MHA Highlights

MHA Study Abroad: Sweden and Finland, May 2022

Twenty-two students from the MHA program recently completed a highly successful study abroad trip to Sweden and Finland, where they learned from local experts and leaders on topics ranging from healthcare economics and policy to reform. They were also privileged to visit healthcare facilities of various types.

Students took part in local culture, food and customs, and they were able to visit many historical sites. From a royal palace to Viking burial grounds, MHA students enjoyed their varied experiences. Dr. Darcy Carter, MHA program director, and Dr. Miland Palmer, undergraduate public health program director, led the group. As part of an ongoing program tradition, the next MHA study abroad trip will be headed out in May 2024.


Case Competition

A large number of graduate and undergraduate students participated in the Department of Health Administrative Services’ annual case competition in November. Local industry leaders from various aspects of the healthcare system judged excellent presentations from all of the teams. The MHA winning team included Megan Jensen, Kate Haynes and Tyler Hendricks. Students were able to connect and network with each other, judges and faculty members during the event.

Judges also selected three "all stars" to compete at the national University of Alabama at Birmingham Case Competition. This team is yet to be announced. Thank you to our distinguished judges for their participation in the event and continued support of the MHA program.


MHA Leadership Simulation   

After planning and development (and a COVID-19 delay), the MHA Program held the inaugural WSU MHA Leadership Simulation Experience in March. Second-year MHA students participated in a first-class event that enabled them to experience simulated scenarios often faced by healthcare leaders. The simulation included local healthcare leaders as “actors” who were able to enhance the real-life feel for participants. Students navigated scenarios in both boardroom and office settings. The MHA team is grateful for the collaboration with the Intermountain Healthcare Simulation team. Students provided overwhelmingly positive feedback and stated that they were able to increase their level of competency in all of the focus areas of the program. The MHA program is looking forward to the next event in March 2023.