What is the MHA?
The MHA program prepares students for effective organizational management based on competencies and evidence based practices needed to become exceptional managers and leaders in health care organizations. The 54 credit hour curriculum is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interest in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long-term care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms; government agencies; for-profit and nonprofit sector organizations.
The MHA degree focuses on the organization and effective and efficient management of health services organizations within dynamic policy and competitive market environments. The central focus of course material is on organization, operation and financing of the health services organization and on the development of a strong set of business management skills for application within the market-based health care environment. In essence, an MHA is a business degree that focuses on the intricacies of the health care industry and prepares students to lead their organizations to meet, and even exceed, the needs of their communities.
How long does it take to earn an MHA degree in the cohort program?
The MHA program follows a cohort model, students will progress through the program together completing their degree requirements in five semesters (including summer). Part-time curriculum is not available.
How many credit hours are required for the MHA cohort degree?
The MHA program is a 54 credit hour program.
What should I expect from graduate studies?
The mission of the MHA program is to start early career students on a path towards becoming exceptional managers and leaders. This requires not only a foundational knowledge of the healthcare industry but, more importantly to develop competencies (hyperlinked) critical to success in the field. To do so, students, will have the opportunity to learn by participation in team-based learning, case studies, analysis of real world data, simulations and external field experiences. To assess progress, the MHA program and faculty utilize a blend of traditional assessment methods to test knowledge and higher order assessments to test competency attainment through class discussions, reflective learning, peer assessments, presentations, internship preceptor feedback, policy briefs, financial modeling and oral presentations.
Is the UNTHSC MHA program CAHME accredited?
Yes! Our program is DFW’s first CAHME accredited program. In addition, the UNTHSC School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
What does a holistic review of an application mean?
The Masters Admission Committee reviews all previous academic coursework, standardized test scores, relevant experience, and personal references. Furthermore, the committee assesses the alignment between the mission of the MHA Program and the applicant’s career goals, including articulation of how the UNTHSC MHA will help achieve those goals.
What is the cohort MHA internship and when do students complete it?
Each student in the UNTHSC-SPH MHA Cohort Program is required to complete a full-time internship (up to 2 semesters) in an approved health services organization under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. The purpose of this internship is to provide the student with a “real world” experience in which to apply concepts and models learned in the classroom; to enable an appreciation of the complexity of organizations and the individuals that comprise them; and to provide insights for further development of skills and knowledge during the student’s remaining time in the program. The MHA internship program is managed under the direction of the MHA Program Director in cooperation with program faculty, students and preceptors in the field.
All internships are designed to enable students to accomplish the following objectives:
To observe and understand the leadership and managerial style of the preceptor;
To understand the overall design and interrelationships of the individual parts of the organization’s structure;
To contribute to the “real output” of the organization by participating in relevant projects;
To practice serving as a “real healthcare manager” within the organization; and
To understand the internal and external environment in which the organization functions.
I don’t have any healthcare experience. What opportunities or resources are available prior to the internship?
Our MHA program encourages students to participate in a number of professional and interprofessional activities to help students prepare for their internship and futures as healthcare leaders. Students are required to participate in professional and academic development sessions. Students are also encouraged to join a professional organization such as ACHE (http://www.ache.org/ ), MGMA (http://www.mgma.com/ ) or HFMA (https://www.hfma.org/ ). As part of the program, students are able to meet local health executives and administrators, participate in workshops to help define their career goals, building competency within their professions, and increasing their knowledge and skills to excel academically and professionally.
What types of funding is available for master students?
Scholarships & graduate assistantships (GA) are available to new full-time incoming students each fall semester. These awards are given out based on prior academic performance. To be considered for the scholarships & GA positions applicants must have completed, submitted, and verified by the application service( SOPHAS or HAMPCAS) by the March 15th priority application deadline to be considered. That means all application materials must be received by the application service well enough in advance for the service to complete the coursework verification and release the application to the university.
The competitive scholarship qualifies an out-of-state or foreign resident for an out of state residency tuition waiver for the designated award year(s).
The GA positions are part-time hourly paid positions with a limited amount of funding for the first academic year. These positions do not qualify for an out-of-state residency waiver for tuition.
What types of job opportunities are available to MHA graduates?
Many of our graduates go one to work in hospitals, health systems, medical clinics, physicians’ practices, VA facilities, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, or do consulting work. They hold management staff positions, staff specialist or staff support positions, and senior staff positions.
What support is available to international students?
Office of Academic Services and our International Services offer support and resources for our international students.
Who should I contact if I don’t see the answers to my questions?
If you have specific questions about the MHA program or curriculum contact:
Dr. Arthur Mora, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems
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