About the Program
The College of Health Professions welcomes career-oriented individuals who want to help shape the direction of health care organizations. Students are sought who bring both a business mind and a commitment to caring for the enterprise, its patients and families, and its employees. Our students gain employment in hospitals, physician practices, long term care settings, and consultant organizations. Our Master of Health Administration program is offered in two formats.
The MHA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Master of Health Administration – Executive Format
Executive MHA students are working health care professionals who balance their studies with their careers. Instruction is delivered primarily online, allowing students to continue working while completing two to three years of coursework. Students report to campus for a long weekend of study and collaboration once every semester. Graduates complete 54 credit hours; no internship is required.
Master of Health Administration – Residential Format
Residential MHA students require little or no healthcare experience, and engage as full-time students. Classes are conducted face-to-face and we offer many opportunities for real-world learning. Residential MHA students fulfill a six-credit hour internship between their first and second years. Students complete 62 credit hours, including the internship and an interprofessional course.
Measures of Student Success
Percent of students who graduate on time for 2013-2014- 100%
Percent of students employed in health care within 3 months of graduation for 2013-2014- 88%
Goals | Our curriculum prepares graduates to have a broad understanding of the health care system and factors impacting its various components. We train our students to be able to apply concepts and managerial skills in human resources, strategic planning, decision-making, finance, marketing and information systems. We are proud that alumni are able to take an integrated approach to managing health care professionals and facility operations.
Student Learning Competencies
The Faculty of the MHA Program has adopted a competency model to guide the curriculum development. The model was developed with input from alumni, faculty and health administration practitioners.
|I. Communication and Relationship Management|
1. Interpersonal Communication
|Build collaborative relationships and negotiation skills|
|2. Writing Skills||Prepare business communications|
|3. Presentation Skills||Demonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills|
|4. Leading and Managing Others||Hold self and others accountable for organizational goal attainment|
|5. Change Management||Promote and manage change|
|6. Ability for Honest Self-assessment||Demonstrate reflection through self-assessment|
|7. Systems Thinking||Be able to assess the potential impacts and consequences of decisions in a broad variety of situations|
|8. Problem-solving and Decision-making||Apply evidence-based decision making techniques to healthcare questions|
|III. Professionalism||9. Personal and Professional Ethics||Adhere to ethical business principles; exhibit ethical behaviors; responding in timely manner and fulfilling one’s commitments|
|10. Professional and Community Contribution||Participate in community service; balance professional and personal pursuits|
|11. Working in Teams||Create, participate in, and lead teams, including inter-professionalism|
|IV. Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment|
|12. Healthcare Issues and Trends||Understand circumstances causing major changes and reform in U.S. health care delivery|
|13. Healthcare Legal Principles||Discuss and critically analyze health-related legal principles including standards, regulations, and risk management.|
|14. Health Policy||Articulate the impact of select health policies on the delivery of health services|
|15. Population Health and Status Assessment||Understand and explain the major factors in health status|
|V. Business and Analytical Skills||16. Financial Management||Ability to compile and analyze financial data; develop capital, operating and cash flow budgets; analyze investment data; pro forma development|
|17. Human Resources||Apply methods and techniques related to the management of health care organization employees and professional staff|
|18. Organizational Dynamics and Governance||Understand the roles, responsibilities, structures, and influence governing bodies hold in health care organizations|
|19. Strategic Planning||Ability to perform environmental analysis and develop strategic alternatives; discern competitive strategy; formulate business strategy based on evidence|
|20. Marketing||Analysis and assessment of markets, market segmentation, strategy, change and innovation|
|21. Information Management/ Understanding and Using Technology Skills||Apply techniques and methods to plan, design, implement and assess information flow and communication|
|22. Quality Improvement/ Performance Improvement||Identify relevant problems and apply concepts of process improvement and patient safety|
|23. Quantitative Skills||Analyze data and interpret quantitative information|
|24. Planning and Managing Projects||Able to design, plan, implement and assess projects and develop appropriate time lines related to performance, structure and outcomes of health services|
|25. Economic Analysis and Application||Analysis and application of economic theory and concepts to business decisions|