Executive Master of Health Administration - EMHA

Executive Master of Health Administration - EMHA
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*The Executive Master of Health Administration program at the University of Cincinnati is an online graduate degree through the College of Allied Health Sciences.  This website is designed to cover all online programs that the University of Cincinnati offers.  You can also visit the College of Allied Health Sciences website to learn about the program.  Both websites cover the same program and are optimized to provide our students with all the information they need.Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education logo

What is an Executive Health Administration degree?

Health administration can take many shapes and forms, but is most commonly referred to as the application of leadership skills and strategies to a diverse range of health care entities.  Our executive MHA program is designed for mid-career health professionals that are looking to move into an executive role within their organization.

Health care administrators, also known as health care managers or health service managers, are responsible for the day-to-day operations of health care entities. They provide executive leadership and oversight in policies and procedures, strategic vision and direction, finance and costs, and quality of care. An Executive MHA degree equips graduates with a wide range of knowledge, skills, and competencies essential for the provision of effective health care.

Benefits of UC Online’s Executive Master of Health Admin Program

  • CAHME Accredited
  • 100% online
  • Learn from world-class faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Growing industry — 32% growth between 2019-2029
  • Two program duration options (Fast-Track or Extended)
  • Apply lessons learned immediately in your career

Scholarship Opportunities

  • College of Allied Health Sciences Online Grad Scholarship
    • For new graduate students only
    • May be offered a one time scholarship to be applied during their first term of $1000
    • Number of scholarships awarded
      • Spring Semester: 2
      • Summer Semester: 1
      • Fall Semester: 2
    • Talk with your enrollment advisor to find out how to apply and when the deadline is!
  • Military Affiliation Scholarship
    • The University of Cincinnati Online is honored to support active military members and veterans as they pursue rewarding careers in healthcare. We understand the unique challenges faced by those transitioning from military service, and we’re committed to making your educational journey smoother and more affordable.
    • The UC Online Military Scholarship offers:
      • Financial assistance: Scholarships of up to $1,500 per semester can significantly reduce the cost of your online degree program.
      • Flexibility: Our online format allows you to study on your own schedule and terms, accommodating your busy military life.
      • Variety of programs: Choose from a range of online undergraduate and graduate programs within our College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS). Explore exciting fields like medical laboratory science, health informatics, health administration, and more!
    • Benefits for Active Military & Veterans:
      • Convenience: Earn your degree online without relocating or disrupting your military commitments.
      • Skill development: Gain valuable healthcare knowledge and skills that translate well into civilian careers.
      • Career advancement: Increase your earning potential and job opportunities within the growing healthcare industry.
    • Eligibility & Requirements:
      • Active Military and Veterans beginning their online UC career in CAHS Summer 2024 or after may be eligible for a UC scholarship of up to $1,500/semester.
      • Undergraduate must take a minimum of 6 credit hours/semester.
      • Graduate students must take a minimum of 5 credit hours/semester.
      • This scholarship is not available for certificate programs.
      • Work with your enrollment advisor and student success coordinator to see if you are eligible!
    • * The max number of installments will vary depending on the length of the program
    • This scholarship program is open to active military members and veterans enrolled in a qualifying CAHS program at UC Online. Please note: Students utilizing certain VA benefits are not eligible. See the full list of excluded benefits below.
    • Important Note: Students utilizing any of the following benefits are NOT eligible for this scholarship:
      • Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) at the 100% level
      • Students who are dependents using the Post 9/11 GI Bill
      • Veteran Readiness & Employment (Chapter 31) Benefit
      • Ohio National Guard students receiving Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606 GI Bill
      • Survivor’s & Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
    • Ready to Take the Next Step?
      • We’re here to support you! Our dedicated Enrollment Services Advisors can answer your questions, help you determine eligibility, and guide you through the application process.

Accreditations and Rankings

Accreditations and rankings for a college or university means that it has achieved and maintains high standards in education. These agency accreditations are also maintained in a database by the U.S. Department of Education.

Executive MHA designations:

Is an Executive MHA (EMHA) Right for Me?

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If you are working in the health care field currently and want to take your career a step further, then an Executive Master of Health Administration degree or Executive MHA degree can help you do just that. This degree is a great next step for those already in health care fields such as physician, surgeon, doctor, finance, management, human resources, marketing, nursing, nursing administration, public health, and more. You’ll receive the real-world experience you need to prepare you to serve as an innovative, transformative, ethical health care leader upon graduation.

Program FAQ’s

Link to general FAQ fact sheet

Link to application FAQ fact sheet

University of Cincinnati’s Executive Master of Health Administration Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Value Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Cincinnati’s innovative on-line Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) Degree Program is to provide working professionals who might not have ready access to traditional educational routes with a high-quality experiential and practice oriented curriculum in healthcare management, preparing them to serve as innovative, transformative, ethical healthcare leaders within teams, organizations and health systems.

