Enhancing students’ leadership capabilities is also a major feature of the program, designed with employers’ needs in mind.
“A business focus on the healthcare market combines quite effectively with a healthcare administration focus that is deeply rooted in healthcare management,” said Kim Nine, program director for the MHA. “Through our program, students come away with the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to forge a career in high-level healthcare leadership.”
“Now that I have these degrees under my belt, I feel confident that I can advance into leadership roles and further my career in healthcare,” Crockett said. “Thanks to everything I’ve learned in the program combined with professional skills I’ve developed in my almost 10 years of working in healthcare, I know I have what it takes to succeed.”
In a 100% online program such as the MHA/MBA that is geared toward working professionals, communication is key. Students gain their professors’ industry expertise, but not at the expense of human-to-human support.
“I was blessed with professors and an adviser that were always there to answer my questions whenever I needed them,” said Crockett. “They really want to see you succeed, and they want to help you do well; I never felt like I was having to go through this program alone.”
Because MBU Online professors get to know their students well and understand their unique situations, they become their students’ biggest supporters, both in the classroom and through their own professional networks.
“It’s been an honor to teach Ashley three times as she earned her dual degree, including guiding her distinctive Capstone project,” said Mark Erath, assistant professor of healthcare administration. “She’s been a pace-setter on many levels through the whole journey. That includes an amazing work ethic, emerging as a collegial leader within our high-performing student teams, consistently setting a high bar academically in all our diverse subjects covered, and clever, practical application of all we’ve learned. Her direction and momentum for future impact are inspiring.”
To learn more about the MHA/MBA dual degree, part of MBU’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, please visit the program’s website.
For those students interested in a single degree, the university also offers stand-alone career-oriented programs for the MHA (with track options in Health Systems Leadership or Quality and Systems Safety) and the MBA (which a Healthcare Administration concentration as one of four options). Both degree programs are offered 100% online.