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Community Health:

Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA)

Great leaders at work – Trust. Integrity. Compassion. Drive.

Health care is an evolving and complex practice.   Healthcare needs leaders who are visionaries and positive change agents that inspire and empower others to do their best.  The MSHA program incorporates professional, effective leadership skills within the foundations of financial and strategic planning, organizational management, and quality initiatives. Students graduate with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in healthcare today.

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Health administration degrees are modeled after general business administration curriculum, giving students experiences in finance, leadership/management, quality and strategic planning.  Coursework, internship, and capstone experiences prepare students to work in healthcare institutions such as hospitals, medical offices, insurance groups and pharmaceutical companies.  People with health administration degrees have the skills to manage staff, programs, and service lines within the complex and ever-changing healthcare arena. 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MSHA program combines the benefits of a small program with the resources and opportunities of a leading research university. This newer program allows students to be at the cutting edge of newly developed classes and curriculum. The curriculum was developed based on industry trends to ensure students are prepared for a career in health administration. Our small program size allows students to easily connect with the supportive faculty and be surrounded by a tight-knit cohort of peers. We welcome students from a wide variety of disciplines and training to join our diverse cohort of MSHA students.


Bureau of Labor Statistics: Medical and Health Services Managers

Median Pay

$99,730 per year


Job Outlook: 20%

(compared to 7% growth for all other occupations) from 2016 to 2026


100% of our students were employed within 3 months of graduation

Contact Information

  • MSHA Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-244-1075
  • Email: MSHA@ahs.illinois.edu