We offer a competency-driven, evidence-based curriculum which, by including both academics and practitioners as faculty, is adaptive to the ever-changing healthcare environment encouraging lifelong learning. Our on-line approach is designed both to expand access and to allow mid-level and other working health professionals to develop and enhance nationally recognized competencies. Our faculty are committed to discovery, integration, application, and teaching. They create an online learning environment that is research-based and service-oriented, and which assures the best possible educational experience for all students, including individualized learning paths when necessary.

Vision Statement

The vision of the UC EMHA program is to be acknowledged as a national leader in leveraging online educational technology to prepare future leaders for the ever-changing healthcare environment. The faculty have been nationally recognized for published and presented research.
Our graduates will be further proof of our efforts:

  • their evaluations will guide us
  • their efforts will be recognized by their supervisors, colleagues, patients, and organizations as characterizing curious, competent, and compassionate stewards of the public and institutional trust, and
  • their performance will reflect honor upon their alma mater, their employers, and their profession
Values Statement

The University of Cincinnati’s Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) degree program values a conception of the healthcare leader as a true health professional, rather than solely a manager. In this, we are in strong support of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE) Code of Ethics, with its focus on the healthcare managers responsibilities to:

  • the profession
  • patients or others served
  • the organization and employees
In our faculty we value:
  • a commitment to teaching informed by research and/or practice
  • a dedication to service, whether to university, profession, or community
  • the understanding that our learners are adults who are working and living full lives while improving their education
  • a cooperative, collegial approach that allows for the development and maintenance of an integrated practice-oriented curriculum

Program Outcomes

UC Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) Graduation Rates
3 months post graduation 2016-2019

Employment of Graduates 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Employed 61 66 54
Unemployed 5 2 0
Unknown 2 0 0
Total Graduates 68 68 54
Percent Employed 90% 97% 100%


UC Executive Master of Health Administration Stats

Status 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Entered Program 87 114 119 123 129 98 81 86 78
In Progress 0 0 4 0 1 1 1 21 68
Graduated 70 94 103 88 111 78 57 55
Withdrawn 17 20 16 35 17 19 23 10 10


UC Executive Master of Health Administration Stats Continued

Cohort # Admitted # of Current Students # of Graduates # of Withdrawn
2012-2013 54 0 47 7
2013-2014 87 0 70 17
2014-2015 114 0 94 20
2015-2016 119 0 103 16
2016-2017 123 0 88 35
2017-2018 129 1 111 17
2018-2019 98 1 78 19
2019-2020 81 1 57 23
2020-2021 86 21 55 10
2021-2022 78 68 10
Total 1069 117 757 195

Faculty and Staff Directory

Program Director
Program Staff
  • Stephanie Keith | Program Manager | [email protected]
  • Anna Smith | Student Success Coordinator
  • Carrie Raterman | Instructional Designer
  • Annie Mixon | Associate Director of Student Recruitment
  • Brian Eck | Marketing Manager
  • Enrollment Advisors | [email protected]
Full-Time Program Faculty
Emeritus Faculty
Additional Program Faculty

Program Advisors

Support is key to student success and at the University of Cincinnati, we provide as many points of contact as possible.  From faculty advisors and program managers to student success coordinators, there is always someone available to answer questions, give advice, and clarify any confusions you may encounter.

Faculty Advisors

Provides guidance to maximize the student’s academic experience, career mentoring support, and encouragement.

  • When you have questions regarding the curriculum such as content areas, scheduling offerings and strategies for academic success
  • When you want to learn about the Program, College of Allied Health Sciences and/or University career development resources
  • When you want to explore expanding your current network scope
  • When you have questions about career development and paths

Program Manager

Start to finish program support resource, providing support to students during orientation and graduation.

  • When you have a question during orientation
  • When you add/drop/withdraw from a course
  • When you need to request a new program plan
  • When you have questions or concerns with courses/instructors
  • When you have questions relating to graduation

Student Success Coordinator

Start to finish student support resource providing success strategies, enrollment reminders, and program date reminders.

  • When you have questions about registration or textbooks
  • When you have feedback regarding courses or instructors
  • When you aren’t sure who to ask
Debra Zevallos - EMHA Program Director
Debra Zevallos
Faculty Advisor
Michelle Chyatte - Faculty Advisor
Michelle Chyatte
Faculty Advisor
William Kirkwood - Faculty Advisor
William Kirkwood
Faculty Advisor
Stephanie Keith - Program Manager
Stephanie Keith
Program Manager
Anna Smith - Student Success Coordinator
Anna Smith
Student Success Coordinator
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