“This certification is the ‘Gold Standard’ for a program such as ours,” said Steven Mosher, director of the Healthcare Administration program at Mary Baldwin University and professor of Healthcare Administration and political science. “It assures us that we are on the cutting edge and guides us about how to remain competitive.”
Mosher learned recently that the Healthcare Administration Program at Mary Baldwin — the oldest undergraduate program of its kind in Virginia — was certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), which includes institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Mary Baldwin is one of just 35 colleges and universities in North America, and one of two in Virginia, to earn certification. Mary Baldwin is home to the country’s only fully endowed undergraduate program in healthcare administration.
Recognized as the premier healthcare education organization in North America, AUPHA first certified the healthcare program at Mary Baldwin in 2000. The college completed a thorough self-study during the past year to re-apply for membership. The program was evaluated on its curriculum, general liberal arts foundation, internship placements, relationship with the practicing medical community, regional, national, and international network of professionals, and healthcare management practices. A panel of peer reviewers complemented Mary Baldwin’s program leadership and graduate results, and also offered guidance for continued improvement.
“We compared ourselves to the best programs in the country, and we measured up,” Mosher said.