Message from the Master of Health Administration Director
We offer a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree in an online format with students participating in a number of hours of synchronous learning using Internet technology. Face-to-face cohorts may be offered at the main campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and some satellite centers over the next few years.
The program is in the process of seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Graduates of this program achieve positions in the administration and management of hospitals, health systems, and long-term care facilities. They also acquire positions in practice management, consulting and other areas within the field.
There is a six-credit, semester-long internship required of those with little or no experience in health administration. For those in the field, a master’s level field experience or a research paper may be done in lieu of the internship. Content areas within the MHA degree include administration, leadership, management, managerial epidemiology, health care finance, public policy, health economics, strategic planning, service marketing, quality, informatics, health law, research and quantitative methods.
Individuals seeking a career change, students coming from an undergraduate program, and those already in a health career will find this degree beneficial as they seek entry-level and higher-level employment in the field. Many clinicians have found the MHA degree helpful in advancing their careers as both clinical leaders and as administrators or managers.
We are a leader in healthcare education. The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, where the MHA is located, has a distinguished history of offering education in health administration, audiology, speech and language, physical therapy, exercise science, community and public health, athletic training, sport management, physical education, and the physician assistant program.
Bernie Kerr, Ed.D., M.H.A., FACHE
Professor and Director, Master of Health Administration
Colonel (retired) USAF, Medical Service Corps