Healthcare is one of the top five industries in the United States. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22% between 2010 and 2020.
Healthcare managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health related services. They are often employed in the healthcare delivery sector as managers of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, as well as solo and group physician practices. They may also be employed in other sectors of the healthcare industry, such as in pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and healthcare consulting firms.
Webster University can prepare you to meet the demand for jobs in the growing field of healthcare management with our Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree.
The Mission of the Walker School MHA Program is to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders with the competencies necessary to transform our healthcare systems. Our aim is to provide post-graduate education to experienced working professionals who will assume leadership positions in a variety of health service organizations.
Our practitioner- teacher educational model combines life-long learning, knowledge and service to ensure our diverse student, adjunct faculty and alumni are leading the transformation of our health systems.
This practioner-teacher model provides academic expertise with a practical focus to equip future leaders with tangible skills to successfully navigate the healthcare sector. Examples include health systems, hospital, physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, US military health units, government and public sectors providers, the health insurance industry, long-term care center, medical rehabilitation programs, and mental health providers.
Our curriculum is designed on core competencies which integrates and combines healthcare management acumen using an evidence-based management paradigm which will provide leaders' successes in the ever-changing world of health service delivery.
- Our vision is to be an accredited, nationally-ranked graduate healthcare management program intending to be the first choice for working-professionals in the communities we serve.
- Ambitious: Our practitioner- teacher faculty encourages our student to have a strong desire to learn and to apply practical solutions to real world problems facing healthcare organizations.
- Community-focused: Our MHA program nurtures students to become actively engage in their healthcare communities through the use of group facilitation skills, and collaborative problem-solving methodologies.
- Ethical: Our MHA Students will demonstrate an understanding of the facts related to issues requiring an organization to choose between alternatives that need to be evaluated as appropriate and correct.
- Competent: Our MHA Students will have the necessary ability, knowledge, or skills to meet healthcare challenges of rising cost, regulatory criteria, medicinal and technology advancements, professional development and ethical considerations.
- Students will be able to explain healthcare leadership styles and demonstrate effective communication skills that are required in managing effective teams and in predicting human behavior in an organization.
- Students will be able to apply health care management skills in problem solving, decision making, planning, delegating and managing time.
- Students will be able to incorporate strategic thinking to set priorities, focus energy and resources, and strengthen operations, in order to ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, and to operationalize healthcare organization's mission and vision.
- 90% of students who completed a master's degree in Health Administration in 2018 were employed full-time post graduation in regional and local healthcare facilities. The future is bright for the healthcare industry, as employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% from 2016-2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).