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Master of Health Administration

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. This is achieved 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.

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“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 Jones, UK's MHA Program Director

Why an MHA at UK?

Cohort Model

The MHA program admits students in the fall only. Enrolled students progress through the program together, in a cohort. The cohort model allows students to engage with a diverse group of students and experienced the program together, building relationships that last a lifetime. The cohort becomes an instant network that students can access long past graduation from the program. Smaller cohort sizes facilitate interactive and individualized instruction and advising.

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.

Diverse Faculty Expertise

MHA faculty represent a diverse breath of experience, education, and research. Faculty members include respected experts on health systems governance and ethics, 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.


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