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What recent graduates say about M.H.A. at DMU

  • 100% reported the program “developed their competence in health care administration”
  • 87% reported that the program “prepared them for their desired career”
  • 91% reported that the program “helped them achieve their goal”
  • 81% reported that the program “helped them develop a career plan or provide them career direction”
  • 85% reported that they “would recommend the DMU MHA program to other professionals and colleagues” 

Who benefits from earning an M.H.A. at DMU?

Students pursuing the master of health care administration degree are typically early to mid-level careerists with the following profiles:

Future leaders – These students have some experience, either volunteer or employment, in health care and have begun to take on leadership roles. They are knowledgeable about the system and the impact they want to make in their career. The M.H.A. degree will allow them to increase their responsibility and provide a foundation to building a career as a leader in health care administration.

Upward movers – These students have several years of employment experience and have taken on leadership and management responsibilities. They are established in a career and they desire to continue up the career ladder. The M.H.A. will provide a solid education to support their work experience and provide a forum to gain and test new ideas and strategy.

Direction changers – Health care is a growing industry and the future promises increased need and more change. These students have built a solid career in an industry other than health care and now want to use the skills and experiences they’ve gained to transition into the health care industry. The M.H.A. will support their transition by providing education on the operations and functions specific to the health care system.

Clinical administration – Many current leaders in health care administration have a clinical background (i.e. nursing, medicine, etc) that has morphed into a different career path. Their clinical experience has prepared them well and now they want the education in running the business of health care to support their role and responsibility.

Students accepted for fall 2012 and spring 2013
80% of students who applied were offered admission to MHA
70% of students currently work in health care or management roles
Average student age is 32. Students range in age from 21 – 58
65% of students are female, 35% are male
Students have an average of 8 years work experience in health care or managerial roles.
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.30
Quick stats
The program has approximately 200 active students from over 20 states
65 students graduated in 2012
35 students enrolled in our first Executive Residency in fall 2012
75% of students work full-time while earning the degree
88% of students report DMU was their first choice for a graduate program
Students take an average of just under 3 years to complete the degree

In what fields are students and graduates employed?

  • Education
  • Finance
  • Health care
  • Health promotion and wellness
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Long-term care
  • Military
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Quality assurance
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Public health
  • Safety and security

Examples of positions held by current students

  • Administrative Executive
  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Billing reimbursement manager
  • Chief executive officer/medical officer
  • Clinic Manager
  • Coordinator of Women’s health program
  • Director of human resources
  • Director of medical information management
  • Director of organizational integrity
  • Diagnostic manager of medical imaging
  • Financial counselor
  • Health outreach specialist
  • Nurse manager
  • Quality data analyst
  • Pharmacist
  • Radiology technician

Examples of employers of current students

  • Allina Health System
  • Broadlawns Medical Center
  • Iowa Health Systems
  • Iowa Heart Center
  • Humana
  • Merck & CO Inc.
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Pella Regional Health Center
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Skiff Medical Center
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Wesley Life