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MHA Director's Welcome

MHA ProfessorWelcome to the MSU Denver Master of Health Administration (MHA) program website. The Mission of the MHA program is to serve early careerists or those seeking career transformations for leadership roles in healthcare administration.


Why consider health care administration?

First, health care administrators make significant contributions to the well-being of patients and people they serve. Second, whether you are interested in working in a large metropolitan hospital, a clinic in rural Colorado, a public health office, telehealth abroad, or aging services, there is a wide variety of career opportunities. Third, health care is a growing field that enables people to make a good living.


What will you learn in the MHA program?

Students begin the MHA program learning about the history and evolution of health care in the United States. Students (and faculty) start the program, with the end in mind, planning their Capstone. Next, students explore specific areas of health administration including leadership and governance, human resources and organizational development, law and ethics, and health information technology. In addition, students will learn population health, health care trends, and how to research. Students will learn critical health care leadership competencies including operations, finance, and economics. Lastly, students participate in the Capstone course, the culminating work of the MHA program.


What is campus like?

The campus is a vibrant environment in the heart of downtown Denver. As you walk through campus it is common to hear different languages, see diverse groups of students, faculty and staff. The broader Denver community includes museums, art galleries, public parks and gardens, the Denver Zoo, an international airport, as well as great dining, and shopping. In addition, Colorado is recognized as a world destination for year-round outdoor activities. Whether you are new to health care or a health care administrator looking to further your career, our purpose at the MHA program is to help you achieve your goals. Thank you for taking time to visit the website.

Garrett Chism, MBA, EMT-P

MHA Mission, Vision and Values


Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program is to serve early careerists or those seeking career transformations for leadership roles in health care management.


Vision Statement

Our curriculum includes an emphasis on health administration practice, management, leadership, marketing, operations, and policy of the health and wellness industry. This curriculum prepares graduates for increasing job experiences and to be contributors in the field of health care. We believe in lifelong learning and our core competencies assist students and alumni the ability to interpret and solve health care challenges facing our society. We encourage students to seek learning opportunities beyond didactic learning and incorporate service learning and hands-on learning into our core MHA curriculum to achieve this goal.

MHA Core Values

Diversity & Culture: Demonstrate standards of diversity and inclusive excellence through embedded systemic practices that promotes collaboration, trust, integrity, mentorship, and scholarship.

Access: Support student success by providing user-friendly, high-value educational opportunities through key platforms and resources to promote the success of our student population.

Respect & Stewardship: Embracing a culture that supports differing beliefs, perspectives, and thoughts where students feel valued and engaged in an environment of empowerment, trust, inclusion, and fairness.

Community & Engagement: Leverage public-private partnerships for the mutual benefit of Metropolitan State University of Denver, MHA students, and community partners to prepare civic-minded students and alumni towards the common goal of improving health outcomes within our healthcare industry.

Excellence & Innovation: Enhance student success through relevant curriculum, highly qualified faculty, interprofessional learning experiences, targeted student support services and programmatic innovation.

Academic Accreditation


Academic Accreditation is an assurance of the quality of an academic program.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, including Colorado and 18 other states. The mission of the HLC is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. For more information, please visit the Higher Learning Commission.


Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Certified

The MSU Denver MHA program is an Associate Graduate Program Member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).


Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

The MHA Program at MSU Denver is seeking secondary accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). MSU Denver currently has candidate status with CAHME.

  • Student Outcomes
    • Please follow this link to review the MSU Denver CAHME program profile which includes student outcome data.

What will you learn in our program?

MHA students will learn the fundamentals of health care administration, including its history, current topics and trends, and debates around the future. Students will develop competency in health care finance, economics, law and ethics, research, human resources, organizational development, marketing, and strategy.


Meet our faculty & staff

Each member of our faculty and staff is dedicated to the success of each student and alumni of the program. Visit our faculty & staff page to learn more. 


How to apply

Applying is simple! The GRE/GMAT is not required. Before applying, please review our admissions page linked below. Then submit the application for either Fall or Spring semester.


Do you have additional questions?

Can’t find what you are looking for? Please visit our FAQS page below or contact us at [email protected].


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Auraria Campus, West Classroom #239

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Department of Health Professions
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 33, PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

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