OGDEN, Utah – Starting this fall, Weber State University will offer a Master of Health Administration degree in response to demand from local health care providers.
The degree, which was formally approved by the Utah Board of Regents on Friday, is the only graduate program of its kind currently available in the state.
WSU’s Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions has offered a bachelor’s degree in health administration for 20 years. Three years ago the college began offering a graduate certificate in health administration.
“We heard from local hospital CEOs and other professionals in the health care field that there was a real need for a graduate degree in this area,” said Ken Johnson, chair of the Department of Health Administration and program director for the MHA. “This degree is tailored to meet the needs of health care supervisors and managers who are interested in pursuing executive leadership roles in hospitals and medical facilities.”
Johnson said the degree also will appeal to students who earned a bachelor’s degree or graduate certificate in health administration and would like to further their education. WSU health administration alumni who have heard about the graduate program are very excited about the new opportunity.
“We’ve had an enthusiastic response to the news,” Johnson said.
In putting together the proposal for the new degree program, WSU faculty spent two years researching similar programs at other institutions, looking at what those programs were doing well. Faculty also worked closely with the WSU Master of Business Administration program. Johnson said the university might consider offering a dual degree combining an MHA with an MBA in the near future.
Like the university’s MBA program, classes will be offered in the evenings at the Weber State University Davis campus in Layton to accommodate students working full-time during the day. The faculty will include WSU health administration professors with extensive experience and background in the health care field along with current hospital and health care administrators.
“Health care managers working in a variety of specialized fields such as nursing, radiology, business offices and other areas will gain a greater perspective for the overall issues involved in managing health care,” Johnson said. “We also hope to attract physicians who are interested in pursuing management positions.”
With full-time health care supervisors and managers expected to make up a significant portion of the enrollment, Johnson believes classes will be an interactive environment where students will learn from the experiences shared by their peers.
To learn more about the MHA degree at Weber State, visit weber.edu/MHA.
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