USF Master of Healthcare Administration Moves to Fully Online Format

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Courtesy of the University of Saint Francis Marketing Department

Dec. 18, 2012 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) at the University of Saint Francis has completed a transition from a hybrid of online and seated classes and now is enrolling students in its fully online format.

The eight-week format for the online MHA provides convenience and flexibility for adult students who are already working, as well as recent bachelor’s degree graduates. Bright job prospects are associated with the degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The degree provides a path to becoming medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, who plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. Such professionals may manage an entire facility, specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. The median annual wage of medical and health services managers was $84,270 in May 2010.

Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services, according to the handbook. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staffs in all areas of the industry.

With the dynamic changes taking place in healthcare, leaders, entrepreneurs and managers are needed at hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment providers, insurance companies, government agencies and financial institutions. Students will gain a comprehensive, practical and interdisciplinary set of core competencies, knowledge, skills and values through diverse course offerings in the health administration environment.

Students can sign up for the spring semester of the fully online MHA through Jan. 14, 2013. For more information, contact Kari at kangevine@sf.edu or (855) 873-2527 (USF-CLASS) or

visit sf.edu/sf/graduate/business/mha.

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