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Ancell offers master's program focused on health care administration

Professionals in the health care field who wish to strengthen their skills in management and administration will find a graduate program customized to their specific career objectives in the Master of Health Administration program offered by the WCSU Ancell School of Business.

Western’s M.H.A. program prepares degree candidates for managerial positions in a broad range of health care organizations, offering a curriculum that combines knowledge of fundamental management principles with application of those principles in a variety of health service settings. The M.H.A. mission statement establishes a program that “blends the practitioner and academic perspectives into a managerial emphasis” and examines management practices in health care organizations.

An important aspect of the M.H.A. program is its structure to address the specific needs of working health care and health service practitioners who seek to acquire managerial and administrative knowledge that they can apply in their present positions and use to advance their careers in the future. The program’s course requirements may be fulfilled on a part-time basis through classes offered evenings and weekends, and each applicant meets with the program coordinator during the admissions process to discuss an individual course plan designed to address the applicant’s professional needs and career goals.

The curriculum includes required courses on basic management principles of organizational behavior and human resource management, and six required management courses that provide a comprehensive examination of diverse areas of management practice in health care organizations. Topics covered in these courses include financial, quality and administrative management in the health services field, as well as health delivery systems, health care policy, and strategic management of health services.

Students complete their degree requirements with elective selections that may combine courses offered through the Ancell School as well as the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies, subject to the approval of the M.H.A. program coordinator. Management department electives offered to meet M.H.A. requirements include courses in long-term care management, health services marketing, health services law, organizational leadership, and negotiation and conflict resolution, as well as faculty-mentored independent study.

Above image: Dr. Neil Dworkin, former WCSU associate professor and master of health administration coordinator, addresses graduate students at Norwalk Hospital.

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