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Rigorous Management Curriculum

Our two-year MHA offers you a rigorous management curriculum, unparalleled flexibility in selecting specialized courses based on your career interests, and practical learning opportunities. Students are required to take 15 courses in key management disciplines, usually with a health care focus. Formal classes are complemented by a range of practical learning opportunities such as PLICs, the colloquium series, a summer internship, and the capstone course.

Core Curriculum

  • Health Care Organization
  • Organizational Development and Human Resources
  • Regression Analysis and Managerial Forecasting
  • Microeconomics for Management and Policy
  • Health Care Accounting Health Care Strategy
  • Population Health for Health Managers Health Care Marketing
  • Finance Essentials Health Care Ethics
  • Healthcare Finance Legal Aspects of Health Care
  • Managing Operations Health Care Information Technology
  • Health Policy


Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLICs)

PLICs are one-credit weekend courses taught by experienced health care executives on a range of topics such as:

  • Big Data
  • Strategic Change
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Management of Bond Financing
  • Operations and Planning of Long Term Care and Senior Living Facilities
  • Healthcare Facilities Planning
  • Healthcare Supply Chain Management
  • Alternative Payments in Healthcare
  • Operations and Planning of Collaborative Approaches to Quality, Safety and Service for Patients

Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLICs)


Culminating Capstone Course

Working in small teams, second-year students complete a year-long capstone project for a health care organization. These consulting projects offer students an opportunity to synthesize and apply what they have learned to try to solve a real problem for a real client. Recent capstone projects include: developing an initiative to help a hospital’s pediatric practice grow patient volume; redesigning physician schedules to improve patient access and throughput at a GI clinic; examining the feasibility of a hospice house; and determining how to allow physician practices to accept cash payments from patients without violating payer contracts.

Learn more about the Capstone courses


Specialized Electives

Specialized courses offered in the College of Human Ecology and throughout the Cornell campus allow students to develop specialized skills. Examples include:

  • Negotiations
  • Reading Financial Statements
  • Advanced Business Modeling
  • Project Management
  • Essentials of Management Consulting
  • Quality Systems and Processes
  • Leadership
  • Systems Engineering and Six Sigma
  • Spa and Resort Development and Management