The Mission of the American University of Sovereign Nations School of Medicine (AUSN) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is to provide graduate students with a a comprehensive, practical, and interdisciplinary set of core competencies, knowledge, skills, and values which properly prepare them for a career in for health administration, while promoting promote creative and analytical critical thinking ability, and leadership to those graduate students who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all global communities.
The Vision of the AUSN MHA Program is to be recognized for excellence in healthcare administration, academia, scholarship, and service, and for protecting human respect and human dignity and the well-being of the public of all nations and all peoples.
Because healthcare administration serves as an interdisciplinary bridge between healthcare access and health care, and advancing healthcare access and health outcomes for all peoples, the values that guide the AUSN MHA Program include the following:
to promote creative and critical-thinking and intellectual vigor
to promote professionalism; ethical leadership and life-long learning
to increase the awareness of public health as a public good and fundamental right
to promote diversity in decision-making, culture and political thought
to treat all people with respect and to promote intercultural understanding
to promote academic excellence and the pursuit of truth
to promote human rights, fundamental freedoms, peace, and the sense of human dignity and human respect of all peoples
to promote and protect the human rights of all human research subjects of experimentation
to understand the ethical principles of different sovereign nations of Peoples around the world
The AUSN School of Medicine MHA Program is an onsite residential academic master’s degree program intended to provide academically qualified individuals who are dedicated to enhancing the status and quality of life all global communities, the basic competent knowledge and creative and critical-thinking ability to improve the public’s health. The Program’s general goals are to prepare students for a variety of health care leadership roles; and to offer students a solid grounding in the competences needed to advance in a career in healthcare administration and healthcare management.
The AUSN MHA Program curriculum is guided by the critical domains and core competencies of the HLA, which include: Communication and Relationship Management; Leadership; Professionalism; Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment; and Business Skills and Knowledge.
The subjects of the AUSN MHA program can be completed by either full-time or part-time study, and accordingly can be completed within 1-2 years of study. The Core MHA Curriculum (see right) requires thirty-two (32) semester credit hours; accordingly, there will be 480 clock hours of instruction.
The Total Tuition and Fees for a full-time (2-semester program) are USD 25,350 for the residential program and USD 15,350 for the combination program.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the AUSN MHA program is to offer premier knowledge and expertise, intellectual vigor and critical–thinking skills to employed executives, physicians, and healthcare professionals seeking to advance their management and leadership capabilities, as well as being designed to prepare entry-level graduate students for administrative positions in hospitals, managed care organizations, mental health and long-term care settings, multi-institutional systems, governmental health agencies, and other health related organizations.
AUSN MHA Required Core Competencies
The AUSN MHA program utilizes the American College of Health Executives (ACHE) Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) domains and competencies. The HLA is comprised of the nation’s premier professional organizations that together represent more than 140,000 members across the major healthcare management sectors. The HLA is comprised of the following organizations: American College Of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); American College Of Physician Executives (ACPE); American Organization Of Nurse Executives (AONE); Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA); Healthcare Information And Management Systems Society (HIMSS); and, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and its certifying body, The American College Of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).
MHA Program Educational Objectives: The MHA degree prepares students for careers in health services management in a broad range of health care organizations, in an evolving health care delivery system. Structured to meet the highest professional and accreditation standards, the program is designed to address the needs of: (1) experienced or mid-level health care administrative and/or clinical professionals, for promotion and further career advancement; and (2) individuals without previous experience in health administration, for entry and mid-level health care managerial positions, and to facilitate their advancement into senior management.
