MHA program earns seven-year CAHME re-accreditation

By Sally Crocker

Dr. Arthur Mora
Dr. Arthur Mora
Dr. Stephan Davis
Dr. Stephan Davis

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) has achieved the highest, seven-year re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

The HSC School of Public Health has been recognized as providing the first and only CAHME-accredited MHA program based in North Texas since 2013, giving students a career advantage and assuring that the program has met rigorous review for quality standards that only certain schools achieve. CAHME has been recognized as the standard of excellence and the benchmark in healthcare management education for more than 50 years.

CAHME is a premier, global professional accrediting board that reviews programs educating healthcare administrators. CAHME is fully recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accrediting (CHEA). The CAHME review process is voluntary – universities that go the extra step to achieve accreditation are rigorously monitored for excellence and continuous quality improvement.

“Employers look for assurance that graduates’ learning and experience have prepared them well for the wide variety of management responsibilities they will encounter in their career,” said MHA Program Director Stephan Davis, DNP, MHSA, FACHE. “This designation distinguishes our program and aligns with our vision to be the trusted leader in providing healthcare management talent to North Texas and beyond that helps advance the health of communities.”

“We are very proud of our program, faculty and partners who are committed to providing a valuable learning experience at HSC, as we applaud the outstanding efforts of our students and alumni who are accomplishing great things in their careers,” he said.

Dr. Davis joined HSC as MHA Program Director in May 2020.

“So much of the credit for this CAHME accomplishment goes to the guidance of Arthur Mora, PhD, Chair of Health Behavior and Health Systems, for his work over the last year with the re-accreditation teams, SPH leadership, faculty and others who helped support the process,” Dr. Davis said. “Preparing for a rigorous review like this involves considerable time and effort.”

This year, the MHA program made strides in other important areas as well, formalizing a partnership with the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) to become the first MHA program in the nation to fully integrate a curriculum pathway toward the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credential.

A new Executives in Residence program is also being introduced, to connect students with high-profile, healthcare leadership authors, speakers, thought leaders and executives, to open up new perspectives and further enhance their learning experience.

The program also offers a part-time MHA Online option for working professionals interested in advancing their career options while continuing to work full-time in their field.

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