Master's degree in health administration to launch next fall

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations | October 06, 2017

Image with caption: Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of health services research and administration and acting director of the Center for Health Policy, will manage the new master's degree in health administration.

Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of health services research and administration and acting director of the Center for Health Policy, will manage the new master's degree in health administration.

In response to an ever-growing demand for health care managers, UNMC's College of Public Health will offer a master's degree in health administration (MHA) next fall.

"The degree program, approved (Thursday) by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, will be a leading program in training future leaders in health care management," said Ali S. Khan, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health.

Job growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs in health care management positions will grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024 - a rate 2.8 times faster than the projected average growth rate for other managerial occupations in the U.S. Within Nebraska, labor statistics show that health care management is the second largest field of employment within all management occupations.

"Health care represents almost one-fifth of the U.S. economy and we need a continuing stream of health administration managers at the local, state and national level," he said.

"We will help develop the next generation of health administrators to navigate their institutions in an environment of rapidly changing polices, regulations and reimbursement schemes," Dr. Khan said.

The degree program is a collaborative effort of faculty members from UNMC, the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Business and Technology, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law.

The program was designed with the goal of achieving accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) - the national accreditation body for MHA programs.

Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of health services research and administration and acting director of the Center for Health Policy in the UNMC College of Public Health, will manage the program.

"We expect the accreditation process to take up to three years," he said. "Once accredited, UNMC will have the first accredited MHA program in Nebraska." MHA accredited programs in the region are located at the University of Iowa, Des Moines University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri, University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Minnesota. Three unaccredited MHA programs are in Nebraska.

An MHA degree will provide recent college graduates and early to mid-career health care professionals multidisciplinary education in leadership, collaboration and analytics to prepare for management positions in health care organizations.

"A major goal of the program is to place all graduates with leading health care organizations within Nebraska, across the country and internationally," Dr. Wilson said.


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Taylor Anderson
July 16, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Is this program available yet?

Linda Gacheri Kirimi
May 25, 2020 at 5:05 AM

Hi, How can i apply this program as an international student? ..I'm from kenya.

Karli Kohler
January 03, 2019 at 5:01 PM

how can I apply to this program?

Joshua Jackson
June 29, 2018 at 1:08 PM

At Megan, at the moment CAHME doesn't accredited many online MHA programs. It requires to be resident for the CAHME designation. Some schools like the University of Scranton, PA have two options online and resident but they will tell you that the resident program has the CAHME designation while the online one doesn't. I don't see how it makes a difference if your transcript doesn't say it's online nor does the degree.

February 27, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Looking forward to an online option

February 02, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Will this have an online option?

UNMC Today Editor
January 24, 2018 at 11:31 AM

Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., acting director, Center for Health Policy, College of Public Health, and director of the master’s program, said that the application process will open March 1. For additional information about the program, contact Dr. Wilson at (402) 552-6948 or by email at

January 24, 2018 at 10:52 AM

This is great :) How soon will enrollment began?

UNMC Today Editor
December 12, 2017 at 8:44 AM

The college will register with CAHME its intent to seek accreditation. CAHME requires 2 years of student data in order to formally apply for accreditation. This is the usual process all programs seeking accreditation must follow. In the meantime, students can say the MHA program is in the process of collecting data to apply for CAHME accreditation. Once accredited, students will be able to say the program is accredited.

December 08, 2017 at 4:33 PM

How will this affect those of us entering the program and eventually finding jobs that seek someone that received their Master's from an accredited program? If we enroll in the fall, once the program becomes accredited, will those of us who end up graduating before the program's accreditation (in 3yrs), will our Master's degrees carry that accreditation too? If this makes sense :)

October 06, 2017 at 9:18 AM

This is great!! I'm glad Nebraska can finally have an MHA program - the demand is high.