The critical domains of the MHA competencies include: Communication and Relationship Management; Leadership; Professionalism; Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment; and Business Skills and Knowledge, and are as follows:
A. Domain #1: Communication and Relationship Management
B. Domain #2: Leadership
C. Domain #3: Professionalism
D. Domain # 4: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment
E. Domain # 5: Business Skills and Knowledge
Goals and Objectives
The AUSN MHA Program Goals and Objectives, which are operationalized in case studies, assignments, and class-discussions presented in the MHA core curriculum, include Instructional, Research, Community Service, and Institutional Goals and Objectives, as follows:
A. Instructional Goal
The instructional goal of the AUSN MHA program is to offer excellent educational and academic training and develop students to become superior professionals, who are able to integrate and skillfully apply basic bioethics and public health knowledge in performing their duties as healthcare leaders and healthcare administrators and mangers.
We will recruit graduate students with high academic qualifications who are committed to the advancement of society.
We will recruit a culturally and ethically diverse student body and endorse and promote diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity.
We will offer high-quality academic and educational programs which have appropriate learning objectives.
We will offer a high-quality educational program with a curriculum that supports the development of core, cross-cutting, creative and critical-thinking competencies for healthcare management.
B. Research Goal
The research goal of the AUSN MHA program is to engage in research and evidence-based applications that advance healthcare management and public health knowledge and community practice.
We will recruit Faculty interested in pursuing research activities and contributing to the advancement of healthcare management critical-thinking.
We will recruit students interested in applied research activities with community involvement.
We will encourage AUSN MHA faculty to participate in research activities that advance healthcare management or public health knowledge and practice.
We will require AUSN MHA students to participate in research activities that advance healthcare management and/or public health knowledge and practice.
We will inform MHA students of research possibilities available through community involvement and with healthcare organizations and public health organizations.
We will encourage and support AUSN MHA faculty and student collaboration with healthcare management practitioners in clinical and research activities that advance healthcare management and public health knowledge and practice.
C. Community Service Goal
The community service goal of the AUSN MHA program is to improve healthcare management and delivery and preserve and public’s health through collaborative community service.
Community Service Objectives
We will collaborate with community-based organizations, healthcare organizations, and public health organizations to create healthy communities.
We will maintain leadership and service to the profession and toAUSN.
We will encourage MHA faculty to participate in collaborativecommunity service activities.
We will encourage and require MHA students to participate in collaborative community service activities.
We will encourage and require MHA faculty and students to work together in collaborative community service activities.
D. Institutional Goal
AUSN shall create an environment that supports excellence in instruction, research and service.
We will encourage open and honest communication at all levels of the AUSN community.
We will develop the leadership and management skills of both the faculty and staff.
We will develop an infrastructure to support state-of-the-art teaching, research, and service.
We will foster an environment that promotes creativity, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative critical-thinking.
Compulsory Courses (20 credit hours compulsory)
Essentials of Community Health, 3
Essentials of Public Health, 3
Healthcare Finance and Economics, 2
Healthcare Management, 3
Introduction to Healthcare Systems, 3
Managing Community Health Systems, 3
Public Health Law, Ethics and Policy Analysis, 3
Choose minimum of 12 credit hours from these:
Applied Public Health Administration Research Seminar, 2
Essentials of Environmental Health, 3
Essentials of Health Behavior, 3
Healthcare Financial Management and Accounting, 3
Healthcare Leadership, 3
Healthcare Organization Strategy and Marketing, 3
Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Public Health Care, 3
MHA Thesis and Public Defense, 6
Quality and Information Management Systems, 2
Public Health Preparedness and Bio-terrorism, 2
(Course descriptions are available upon request)
MHA Program General Information
Admission to Master’s of Healthcare Administration program at the American University of Sovereign Nations School of Medicine (AUSN) is a competitive process which gives students an opportunity to further advance their life, career, influence the progress of society, and advance the public’s health.
Generally, students are admitted to the AUSN MHA program upon proof of a Baccalaureate, Masters, or other professional degree (e.g., MD, JD, MBA, PhD, etc.). The AUSN Admissions Committee is responsible for the final decision as to the admission of any applicant to the MHA program. The Admission Committee is made up of the Dean of the Medical School, Director of the MHA Programme, Members of the Faculty of Medicine, and various individuals from the community, and the AUSN Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.
