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.

MHA grads enjoy a wide variety of careers including:

  • Health Care Technology Account Manager
  • Team Lead
  • Systems Analyst
  • Physical Therapist
  • Program Manager
  • Senior Healthcare Consultant
  • Senior Clinical Auditor
  • RN/Population Health Coach
  • Quality Improvement Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Podiatry Resident
  • Physician Relations Specialist
  • Physician HR Specialist
  • Nuclear Medicine Coordinator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Family Medicine Resident
  • Executive
  • Director of Rehabilitation and Supervising Physical Therapist
  • Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Director Critical Care
  • Clinical Informatics Coordinator
  • Chief Communications Officer
  • Chief Ancillary Officer
  • Business Process Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Administrator

Primary Employers

  • Hospitals/Health System –47%
  • Long-Term Care – 6%
  • Association/Foundation/Voluntary Agency – 2%
  • Medical Group Practice – 11%
  • Military or VA – 4%
  • Biotech/Medical Device/Pharmaceutical Company – 2%
  • Consulting Firms – 3%
  • Employed outside healthcare sector- 6%
  • Postgraduate Fellowship – 1%
  • Other – 18%

What recent graduates say about their M.H.A. degree:

  • 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” 
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