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UK MHA Prepares You for the Real World.

We focus on core employability readiness skills in every course from finance to project management. Core Business Competencies include Communications, Critical/Strategic Thinking, Analytical Reasoning, Teams/Teamwork, Decision Support Analytics, and Professionalism/Ethics.

UK MHA Highlights

  • Administrative Internships (APP) All 4 Semesters

  • Professional Development Fridays

  • Industry and Faculty Experts Bring World Problems to the Classroom

  • Alumni Across the U.S. Support Students from Admission and Beyond

  • Experiential Learning Framework

  • ACHE, MGMA, HFMA, and HIMSS, NAHSE Partnerships

  • Curriculum & Competency Model Vetted by Industry Leaders

  • High-touch Program Support for Every Student - Faculty Advisors, Alumni Mentor, and Current Student Mentor


Our mission is to provide students early in their careers with competencies that support their success in managerial and leadership positions in complex healthcare organizations and provide a solid foundation for their career development.

How Do We Achieve Our Mission?

  • Innovative 4 Semester Administrative Practicum Internships for All Full-time Students: work in healthcare while in the program. Students serving alongside local healthcare leader mentors to solve today's healthcare challenges in new and innovative ways

  • Interprofessional Education for All Students: MHA Students learn how to collaborate, cooperate, and innovate so we can all do better for patients, families, and communities. Learn more about the programs here:  and

  • Faculty-Practitioner Education Model: Integrating expert faculty instruction with industry practitioners to bring current challenges to the classroom in case study and problem-based learning methodologies

  • Alumni & Industry Partners: Students engaging with alumni and other stakeholders in professional development and mentoring. The Program considers their input critical for our continuous program improvement.

  • Professionals In the Community: Students sit on the boards of KY ACHE, KY MGMA, KY HIMSS, and KY HFMA. Additionally, they participate in conferences and professional development events

  • Service Leadership: Every student in the program volunteers for their "Passion organization" giving back to the local community. The MHA Student Association sponsors 2 service events a year cultivated, planned, and implemented by the students.

Where Are Students Placed?

  • Leadership positions.
  • Healthcare administration fellowship or leadership position in a healthcare organization.
  • Typical organization types include acute care facilities, ambulatory services, physician practices, long-term care, bio-medical, and more. 
  • Areas: Operations, strategy, performance improvement/quality, service line management, consulting, data analytics, human resources, department administration, practice management, program administrators, operations manager, and more.

Target Audience

  • Early and mid-careerists (those with minimal or no healthcare administration experience) seeking a highly engaged full-time program they complete in 20 months.
  • UK HealthCare employees can apply to the program as part-time students through the Employee Education Program they complete in an average of 32 months.
  • All geographic areas and majors are welcome to apply.

Why an MHA at UK?

Cohort Model

  • The MHA program admits students in the fall only
  • Students progress through the program together, in a cohort
  • The cohort model allows students to engage with a diverse group of students and experience the program together, building relationships that last a lifetime
  • Smaller cohort sizes facilitate interactive and individualized instruction and advising

CAHME Accredited (Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education)

  • 2018 Accreditation - 7 years
  • CAHME Mentorship Circle
  • Access to scholarships and awards
  • Foundation in continuous quality improvement
  • CAHME Accredited Program provide student access to:
    • Modern Healthcare and MGMA (Medical Group Management Association)

Administrative Practicum Position Experience Allows Classroom to Meet Real-World

  • Full time students have the opportunity to work in healthcare for all four semesters of the program
  • Coaching from healthcare leaders
  • Students apply classroom content
  • See this page for details

Lexington is Home to Leading Healthcare Systems

These are some of the care providers in Lexington.

Faculty – Practitioner Partnership

Many of the courses in the program include instruction and input from industry experts. Leaders bring relevant experience and real-world examples to the courses, course concepts and gain valuable feedback.

Case Competition Program

  • Teams of four breakdown, analyze, and build deliverables for a healthcare case provided by the sponsor
  • The team crafts a presentation and then travels to the location to present to a panel of experts
  • MHA students receive professional development mentoring that includes presentation/platform skills, decision-making, case analysis, communication skills, data visualization, and much more prior to the competition
  • UK MHA attended the UAB and Ohio State Case Competitions last year
  • UK MHA team placed 3rd at Ohio State (first year student only competition)

Executive Seminar Series

  • Four times a year the program brings highly qualified and experienced leaders right to the UK MHA students
  • Main Event: Honored guests provide a one hour talk on current healthcare topics
  • Small Group Session – the MHA students gain exclusive access to the leader during a small group session where they can ask more in-depth questions
  • Learn more about the series here

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Integrative Final Exam (IFE)

  • Leave the program knowing you can analyze real world problems, develop deliverables, present solutions, and interact with healthcare executives
  • At the end of the Program students apply their coursework and practical experience by analyzing a case and presenting conclusions and recommendations to a panel of industry leaders
  • The case, presentation, and question and answer provide an opportunity to assess student competency development and the skills a student has gained during the program

Diverse Faculty Expertise

  • MHA faculty represent a diverse breadth of experience, education, and research. Faculty members include respected experts on health systems governance and ethics, clinical management, health law, health economics, process improvement, human resources, organization development, electronic health records, and more
  • Faculty members have careers that include healthcare leadership positions, clinical expertise, and academic research and teaching

Latest MHA News & Events

CPH honors students’ outstanding accomplishments at awards reception

The University of Kentucky College of Public Health (CPH) honored its students' outstanding accomplishments at the End of the Year Celebration and

CPH faculty member honored with establishment of new scholarship

Dr. Riddell, an associate professor in CPH’s Department of Health Management and Policy, is being recognized through the establishment of the Martha Riddell MHA Endowed Scholarship.

University of Kentucky December 2023 Commencement Ceremony (Livestream)

Watch as UK celebrates its December 2023 graduates Friday, Dec. 15.

Call for Abstracts | Deadline February 14

Public Health Showcase 2024

A unique opportunity for sharing innovative work in public health research, community practice, teaching, and workforce development.

MHA Virtual Info Session

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MHA Student Handbook

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