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MHA Program Curriculum and Competencies
Sample MHA Curriculum (60 credit-hours, full-time)
Students in dual degree programs will have a curriculum that varies from the one below.
The minimum total credit-hours required is 60.
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is a leader in competency-based education and uses its extensive alumni network and relationships with practitioners and health organizations to continually improve and respond to the dynamic health care environment.
The first year of the curriculum plan is designed to build a foundation for the required internship experience (520 hours) that occurs between the first and second years. The health care context and field experience gained during the internship experience then couple with the curricular flexibility in the second year to allow students to tailor their educational experience in the final two semesters in the program.
Faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the program work to provide students with summer internships and practice experiences that not only enhance classroom activities but that also broaden the student's understanding of the health care field.
Whether it is a class that requires formal presentation of deliverables to our community partners, a summer internship shadowing senior leadership at a hospital, or a summer traveling throughout the U.S. working as a consultant, the goal of the program is to give students the practical skills needed to be effective health managers and leaders.
Areas of Concentration
To better serve students and meet the needs of the field, the MHA program has developed two areas of concentration: Finance and Operations.
Students will still receive the strong, generalist training required by the sector, but will also be given the option to package their electives to focus on particular concentrations. Those who opt to pursue a concentration are required to demonstrate mastery of additional field specific competencies and complete a culminating experience related to their concentration.
Saint Louis University's Department of Health Management & Policy is widely credited with one of the three competency models that are used throughout health management departments in the U.S. The program's movement to competency based education is a deliberate attempt to transition from an approach that is largely didactic to an approach that also includes the skills and techniques required by future employers.
The sixty competencies that compose the SLU model are grouped into six domains (leadership, critical thinking, science and analysis, management, political and community development and communication). The competencies are consistently evaluated to measure progress. In addition to feedback in classes and from summer internship preceptors, students regularly perform self-assessments and must demonstrate satisfactory competency attainment during the program's oral comprehensive exam that occurs prior to graduation.
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