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Scranton Wins the 2018 CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award

Our CAHME-accredited Master of Health Administration prepares healthcare leaders for a more sustainable future

In 2013, the U.S. healthcare industry was responsible for 9–10 percent of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions.1 Whether produced directly by facilities or indirectly through the production of healthcare supplies, this environmental impact is taking a toll on public health. In addition, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, the healthcare industry is taking between 123,000 and 381,000 future healthy life-years from the global population annually.2

Ready to reduce healthcare's impact.

In the spirit of addressing this dilemma, The University of Scranton is proud to announce we've received the 2018 CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice for our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program (available both on campus and online). According to the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), this prestigious award recognizes programs that "integrate concepts of sustainability and social responsibility in healthcare management education and practice."

Today's health professionals must consider more than how to provide the best care for their patients. If the industry is to continue meeting patient needs, combating health disparities around the globe, and reducing its environmental impact, there's only one option: Organizations must become more sustainable—a transition that requires a new breed of healthcare leaders with a deeper understanding of healthcare's environmental impact.

Our CAHME-accredited online MHA is designed to build those healthcare leaders.

A curriculum built on sustainability.

The University of Scranton's CAHME-accredited online MHA program goes beyond classroom instruction when it comes to sustainability. Competencies aren't just woven into the curriculum, they're put to work with a Sustainability in Healthcare project through the required administrative residency. This gives students the opportunity to apply their healthcare management and sustainability knowledge to make a real difference in a local healthcare facility.

Students might:

  • Conduct a sustainability audit
  • Develop a policy and procedure on sustainability
  • Increase management awareness of sustainability responsibilities

The Master of Health Administration program also features study abroad opportunities and alumni engagement to help students connect to the greater healthcare community, locally and globally. The University of Scranton's dedication to sustainability, social justice, and corporate responsibility goes beyond the MHA program. The university's Sustainability Office offers academic and non-academic initiatives to educate and help students make sustainable choices.

Sustainability program options include:

  • Car share
  • BikeScranton bike share
  • Tours of LEED-certified facilities
  • Community garden
  • Greenhouse projects
  • Interactive community environmental programs, including art shows, movie screenings, and more

Your best choice to address this challenge.

To prepare future healthcare management professionals with comprehensive sustainable planning and leadership skills, The University of Scranton designed its MHA program to meet CAHME accreditation standards. This accreditation ensures the program focuses on results, adaptability, and continuous quality improvement, preparing students to make an immediate impact in their work.

By taking this approach to health administration, the online Scranton MHA offers a multidisciplinary perspective. Graduates are equipped to create and implement solutions to complex environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues facing healthcare systems across the globe.

The MHA program is ranked No. 1 in the nation for full-time enrolled students in a list published by Modern Healthcare, a healthcare business weekly magazine, and our online MHA program was ranked No. 2 in the nation by College Choice.

To learn more about Scranton's CAHME-accredited Master of Health Administration program, visit the online or on-campus program overview page.

1. Chung JW, Meltzer DO. Estimate of the carbon footprint of the US health care sector. JAMA. 2009; 302(18):1970–1972.
2. Eckelman MJ, Sherman J. Environmental impacts of the US health care system and effects on public health. PLoS One. 2016;11(6):e0157014.