The Master in Health Administration (MHA) Program within the Department of Health care Leadership and Management strives to improve the management of the Health care delivery system by educating current and future health care leaders in an interprofessional environment, engaging in excellence in scholarly activities, and providing service to the university, the region, and the professional community. The MHA Program serves the citizens of South Carolina and beyond in meeting Health care management needs by preparing students for careers in Health care management and leadership positions in health services organizations.
The Residential MHA Program prepares students who have limited knowledge of Health care with the required knowledge and skills to enter and ultimately advance in health care management positions. Concepts presented in class are reinforced and applied in practice settings throughout the students’ program of study. Students take classes during the day as full-time students. Upon completion of program requirements, they are prepared to compete for administrative fellowships or employment.
The Executive MHA Program develops working health care professionals by providing the needed knowledge and skills for advancement in the health care industry. Classes are offered in a format conducive for the working student, including using weekend offerings and distance education technologies.
About the Profession
It would be hard to imagine a field more dynamic today than health care administration. Today more than 100,000 people serve in the field, from middle management to CEO level. Managing opportunities and challenges arising from technological change, demographic shifts, regulatory requirements, and other changes make this field a demanding and rewarding one for highly motivated people with excellent interpersonal communication skills. Health administrators are at the table when key decisions are made about human, financial, and information resources.
They work in numerous settings:
- Hospitals and health systems
- Ambulatory care facilities
- Physician-based practices
- Long-term care facilities
- Community health agencies
- Managed care organizations