University of Iowa MHA

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Type of Degree

MHA Degree

Type of Program


General University Information

The University of Iowa (also known as UI, or simply Iowa) is a public state-supported research university located in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. It is the oldest public university in the state. The university is organized into eleven colleges granting undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. UI is categorized as RU/VH Research University (very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The university is a group member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten Conference, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and the Universities Research Association. Additionally, UI is considered a Public Ivy according to Howard and Matthew Greene’s “The Public Ivies: America’s Flagship Public Universities”.


Program Description

The MHA program meets the needs of those seeking managerial positions in health care or health-related organizations. It is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Executives (CAHME).

The philosophy underlying the organization of the curriculum is to provide students with the broad base of knowledge and skills that will not only allow them to compete successfully for high quality entry level positions, but will also provide the basis for lifelong success as health care executives.

The overall learning objectives of the curriculum include:

  • Structuring and positioning health organizations to achieve optimum performance.
  • Financial management of health organizations under alternative financing mechanisms.
  • Leadership, interpersonal, and communications skills in managing health professionals in diverse organizational environments.
  • Managing information resources and collecting, analyzing, and using business and health information in decision-making.
  • Statistical, quantitative, and economic analysis in decision-making.
  • Legal and ethical analysis applied to business and clinical decision-making.
  • Organizational and governmental health policy formulation, implementation, and effect.
  • Assessment and understanding of the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, and managing health risks and behaviors in diverse populations.
  • The development, organization, financing, performance, and change of health systems in diverse communities drawing broadly on the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Business and health outcomes measurement, process/outcome relationships and methods for performance improvement in health care organizations.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MHA program must meet the following criteria:

  • A completed HAMPCAS application form
  • HAMPCAS Information
  • HAMPCAS User Guide
  • Official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work, with grades and degrees
  • Official GRE/GMAT scores (Official MCAT and LSAT scores are accepted in place of GRE or GMAT scores)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • International applicants: TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)


University of Iowa


Iowa City, IA

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