Master of Healthcare Administration
The Minnesota Model

Theory-Driven, Practice-Enabled

A theory-driven, practice-enabled model of learning is reflected in the classroom and in the dyad leadership model. Dr. Jean Abraham and Mary Ellen Wells bring together the strengths of academia and practice, while extending the capacity of the program to innovate in the classroom and in the field.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty bring new research knowledge to the classroom, while practitioner faculty bring extensive industry experience.

Dyad leaders Dr. Jean Abraham and Mary Ellen Wells ensure a theory-driven, practice-enabled experience for MHA students.

John Christianson

Influencing National Policy

Jon Christianson, PhD
Professor and James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Management

Jon Christianson is one of the nation’s top health services researchers. He has held the James A. Hamilton Chair in Health Policy and Management since 1998, and has authored more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. Christianson serves as Vice Chairman for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in Washington, DC.

Changing Quality of Care

Peter Huckfeldt, PhD
Assistant Professor

As a health economist, Peter Huckfeldt investigates the economics of chronic disease management and prevention. His research findings show that intensive education and engagement programs for low income patients result in improved diabetes management outcomes.

Justine Mishek

Translating Theory to Practice

Justine Mishek, MHA
Senior Lecturer

“The Minnesota Problem Solving Method provides a framework for students to proceed with projects intelligently and independently. Students learn and practice the method through cases, and meet with alumni who coach them through the process with a real life problem in their organization. Early in their careers, the problem solving method gives graduates an advantage and allows them to hit the ground running. As they progress in their careers, the method becomes instinctual.”

Full-time MHA






Age range


Students of color


Out of state

5 years

Average work experience


Average undergrad GPA

Minnesota’s abundant healthcare environment provides a rich learning environment for students.

Aubrey Workman

Driven to Create Patient-Centered Care

Audrey Workman, MHA student

“When systems and processes are truly centered on patients, I believe there will be better outcomes and better experiences — effectively helping people live healthier and happier.”

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Shaping the Future: Hear Audrey speak about her commitment to public health and patient-centered care

Learning Outside the Classroom

The MHA Program supports student learning opportunities outside the classroom. Students develop compassionate leadership through community service while case competitions promote teamwork, research and presentation skills.

Developing Servant Leaders

Students are active in the Community Stewardship Initiative (CSI), a student-driven service organization committed to civic engagement through volunteer work at homeless shelters, nursing homes, and food shelters. Many students also hold leadership positions at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic where patients receive care regardless of their background.

Students are active in student-driven community service and volunteer work.

Case Competitions

Students apply knowledge and skills developed in the classroom to a specific problem or issue at national case competitions. These experiences promote teamwork, research and presentation skills, and allow students to build a national network with their peers. In 2016 and 2018, Minnesota placed first in the UAB Health Administration Case Competition.

Case Study

Executive MHA Program

Students in the Executive Master of Healthcare Administration Program come with rich and diverse professional experience, providing broad perspectives and deep peer-to-peer learning.

Class of 2019




Hold graduate and post-graduate degree


Years work experience

66% Health Care Managers

14% Physicians/Clinicians

3% Physician/Clinician Healthcare Executives

17% Healthcare Executives

Class of 2020




Hold graduate and post-graduate degree


Years work experience

48% Health Care Managers

16% Physicians/Clinicians

20% Physician/Clinician Healthcare Executives

16% Healthcare Executives

John Frankhauser

Dedicated to Global Work

Dr. John Fankhauser, Executive MHA student

“I have always been drawn to health care for the poor and disenfranchised in a global context.  I feel everyone has the right to good health care.”

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Alumni – Influencing the Future of Healthcare

Minnesota alumni are uniquely trained and positioned to innovate and problem solve in organizations facing change. A strong alumni network allows graduates to leverage the talent and expertise of their cohort throughout their career.

Bill Santulli

Transforming Patient Safety

William Santulli, MHA ‘84
COO, AdvocateAurora Health
2018 Modern Healthcare Top COO

“Our entire industry needs to commit to getting patient safety right – we owe it to the patients and families we are privileged to serve.”

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Guiding Change for a New Generation

Gabrielle Cummings, MHA ‘02
President, Highland Park Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem

“We must adjust our approaches to recruit and support the new generation of healthcare professionals entering the field.”

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Gabrielle Cummings
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