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Master Healthcare Administration

M.H.A. Accreditation and Competency  

The Master of Healthcare Administration degree, offered in both online and on-campus delivery formats, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAHME). This professional organization recognizes programs that have achieved national standards for graduate level healthcare administration education.  The M.H.A. program is also a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

The M.H.A. Program has developed a core set of competencies adapted from a recognized pedagogical model to meet our Seton Hall student needs. These core learning domains and specific competencies guide the M.H.A. program. Individual course specific competencies are available on course syllabi.

M.H.A. Learning Domains and Competency Statements (2015)

DOMAIN 1 - Leadership in the Healthcare Environment: The ability to create and communicate a shared vision for a positive future; inspire trust and motivate others; and to facilitate strategies for successful organizational outcomes by adhering to ethical tenets and exhibiting professional integrity.

  1. Articulate, model and reward professional values that show evidence of servant leadership and stewardship.
  2. Model professional leadership skills that reflect cultural sensitivity and support high performing team work across the continuum of healthcare organizations.
  3. Facilitate development, implementation and ownership of vision, mission, goals and strategic objectives and plan.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to make strategic choices, use motivational strategies, and inspire stakeholders toward a shared vision.
  5. Create a leadership development plan

DOMAIN 2 - Critical Thinking in a Complex and Competitive Environment: The ability to apply analytical concepts, skills and tools (i.e. the scientific method) that lead to the best options for innovative healthcare management strategies based on a thorough knowledge of health care issues, trends, perspectives and changing environment.

  1. Apply appropriate concepts, skills, and tools that are integral to strategic thinking and planning in the healthcare environment
  2. Analyze cause and effect relationships that involve or would enhance critical thinking
  3. Appraise changing internal and external environments and conditions within a systems perspective to enhance innovative healthcare management strategies
  4. Apply the scientific method to analysis of data, decision-making and problem solving

DOMAIN 3 - Management in the Healthcare Environment: The ability to demonstrate management skills of fiscal and ethical stewardship based on a thorough knowledge of the healthcare environment in order to achieve institutional goals.

  1. Apply general and higher level management concepts that are relevant to health care organizations
  2. Recognize and address the needs of major stakeholders and demonstrate effective techniques for working with boards and governance structures.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to integrate strategic financial thinking and cost benefit analysis to make managerial decisions
  4. Use and manage emerging technology to inform, collaborate and coordinate with stakeholders

DOMAIN 4 - Political and Community Development within the Healthcare Environment: The ability to build strategic collaborations across diverse communities and cultures for development and management of programs, policies and services.

  1. Interpret and apply the impact of changes in organizational, legal, regulatory and political environments for a given health care organization
  2. Build appropriate strategic collaborations/partnerships with major community stakeholders through
    trust and cooperation by practicing negotiation, consensus building and conflict management. to
    ensure inclusive policy and program development and evaluation

DOMAIN 5 - Communication: The ability to access and use communication strategies across diverse audiences to inform and influence individual, organization, community and policy actions.

  1. Identify and use appropriate communication strategies based on audience characteristics and communication goals.
  2. Develop, organize, synthesize and articulate ideas and information
  3. Speak and listen clearly and effectively before individuals and groups & in formal informal settings

DOMAIN 6 - Professionalism and Ethics: The ability to demonstrate a commitment to values and ethical practices at the personal, professional and organizational level through everyday actions.

  1. Demonstrate commitment to the healthcare management profession through appropriate memberships and active participation
  2. Create professional and ethical development goals as part of a leadership development plan.
  3. Use self-assessment tools, such as the ACHE Ethics Tool, to develop sound ethical decision making skills in personal, professional, organizational and if applicable healthcare provider environments.
  4. Institute a culture of learning in order to learn new skills and refine current ways of thinking.
  5. Contribute to application oriented learning through participation and/or presentations at conferences on health care.

*Domain definitions adapted from "Core Competency Model" Association of Schools of Public Health, Version 1.3, November 2009 and the Saint Louis Model.

Assessment of Seton Hall University's Master of Healthcare Administration Program's Competency Attainment (2014-15 to 2015-16)

Teaching, Learning and Assessment Description

The M.H.A. offers a rigorous and challenging graduate learning opportunity for interested students. Qualified faculty utilize an array of teaching strategies in both online (hybrid) and on campus courses based on the flipped classroom model. Small class sizes allow for the integration of industry experts as guest instructors who provide real world assignments and executive perspectives. The latest learning technologies also enhance student learning by providing for seamless and interactive communication opportunities, enhancing collaboration activities as well as facilitating transparent assessment feedback.

Additional information is available on individual course syllabi by contacting Patricia.Edwards@shu.edu.

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