Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) & Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
Why Pursue Dual Training?
Physicians are increasingly assuming significant leadership and administrative roles across the healthcare industry. Earning a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA) together with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree will greatly expand your understanding of the business of medicine and further your preparation to assume important leadership positions now and in the future.
Healthcare administration training experience must provide professionals in Idaho and beyond with foundational conceptual, technical, and human relations skills needed to assume increasingly responsible governance roles in the overall mission of the healthcare industry. In close alignment with the tenets of the osteopathic medical profession, this combined program of instruction seeks to integrate the traditional osteopathic training, skillsets, and perspectives of holistic, people-centered medical care into the development of professionals who are uniquely suited for healthcare agency leadership.
The intent of this program is directed at allowing osteopathic medical students to:
- Provide a high-quality educational experience for MHA and other health professions students.
- Promote an environment that supports learning and discovery through various forms of scholarship.
- Develop and mature an understanding of professionalism in healthcare administration.
- Engage expertly with faculty, other health professionals, and the public to create diverse, effective, and functional interdisciplinary and interprofessional environments dedicated to healthcare administration.
- Prepare for a significant role in healthcare administration through applied and integrated learning experiences.
- Develop competency and skills in providing service and consultation to healthcare agencies and organizations at the local, state, national and international level toward the improvement of population health.
ICOM encourages student participation in degree programs from external colleges or universities (co-admission or concurrent enrollment) when that participation will not adversely affect the student’s progression through the medical school curriculum. ICOM students interested in participating in this program must seek and receive prior review and approval from the Student Success Committee and the ICOM Dean. Additionally, MHA applicants must meet the admissions requirement for the program at Idaho State University.
ICOM medical students in good academic standing are eligible to apply to the MHA program following completion of their first semester of medical school. Your MCAT score will be used in place of any required GRE/GMAT examinations. ICOM students can expect to take 33 credits (11 courses) in total for the Master of Healthcare Administration program. See curriculum below.
The MHA curricular program is managed and delivered by Idaho State University. The Idaho State MHA program maintains eight admission slots every academic year for ICOM applicants who are reviewed by faculty from both institutions.
The applicant will meet with the Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation, and Diversity and an assigned faculty mentor to establish student success oversight for the required sequence of courses and create an individualized training and curriculum timeline. This curriculum, in combination with that of the osteopathic medical program (a four-year program), is designed to be completed within a total of five years. Course work is subject to change, based on course availability and satisfactory student performance.
Initial ICOM Steps
Request a Meeting with Dr. Mortensen
- Click here to request a meeting.
- Discuss any concerns and considerations with Dr. Mortensen.
Complete the “ICOM Co-Admission Approval Form”
- Following the meeting with Dr. Mortensen, the ICOM Co-Admission Approval Form will be sent to you electronically to complete and initiate the process of obtaining approval of signatures.
- Read all items on the form carefully, including items regarding the Student Success Committee requirements and financial aid guidance.
Meet with your Advisor
- Discuss your intentions and develop a schedule to meet regularly and apprise your advisor on your progress (quarterly recommended).
- Financial Aid
Approval from ICOM Registrar
Obtain academic information approval from ICOM Registrar.
Wait for final approval by the Student Success Committee and the ICOM Dean. Continue to consult with Dr. Mortensen during this time if you have ongoing questions.
Once Final Approval is Received
- Complete Idaho State University’s application requirements by following the steps on the Idaho State MHA-DO Program website.
- Upon admission, schedule a time with Kristine McCarty, Director of Graduate Studies at Idaho State University, to develop a course schedule and register for classes. (Schedule a meeting using this link.)
Master of Healthcare Administration Curriculum
The MHA program experience will greatly enhance learners’ focus upon conceptual, technical, and human relation skills needed to compete and succeed in today’s highly complex and competitive healthcare industry. The MHA coursework is offered in Meridian, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and online. In-person courses are offered in the evening with online synchronous courses also being available.
MHA Core I
MHA Required Courses Course ICOM Equivalent HCA 5510 Management of Healthcare Provider Organizations Multiple CARE courses HCA 5540 Healthcare Economics and Policy HCA 5553 Healthcare Finance HCA 5575 Health Law and Bioethics CARE 1000A, 1000B, CIPE 1000A MBA 6611 Financial Reporting and Managerial Accounting MBA 6615 Finance
MHA Core II
MHA Required Courses Course ICOM Equivalent HCA 5560 Healthcare Quality and Performance Improvement CIPE 1000A HCA 6615 Health Services Management HCA 6636 Rural Healthcare Management HCA 6628
Applied Healthcare Solutions
ICOM student may take this course at the same time and as part of the medical residency MBA 6626 Business Policy and Strategy MGT 5573 Human Resource Management MBA 6637 Introduction to Business Analytics CARE 1001, SCRO 3751 MPH 6605
Leadership Policy and Administration
Healthcare Leadership and Governance
US and Global Health Systems
US Health Systems and Policy
Elective Approved HCA Elective Elective may be waived for DO students
DO + MHA/MPH Program
The DO-MHA concurrent educational training program guidelines are continuously updated and are subject to change based upon individual institutional or program recommendations and policy requirements.
For questions about the DO-MPH program, please contact Dr. Luke Mortensen, ICOM Associate Dean of Educational Development, Innovation and Diversity.