UW MHA Program Testimonials
The UW MHA Program is exceptional on several levels. First, the faculty is renowned for not only research, but for the wealth of clinical and operational experience that individual faculty members bring to the classroom, from COO, CFO, and CMO to Chief Strategy Officer. This input of real-world wisdom and insight challenges students to think about how to really transform health care. The balanced and rigorous approach uniquely prepares graduates to compete successfully against any program in the country for internships, fellowships, and long-term career advancement. The friendships developed with the dedicated faculty, exceptional classmates, and talented staff will last a lifetime. It is a tremendous family, and I am fortunate to be a part of it.
Thomas Tsai, JD, MHA, 2011
Administrative Fellow, St. Alphonsus Health System-Trinity Health
The UW MHA Program offers a project-based curriculum that focuses on team effectiveness and problem solving. Students are given numerous opportunities to apply the lessons from the classroom to real issues and problems occurring in local health care organizations. In my career, the knowledge that I gained through those hands-on experiences has been invaluable. I've learned that you don't solve problems working alone, but rather through partnership and accountable teamwork.
May Johnson, MHA, 2009
Clinical Business Manager, Head and Neck Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center
The UW MHA Program allowed me to assume extremely challenging leadership roles immediately out of school. From managing six outpatient clinics in a rural setting to mentoring Afghan National Army (ANA) medical administrators, I am confident handling new situations while continuing to learn from experience. This would not have been possible without the training, mentoring, and real-world education I received while a student in the UW MHA Program.
Megan Potter, MHA, 2008
Division Officer, Information Management, Naval Medical Center, San Diego
I am truly grateful for the wonderful education I received in the UW MHA Program. The faculty and staff have done a marvelous job in preparing us for this work!
Agnes Balog, MHA, 2009
Director of Service Excellence, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
It is a pleasure to be working on standards for meaningful use of Electronic Health Records under the HITECH ACT. I give credit to the great MHA courses I had in health care delivery systems, health politics, and health law. I always thought my program at UW had a great mix of applied quantitative analysis, practical stuff, and the importance of knowing what health policy and the law have as drivers for determination of health care solutions in the United States.
Nancy J. Orvis, MHA, 1985
Director, Health Standards Participation & IM/IT Integration, US Department of Defense
Transformational. That is the essence of the UW MHA Program. Having experienced university-level education from both sides of the classroom, I have observed that many courses and programs purport to teach critical thinking. After my first few months of MHA courses, I knew that something was very different. This program teaches you how to think by first unearthing your values and then using them in critical decision making. I then realized that the educational environments I had been in before were successful only in teaching what to think. Simply, transformational education leads to transformational leadership.
Kristen Jones, MA, MHA, 2010
Reimbursement Appeals Manager, Everett Clinic
The UW MHA Program staff are superb. I am so thankful for their work. Their goal was my academic and professional success.
Lauren Shipman, MHA, 2010
Process Analyst, Contact Center, UW Medicine
The University of Washington MHA program is an all-inclusive pass into the exciting and ever-changing world of health care administration. The faculty is nationally and internationally renowned for their practical expertise and cutting-edge research. Notwithstanding, faculty members are "real" and genuinely concerned about the individual success of each student. In addition, the resources provided by the program are limited only by the aspirations of the individual. Internships, "real world" projects and experiences, and vast networking opportunities all contribute to the practicality of a UW MHA education. The potential opportunities that are generated by seeking an MHA at the University of Washington are infinite.
Rick Shumway, MHA, 2008
Director, Clinical Neurosciences Center, University of Utah Health Care
The UW MHA Program offers an excellent framework for studying the field of health care management. The curriculum provides broad exposure to the core facets of the industry, and professors with direct health care experience add valuable and irreplaceable information critical to connecting theory with practical application. The many opportunities provided by the Program to network with industry leaders allow students to make valuable contacts for immediate advice and future job opportunities. Ultimately, the effort each student puts into their work with the Program is exponentially proportional to the rewards and knowledge learned. I value my experience with the UW MHA Program, and know that it has set the cornerstone for a successful career in health care.
Catherine Murphy Thomas, MHA, 2007
Corporate Operations Manager, Yakima Region, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic
The University of Washington provides what feels like unlimited access to the vast field of health care. As a student, every interest you can imagine or hope to explore regarding the science and practice of health care can be accessed within minutes. Students of all backgrounds will enrich your classrooms, as will professors who bring topics to life with their academic and practical knowledge. Really, an MHA at the UW is only limited by your own effort and interests.
Connor Shea, MHA, 2007
Senior Lean Consultant, Strategic Planning, Group Health Cooperative
The preparation and rigor of the University of Washington MHA Program has set me up for success. My career at Providence Health and Services has skyrocketed. I started my career as a level III Project Manager for Providence Health and Services in the Washington/Montana region managing complex IT projects and solutions to be implemented in over 10 hospitals. I utilized my UW MHA education to advance from this position to Regional Manager of Finance Planning, a role in which I am responsible for regional finance initiatives and strategy. I am truly grateful for the tools the UW MHA Program has provided me. I made the right choice entering this outstanding program.
Christopher Phan, MHA, 2007
Regional Manager of Finance Planning, Providence Health & Services
Through the UW MHA Program, I developed a well-rounded set of skills in finance/accounting, health law, management, health policy, and strategic planning. Ultimately, I chose to enter a public health-oriented sector of health services, and was hired by the Nevada State Health Division. This is a unique opportunity in the field of health services, and I regularly need the skills I learned in the UW MHA Program to work with colleagues in the public and private health care system, legislators, and federal, state, and local agencies. The time I spent in the UW MHA Program has proven to be very valuable and well worth the time and hard work.
Julia (Spaulding) Peek, MHA, 2006
Manager, Office of
Epidemiology, Nevada State Health Division
I remain extremely grateful for the experience and the training provided by the UW MHA Program. The knowledge and confidence I acquired have served me well in managing the day-to-day complexities of a medical group. Through the Program, I was also introduced to a broad network of health care professionals that continues to provide invaluable perspective and support.
Debra Doyle, MHA, 1991
Assistant Administrator, Operations, Skagit Valley Medical Center