Career Development Program
The UW MHA Program offers students a robust Career Development service, providing multiple opportunities for career exploration. We place high priority on helping students build strong networking skills and develop their own set of professional contacts, and we have a Student Career Development Counselor devoted to these efforts.
During their two years in the program, students engage with alumni panels, special seminars with local and visiting speakers, recruiting visits, brown bags, and discussions led by local health care professionals and students. These activities include informal opportunities to learn about different health care positions and individual career paths.
We build into the MHA curriculum course-specific team projects solicited from local hospitals and health care organizations. Student teams build an independent relationship with the project preceptor and produce in-depth reports for the sponsoring organization. The culmination of these course projects is the Capstone Seminar, an integrated consulting project conducted during the last two quarters of coursework.
With our mentor program, students are matched early in their first year with local health care leaders for one-on-one guidance.
MHA students participate in internships during the summer between their two years of academic study. Because we have enjoyed more than 40 years of education and service to our health care communities, the UW MHA Program is unique among regional competitors for its strong positioning to cultivate valuable internship opportunities locally, as well as throughout the greater Puget Sound region.
MHA faculty take an active and hands-on approach to advising students, supporting their career and leadership development throughout the program.
Ultimately, with the education, career development opportunities, and individualized attention received throughout the UW MHA Program, students are well-prepared for employment in the field of health care management and are known for their ability to be immediately effective in the workplace.