MHA Program Accreditation and Competencies
The MHA Program is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (CHE MSA) and nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The program participated in a virtual CAHME Site Visit in Fall 2020 and successfully received accreditation in the Spring 2021 semester. It is the only CAHME-accredited MHA Program in the SUNY system!
The MHA Program uses an adapted version of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Healthcare Leadership Competency Model. The primary domains of the MHA Competency Model include assessment of student competency attainment at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level in four key areas at multiple points throughout the curriculum. Students are expected to reach a minimum achievement level of intermediate or better in all domains and competencies upon completion of the MHA Program. Key domains include competency assessment in:
- Management Functions
- Health Systems and Policies
- Leadership and Professionalism
- Business and Analytic Skills
Throughout the program, students are exposed to a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods, including but not limited to: lectures, discussions, tests or quizzes, research papers, presentations, simulation exercises, case study analyses, and other objective means which are evaluated by standard rubrics and PPH grading policies.
MHA Program students develop a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) linked to the competency model, with an aim toward encouraging continuous self-improvement and life-long learning. The results of the PDP are packaged into an ePortfolio using Digication, which is accessible by students even after graduation as a resource for their continuing personal and professional development.
In addition, the MHA Program students have the benefit of engaging in interprofessional learning opportunities as they study collaboratively with Master of Public Health (MPH) students with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. Consistent with national trends, the interprofessional nature of these courses facilitates development of health management professionals’ ability to serve as meaningful members and leaders of diverse teams. These courses are dually mapped to the MPH competency model and MHA competency model. For more information on the CEPH-accredited MPH competency model, please click here.
The MHA Program is a participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network (HEN) and is also a member of The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).