The University of Washington (UW) is one of the best places in the country to earn a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree. We take pride in our competency-based curriculum, focus on leadership, commitment to innovation, student career development, and exceptional faculty; all of these elements make our program a national leader in health care administration training.
Prestige of the Program
When you join the UW MHA program, you join a legacy of excellence. Our program was founded in 1970 and is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's leading programs in education for Health Services Administration.
We Train Transformational Leaders
Through an innovative partnership with the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the UW Foster School of Business, you immediately begin working to develop transformational leadership skills through a developmental experience of leadership as a knowledge, skill, and behavior-based system, not simply as a process or a single person. The outcome of the process is designed to achieve graduates that value the principles, processes, and accountability of full-range leadership that optimizes the vital force of each individual, thereby enhancing the collective force of the entire organization.
One of only ten demonstration sites for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership competencies, the UW MHA curriculum follows a competency-based, multidisciplinary model, in which students develop a variety of technical, conceptual, and human leadership skills that can be applied to a broad range of healthcare roles and settings. Using this framework, the UW MHA faculty developed its own cutting-edge application of competency-based and adult-learning educational methods. Given this commitment to innovation, the faculty emphasizes the use of challenging simulations, case studies, and collaborative learning experiences. Learn more about competency based education at the UW MHA.
Capstone vs. Thesis
Instead of writing a paper for your final project, you will work in teams to tackle real-world projects submitted by provider organizations in the Seattle area. These short-term projects are designed to maximize hands-on experience in an area of your interest. Teams work to produce a report that is of real value to participating organizations. Take a look at recent MHA and EMHA Capstone Projects.
The MHA curriculum is a continuously-studied developmental experience that provides a supportive framework for your development. The completion rate for full time students in the last graduating cohort was 100 percent (in-residence program students), and 96 percent (Executive program students), respectively.
The Pacific Northwest has one of the largest concentrations of health care organizations in the country, and this fact bodes well for our students. Career development includes mentorship opportunities, alumni panels, special seminars with local and visiting speakers, recruiting visits, and discussions led by local health care professionals and students. For more information, visit the Career Development page.
Over the past five years, job placement for our graduates has been at 98 percent.
The University of Washington - Seattle
The University of Washington is located in Seattle, Washington - a mecca for health care organizations and one of the most beautiful corners of the country. We are surrounded by water, from Lake Washington to the Puget Sound, and nestled between the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Come visit the campus, take in views of Mount Rainer, and meet our faculty.
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