Georgetown Launches Executive Master's in Health Systems Administration

DECEMBER 12, 2014 – A new master’s program at Georgetown aims to prepare students to take on executive-level leadership roles within the health care sector.

The executive master's program in health systems administration, housed within the Department of Health Systems Administration at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, will enroll its first cohort in fall 2015.

“We are thrilled to add this new program to our academic offerings,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s interim dean. “Our graduates make a meaningful mark across the health sciences continuum.  This program enhances our ability to bring Georgetown’s rigorous, values-based curriculum to aspiring health care executives across the United States.”

‘Leaders and Shapers’

Program faculty will use a hybrid model to deliver the courses, meaning that students will learn through online classes and four week-long on-campus sessions, according to Ryung Suh, MD, MPP, MBA, MPH, program director and associate professor of health systems administration.

“We expect that our students will be mid-career administrators, nurse managers, and physicians who are seeking to further develop their skills to become the leaders and shapers of the health care industry,” Suh says.

He notes that accomplished faculty members and the diversity of work experience among the student body will help enrich the overall learning experience.

Dynamic Learning

Students will have access to a dynamic learning environment during the two-year, full-time program, which includes virtual “face-to-face” class sessions, online course materials to read and review at any time, and exposure to the benefits of a program located in the nation’s capital. 

“Our location in Washington affords students the opportunity to engage with key issues and individuals in the advocacy, industry, policy, and regulatory spaces,” Suh says. “In addition to their faculty members, we will be able to offer them exposure to the ideas and insights of high-profile guests and speakers.”

Tradition of Excellence

The executive master’s program expands the Department of Health System Administration’s capacity to educate leaders for the complex health care environment, says Carole Roan Gresenz, PhD, interim department chair and the Bette Jacobs Endowed Professor.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a very favorable job outlook in this field during the next decade,” she says. “Our new executive master’s program will be a strong contributor to the workforce pipeline at the senior level of health care administration.”

By Bill Cessato