School’s New Master in Health Administration to Meet Growing Industry Demand
April 11, 2017
The School of Business will offer a new Master in Health Administration (MHA) program focused on the business of health care, led by experienced faculty members, and featuring guest lectures by Donna E. Shalala, former UM president and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The 40-credit program, starting in August 2017, will be offered over 18 months with the option of taking longer to accommodate career or personal responsibilities. Each class will be capped at approximately 20 applicants to ensure each student receives personal attention and guidance.
The program has a strong foundation in finance, accounting and process improvement as well as timely health care issues. It also has the flexibility to accommodate students with varying career interests with elective courses on marketing, entrepreneurship and other topics.
“Prospective students could range from health care professionals in the early stage of their careers, graduating seniors who want to continue their business education within the health care sector, or future physicians seeking to boost their business skills before entering medical school,” said Karoline Mortensen, professor of health sector management and policy and director of the MHA program. “Students will be offered a blend of business and population health perspectives, with an emphasis on strategic thinking and leadership skills that can be brought to health care organizations, businesses and their own entrepreneurial ventures.”
Like the University’s well-established Executive MBA in Health Sector Management and Policy program for senior health care professionals, the new MHA program is attracting prospective students from around the country.
“Miami is the gateway to the Americas, and many health care providers and businesses are actively seeking young professionals with multilingual and multicultural backgrounds who have a global perspective,” said Steven G. Ullmann, chair and professor, health sector management and policy, and director of the business school’s Center for Health Sector Management and Policy. “The demand for highly trained business leaders who can successfully navigate this changing sector has never been stronger. In fact, the School has already been contacted by providers inquiring about the possibility of working with our young talent.”
The MHA program will include a paid, local internship arranged by the School of Business, with a local, regional or national healthcare organization.
It fits nicely in the spectrum of health care graduate education offerings from the University, which range from a traditional master of business administration (MBA) to a master of public health (MPH) program that focuses on delivery of care and services to large populations.