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2023 Graduate Outcomes
  • average salary increase: 28%
  • average time to pay back investment: 1.1 years
What does it cost?

Georgia residents: $48,053
Non-Georgia residents: $80,157
Out-of-Country residents: $81,665

Tuition is subject to change. Learn more under the tuition tab below.

Out-of-state applicants may be eligible for in-state tuition through the Academic Common Market. Please see the Southern Regional Education Board for more information.

How long will it take?

Students typically complete the program in 24-36 months, and are permitted to take up to 5 years. Evening courses allow working professionals to advance their current careers.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Buckhead Center (3348 Peachtree Rd. NE)

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Domestic Applicants
We offer various application deadlines to U.S. residents. By applying earlier in the cycle, you will receive priority consideration for a graduate assistantship. After the final deadline, applications are accepted on a rolling basis until one week before class starts.

International Applicants
International applicants who need a student visa must apply by an earlier, hard deadline.

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MBA/Master of Health Administration

Attend virtual office hours with one of our recruiters to get your questions answered.

Robinson’s MBA/Master of Health Administration dual degree will prepare you for a managerial position in a healthcare or business organization.

Build Relevant Skills
In addition to exploring case studies, you will apply your knowledge through collaborative projects with actual healthcare facilities. You will develop an understanding of market forces, policy formulation, strategic management and health IT trends. Plus, you will emerge with the values and attitudes needed to make strategic, ethical decisions as a healthcare leader.

Examples of past immersive projects

  • On behalf of Georgia State’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, developed a plan to provide healthcare services to the uninsured and homeless in Atlanta
  • Developed a community program to establish primary care services for the uninsured in Paulding County
  • Collaborated with faculty to evaluate Federally Qualified Health Centers in north Georgia to determine patient access and improve customer satisfaction
  • In conjunction with health administration and international business faculty, evaluated the feasibility of a Colombia-based healthcare services company to enter the U.S. market

Interact with Industry Executives
Industry executives regularly deliver guest lectures in class. Examples include:

  • Steven Blubaugh, healthcare strategy manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • Charisse Braxton, health service administrator, Kaiser Permanente
  • Waldon Garriss, physician, WellStar Health System
  • J. Larry Tyler, chairman and CEO, Practical Governance Group, a team of healthcare consultants and academicians passionate about governance and the education of healthcare boards
  • Brian Unell, healthcare consultant and former VP of revenue cycle transformation and integration, Piedmont Healthcare

A Healthcare Industry Leader

Georgia leads the nation with more than 225 health IT companies and approximately 30,000 jobs. (Georgia Department of Economic Development) 

Georgia, specifically Atlanta, is widely regarded as the health IT capital of the United States.

The Atlanta metro area is home to 21 community health and hospital systems.

The Georgia hospital market is projected to grow by 5.07% between 2024 and 2028. (Statista)

Join Future Healthcare Executives (FHE)
Through this student organization, you will attend networking events and engage in experiential learning opportunities. As part of the FHE guest speaker series, you will interact with healthcare professionals and executives. During industry site visits, you will witness how organizations impact the healthcare field. You also will be privy to job openings as well as professional development and mentoring opportunities.

Program Highlights

In compliance with our accrediting body (Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education, CAHME), the Institute of Health Administration has developed a set of competencies that define the set of knowledge, skills, and abilities students should possess upon completion of Robinson's MBA/MHA program. These 15 competencies fall into three domains. Each competency has a number of dimensions that can be measured or assessed to determine whether it has been attained. Most of the dimensions are measured at the course level, but some are measured at the program level.

IHA Competency Model

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Business Knowledge and Skills

Financial Management

The application of basic and complex financial analysis tools to the healthcare sector

Operations Management

The application of operations management concepts to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the healthcare sector

Strategic Management

The ability to assess the internal and external environment and develop strategies that improve organizational performance consistent with the mission

Human Resource Management

The ability to interact with, recruit, manage, and motivate a diverse workforce in accordance with legal requirements and optimize performance to meet the strategic goals of the organization

Analytics

The ability to consolidate data from multiple sources and use analytical techniques to make executive, tactical, and operational decisions in the healthcare industry

Leadership and Professionalism

Strategic Communications

Skilled in the arrangement and communication of effective messages in written and oral form, adjustment to media and setting, and adaptation to reader and audience feedback

Emotional Intelligence

The ability to recognize one’s own emotions (self-awareness), use that awareness to guide one’s thinking and behavior (self-management), accurately recognize the emotions of others, use emotional information to manage interactions and relationships, and demonstrate a personal commitment to others

Team Leadership and Participation

The ability to lead and participate in a team, manage meetings, promote team effectiveness, and evaluate team performance

Innovation and Change Management

The ability to lead through dynamic processes or projects and obtain concurrence among people for change within the governance structures of various healthcare organizations

Ethics, Honesty, and Integrity

Knowledge of and commitment to values, standards, and duties that are consistent with the ACHE code of ethics and merits trust from all stakeholders

Healthcare Environment Knowledge

Clinical Professions and Continuum of Care

The ability to use knowledge of the clinical and organizational participants in the delivery of healthcare and their relationships for leadership and management

Legal and Regulatory Environment

The ability to describe the legal and regulatory environment in which healthcare organizations and managers operate, recognize the implications of that environment for leadership and management, and influence the policy environment

Healthcare Economics and Financing

The ability to explain concepts, issues, and practices related to the economics of healthcare financing in the United States and how those concepts affect organizational and political decision making

Organizational Performance and Quality

The ability to understand and use quantitative and qualitative methods to measure and improve organizational performance, especially as it relates to healthcare quality

Health Information Systems and Technology

The ability to understand and effectively use health IT and health informatics to enable and support healthcare operations and transformation

