relatively small, students receive ample individual attention, and enjoy relatively small class sizes. Nearly all the required courses in the program are taught by full time MHA Program faculty, not adjuncts, part time instructors, or Ph.D. students.

  • Will I have the opportunity to be involved in community healthcare organizations?
    The MHA program blends classroom instruction with field experiences and culminates with a practicum experience that can range from a one semester placement with a healthcare service provider to a one-year paid residency with a hospital or health system.
  • What can I expect in my MHA classes?
    The curriculum is competence based and was developed using the latest research in the healthcare management education. Students will learn health administration course content in the areas of management, marketing, leadership, finance, human resources, law, ethics, policy, and strategic planning. Students will challenged to assess actual healthcare problems and put the acquired knowledge, skills, theories and strategies into practice by developing comprehensive and practical solutions for application within the healthcare industry.
  • How many credits are required for the MHA degree at UNF?
    UNF's program requires 45 graduate credits, which includes the Capstone and practicum/residency.
  • How long does it take to get an MHA at UNF?
    UNF's program has a full time and a part time sequence. The full time program can be completed in 2 years (including 2 fall, 2 spring, and 1 summer term). The part time sequence can be completed in 3 years.
  • When are the courses offered?
    Most of the required courses in the program are offered at night. Night classes typically meet one night per week, usually from 6:00-8:45 p.m. Many of UNF's MHA students work at least part time while pursuing the degree.
  • What are the admission requirements?

    A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

    Additional Information or questions concerning admissions requirements please visit the Graduate School website.

  • Will I have the opportunity to complete a Practicum?
    Yes, MHA students will identify and complete a one-semester practicum experience at a healthcare facility. The practicum is designed as a culminating experience which allows the student to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the MHA program under guidance of a UNF faculty member and an approved preceptor located within a healthcare organization.
  • Will I have the opportunity to study abroad?
    There are significant opportunities to study abroad available to Health Administration students. For example, MHA students have participated in study abroad trips to England and China. In addition, MHA students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of healthcare professional associations as well as attend the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership.
  • Will I be able to pursue a Doctorate degree?
    Yes. Depending on your career goals and level of academic achievement, you may want to pursue further Doctoral education. Since the MHA program at UNF is among a select group of programs accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), our graduates have a high success rate in acceptance to Doctoral programs.
  • For additional information on this major and its career opportunities, including MHA Accreditation, the following websites are recommended: