Tailored to the needs of working professionals

Healthcare analysts, executives, insurance companies, providers, and policymakers are more invested than ever before in creating more efficient operations.

You will gain the skills and tools necessary to make the right decisions to improve healthcare delivery systems, lower costs, enhance patient care — ultimately helping to save lives.

The master of healthcare analytics and operations (MHAO) degree is tailored to the needs of working professionals in the healthcare industry. Our affordable online program requires 30 credits and can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Degree requirements
Sample program
Course offerings

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MHAO program features

Required courses and electives in the program are specifically targeted to:

  • Healthcare analytics.
  • Data management.
  • Healthcare supply chains.
  • Lean operations in healthcare.
  • Healthcare data privacy, security, and compliance.
  • Strategic logistics management.
  • Data visualization.
  • Analytics in finance.
  • Statistical modeling.
Ethan Johnson

The online learning format has allowed me to be very flexible with my school work and gives me the freedom to complete assignments when I’m actually available to do so.

Ethan Johnson, master of healthcare analytics and operations

MHAO program details

Admission and fees

Apply to the MHAO program

Online application

The Ivy MHAO program admits students annually in the fall, spring, and summer semester. Successful applicants are suggested to have two years of professional experience but is not required.

Application requirements

  • Resume.
  • College transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Score for non-native English-speaking applicants.

Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the program. You may be contacted to schedule an interview as part of the admissions process.

**This program is not approved in SEVIS to issue Forms I-20 or DS-2019 for F-1 or J-1 status. However, an international student who has an F-1/J-1 status for another full-time, residential program can add this online program as a second major

Application deadline
Admission materials submitted by:
Fall semester: June 15
Spring semester: November 15
Summer semester: March 15

Not required

Format and length
Online; 30 credits, 15 months


Program tuition and fees*

$782/credit hour + fees

*Tuition and fee rates are subject to change
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The master of healthcare analytics curriculum features 100 percent online coursework and an internship or elective coursework based on your interests.

Of the 30 credits, eight courses (24 credits) are required, leaving you two elective courses to choose from.

Overall, the program provides a foundation in:

  • healthcare analytics.
  • data management.
  • healthcare supply chains.
  • lean operations in healthcare.
  • strategic logistics management.
  • data visualization.

Customize your internship to fit your interests. The internship opportunity allows for focused training in areas such as healthcare data security, risk management and process improvement. Students with healthcare industry experience may also choose a project within their current employer as their internship. This requirement takes place during your last semester.

Classes are available year-round, so you can finish in as few as 15 months.

For more information, contact an advisor at busgrad@iastate.edu. 


Skills and competencies

In the master of healthcare analytics and operations program you will gain the following skills and competencies demanded by top employers and industries worldwide.



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Analytical skills

Data Analytics
Database management
Data Visualization


Process improvement
Lean and Six Sigma
Supply chain management
Healthcare leadership

Student demographics

Join our community of ambitious individuals who are redefining success in their respective fields.


Our MHAO students work for:

Medical groups
Community care centers
Public health
Pharma industries
Health insurance companies
Skilled nursing facilities

Our MHAO students are employed as:

Hospital administrators
Health data analysts
Chief medical officers
Healthcare executives
Healthcare consultantas
Nurse practicioners

Graduate certificates

The Ivy College of Business currently has six graduate certificate programsEach certificate requires 12-15 credits — some of which may apply to your MBAN degree. See your advisor for more information, or email busgrad@iastate.edu.

Double degree options

Earn an Ivy College of Business MBA and master of healthcare analytics and operations (MHAO) at the same time through our Ivy double degree program. Learn more about the MBA/MHAO double degree program.


Customized career advice

Whether you’re angling for a promotion or you want to polish your resume, the Graduate Career Services team offers each student personalized, custom advice and services for your climb up the corporate ladder.

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