Program Details

Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

Cornerstone Core

4.5-10.5 hours

  • MBA 8015 - Strategic Business Communication (3 hours)
  • MBA 8025 - Financial Statement Analysis (3 hours)
  • MBA 8040 - Data Driven Decision Making (3 hours)
  • MBA 8045 - Analytics Experience (1.5 hours)

Functional Core

4.5-10.5 hours

  • MBA 8115 - Managerial Accounting and Control Systems (1.5 hours)
  • MBA 8135 - Corporate Finance (3 hours)
  • MBA 8145 - Marketing Management (3 hours)
  • MBA 8165 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 hours)

Business Elective

3 hours

Choose one of the following:

  • AS 8370 - Health Insurance & Risk Management (3 hours)
  • ENI 8250 - Entrepreneurship and Complex Global Problems (3 hours)
  • IFI 8410 - Introduction to Programming and Predictive Analytics for Business (3 hours)
  • MBA 8125 - Digital Innovation (3 hours)
  • MGT 8730 - Project Management (3 hours)
  • CIS 8000 - IT Project Management (3 hours)

Health Administration Courses

33 hours

  • HA 8160 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3 hours)
  • HA 8190 - Health Policy and Ethics (3 hours)
  • HA 8250 – Health Economics and Financing (3 hours)
  • HA 8440 - Executive Leadership in Health Care (3 hours)
  • HA 8450 - Legal Environment of Health Care (3 hours)
  • HA 8550 - Healthcare Planning and Financial Management (3 hours)
  • HA 8620 - Operations Management and Quality in Health Care (3 hours)
  • HA 8670 – Digital Health Strategy (3 hours)
  • HA 8680 - Care Management and Delivery Systems (3 hours)
  • HA 8750 - Health Care Analytics (3 hours)
  • HA 8990 - Strategic Management in Health Care (3 hours)

Residency/Experiential Learning

3 hours

Students develop and refine their managerial capabilities during HA 8810 – Administrative Residency.

Past administrative residency placements include:

  • Johns Hopkins Health System
  • Piedmont Health System
  • Washington University Medical Center
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • The Emory Clinic
  • Grady Health System
  • Wellstar Health System
  • Northwestern Medicine

Georgia residents: $48,053
Non-Georgia residents: $80,157
Out-of-Country residents: $81,665

Tuition is subject to change.

Out-of-state applicants may be eligible for in-state tuition through the Academic Common Market. Please see the Southern Regional Education Board for more information.

Financial Aid

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We are here to help you understand the cost of your program (including the financial aid cost of attendance (https://sfs.gsu.edu/resources/coa/)), the payment schedule and financing opportunities.

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404-413-7086

Scholarships

Robinson Scholarships

Robinson offers several scholarships through the Office of the Dean as well as the individual academic departments.

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Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate research assistantships are available to offset program costs.

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Loans

You will be paired with a Graduate Student Experience professional who stays on top of the extracurricular programming that will enhance your academic journey and propel your career. Activities include boot camps on topics that are relevant to your field, professional workshops, networking events, recruiting fairs, and meet-and-greets intended to create camaraderie with your peers.

View a sample schedule of Graduate Student Experience events

Learn More about the Graduate Student Experience Team

Mission

Through its business-focused program, the mission of the Institute of Health Administration (IHA) is to prepare students to manage change, challenges, and opportunities within the healthcare sector, to conduct and disseminate rigorous research, and to engage in industry collaborations.

The mission of the MBA/MHA program is to offer a comprehensive academic course of study for early-career working professionals from across the Southeast. Our target students are those who value rigorous didactic content from the business and healthcare domains delivered in a format that facilitates applied learning and the development of professional and leadership skills as preparation for positions throughout the healthcare sector.

For the flexible program, the target market is early-career working professionals from across the greater Atlanta area. As appropriate to meet local market demand, mid- to senior-level working professionals may be offered the MBA/MHA in a cohort fashion.

Institute of Health Administration Vision

The vision of the Institute of Health Administration is to offer an appropriate portfolio of premier, business-focused health management programs and to conduct high-level health management research in service to the industry.

MBA/MHA Program Mission

The vision of the MBA/MHA program within the institute is to be a premier business-focused health management program.

Values

  • Scholarship
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Lifelong learning
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Diversity and inclusion

Completion Rate

View our accrediting body's annual report »

Careers

Program graduates work for a variety of well-respected companies including Brightpoint Health, Decatur Pediatric Group, Grady Health System, Houston Healthcare, Northside Hospital, PruittHealth, UPMC, and Wellstar Douglas Hospital.

Our 2023 graduates reported a 28% average salary increase, enabling them to pay back their investment in 1.1 years.

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“Robinson’s MBA/MHA graduates typically fill consultant or senior consultant roles at our firm. They come in with a broad skill set to tackle the intense, ever-changing challenges they will face.”

-Steven Blubaugh, healthcare strategy manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman

VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

administrative fellow

analyst

client specialist

client success manager

consultant/administrative manager

director

director of behavioral health

director of data quality

director of research and evaluation

executive resident

health analyst

lead consulting analyst

practice/product/project manager

project management consultant

provider liaison and community outreach coordinator

recruiter

senior clinical trial manager

senior manager business operations

senior process improvement professional

service excellence project manager

service line administrative fellow

Meet Your Faculty

Serdar Aydin

Serdar Aydin

Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Administration

marie cameron

Senior Lecturer; Board Certified Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives

Robert Eaton

Clinical Assistant Professor; Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives

Heather Martin

Clinical Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Administration

Yasamine Jalinouszadeh

Academic Professional and Associate Director of External Relations

Shelia Palmer

Expert-in-Residence

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Contacts

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