The on-campus master's in health systems administration provides a variety of unique learning opportunities for early careerists. Students in the on-campus MHSA track complete 42 credit hours over a 14-month period. Courses are conducted on campus and include experiential learning components in on- and off-campus settings.
Each entering class proceeds through the program as a cohort. Students represent various educational backgrounds and work experiences. Faculty builds upon this strength through collaborative learning and team exercises.
A Faculty of Accomplished Practitioners
Esteemed faculty and guest speakers come from organizations involved in health care delivery, public health, drug and device development, health care consulting, health systems management, health insurance and benefits design, patient advocacy, and legal, policy and regulatory activities.
Rigorous Academic and Applied Learning
The competency-based academic curriculum provides management and leadership skills, as well as health systems administration tools and practices. The course of study is shaped by a holistic, analytical and reflective approach that is consistent with Jesuit values, as well as by the unique perspectives of its faculty. Most courses include readings, case study analyses, group activities, discussions, and issue analyses.
Students participate in experiential learning opportunities focused on quality and performance improvement, management, and other topics of interest, learning with peers and faculty practitioners through real-world health policy and management applications.
The graduate internship is the capstone portion of the curriculum where students translate theory to practice. The internship, which is unpaid, occurs at the conclusion of the course of study in a host facility with a preceptor. Students collaborate with departmental faculty to ensure placement in a setting based on individual career aspirations.
Students are given an opportunity to work closely with a mid-level or seasoned executive mentor. The one-on-one relationship provides students with the opportunity to explore numerous management and leadership challenges in contemporary health care. Mentors provide career advice, professional development support, and counseling on course-related projects. Through peer introductions, mentors provide students with access to a wide range of health care professionals, allowing them to build their own support network.
Students in the Department of Health Systems Administration have access to many professional development opportunities both on and off campus. Membership and participation in organizations such as the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); National Capital Healthcare Executives (NCHE), the local ACHE chapter; and others is highly encouraged.