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What is the difference between an MHA and an MPH?

What is the difference between an MHA and an MPH?
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Allison Voorhees August 17, 2020

Breaking down the difference between a Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health.

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After completing a Bachelors Degree in a field of social science, population health, or another similar degree, a logical next step for a student considering a graduate degree could be a Master of Health Administration (MHA) or a Master in Public Health (MPH). While both of these degrees concern health and health care, they diverge in the focus of the coursework. An MHA program and curriculum is primarily concerned with the business of health care organizations, such as hospitals, health care systems, and agencies. An MPH is much more focused on the health science aspect of health care, with a more research-forward approach.

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