M.H.A. program chair accepted by prestigious fellowship program

Carla Stebbins, Ph.D., M.S.
As a CAHME fellow, Carla Stebbins will rub elbows with other health care education leaders across the country on accreditation site visits and related evaluation activities.

Carla Stebbins, Ph.D., M.S., program director/chair of Des Moines University’s master of health care administration (M.H.A.) program, was accepted in the accreditation fellowship program of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The program is designed for individuals with the potential to make significant contributions to health services administration education.

CAHME is an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical and other health sector organizations devoted to quality improvement of education for health care management and administration professionals. It is the only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in health care management education and is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

“Working with the CAHME staff and countless volunteers who support the work of this organization over these last few years through the our program’s candidacy, self-study and site visit process has been a highlight of my career,” Stebbin says. “I am thrilled that the selection committee values my experience in higher education and has provided me the honor of serving in this important role.”

Stebbins, who is also an associate professor, teaches in the areas of management, leadership and communication. She serves on several committees for national associations serving health care administration education and has served on several University committees on accreditation, outcomes assessment and program development. She is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Flex Care™, providing training to students and practicing professionals around the state and country.

CAHME’s accreditation fellowship program began in 1972 with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Fellows play a critical role in the accreditation process for health care management degree programs. Criteria for being selected for the program include a demonstrated interest in higher education accreditation; ability to contribute to CAHME activities; and the potential to contribute to the field of health care management.