Distinguished HealthCare Leaders
The Executive Seminar Series, established in 2011, allows MHA students the opportunity to interact with national healthcare leaders in a small group setting. Speakers have included James Skogsbergh, President and CEO, Advocate Aurora Health; John King, a past Chairman of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees; Dr. David Lawrence, retired CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals; Phyllis Wingate, Division President, Carolinas HealthCare System; Jonathan S. Nalli, CEO, St. Vincent; Toby Freier, President, New Ulm Medical Center; Nancy M. Schlichting, retired CEO, Henry Ford Health System; Robert J. Henkel, retired President and CEO, Ascension Healthcare; Dr. Eli Capilouto, President, University of Kentucky; Dr. Mark Newman, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Kentucky; Dr. Yousuf Ahmad, President and CEO, AssureCare; and Colleen Lindholz, President, Kroger Health.

Strong Academic-Practitioner Partnerships
Lexington has long served as a regional center for healthcare in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Healthcare professionals from University of Kentucky HealthCare and local and regional health systems often speak to MHA classes. In addition, part-time work experiences and internships often are supported by local, regional, and national healthcare organizations.

Smaller Cohort Size
The size of each cohort is purposefully limited to approximately 25 students a year to facilitate interactive and individualized instruction and advising.

Diverse Faculty Expertise
MHA Faculty represent a diverse breadth of experience, education, and research. Faculty members include respected experts on health system governance and ethics, health law, health economics, process improvement, electronic health records, and more. Many faculty members have careers that include both healthcare leadership positions and academic research and teaching.

Program Delivery
The UK MHA curriculum is taught by faculty with academic expertise and practice experience using a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods. For example, team projects are included in more than two-thirds of required courses. Courses often include executives and physicians from UK HealthCare and area health systems as guest presenters or as course instructors. Case analysis is incorporated into courses and is the foundation of the MHA final exam. Experience-based learning opportunities include case competitions, the internship, and site visits.

Active Student Organization
The MHA Student Association includes all MHA students and works to enhance networking and friendships, as well as to organize educational events.

Program Statistics
Graduates of the UK MHA program have been successful attaining healthcare positions and fellowships. The employment rate for graduates has been between 90-100% the past four years. Faculty and alumni support job placement through individualized discussions with students. This has resulted in fellowships with priority placement for UK MHA graduates.

  • In Academic Year 2019, the percentage of graduates completing the program in the time period expected for degree completion was 100%. In Academic Year 2018, the percentage of graduates completing the program in the time period expected for degree completion was 94%. 
  • The percentage of placement within 90 days of graduation was 95% in AY 2019, 100% in AY 2018, 90% in AY 2017, and 93% in AY 2016.
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MHA Alumna Perspective

"I solely credit the MHA program at the University of Kentucky for helping launch my career in the healthcare field. The fast-paced two year program provided ample opportunities for networking, career development, internships, etc. and remained flexible to support students with full-time jobs. I felt challenged, supported and encouraged throughout my time at Kentucky from faculty, alumni, mentors and fellow classmates. The faculty were truly invested in the success of each student regardless of the career pathway the student chose to pursue (i.e. fellowship, residency, consulting, etc.). My experience at UK was outstanding and has afforded me the opportunity to work at one of the top academic medical centers in the country. I would encourage any prospective students who aspire to a leadership role in the healthcare industry to seriously consider University of Kentucky's MHA program." 

- Brandi Moore, MHA
Operations Administrator
Mayo Clinic