Margaret Barth, Chair
Sandi Lane, Graduate Program Director for Health Administration, MHA
Graduate Program Director for Nutrition - Dietetics Concentration, MS
Graduate Program Director for Nutrition - Public Health Nutrition Concentration, MS
Graduate Program Coordinator for Public Health Nutrition Graduate Certificate
The Health Administration, MHA degree is a hybrid online program designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The educational mission of the program is to prepare individuals in advanced health care management and administration principles and applications. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and competencies enabling them to lead a variety of health care organizations. Instruction in the MHA program combines theoretical foundation with applied principles of health administration and is delivered by faculty with applied work experience in the health care industry.
The MHA degree program is primarily an online program of 46 semester hours. The curriculum is structured around a core set of courses totaling 37 semester hours. Students will choose one of two concentrations in either Information Systems or Leadership for an additional 9 semester hours. Students can complete the program in two years of full-time study (9 semester hours per term) or three years of part-time study (6 semester hours per term).
Each academic year, students will spend two to three days in face-to-face instruction on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone and dates will be announced prior to the start of each academic year. For information about the format of the online program, please contact the program director.
Nutrition offers the Master of Science program with two concentrations (Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition) and a graduate certificate program in Public Health Nutrition Practice.
The Dietetics concentration is a Combined Masters of Science / Dietetic Internship program only open to those who have completed an undergraduate degree in Nutrition or Dietetics from an accredited DPD program. The Program is two years long including the intervening summer. The first year includes graduate courses on campus; the summer includes research or preparation for research; the second year includes the Dietetic Internship. The Internship most frequently requires a move to other parts of North Carolina or beyond. Students graduate prepared to take the Registration Examination to become Registered Dietitians.
The second concentration is Public Health Nutrition, an online program of 39 semester hours. Students can complete the program in two years of study (6 semester hours per term, including summer terms, plus the capstone course).
The Graduate program in Nutrition also offers an online graduate certificate program in Public Health Nutrition Practice of 15 semester hours, which can be completed in one year (6 semester hours per term and 3 semester hours during the summer term) and is entirely applicable to the completion of the online graduate program in Public Health Nutrition. Students enrolled in either the online Public Health Nutrition concentration or the online graduate certificate program in Public Health Nutrition Practice will spend two days in face-to-face instruction during the program on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone and dates will be announced prior to the start the academic year.
ProgramsMaster of Health AdministrationMaster of ScienceGraduate Certificate
CoursesHealth Care ManagementNutrition