Saint Louis University’s nationally-ranked Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is celebrating its 75th year, making it one of the oldest MHA programs in the country and a pioneer in health management education.
Saint Louis University Master of Health Administration Celebrates 75 Years
Health care is a rapidly growing industry in need of highly competent managers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in health administration, SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice is an ideal place to start for both undergraduate and graduate students.
As a student in one of SLU’s health administration programs, you’ll experience:
We offer undergraduate, master's and dual degree programs in health administration:
Health administration is a complex discipline that requires comprehensive management skills in operations, human resources, finance, quality improvement, population health management, and health policy.
SLU's programs offer you a practice-integrated education. Our students are transformed into knowledgeable, ethical professionals prepared for a range of careers across the health sector. As a student in our programs, you'll have access to robust professional development resources that include one-on-one coaching, lectures and workshops from industry experts, and other select training opportunities.
A standout amongst its peers, SLU’s M.H.A. program is one of the nation’s oldest and largest graduate programs in health administration. It is consistently ranked among the top programs in graduate health care management education by US News and World Report, accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and highly regarded by its competitors. SLU’s program was recently awarded Program of the Year by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). SLU’s program also has one of the largest and most engaged alumni networks in the field.
Healthcare administrators are senior-level management professionals who must be highly trained to plan, direct and oversee the daily operations of medical centers, hospitals and health organizations. Administrative responsibilities in these settings need to be managed by professionals who have the knowledge and understanding of the regulatory framework and the management complexities of the healthcare industry. Purdue’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) teaches students to develop their healthcare business acumen and gain strategic-planning abilities to keep organizations competitive in a changing market.
Healthcare administrators play a prominent role behind the scenes in directing medical facilities and making decisions that Improve the health of the population they serve. Purdue’s MHA program is a leader in healthcare administration education, being top-ranked by onlinemastersdegree.com (2022) and edumed.org (2023).
This program is intended for early- and mid-career professionals looking to pursue administrative careers in health facilities. Classes focus on U.S. health systems and are relevant to a broad range of healthcare roles, including:
The curriculum also applies to government-run facilities like the Veteran Administration hospital system and other government-funded health organizations.
The learning objectives include:
Students can transfer credits from three supporting graduate certificate to the Master of Health Administration. These certificates make up the foundational curriculum of the program and include: Healthcare Leadership, Healthcare Operations, and Healthcare Quality Improvement.
Ranked #13 nationwide among graduate programs for health care management by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Louis University's Master of Health Administration is your conduit to a successful career.
A Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) is the MBA of the health care world. Graduates from the nationally-ranked SLU M.H.A. program lead careers in a variety of health care organizations such as hospitals, health systems, insurance companies, pharmacy benefit management organizations, consulting firms, and physician practices.
Our accurate alumni have been placed in organizations such as:
The Executive M.H.A. program is uniquely designed for working professionals with courses 90% online and three yearly in-person executive weekends. Our cohorts include students with backgrounds varying from surgeons, doctors, nurses, pharmaceutical and medical equipment sales, to consulting, accounting, marketing, and communications. The students live locally and across the U.S. and a GRE is not required. Our executive M.H.A. graduates advance in their current health care careers or use their education to transition into the health care industry.
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The full-time M.H.A. program is designed for students looking for a traditional education experience. In person students live locally or on campus and attend classes throughout the day. A GRE is not required and students have access to unique case competitions, internships, and fellowship opportunities. SLU's full-time M.H.A. graduates move forward into successful positions with leading health care organizations.
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SLU's Master's of Health Care Management (MHCM) program prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. Students have the option to pursue specialized certificates in performance excellence, health data analytics, public health, and other high demand areas in health care. Each course includes instructor-designed opportunities for synchronous interaction tailored for the specific course.
The 41-credit hour online Master of Health Care Management (MHCM) Program offers the benefits of flexible, asynchronous learning and a short time to degree completion for busy professionals or accurate college graduates with little or no professional experience.
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Questions? Contact Bernie Backer, director of graduate recruitment and admission, at email@example.com or 314-977-8144.
The World Health Organization, or WHO, will officially begin using the term "mpox" instead of "monkeypox" after the Biden Administration pressured the international organization to change the name because of racial connotations associated with it.
On the international organization’s website, it says both names will be used simultaneously for a year until "monkeypox" is phased out.
"When the outbreak of monkeypox expanded earlier this year, racist and stigmatizing language online, in other settings and in some communities was observed and reported to WHO," the organization said in a press release. "In several meetings, public and private, a number of individuals and countries raised concerns and asked WHO to propose a way forward to change the name."
WHO DECLARES MONKEYPOX STILL A GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
The WHO is tasked with assigning names to diseases, whether new or existing. Through consultations with experts, countries, and the public, the WHO recommended that mpox be adopted as the new term in English for the disease, will become the preferred term after one year, and that "monkeypox" will remain as a searchable term for historical information.
Last week, the WHO announced it was set to change the name of "monkeypox" to "mpox" after senior Biden officials urged the WHO to make the change. The administration even reportedly threatened to adopt new terminology without the WHO’s approval.
