Advanced study in health administration and law is available through dual-degree programs co-sponsored by the department and the schools of law at the University of Richmond and at Washington and Lee University. The program leads to the awarding of the Master of Health Administration and Juris Doctor degrees.

Participants are provided the necessary expertise either to represent clients within the health care industry or to function as legal policy-makers or administrators who fully appreciate the legal environment of the health care field. Applicants for this program are required to meet the admission requirements of each program. For information regarding the dual-degree program, contact the director of the program.

The M.H.A. curriculum sequence of the M.H.A./J.D. degree is shown below. Students take a total of 48 credit hours of M.H.A. course work that includes a three-credit-hour internship.

Courses
HADM   602Health System Organization, Financing and Performance3
HADM   606Health Care Managerial Accounting3
HADM   607Financial Management in Health Organizations3
HADM   608Seminar in Health Care Finance3
HADM   609Managerial Epidemiology2
HADM   610Health Analytics and Decision Support3
HADM   612Information Systems for Health Care Management3
HADM   614Health Care Marketing3
HADM   615Health Care Politics and Policy3
HADM/ECON 624Health Economics3
HADM   646Health Care Organization and Leadership3
HADM   647Management of Health Care Organizations3
HADM   648Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations3
HADM   649Human Resources Management in Health Care3
HADM   681Clinical Concepts and Relationships2
HADM   682Executive Skills I1
HADM   683Executive Skills II1
HADM   693Internship in Health Administration3
Total Hours48

Sample M.H.A./J.D. plan of study

Year one
Fall semesterHours
HADM   602 Health System Organization, Financing and Performance 3
HADM   606 Health Care Managerial Accounting 3
HADM   609 Managerial Epidemiology 2
HADM   646 Health Care Organization and Leadership 3
HADM   681 Clinical Concepts and Relationships 2
HADM   682 Executive Skills I 1
 Term Hours: 14
Spring semester
HADM   607 Financial Management in Health Organizations 3
HADM   610 Health Analytics and Decision Support 3
HADM   624
Health Economics
or Health Economics
3
HADM   647 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
 Term Hours: 12
Summer semester
HADM   693 Internship in Health Administration 3
 Term Hours: 3
Year two
Fall semester
HADM   608 Seminar in Health Care Finance 3
HADM   612 Information Systems for Health Care Management 3
HADM   615 Health Care Politics and Policy 3
HADM   683 Executive Skills II 1
 Term Hours: 10
Spring semester
HADM   614 Health Care Marketing 3
HADM   648 Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations 3
HADM   649 Human Resources Management in Health Care 3
 Term Hours: 9
 Total Hours: 48

Graduate program director
Dolores G. Clement, Ph.D., FACHE
Professor and director, dual-degree programs
Email: dclement@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-0719

Additional contact
Suzanne C. Havasy
Coordinator, M.H.A. program
Email: shavasy@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-0719

Program website: had.vcu.edu/prospective/mha