M.H.A. in Gerontology

The Master of Health Administration degree with a specialization in Gerontology provides a comprehensive curriculum needed to succeed in a highly complex, competitive and ever-changing health care environment. This 42-credit program examines both practical and theoretical problems and challenges in the field and provides an understanding of a wide range of topics including organizational structure, health care policy analysis, and program management. 

Your plan of study is comprised of 18 credits of foundation courses, including: "Principles of Public Administration," "Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector," "Economic Environment and the Public Sector," "Analytical Methods," "Computer-based Management Systems" and "The Policy Process in Health Care Administration."

In the Advanced Core Curriculum (six credits) you will explore various aspects of public sector administration, including: "Human Resource Administration," "Foundations of Budgeting and Finance.” A total of 12 credits are required for the Gerontology specialization, including “Legal Aspects in Health,” “Gerontology: Processes of Aging,” “ Long-Term Care Administration,” and “The Management of Senior Community Programs.” The M.H.A. thesis rounds out the program. Students matriculating on a full-time basis can complete this program in just over two years.

Our M.H.A. degree is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

The M.H.A. program at LIU Post prepares students for service in executive and managerial-level positions public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Our graduates are currently serving in the hospitals and health care practices; local and national nonprofits; and local, state, and federal government positions. Additional detail on the sectors, organizations, and titles of our M.H.A. program graduates is available here

Master of Health Administration Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program at LIU Post is to prepare leaders for service in public, nonprofit, and health care organizations. Primarily focusing on Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area, the MHA Program will emphasize the complexities and unique challenges of service delivery in these sectors and the training of skilled and creative pre-service and mid-career leaders. Embracing the broader mission of Long Island University, the MHA Program will meet this purpose in an inclusive environment that encourages access and excellence for a diverse student population. Mirroring the globalization of public, nonprofit, and health care services, the MHA Program will draw students from both domestic and international populations. The MHA Program will cultivate principled practitioners who are intently focused on values of effectiveness; efficiency and responsible use of resources; equity and fairness; accountability; and engagement with and respect for diverse constituencies. In support of the MHA Program mission, faculty members will engage in scholarly research and community and professional service aimed at advancing knowledge in the field of administration and effecting positive change in public, health care, and nonprofit services.


School of Health Professions and Nursing
Dr. Denise Walsh, Dean
Life Science, Room 154