Gannon University Launches New Master of Healthcare Administration Program

Posted: January 16, 2018

Gannon University will launch a new Master of Healthcare Administration program in 2018, an effort to meet the pressing need for qualified healthcare administrators who can help their institutions navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment.

The part-time program, to be housed within the Dahlkemper School of Business located in Gannon's new Center for Business Ingenuity, offers a blend of face-to-face evening courses and online instruction, making it ideal for working healthcare professions who wish to continue working while pursuing a degree to advance their careers.

Students will learn from faculty experts who have served as administrators and executives in hospitals, nursing homes, physician-based practices and other health care organizations. The program includes 36 credits of coursework; students will typically take two seven-week courses per semester. The first students will be admitted in the summer of 2018.

Healthcare is big business, accounting for 17 percent of the U.S. economy, and it is changing rapidly in how and where care is delivered, who is providing those services, and how that care is financed, said George Couch, assistant professor of Healthcare Management at Gannon and director of the MHA program.

Changes include the integration of healthcare delivery organizations, continual advances in medical technology, increased emphasis on disease prevention and wellness promotion, and more.

"Healthcare management requires talented people to manage these changes taking place," Couch said. "In their roles, healthcare executives have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to improving the health of the communities their organizations serve."

More than 100,000 people serve in healthcare administration, a field the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects to grow by 17 percent - or an additional 56,000 jobs - over the next eight years. Healthcare administrators work in varied settings, including hospitals and health systems, community health agencies, managed care organizations, and long-term care facilities, earning on average close to $100,000 annually.

Prospective students interested in applying for the Masters of Healthcare Administration program will find more detailed information about the program at www.gannon.edu/graudate or can contact Dr/ George Couch at couch003@gannon.edu.