The University of Scranton’s online Master of Health Administration (MHA) curriculum is designed to help you meet the challenges of a changing healthcare industry with exceptional leadership, responsive decision-making, and sound knowledge that only a Jesuit education can instill. As one of the few programs with an expert practitioner faculty, we offer you the expertise necessary to excel as a healthcare industry leader as well as the flexibility of an online program.
Among the First 100% Online CAHME-Accredited MHA Programs
The online MHA program is now one of the first fully online MHA programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME is the only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master's degree in healthcare management and is the benchmark for students and employers alike. Students entering CAHME-accredited programs are assured of appropriate content, high standards of quality, and membership in a network of professional colleagues that transcends universities and professional associations.
To receive this accreditation, The University of Scranton demonstrated how we maintain relevancy with our course curriculum and adjust to the ever-changing healthcare environment. In addition, the program will develop the following skills: communication, critical thinking and analysis, leadership, and ethics, as well as many other competencies. During the practicum, you will draw upon the skills and theories taught throughout the online program and apply your healthcare management knowledge in a real-world setting.
As a CAHME accredited institute the vast majority of your coursework can be completed according to your own schedule and some courses do require synchronous elements in order to remain aligned with CAHME accreditation requirements. For example, some courses do require one to three hours of synchronous learning over eight weeks that may cover course overviews, lectures, faculty-student discussions, review of assigned case studies, etc. At these times, students and faculty must log into the course at a predetermined time as specified in individual course syllabi. We are committed to offering a program for working professionals and all synchronous elements are designed with that in mind.
As one of the only fully online programs accredited by CAHME, our online MHA provides flexibility so you can excel as a healthcare management leader at work, while also excelling as a healthcare management student at home.
Health Leadership and Evidence-Based Management Skills
The need for knowledgeable leaders to implement evidence-based management while responding to evidence-based medicine is growing with intensity in today’s healthcare sector. The aging population of the United States in combination with new legislation expanding healthcare access contributes to a rigorous demand for managers with advanced skill sets to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staffs in all areas of the industry.
The online Master of Health Administration offers the flexibility of an online learning environment as well as an effective, manageable internship. You will learn from top-tier, practicing industry professionals who understand the real-world challenges you will face as a healthcare leader. With the online MHA’s focus on top trends in industry change, the program goes beyond preparing you for today’s healthcare industry. As a graduate, you will be prepared to lead the future of healthcare with the confidence and integrity that The University of Scranton can provide.
What Does a Healthcare Industry Leader Do?
As a healthcare industry leader, you may find yourself in a rewarding career in a managerial, supervisory, or any number of advanced administrative and leadership positions in the healthcare industry. This dynamic and fast-growing field is full of opportunities and challenges for healthcare executives. Healthcare industry leaders may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical groups, consulting firms, health insurance organizations, or long-term care facilities.
With numerous changes taking place across the healthcare system, simultaneous changes are needed from those leading the industry on the ground. The ways care is delivered, who provides these services, and how care is financed are all changing. Companies must be ready to reinvent themselves to keep up with the rapidly changing regulatory, financial, and consumer demand. Leaders must be trained to update both their organizations and business practices – company wide – to keep up with all of the advancements in the healthcare system.
Competencies and Accreditation to Set You Apart
The online MHA offers the key competencies to develop leaders who can demonstrate a fluency in managing a healthcare system or organization. Our program uses the ACHE Healthcare Leadership Alliance competency model. As a graduate, you will be an expert with 24 core competencies, covered in five critical domains:
- Communication and Relationship Management: Fine tune analysis, interpretation and communication skills to translate factual data, process, direction and research to decision makers.
- Leadership: Develop leadership skills to support the organization and its individuals with a deep understanding of decision making and outcomes in situations internal and external, high-level and granular.
- Professionalism: Engage in continued professional development including reflection and self-directed learning, and understand the impact of professional standards and codes of ethical behavior on the organization.
- Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment: Assess the interrelationships among access, quality, cost, resource allocation, accountability, and community while navigating administrative, functional and developmental responsibilities of the health care organization.
- Business Acumen: Demonstrate critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, and financial management skills necessary to operate, project manage, and run a healthcare organization in today’s economy.
MICHAEL COSTELLO: The MHA program seeks to train administrators and management personnel for the field of healthcare administration. The healthcare sector of the economy is very different than other sectors. Given the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the changes that will require, we believe there's going to be a very bright future for people who are specifically trained for the field of healthcare administration.
DANIEL J. WEST JR: These courses are designed to be very practical oriented so that the information and knowledge is usable very quickly, as opposed to just theoretical content knowledge. It's very user-friendly. There's a lot of support services that are built in. It's 24/7 access to resources.
At the University, we affiliate with the American College of Health Care Executives. These are the CEOs running major health care systems. We want our students associating with the people that are out there making the difference.
University of Scranton is one of the first programs in the United States to be accredited for online education through CAHME. Coming out of a CAHME program gives employers confidence that students have the right kind of skills and that they have the right values that are needed to work for their health care organization.
MICHAEL COSTELLO: The Jesuits have always been teachers. And as such, they believe in developing the speaking skills, the writing skills, the critical thinking skills of their students, as well as developing a sense of responsibility to other individuals.
DANIEL J. WEST JR: The whole idea here is that we're going to go out and have to make a difference, a change. I like to believe that our students are going to go out and create different paths, different models, different ways of doing things. And become agents of change.