The MHA program provides students with individual and group experiential learning experiences as well as opportunities to develop professional skills, allowing students to enter the workplace upon graduation with confidence and to be valued contributors to their profession.
- Each week during the school year, the MHA program invites executives from local and national healthcare organizations to discuss their career path and tell students about their current role and institution. This also serves as a great networking opportunity for students in their internship and residency searches.
- Students meet with a client (hospital sponsor of the consulting project) to develop an understanding of the project requirements. Prior to beginning the consulting engagement students will a) devise a plan for carrying out the consultancy, b) prepare a scope letter describing the project, the scope of work, deliverables, timeline and fee arrangement.
- Year-long opportunity to apply classroom learning to a real-world case study.
MHA Poverty Simulation
Students enrolled in the course “Fundamentals of Managing Healthcare Organizations” play through a simulated night in an emergency room early in the term. Each person fills the fills the role of an individual found in an ER during a 24-hour shift, including managers and patients. In teams of four, they must make critical decisions while balancing compassionate decision-making in a high-pressure environment, and practice important communication skills.
The administrative fellowship is a hallmark of the MHA Program. All MHA students are required to complete a 11- month administrative fellowship prior to receiving their MHA degree. Administrative fellowships are also referred to as residencies by some organizations. An administrative fellowship is a full time, paid experience that provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a health care setting. Students receive mentorship from executives in the organization during the administrative residency to develop their leadership skills further.
Additional Professional Development Opportunities
The MHA Program offers a number of other professional development opportunities for students:
- Excel: Action in Application: a one-day Excel boot camp hosted by alumni. This crash course teaches students Excel tricks and skills to master one of the most crucial tools in healthcare.
- Ps & Qs: a one-day etiquette workshop to help instill professional manners before sending students off on their internships and residency searches.
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificates: First-year students receive Green Belt training.
- Many other unique experiences.