Criteria for admission to the AUSN MHA program shall include the following:
Consideration of Special Circumstances. The applicant may submit any additional information, documentation, comments, or explanations which he/she believes may be further explanatory and beneficial to the applicants successful candidacy for admission to the AUSN MHA Program.
All applicants for admission to the AUSN MHA program must submit their Application form (download) for Admission to the Admissions Committee with the following information:
Completed Application Form
(a). Must contain active email address
(b). Must contain Photo of Applicant
(c). Must contain completed Personal Statement
Copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
Letters of Recommendation
A $50.00 non-refundable application fee (Currently this is waived!).
There are no state nor federal licensing requirements to work in public health with an MHA degree. Students are required to own their own laptop or desktop computer which contains Microsoft Word / Power Point / Excel (or an equivalent software program).
Writing a thesis is optional - students can substtute the thesis requirement by taking 6 credits of courses.
MHA Thesis and Public Defense
Candidates for the advanced graduate degree known as the MHA offered by the AUSN School of Medicine shall be required to complete, submit and defend, in public, in addition to the successful completion of their required course work, a publishable Thesis. The MHA Thesis is an extended piece of writing that reflects original thought or research conducted by the candidate. An MHA thesis length is expected to be between 20-50 pages which must be of publishable quality. The prospective MHA graduate of the AUSN School of Medicine MHA Program shall be required to defend their MHA Thesis in public, at an open public gathering or forum.
MHA Thesis Faculty Advisor
Each AUSN School of Medicine MHA candidate shall have an assigned Faculty Thesis Advisor. The Faculty Thesis Advisor shall be chosen by the candidate with the assent of the Director of the MHA Programme. An early selection of the Faculty Thesis Advisor is strongly advised.
The Faculty Thesis Advisor shall be either a member of the Faculty of the AUSN; or a member of another Faculty from a recognized and accredited national or international college or university; or may be a professional licensed clinician; or other scholarly individual, researcher, or professional, as determined by and approved by the Director of the MHA Programme. The candidate should submit the name of his Faculty Thesis Advisor as early as possible to assure smooth and regular progress in his/her Thesis and Defense.
The role of the Faculty Thesis Advisor shall be to provide aide, assistance and scholarly guidance to the candidate in preparation of the MHA Thesis and defense, and to make a final recommendation to the Director of the MHA Programme, that the candidate be admitted for public defense of his/her MHA Thesis.
MHA Thesis Committee
In addition to the assignment of a Faculty Thesis Advisor for each candidate of the MHA degree at AUSN, a MHA Thesis Committee shall be organized and assigned to the prospective MHA candidate. The MHA Thesis Committee shall be determined and assigned within thirty (30) days of the candidate’s submission of his particular MHA Thesis topic, or at any time sooner should the MHA Candidate so desire.
The MHA Thesis Committee shall consist of the Faculty Thesis Advisor assigned to the candidate, in addition to two (2) other Members who shall be selected by the Dean or Director of the MHA Programme. The Dean or Director of the MHA Programme shall accept names as suggestions for additional members from the candidate; thus a tribunal of three (3) judges shall be assembled through the cooperative efforts of the MHA Candidate and the Dean.
After the MHA Candidate has Defended his/her Thesis in public, the MHA Thesis Committee shall vote on the approval / disapproval of the Thesis. The Committee may vote instantaneously at the conclusion of the Defense or within forty-eight hours (48 hrs) following the conclusion of the Defense. In case of a tie vote, the Director of the MHA Programme or Dean shall break the tie. In case the candidate does not successfully defend his/her Thesis, the candidate shall be required to repair or amend the MHA Thesis as may be appropriate and then be permitted to graduate with the MHA degree at the next (subsequent) graduation ceremony.
MHA Graduation Requirements
The AUSN School of Medicine requirements for graduation for the award of the MHA degree shall include the following: