Master of Health Administration & Policy


The Master of Health Administration and Policy (MHAP) is the premier provider of health policy and administration education for the Military Health System, federal health policy partners, and Allied Host Nation personnel through a sustained commitment to leadership in academics, research and scholarship. The program provides an innovative approach to graduate education by offering access to top policy-making federal government agencies, think-tanks, universities, and speakers in the National Capital Area. Graduates of this program are uniquely situated for major leadership roles in health administration and policy.


The MHAP consists of both a didactic and residency phase, each one year in length.

The first (didactic) year is composed of 5 academic terms. During this year, students engage in an in-depth approach to the study of health policy, applied science, and leadership. The didactic year concludes with an integrative capstone poster presentation. 

Master of Health Administration and Policy (MHAP) Curriculum


Preference for admission goes to medical, dental, nurse, applied science, medical service corps and veterinary officers on active duty in the Uniformed Services. Applicants from federal agencies and specific Partner/Host Nations may also be considered for admissions. Applicants without a background in health care and/or policy may also be considered for admission. However, these applicants must have, at minimum, a Baccalaureate degree with an outstanding academic record (college transcript(s) and GRE Scores) and demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a leader in health administration and policy.

International Students will be considered if they have earned a baccalaureate degree from a United States College/University.


  • A complete employment history
  • A personal statement describing how the applicant became interested in public health and how they envision incorporating the training they would receive in their future careers
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional, and/or military service background.
  • Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel must obtain the sponsorship of their parent organization and should mention in their packet of where they stand in the process of obtaining sponsorship

Additional Application Requirements


USU's MHAP program considers applicants once a year. December 1st, 2024, is the deadline for application for admission to the cohort starting in Summer 2025. For admission application questions or submission issues, please contact the Graduate Education Office at

If active duty service members require a letter of competitiveness or early consideration for admission before that date, they should notify the University’s Graduate Education office. Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, especially as they concern the needs of the Uniformed Services.


For further information or inquiries regarding the MHAP program please contact us through email at



Tuition: $0

Fees: $0

Equipment: $0

Tuition and fees are waived for all students.


Civilian students do not incur service obligation to the United States government after the completion of their graduate studies.

Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel may incur an obligation for additional service in accordance with the applicable regulations governing sponsored graduate education.

Program outcomes

Accreditation and affiliations

The Uniformed Services University MHAP Program is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME),  providing assurance that you are receiving the most exceptional education and preparation for your future in healthcare management and policy. 

     The Uniformed Services University MHAP Program is a proud member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). As a member we take pride in upholding AUPHA's mission to promote excellence and innovation in health management and policy education.