WF - School of Professional Studies - MHA




to better healthcare for all

Prepare to lead the transformative change our healthcare systems need. With a master’s degree from top-ranked Wake Forest, you’ll develop the healthcare expertise and in-demand business management skills employers are looking for. Then you’ll set yourself apart in the field by embedding health equity into your practice and gaining real-world experience in innovative leadership. Don’t just discover what’s next in healthcare—help shape it.


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Career Advancement Equip yourself with the latest tools and techniques you need to drive your career forward, faster. Accomplished Faculty Created and taught by experts in this dynamic, expanding field, our master’s program aligns to today’s market trends and industry demands. Online Flexibility Take your courses 100% online, on your own time and schedule, and at your own pace.

Extensive Support Work 1-on-1 with a Student Success Manager who’s dedicated to your academic and career advancement. You’ll get all the support you would on campus, plus extra resources designed for adult online students. Connected Community Join a diverse, authentic, and accessible learning community. Attend optional live video discussions to engage and network with fellow education professionals and faculty.

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Attend One of the Nation’s LEADING UNIVERSITIES

185+ Year History Enjoy the highest academic quality that blends deep experience with cutting-edge curriculum.

80K+ Alumni

Top-ranked in the U.S. Earn your master’s degree at a school that’s been recognized for 25+ years.

Join our esteemed worldwide network and tap into exciting new opportunities.

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Meet the demand for health administrators who can expand access to quality health services and enact positive change across many areas of the industry. At Wake Forest, you’ll learn everything you need to get ahead and stand out in one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

28% job growth projected for medical and health services managers, which is much faster than the average

Related career paths include: • Health executive • Healthcare administrator • Medical director • Nursing home administrator • Healthcare consultant • Government or military health official

56K new jobs for medical and health service managers each year, on average, from 2021 to 2031

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Our market-driven, experiential curriculum combines a deep knowledge of the healthcare industry with the latest business management tools you need to lead with impact. You’ll focus on creating equitable health systems by studying the systems and policies that have led to health disparities and gain deeper insights into disciplines that interest you most through an elective of your choice.

Total Program Credits: 36

Electives: 3 credits

Core Courses: 33 credits • Principles of Health System Management • Population Health and the American Healthcare System • Human Resources Management and Organizational Development • Financial Management for Today’s Leaders • Health Information Management Systems • Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics • Quality and Patient Safety Management in Healthcare • Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Healthcare Leaders • Healthcare Leadership and Impact • Strategic Communications • Capstone in Health Administration

Choose one: • Strategic Digital Marketing • Decision Making and Risk Management • Artificial Intelligence for Health Informatics

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Learning Outcomes Graduates will: • Master how to improve healthcare services and lead organizational change through effective leadership. • Apply in-demand business management tools to health-related environments to deliver quality and equitable care. • Develop a deep knowledge of the social determinants of health, including issues of health disparity, poverty, structural racism, discrimination, and biases that impact health delivery. • Build expertise in the skills needed for innovative and action-oriented leadership, including organizational management, decision-making, cultural proficiency, and patient empowerment. Become a HIMSS Member Wake Forest is proud to be an Academic Organization Affiliate of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Obtain free membership to HIMSS and an opportunity to attend the organization’s annual conference through our program.

Length: 2 years (go faster or slower if you need to)

Start Dates: 3 per year (Fall, Spring, Summer) Tuition: $45,144

“Our research indicates that the future of professional education can benefit from a combination of traditional and novel, flexible offerings that advance relevant knowledge and prepare professionals to lead impactful change in their professions and industry.”

—Charles Iacovou, Ph.D. Vice Provost of Wake Forest Charlotte Programs Dean of the School of Professional Studies About the School of Professional Studies

Wake Forest created the School of Professional Studies to help working adults build the skills and credentials needed to thrive in a fast-transforming global marketplace. You’ll gain a rare and valuable blend of leadership, technical, and practical industry expertise that empowers you to advance your career, your organization—and your world.

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