MHA Program Reaccredited by CAHME

May 31, 2019

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health has been reaccredited for seven years—the maximum accreditation period possible—by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).


CAHME accreditation is a benchmark for content and quality of healthcare management degree programs nationwide, and is considered the standard for excellence. CAHME is the sole accrediting body for programs offering professional degrees in healthcare management; founded in 1991, the MHA program offers the only accredited healthcare management degree at UK.


The MHA reaccreditation follows a lengthy review process wherein CAHME reviewed the program based on an extensive self-assessment, a site visit and external review, and interviews with faculty, students, alumni, administrators, and the program Board of Advisors. Assessments were based on all program components, including a competency-driven curriculum, partnerships with the healthcare practice community, and support for students.


MHA program director Dr. Martha Riddell notes the particular contributions of several individuals to the reaccreditation process, including faculty members Dr. Julia Costich, Dr. Sarah Wackerbarth, Dr. Larry Prybil, and Dr. Teresa Waters; accreditation specialist Andrea Perkins; and student program assistants Nat Louden and Dakota Halbert.


“These individuals were a driving force in this successful effort, and contributed countless hours resulting in the decision by CAHME to reaccredit our program for the maximum period of time,” Riddell said.


“I am proud of the continued excellence of our MHA program in the College of Public Health,” Dean Donna Arnett said.


“Reaccreditation by CAHME reflects the dedication of our faculty, the excellence of our students, and the achievements of our alumni, as well as our college-wide commitment to advancing health in Kentucky and beyond. It is an honor to be part of our MHA program’s forward-thinking approach to preparing future administrators to fill critical roles as healthcare organization leaders.”



The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is a catalyst of positive change for population health, with a mission to develop health champions, conduct multidisciplinary and applied research, and collaborate with partners to improve health in Kentucky and beyond.