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Program Highlight: Master of Healthcare Administration

Published: 01/28/2021

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Health care facilities are traditionally complex to manage, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only amplified those complexities. It's also revealed how successful organizations rely on quick thinking, flexible and resilient managers to help them navigate the challenges. While there was a downturn in health care employment in the initial stages of the pandemic, jobs are expected to accelerate beyond rates in any other industry. In addition, professionals currently serving in front-line clinical roles will bring unique, valuable perspectives to administrative positions in the future.

Gannon's Master of Healthcare Administration program meets this need through an executive choice format with flexible instruction. Students decide what works best with their schedules, taking course work entirely online or also blending in weekly enrichment sessions through on-line/video conferencing. The 36-credit, part-time program can be completed in just two years. Students will typically take two courses per semester – each of which is seven weeks – allowing students to focus on a single course at a time. Given the dynamic curriculum and flexible modality, the MHA program is ideal for working health care professionals who wish to advance their careers. 

Career opportunities abound for capable, highly-skilled health care managers. More than 100,000 people serve in the field, from middle management to CEO level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates an 18% growth in the field over the next seven years, adding 2.4 million new jobs that pay more than the average in all other sectors of the U.S. economy. 

There are very few careers more dynamic than health care administration. Management opportunities and challenges continue to evolve to make this field demanding and rewarding for highly-motivated people with excellent interpersonal-communication skills.

Health administrators work in numerous settings, including:

  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Physician-based practices
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community health agencies
  • Managed care organizations

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Watch this video featuring Program Director Rick Stachel:

Watch this video featuring current graduate student Maura Chrostowski: