Joint Degree Program in Master of Health Services Administration and Doctor of Medicine


The joint Doctor in Medicine (MD) and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree program is offered through the department of Health Policy and Management and School of Medicine at the University of Kansas. The joint program allows students to achieve both degrees in five years.

The MSHA portion of the curriculum combines social science and business content in the context of health care and prepares students for management and leadership positions in health care organizations.

As the health care environment becomes more complex and competitive, administrative skills can be extremely important to individuals starting careers in medicine or those seeking to enhance their current careers.

MD/MHSA Curriculum

Students in the MD/MHSA Program complete requirements for the MD degree, as specified by the School of Medicine. Students have three options for completing coursework for the MHSA portion of the joint degree: (a) in the summer between years one and two and in the year between years two and three of the medical school curriculum, (b) in a year between years three and four of the medical school curriculum, or (c) the year prior to the start of medical school. Depending on a student's course schedule, it may be necessary to complete one to two MHSA courses during subsequent years of the medical school curriculum. The total time for completion of the MD/MHSA Program is five years.

MHSA Degree Requirements

The following courses (totaling 41 credits) comprise the current MHSA portion of the joint curriculum. The faculty may make curriculum changes from time to time.

HP&M 810 The Health Care System (3)
HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders (3)
HP&M 822 Health Care Economics (3)
HP&M 832 Governance and Health Law (2)
HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Healthcare Management (3)
HP&M 833 Ethics (2)
HP&M 837 Health Policy (3)
HP&M 840 Organizational Foundations for Leading Change (3)
HP&M 846 Managing Information Systems and Technology (3)
HP&M 848 Designing Health Care Organizations (2)
HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations (3)
HP&M 858 Health and Social Behavior (3)
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar (2)
Electives (6 credit hours from the list below)
HP&M 874 Statistics for Decision Making
HP&M 827 Financial Applications in Healthcare Management
HP&M 831 Reimbursement and Fiscal Policy
PRVM 835 Evaluation Methods in Public Health
HP&M 852 Strategic Marketing
HP&M 853 Strategic Management
HP&M 854 Human Resources and Workforce Development
HP&M 860 Graduate Internship in Health Services Administration
HP&M 862 Research Practicum in Health Services Administration
HP&M 875 Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden and Finland
HP&M 876 Medicare and Medicaid
HP&M 877 Women and Healthcare
HP&M 879 Comparative Healthcare Systems
NRSG 883 Cost-Effectiveness and Decision Analysis
Other approved graduate courses

Waivers, substitutions and other degree requirements are governed by Department and Graduate Studies policies. Students should consult the MHSA Student Services Manager with questions or concerns about MD/MHSA requirements.

MD/MHSA Admission Requirements

Students interested in the joint MD/MHSA Program option must apply to and be accepted into both degree programs.

Students admitted to the MHSA Program should have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics prior to beginning coursework in the Program. Applicants to the MHSA program must submit the following on-line:

1.     A completed application for admission.

2.     A non-refundable application fee ($60 for domestic and international applicants)

3.     Official transcripts of all previous academic work beyond the secondary level. To be admitted as a regular graduate student, applicants must have not less than a B average GPA (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) overall. Copies of transcripts may be relayed from the Medical School Admissions Office, if requested by the MD/MHSA applicant.

4.     Three letters of recommendation, preferably on the program's Recommendation Form.

5.     A personal statement, (two pages maximum) outlining reasons for wanting to pursue a graduate education in health services administration combined with medicine, career objectives and any other information you want the Admissions Committee to consider.

6.     A copy of your resume, indicating your education and work background, honors, memberships in professional, school and service organizations.

7.     Each competitive applicant will be invited for an admission interview. Successful applicants must have completed the first semester of medical school with not less than a 3.0 grade point average or, if utilizing Option C, must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.0. Students on a "reduced load" School of Medicine curriculum will be ineligible to apply to the joint MD/MHSA Program. The Department of Health Policy and Management reserves the right to limit the number of students admitted to the MD/MHSA program per year.

Continuation in the MD/MHSA Program

Students must remain in good academic standing in both the MD and MHSA Programs to continue in the joint program. In the MHSA Program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average. In the MD Program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and must pass Step I of the USMLE. If students do not pass the USMLE step I in May or June, they will be removed from the MHSA Program until they re-take and pass the USMLE I, and they will be delayed in their MD/MHSA curriculum. Students must complete their MD degree before they will be awarded the MHSA. Any student in good standing who does not complete their MD will have to take the MHSA coursework that was waived as a result of admission to the Joint Degree Program.

For more information, please contact:

Deb Lewis
Student Support Manager
Department of Health Policy and Management
University of Kansas Medical Center
5001 Student Center- Mail Stop 3044
Kansas City, KS 66160

Last modified: Feb 03, 2015