About Health Care Management
The health care industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in this country. According to employment forecasters, over the next decade, eight of ten fastest growing career fields will be in health services occupations.
Health care management is a profession that utilizes administrative and managerial principles and concepts to direct the allocation of resources and delivery of services in health care organizations. Health care managers perform the same functions as managers in any other industry or field. Health care managers plan, direct, or ganize, control, and coordinate the resources of health care organizations. As integral members of the health profession, health care managers are responsible for working with the Board of Directors to create the best possible working environment for the medical staff, nurses, therapists and other clinical professionals who provide direct health care services. Additionally, they ensure that health care is provided in a cost-effective and humane manner.
The primary focus of the Division of Health Care Management is to provide comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education in health care management. Upon graduation, students are prepared for entry-level management positions in a variety of private and public settings in healthcare.
The Master in Health Administration (MHA) degree program is designed to meet the educational needs of both traditional and non-traditional students. A minimum of forty-seven (47) credit hours, divided between the didactic and experiential component (fieldwork/residency) is required for the MHA degree. The curriculum is offered in a lock-step format with new cohorts entering the program each fall and spring semesters. Courses in finance, economics, statistics, application of research methods and quality are designed to help students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. Management, strategy, human resources, legal aspects and organizational theory courses are included in the curriculum to provide students with the conceptual framework and operational aspects of health services administration.
Also included in the curriculum are several courses that foster students'understanding of the social, political, and economic factors affecting the delivery of health care. The integrative portion of the curriculum includes a capstone course and an administrative fieldwork/residency. Students participate in the capstone course during the final semester of didactic training. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to complete the following foundation courses prior to starting the program: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Microeconomics, Statistics and/or Research Methods, and Computer Applications.
Program Admission Requirements
Applicants to the program must meet the minimum requirements for admission including:
- An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work completed or a requisite combined score on the GRE.
- Application to the School of Graduate Studies, application to the School of Allied Health Sciences MHA program, transcripts, GRE scores, resume, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Students may be interviewed by the admissions committee.
Through excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community, the MHA Program utilizes a competency-based, applied curriculum in health administration, which provides students with a firm foundation to become compassionate leaders for health care and related fields.
The vision for the MHA Program is to be the premier academic program for graduate health administration education producing exceptional leaders for health care and related fields.
The MHA Program holds the following core values essential to the achievement of the stated mission: Excellence; Accountability; Integrity/Ethics; Respect; Service; and Collaboration.
The Program Competencies
The program seeks to develop in students an essential understanding of the management, organization, financing, delivery, and performance of the healthcare delivery systems and services. The program also seeks to develop professional competencies that are relevant in the healthcare environment of today. These competencies are achieved through classroom-based, student-centered learning experiences such as: case analysis, in-class presentations, team activities and simulations.
The Health Leadership Alliance (HLA) Core Competencies have been identified as the set of competencies for the Program. Domains for the core and specialty competencies are outlined below.
Domain 1: Communication and Relationship Management
Domain 2: Leadership
Domain 3: Professionalism
Domain 4: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment
Domain 5: Business Knowledge and Skills