Feb 26, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healthcare Administration - MHA

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We are committed to being the premier, dynamic, graduate program focused on learning and service, where students from culturally diverse backgrounds fulfill their potential as leaders in healthcare management. The WSSU Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program is a part-time program that strives to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The MHA program provides a comprehensive graduate experience designed to meet the needs of working professionals who are in the early stages of their careers. Led by a mixture of faculty drawn from academic and professional backgrounds, students gain competencies in management and business functions that are applicable to a wide range of healthcare organizations.

We value

  • Compassion for all
  • Leadership that makes a difference
  • Integrity in all situations
  • Excellence in all undertakings
  • Diversity focused on inclusion
  • Service as a creed for life

Program Goals

  • The program will include a student body of culturally-diverse working professionals, including members of populations that are underrepresented in the healthcare administration field.
  • The program will utilize faculty with academic and professional backgrounds that support the curriculum.
  • The program will be grounded in values that serve as guides to behavior and decision-making.
  • The Program curriculum will be based on an appropriate competency model.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in business functions core to healthcare management.
  • The program will produce research that supports the mission, vision and values of the program.
  • The program will encourage service to the university and the community.

Application Deadline

July 15 for fall semester, November 15 for spring semester

International students must submit no later than September 15 for consideration for the spring semester and April 15 for the fall semester.

Applications for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 have been suspended. The program is scheduled to reopen for new admissions in Fall 2015 and may materially change from what is listed in this catalog.

Transfer Credits

Subject to the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator, up to 9 hours of graduate transfer credit may be applied toward the MHA. Graduate transfer credit will only be granted for courses completed with a grade of “B” or better and taken within the last five (5) years.

Degree Requirements

The MHA program consists of 45 credit hours: 16 courses (there are no internship requirements). Students in the MHA program must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (“B” average); no more than two grades of “C” are allowed.

Time Limits for Completion

The time limit for completion of the program is six years.

Program Structure

Students admitted in the fall and spring. The MHA is a lock-step program that utilizes the cohort structure. Students following the prescribed plan of study can complete the MHA program in 2-1/2 years (five semesters and two summers).


ACC 5301 - Survey of Accounting

ECO 5301 - Survey of Economics

MGT 6321 - Organizational Behavior

MGT 6324 - Human Resource Management and Employment Law

MHA 5301 - Decision Analysis in Healthcare

MHA 6301 - Healthcare Marketing

MHA 6302 - Operations and Quality Outcomes

MHA 6303 - Strategic Planning, Policy formulation, and Implementation

MHA 6304 - Medical Informatics

MHA 6305 - Managerial Epidemiology

MHA 6306 - Health Law and Bio-medical Ethics

MHA 6307 - Advanced Healthcare Applications I

MHA 6308 - Advanced Healthcare Applications II

MHA 6322 - Health Care Management

MHA 6333 - Healthcare Policy

MHA 6344 - Financial Management in Health Care Organizations

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Electronic submission of application to the HAMPCAS enrollment management portal (https://portal.hampcas.org/) designating your wish to apply to Winston-Salem State University
  • GRE score
  • One official copy of all transcripts
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Admissions essay focusing on “Why I want to pursue an MHA and why I want to obtain it at WSSU”
  • Resume’ – work experience is a critical component of the admission process
  • $50 application fee

Applications for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 have been suspended. The program is scheduled to reopen for new admissions in Fall 2015 and may materially change from what is listed in this catalog.

Since preferred consideration is given to those who submit their application early, all application materials should be submitted as soon as possible.

All application materials should be submitted to:

P.O. Box 9122
Watertown, MA 02471

International students must also provide a financial certification of sufficient funds to carry on graduate study, a sponsor’s affidavit, and an evaluation of transcripts by an International Education Evaluation Services. Those who do not have English as their native language must provide TOEFL scores of 550 or better (written) or 213 (computer) Or IELTS scored of 6.5 or better.


Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics and MHA Coordinator
B.A. , B.S. Sonoma State University
Ph.D., University of Southern California

Stephen Aragon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management
B.S., The University of Tampa
M.H.A.., The George Washington University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Susita Asree, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Bachelor of Technology, University of Technology, Malaysia
M.B.A., The University of Toledo
Ph.D., University of Toledo

Monica Cain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
B.A., Walsh College
M.A., M.S., Ph.D., Wayne State University

George Heilman, Ph.D.
Professor of Management Information Systems
B.A., Purdue University
M.B.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Stephanie Joseph, J.D.
Associate Professor of Business Law
B.S. Appalachian State University
J.D. Pepperdine University School of Law

Melissa Mann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
B.S., Binghamton University, New York
M.S., Mercy College, New York
Ph.D., University of Albany, New York

Sathasivam Mathiyalakan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
B.S. (Eng) University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
M.B.M., Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Kal Namit, Ph.D.
Professor of Quantitative Business
B.S., Thai Military Academy, Bangkok, Thailand
M.B.A., Ph.D., University Wisconsin at Madison

Notis Pagiavlas, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing and Director, Center of Entrepreneurship
B.A., University of California, San Diego
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

Craig J. Richardson, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics and MBA Coordinator
B.A., Kenyon College
Ph.D., University North Carolina, Chapel Hill



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