Program Description

Program Overview and Mission

Western’s Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) program prepares students for managerial positions in a range of health services organizations. The program is designed for part-time study; classes are scheduled in the evenings and occasionally on Saturdays.

Program Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills when facilitating group interactions, preparing written analyses, presenting compelling arguments and solutions, preparing well-documented plans, reports, and papers and when sharing core   health administration principles, concepts and practices.

2.  Apply leadership techniques appropriate for the context to inspire and influence individuals and teams to pursue a shared vision and goals.

3.  Demonstrate awareness of the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare operations and take responsibility for acting effectively and professionally in teams as a team leader and/or as a member.

4.  Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to assess situations, identify challenges and opportunities, solve problems, implement solutions, and evaluate results in health care delivery.

5.   Make decisions and conduct oneself according to high ethical and professional standards.

6.  Apply knowledge of management and leadership theories and practices to design, organize, mange and improve health care systems and organizations in compliance with industry standards and overall mission.

7.  Apply the knowledge of health care organization’s structure, operation, finance, accounting, technology and context to design systems of care, develop operational plans and strategic plans in line with organization’s overall mission and strategy.

8.   Identify and evaluate ways to strengthen the U.S. healthcare system by critically comparing it to international health care systems.

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University Mission Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. To achieve this, we Offer undergraduate and graduate programs that weave together liberal arts and professional education and instill a desire for life-long learning. Sustain a vibrant, inclusive campus that connects individuals through co-curricular programs, cultural events, and service to the community. Attract student-centered faculty who are passionate teachers and accomplished scholars. Establish partnerships that create opportunities for internships, research, and experiential learning. Values Excellence. We value outstanding achievement realized through persistence, effort, honest feedback, and self-reflection. Curiosity. We value the questions that drive learning, innovation, and creativity, which serve as the beginning and the desired outcome of education. Dialogue. We value the conversations that explore diverse perspectives and encourage shared understanding. Engagement. We value the interactions with ideas, peers, and community that are essential to a vibrant university environment. Opportunity. We value the possibilities created by affordable, accessible educational environments in which students can grow into independent thinkers and confident leaders. Respect. We value the right of all people to be treated with dignity and fairness and expect this in our policies, classrooms, and community. Vision Western Connecticut State University will be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. Read less