Master of Health Administration Program Earns Prestigious Re-Accreditation

Monday, November 29, 2010

CHARLOTTE – Nov. 29, 2010 – The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has re-accredited the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program at UNC Charlotte for the maximum period of six years. UNC Charlotte’s program is one of two in N.C. to receive this prestigious accreditation.

Housed in the College of Health and Human Services’ Department of Public Health Sciences, the MHA is an interdisciplinary program designed for administrators in the changing health care environment. The program provides training in management, accounting, finance, epidemiology, quantitative methods, marketing and strategic management for health care organizations.

Accreditation is a voluntary process and represents a partnership that demonstrates commitment to continuously improve graduate education. UNC Charlotte’s MHA program received initial accreditation in Nov. 2007.

“The CAHME is the most prestigious accrediting body for healthcare administration programs in the United States and the standards are extremely rigorous,” said Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences Sarah Laditka who led the re-accreditation effort. “That the CAHME re-accredited our MHA program for six years indicates they believe the program is outstanding.”

In recent years, the need for health care managers has increased dramatically and career opportunities continue to grow in organizations including hospitals, surgery centers, retirement communities and nursing homes, among others.

“Offering excellent programs in the health professions is one of the ways that UNC Charlotte supports a key industry in our region,” noted Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Provost Joan Lorden. “Accreditation is an important external validation of the quality Dr. Laditka and her colleagues have built into our health administration program.

“UNC Charlotte’s MHA Program is graduating outstanding professionals for an industry that welcomes new minds, new ideas, commitment, and vision. CAHME accreditation adds value and distinction to the program and it is respected by the industry,” commented Novant Health VP of Growth and Development Tom Elmore.

“With CAHME re- accreditation, the MHA program demonstrates a commitment to ongoing and progressive excellence along with the six other accredited educational programs in the college,” added College of Health and Human Services Interim Dean Jane Neese.

About the Department of Public Health Sciences
The Department of Public Health Sciences responds to the needs of the region by engaging in interdisciplinary education and research programs that focus on public health outcomes from a social ecological perspective. Faculty research programs focus on individual and population health including: the prevention and management of disease across the lifespan; the health status of diverse, urban communities; and population health and health care analytics. Committed to academic excellence, The Master of Health Administration degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The Public Health Baccalaureate and Master’s degree programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Department is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA); and the College of Health and Human Services is an affiliate member of Academy Health. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an official testing site for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.


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