The number of health care management jobs in the United States is anticipated to increase in coming years, and Central Michigan University is poised to meet demand with a new Master of Health Administration degree. The online format of the program – set to launch this fall – will provide a flexible option to those wanting to advance their careers.
"By starting classes online, we are able to give individuals the flexibility to take classes from any part of our nation," said Steven Berkshire, interim MHA program director and director of CMU's health administration division.
Graduates will be prepared to take on senior health care management jobs, whether they are currently practitioners or transitioning from careers in other industries.
In addition to management education, the 51-credit-hour program will include courses in health systems and operations, health care finance, health care quality and managerial epidemiology, health care law, quantitative methods, marketing, health economics, organization behavior, and human resources and planning. Courses will be offered in an eight-week format.
"One of the strengths of our degree is that it gives students a range of advanced multidisciplinary skills and experiences they may need as they take on leadership roles in very different types of health care settings," Berkshire said.
Students with no previous experience in the health care industry will be required to complete an internship.
The new degree rounds out CMU's current health care administration programs, currently offered at the undergraduate and doctoral levels. As the program grows, the university will explore opportunities to offer face-to-face classes at its main campus in Mount Pleasant and satellite locations throughout the U.S.
"The growth in health care and need for efficiently run health care systems is a national trend," said Berkshire. "This program is an exciting addition to our offerings in health administration."
Information on MHA program admissions, requirements and more may be found by visiting CMU's website.