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 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.