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School and Program Updates

School and Program Updates

West Virginia: Now Offering MHA program

In an effort to meet growing healthcare needs across the state, the West Virginia University School of Public Health is now offering a Master of Health Administration, a premier program for those seeking to lead the health systems of the future.

With plans to enroll the first cohort in the fall 2020 semester, the Masters in Health Administration (MHA) program will focus on the organization, delivery and management of healthcare and public health systems and services as it prepares graduates to advance into leadership positions throughout the broader health system.

“This exciting new MHA program offers leading-edge training to help transform the landscape of health systems and services in West Virginia,” said Dr. Erik Carlton, MHA director and associate dean in the School of Public Health. “With all the health needs and disparities our state faces and with the many health challenges we confront each day, this opportunity to provide current and future healthcare leaders the best possible education is a game changer.”

The MHA program will address areas critical to success as an administrative leader in the health sector, requiring courses in health services and operations management; leadership and organizational behavior; health policy law and ethics; and health finance and economics, among others.

“People are seeking out advanced healthcare more than ever before, and as such, it is critical to have well-trained leaders at the helm of hospitals and health systems,” Dr. Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System, said. “As the holder of an MHA degree myself, I understand the importance of this kind of training program and how invaluable it can be for people who aspire to be healthcare administrators.”

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