Developed by the MHA Stakeholder Group: Faculty, Board of Advisors, Alumni Council, and Preceptors
Reviewed annually by our stakeholder groups
Goal: Employability readiness for early and mid-careerists seeking entry-level leadership roles in health services organizations across the U.S.
Last revised in May 2023
Healthcare Industry Vetted Competency Model
- Development: Comprehensive stakeholder feedback process that included the UK MHA Faculty, Alumni, Students, Board of Advisors, Alumni Council, student preceptors, and industry experts.
- Goal: A model that leads to high employability and prepares students to be placed in early and mid-careerist healthcare leadership positions.
Validation and Relevancy
- Focused Review: Annually based on student feedback, course competency assessment aggregate information
- Comprehensive Review: The model undergoes a comprehensive review every three years, and each stakeholder group is engaged
- Ongoing improvement commitment aligns with our mission to provide students with the skills they need to achieve entry and mid-level roles in healthcare administration
- It is critical that we ensure the skills in our program match industry needs now and into the near future
- Our administrative practicum program internships (APP), close ties to industry, advisory groups, faculty-practitioner teaching model, and professional development program allow us to remain agile and relevant
UK MHA Competency Model Overview
- 4 domains
- 17 competencies
- Assessed throughout the curriculum
- Proficiency scale provides students with expectations
Communication to Students on Competency Attainment Progress
Program Feedback Milestones
Course-level Faculty Feedback: Mid and end of each semester
APP Preceptor Feedback
- Informally during the semester through communication with the student and program director, organization liaisons
- Formal face-to-face meeting once a semester
- Formal survey once a semester
- End of Spring 2
- End of Summer Internship
- Pre-Integrated Final Exam
Professional Development Activities
Monitoring Student Competency Attainment
- Student-driven and faculty-supported
- Individual Development Plan (IDP) completed each semester
- Inputs: course, preceptor, internship, and other feedback
- Advising: Students meet with their career and professional advisor each semester to develop and refine their goals
- Student Driven: Students are encouraged to seek out resources to address gaps and identify stretch opportunities in their competency development journey
- Resources: Students may avail themselves of resources through the university, college, and department. Resources are communicated in classes, advising sessions, the MHA Student Handbook, the CPH Graduate Student Canvas shell, the University of Kentucky Graduate School website, and other university resources on the main UK website
- The University of Kentucky Stuckert Career Center (408 Rose Street) is students' go-to resource for career counseling and related support. www.uky.edu/careercenter
- Schedule an Appointment - To schedule an appointment with a career counselor, log in to Handshake with your linkblue ID. From the main menu, click "Career Center" and "Appointments."
- The Career Center also hosts virtual drop-in hours Monday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Drop-in appointments are typically 15 minutes and are on a first-come, first-served basis. To access, visit https://uky.zoom.us/my/stuckert.advising
The UK MHA Curriculum is built to allow students to build a solid knowledge base in foundation topics and then layer healthcare business skills over two years. · Faculty – Practitioner Model leverages faculty expertise and current industry leaders · Real-world cases and problem-solving in every course focusing on innovative ways to improve healthcare
Semester by Semester
The UK MHA Curriculum is built to allow students to build a solid knowledge base in foundation topics and then layer healthcare business skills over two years.
- Faculty – Practitioner Model leverages faculty expertise and current industry leaders
- Real-world cases and problem-solving in every course focusing on innovative ways to improve healthcare.
Fall 1: Basic Business Healthcare Skills with cases and problem-based examples
Spring 1: Advancing and layering skills from Fall 1 to prepare students for the summer internship and work in the Administrative Practicum Internships
Summer Internship: Apply all the skills/competencies from year one to a new environment and hone those skills in project-based internships. This is a demonstration of the highest level of learning
Fall 2: Focusing on special topics and layering skills with new concepts
Spring 2: Courses pull in concepts from prior semesters and advance the ability to translate, communicate, and demonstrate competency attainment through cases