How the MHSA Schedule Works

Curriculum Delivery

Over 98% of the curriculum is delivered through distance education methodology which is combined with 8 days of in-person instruction. Individual courses  use different teaching methodologies driven by adult learning principles such as power point presentations, podcasts, assigned readings from text books and other recommended sources, forum discussions, team work activities, chat rooms, live classes and discussions,  as designed by the course director. Two in-person sessions are hosted at the LECOM Bradenton, Florida campus with 4 days at the beginning of the program for orientation, registration and introductions to the didactic coursework, and 4 days at the end of the program aligned with graduation. Recognizing the need for minimal disruption in the schedules of working professionals, in-person sessions are typically held on a Thursday to Sunday schedule resulting in required attendance of only 4 weekdays for the entire program. 

Student coursework for assignments and examinations for both the in-person sessions and distance education is submitted electronically within each course on the LECOM Learning Management System, access to which is limited by unique usernames and passwords assigned at orientation with submission of valid identification. Course directors and instructors will utilize the coursework tab to examine and evaluate student work and assessments. Assessment may include written assignments, presentations, quizzes and written and/or oral examinations.


There are two cohorts for enrollment; the January and June Cohorts. These cohorts have been designed for professionals who seek a MHSA degree while continuing to work full-time as well as students currently enrolled in other professional programs, such as LECOM’s COM, SOP and SDM programs.  Each cohort is limited to 40 students with applications being accepted on a rolling basis. .  When a cohort is full, qualified students will be placed on a waiting list or offered a slot in the next scheduled cohort or Prospective students may apply to either Cohort.

January Cohort
The January Cohort begins in early January with a 4 day in-person session. . Students then continue study through distance education courses  of six week durations  A final 4 day in-person session allows for presentations of the HSA 5420 Capstone final case study or defense of the HSA 5410 Master’s Thesis Project and completion of didactic instruction.  The curriculum is completed in 18 months

June Cohort
The June Cohort begins with a 4 day in-person session. June Cohort students then continue their studies through distance education course modules of 8 week durations. A final 4 day in-person session at the end of the didactic curriculum allows for presentations of the HSA 5420 Capstone Experience case study or HSA 5410 Thesis Project defense. The curriculum is completed in 24 months