According to the report, the Biden administration believed the name "monkeypox" carries an unnecessary stigma for people of color.
After the WHO’s announcement of the name change on Monday, the Biden Harris Administration announced its support for the change.
WHO TO RENAME ‘MONKEYPOX’ TO ‘MPOX’ AT BIDEN ADMIN'S REQUEST
"We welcome the change by the World Health Organization," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "We must do all we can to break down barriers to public health, and reducing stigma associated with disease is one critical step in our work to end mpox."
In the same release, the administration said Human monkeypox first got its name in 1970, before the WHO published its best practices when naming diseases in 2015.
The best practices for naming new diseases should "minimize unnecessary negative impact of names on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare, and avoid causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups."
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The monkeypox outbreak is a global health emergency and the WHO has given it the highest level of alert.
The U.S. has seen 29,200 cases of monkeypox within its borders.
People line up to get a monkeypox vaccination at a new walk-up monkeypox vaccination site at Barnsdall Art Park on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 in Hollywood, CA.
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The Biden administration will end the public health emergency declared in response to the monkeypox outbreak, as new infections have declined dramatically and vaccination rates have increased.
The Health and Human Services Department does not expect it will renew the emergency declaration after it expires on Jan. 31 "given the low number of cases today," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement Friday.
"But we won't take our foot off the gas — we will continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine," he said. "As we move into the next phase of this effort, the Biden-Harris Administration continues working closely with jurisdictions and partners to monitor trends, especially in communities that have been disproportionately affected."
Becerra declared an emergency in August in an effort to accelerate a vaccination and education campaign as the virus was spreading swiftly in the gay community. The spread of the virus, dubbed "mpox" on Monday by the World Health Organization in order to reduce stigma associated with its name, has slowed drastically since.
Mpox has infected nearly 30,000 people and killed 19 in the U.S. since health officials confirmed the first domestic case in May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. outbreak is the largest in the world.
But infections have slowed dramatically since August, when new cases peaked at more than 450 per day on average. The U.S. is currently averaging about seven new cases a day, according to CDC data.
U.S. health officials have said the outbreak has slowed because vaccinations have increased dramatically, and people have changed their behavior in response to education campaigns about how to avoid infection.
The vaccination campaign got off to a rocky start, with limited supplies resulting in long lines at clinics and protests in some cities. But vaccinations increased significantly after the White House created a task force and HHS declared a public health emergency.
More than 1.1 million doses of the Jynneos vaccine have been administered in the U.S. since the summer. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has said about 1.7 million gay and bisexual people who are HIV positive or are taking medication to prevent HIV infection are at highest risk from mpox.
Mpox has spread primarily through sexual contact among men who have sex with men. The virus causes rashes resembling pimples or blisters that can develop in sensitive areas and be very painful. Though mpox is rarely fatal, people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease.
The CDC, in a report published in late October, said it is unlikely the U.S. will eradicate mpox in the near future. The virus will probably continue to circulate at low level primarily in communities of men who have sex with men, according to CDC. Though anyone can catch mpox, there's little evidence of the virus spreading widely in the general population so far, according to CDC.
The global mpox outbreak this year is the largest in history with more than 80,000 confirmed cases in more than 100 countries. The current outbreak is highly unusual because the virus is spreading widely between people in Europe and North America.
Historically, mpox spread at low levels in remote areas of West and Central Africa where people caught the virus from infected animals.
Correction: New cases peaked at more than 450 per day on average in August. A previous version of this story misstated the figure.
Microsoft's Skills 2000 aims to close the gap.
Nancy Lewis, general manager for Worldwide Training and Certification at Microsoft Corp., believes that vendors need to "pull together" and take the lead in closing the skills gap. For Lewis, "goal number one," is to attract more people to the industry, and "goal number two," is to train those workers. To help move things along, Microsoft recently launched the Skills 2000 program, a multimillion dollar, two-year effort designed to help close the skills gap with outreach, education, and training initiatives.
The company also pumped $75 million into the Microsoft Authorized Academic Training Program (AATP), which trains students at the high school, vocational, community college, and university levels in disciplines such as network management, systems administration, and computer programming. According to Microsoft, more than 100,000 students at 500 schools in 38 states will receive AATP training by the end of the 1998 academic year.
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Joining the training effort, Cisco, a leading vendor of network products such as routers and hubs, is sponsoring a nationwide program that will enable high school and college students to earn certification as Cisco Certified Networking Associates. In 1997, Cisco established 57 Networking Academies in high schools and junior colleges in seven states, and the company expects to have more than 400 academies in all 50 states by the fall semester of 1998. Cisco describes the effort as the equivalent of a shop class for the 21st century. Students in the program will learn the skills necessary to design and manage computer networks. Cisco is contributing approximately $18 million in curriculum, equipment, and resources to launch the program.
According to Cisco regional managers Steve Armstrong and Kevin Givens, strong interest in the program has come from the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and Archbishop Carroll High School. In Maryland, Baltimore's Washington High School now hosts a Cisco academy, and Givens is working with the schools in Prince George's Co., Montgomery Co., and Baltimore City to establish Networking Academies in those counties.
