MHA curriculum review underway

Mona Rath | March 8, 2016

What are the competencies University of Minnesota MHA graduates will need as the health care sector shifts from one that is volume-based to one that is value-based?  And, how should the MHA program revise its curriculum to ensure that our graduates are well-prepared to lead high performance health care organizations now and in the future? 

These questions are being examined by Program Director Jean Abraham in collaboration with MHA faculty, students, alumni, and other industry stakeholders.

Curriculum review plan

A four-phase review plan is underway.

  • Mapping courses to our existing competency model:  Faculty and students are working together to develop a data infrastructure that captures how course objectives align with specific competencies based on our declared curriculum.
  • Identifying potential curriculum gaps and opportunities: Approximately 24 alumni volunteers from diverse work settings and at different career stages will be working with faculty members to provide input around six content areas to affirm knowledge and skills that are valued in the market and to identify potential curriculum gaps that should be incorporated.    
  • Broader stakeholder engagement: All MHA alumni and other industry leaders will be surveyed online in late spring 2016 to assess the importance of specific competencies and learning outcomes that are anticipated to be highly valued in this rapidly changing market.
  • Analysis and recommendations: Results will inform recommendations relating to modifications in course content and structure; revisions to the MHA Program’s competency model; and strategic investments that will be needed to implement these changes and strengthen the program going forward.

Timeline

The curriculum review process launched in early February 2016 and will continue into early summer. 

Alumni input

Alumni are a vital part of this effort.  We anticipate the online survey being distributed in late spring 2016.  If you are interested in participating, please be sure that the MHA Alumni Association has your current e-mail address on file. 

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