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UNC Awarded Inaugural Prize for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education. The announcement was published in Modern Healthcare.

[Photo: Mr. Bill Gentry (left) and Dr. Bruce Fried lead UNC’s Master of Healthcare Administration program, which won CAHME’s inaugural prize for excellence.]

The award, co-presented by Cerner and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), is the first national award to acknowledge excellence in graduate health-care management systems education with a focus on the development of managerial competency in using information for performance improvement.

At the UNC Gillings School, the department of health policy and management is responsible for the MHA program. Its leaders are associate professor Dr. Bruce Fried, director of the residential program, and Mr. Bill Gentry, director of the executive program. With more than 175 enrolled students, the MHA represents the Gillings School’s largest degree program.

The CAHME/Cerner award ceremony and luncheon will be held on Sunday, March 13, from noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The UNC Department of Health Policy and Management will be well represented by faculty, students and alumni at the awards ceremony.

The honor is the end result of an 18-month process of self-study and reaccreditation for the MHA program. In November 2015, CAHME reviewers visited the Gillings School and found the program fully compliant with 33 of CAHME’s 35 accreditation criteria and partially compliant with the remaining two. (Read more about the accreditation process.) That high a review was achieved by only two other of the 85 CAHME-accredited MHA programs in the country last year.

The UNC Gillings School’s MHA program was chosen as the CAHME/Cerner Award recipient because it demonstrates the commitment to innovation, technology and leadership that the award program recognizes. The award, which will provide scholarship funding to the program, will continue to prepare the next generation of health-care leaders to be skilled, competent and ready to influence quality improvement.