The M.H.A. curriculum is comprised of 48 total semester hours; 13 semester hours will be completed on campus through enrollment in our Executive Residencies. The residencies were developed in an effort to more closely align our curriculum with the requirements for CAHME accreditation. In October 2013, DMU’s M.H.A. program was approved as a candidate for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Candidacy does not reflect a guarantee of future accreditation approval.
Students will participate in three residencies throughout the degree. The first residency occurs at the beginning of the student’s course work, the second is at the end of block two course work, and the third is at the end of block three course work. Students will spend a total of 15 days on DMU’s campus while working toward completion of their M.H.A. degree.
The residencies are held each January and September, and are scheduled to run from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning. The majority of our students are employed, and we realize attending the residencies comes at a cost to your professional and personal lives. This schedule was developed to maximize your time on campus, while minimizing your time away from work.
Following the completion of an on campus residency, students return to work on Monday with new skills that are directly applicable to their positions in management and leadership. There are follow up assignments to be completed throughout the semester based on your five days spent on campus. The residencies provide students with the opportunity to:
- Build supportive relationships with the university, program, and faculty/staff
- Build a professional network of your peers
- Receive a highly interactive, energizing leadership development content that cannot be replicated in an online environment
The M.H.A. faculty and staff turned the entire Executive Residency into a very personal and casual, yet highly educational experience.”
I love my job. It was not an option for me to give up work. It’s another learning opportunity that DMU offers. Getting to know the faculty and other students is a big plus, as is the focus on leadership and how to manage as a team.”
It’s an exciting time to join the M.H.A. program at Des Moines University, and the Executive Residencies will provide you with the educational tools necessary to advance career.