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Health Administration Program Approved

By Katy Cosse
Published January 2011

Distance learning at UC continues to grow with the addition of a master’s of health administration program in the College of Allied Health Sciences—a program designed to train health care professionals in administrative and managerial roles.

The program, designed to seek accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), will combine distance learning opportunities with a required residency component.

"As more young Americans gain access to the health care system and older populations seek more health care services, the need for well educated administrators keeps growing,” says program director Joan Murdock, PhD. "Health care leaders must be able to lead effectively and efficiently in a very complex environment. They will be measured in multiple ways, including quality improvement, patient safety, evidence-based outcomes, marketability and financial stability.”

Program instruction will come from professors in the colleges of allied health sciences, medicine and business as well as outside experts.

Murdock says course designers will focus on the knowledge, skills and competency required for future leaders. She expects the program to be up and running in late 2011, with 100 students enrolled by the end of the second year.

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