In addition, Cisco is teaming up with the Virginia Community Colleges System (VCCS) to start regional academies on 23 campuses throughout the state by the fall semester of 1998. These regional academies will support local academies in Virginia high schools. Armstrong and Givens believe there are approximately 30 schools in the District that could potentially host Cisco Networking Academies.
Novell has opened a novel foundation.
Novell Inc., the Orem, Utah-based vendor of networking software, is also sponsoring a program for training workers in network administration. Novell recently sponsored a program at Ballou High School in the District that offered students networking courses and career support. The project, carried out in conjunction with the Foundation for Educational Innovation, proved so successful that Novell donated $100,000 worth of software to help expand the program to surrounding schools.
Novell operates 1,450 training centers around the world, with an additional 420 high schools, community colleges, and universities throughout the United States offering Novell training. According to David Marler, director of business development for Novell Education, schools in Michigan, Florida, and California are now working on plans to deploy Novell's Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) program. According to Novell, approximately 25,000 students nationwide will take the CNA course as part of the high school curriculum during 1998.
B.S. holders are top guns at entry-level.
At the university level, says Dr. Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the Northern Virginia campus of George Mason University, "the way colleges are teaching [technology] is changing dramatically." For example, at George Mason, students from all departments, including liberal arts majors, will soon be able to select a minor in IT by taking 17 credit hours of technology course work. This new approach "came at the request of industry," Griffiths notes, partly because of the realization that "there are a lot of [technology-related jobs] that don't need a Ph.D. in computer science."
The most solid path for ensuring a long and successful career in high technology is to complete a four-year bachelor's degree in computer science or engineering. According to Griffiths, students who graduate with four-year technical degrees are snapped up by employers as soon as they graduate. Thanks to the overwhelming demand for high-tech workers, most computer science and engineering college grads can pick and choose from numerous entry-level offers, select a work culture that works for them, and negotiate great benefits.
Many companies, such as CDSI, begin wooing students with paid internships that bring them into the company even before they graduate. "We focus on the computer science and business departments," at the University of Maryland for entry-level workers, says Hollister. "We try to get interns from both of those groups" because CDSI has divisions that focus on IT solutions and business application solutions, he says. Even so, it's tough hanging onto the grads once their internships are over and graduation approaches. "The offers these interns are getting are outstanding," says Hollister, recalling one student who had seven job offers prior to graduation.
In addition, regional technology groups, such as the High Technology Council (HTC) of Maryland and Virginia's Northern Virginia Technology Council are leaning on local legislatures to do more to promote high-tech education and training in the schools. HTC, for example, is cosponsoring a tuition release bill in Maryland that would provide free tuition for technology courses at community colleges and universities in exchange for a commitment from the student to work in a Maryland company after graduation.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Friday that it does not expect to renew the public health emergency declaration for the monkeypox outbreak when it expires early next year, citing the low number of cases that are now being reported.
&#8220;Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023. But we won’t take our foot off the gas – we will continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine,&#8221; HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
HHS said this decision was based on &#8220;current data&#8221; and added it would &#8220;not be afraid&#8221; to change course if conditions change in the future.
Like with the COVID-19 public health emergency, HHS had said it would issue a 60-day notice on whether or not it expected to renew the emergency declaration for monkeypox as a courtesy to stakeholders and health care providers.
The declaration was renewed once in November, with Becerra citing the &#8220;continued consequences of an outbreak of monkeypox cases across multiple states.&#8221;
There were some indications that same month, however, that the Biden administration was pulling back on the national monkeypox response. Two months prior, when the hundreds of cases were still being reported daily, the White House had requested $4.5 billion to bolster the monkeypox response.
But in November, the administration lowered its request for monkeypox funding to $400 million for the purpose of restoring reserves of the smallpox vaccines that had been used for the response.
According to the most accurate federal data, the seven-day moving average for monkeypox cases is seven, a steep drop from when the average peaked at about 460 cases in early August.
The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has been defined by its movement through the social networks of men who have sex with men. The early months of the outbreak saw many members of this community waiting inordinate amounts of time for vaccines, tests and treatments, prompting criticism from community members, advocates and lawmakers.
With no treatments specifically made for monkeypox, health officials in the U.S. and abroad deployed vaccines and treatments commonly used for smallpox, which falls within the same family of viruses that monkeypox belongs to.
More than 1 million doses of the two-dose Jynneos smallpox vaccine have been administered in the U.S., and nearly 6,300 patients have been prescribed the antiviral treatment TPOXX, an antiviral also meant for treating smallpox.
In its statement, HHS referred to the U.S.&#8217;s progress in responding to the monkeypox outbreak as &#8220;virtually unheard of.&#8221;
&#8220;Over the next 60 days we will focus on supporting jurisdictions and the Department to ensure the expiration of the PHE will not hinder response efforts,&#8221; the agency noted. &#8220;Mpox continues to be a priority for HHS and the Administration more broadly, and we do not expect the expiration of the PHE to impact the Administration’s ability to get vaccinations, tests, and treatments to affected individuals.&#8221;