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The MHA program is designed to help individuals assume leadership positions in a variety of health services organizations.

The 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.

We achieve this by integrating expert faculty instruction, research, and service; engaging alumni and other stakeholders in continuous program improvement; and supporting student connections with the healthcare management practice community.

“Our students don’t leave here with just a degree. They leave here with a set of relevant leadership skills they can apply right away. They accept positions across Kentucky and the country at UK HealthCare, Norton, Ascension, Duke, the Veteran’s Administration, UC Health, Rush, Mayo and more. But in the process of getting meaningful positions, they’re making differences in their communities.” - Dr. Maureen C. Jones

100% Program Completion Rate

94% Program Placement Rates

16 8 Fellowships & 8 Placements

Marueen Jones with students in a van

MHA students volunteering for flood relief with Appalachian Regional Health.

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

MHA alumna’s joyful journey to serve and lead with care

UK MHA Wildcat 2022 Review

UK MHA Student Team Places 4th at National Case Competition

MHA Brochure

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MHA Handbook

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