Advanced study in health administration and medicine is available through a dual degree program co-sponsored by the Department of Health Administration and the VCU School of Medicine. The program leads to the awarding of the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Health Administration degrees. The objective of the M.D./M.H.A. program is to provide highly motivated medical students the expertise for management and leadership competency in complex health care organizations. Students may indicate their interest in the dual degree program prior to matriculation or during the first three years of the M.D. program. The program may be completed in five years. Applicants for this program are required to meet the admission requirements of each program.

For the dual degree program, course work for the M.H.A. is initiated following completion of the first two or three years of the M.D. program, occupies a full academic year (fall, spring and summer) and extends into a second year, and is taken during a hiatus from the third or fourth year of the M.D. program.

Students interested in the program may contact the School of Medicine Office of Curriculum or the director of the M.H.A. program in the Department of Health Administration (College of Health Professions). For additional information refer to the School of Medicine handbook available on the school’s website.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.


The M.H.A. curricular sequence of the M.H.A./M.D. degree is shown below. Students take a total of 43 credit hours of M.H.A. course work,  which includes a three-credit hour internship.

Course Title Hours
HADM 602Health System Organization, Financing and Performance3
HADM 606Health Care Managerial Accounting3
HADM 607Financial Management in Health Organizations3
HADM 610Health Analytics and Decision Support3
HADM 611Health Care Law and Bioethics3
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 682Executive Skills I1
HADM 693Internship in Health Administration3
Total Hours43

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 43

Typical plan of study

Many students often end up taking more than the minimum number of hours required for a degree program. The total number of hours may vary depending upon the program, nature of research being conducted by a study or in the enrollment or funding status of the student. Students should refer to their program websites and talk with their graduate program directors or advisers for information about typical plans of study and registration requirements.

Graduate program director
Rachel Haga
Director, graduate programs
Phone: (804) 828-5224

Additional contact
Tiyacca Simms-Jones
Graduate student services administrator
Phone: (804) 828-0719

Program website: