The Executive Experience


The Executive Masters of Healthcare Management Programs (MHA/MPH) provide a unique interdisciplinary education across three areas of expertise: organizational leadership and management, health policy and public health, and health systems. The executive programs are designed for healthcare professionals who come from an extraordinary range of career fields including government agencies, hospitals, consulting companies, pharmaceutical corporations, insurance companies, finance, foundations and other healthcare enterprises. Columbia provides a world-class education shaped by faculty members in the Department of Health Policy and Management who are at the forefront of influencing the healthcare system. These instructors are experts in the field who are able to integrate current practical applications into an academic curriculum. Using a unique combination of teaching methodologies, including case studies, simulations, and collaborative learning, the Executive Masters of Healthcare Management (EMHM) Programs help students connect theories and models to the realities of the workplace.


Cohort-based learning is essential to the EMHM experience. A new class enters each September. Students do not need to declare their degree choice until their second term. Cohorts are composed of approximately 30-35 students from various parts of the healthcare system. Visit our Profiles page for more information about the current cohort demographics and to read more about our students.

The 24-month EMHM program meets for one long weekend each month (Thursday to Sunday). Courses generally run from 9-5 with a one hour lunch break.


The curriculum is comprised of three main components: an overview of the political, economic and legal healthcare framework; an overview of the public health system; and management methods and content. It provides students with the management and policy skills needed to be effective healthcare leaders. The MHA curriculum requires students to take additional management coursework whereas the MPH curriculum provides a more in depth understanding of public health and its application to the healthcare system. The variation is small and students will be counseled as needed to choose the best academic path for their professional growth.

Learning competencies and objectives are congruent with the requirements of the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH) and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). In addition to these accreditations, the Department of Health Policy and Management is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
View a sample schedule to learn more about class sequencing and courses offered.
The Executive MPH Curriculum at a Glance
The Executive MHA Curriculum at a Glance
Course Descriptions
Sample Schedule

Specific Program Dates are distributed when students begin in September along with a detailed schedule of classes.

Unique components of the program:
• Master Class
• Career Development Sessions
• HealthSquare Simulation
• Healthcare Delivery and Management Challenge
If the Mailman School had not offered an Executive Program there is no way I could have completed my MPH at that point in my career, and there is no doubt that having that degree led me to this point, allowing me to be where I am. My time at Mailman afforded me the opportunity to develop some great relationships in addition to providing a wonderful formal education.”
Dr. Adewale Troutman
President-Elect of the
American Public Health Association