Health Policy and Management Executive MHA

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Executive MHA Summary
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MHA Program

Leadership at all levels of the organization demands effective decision-making–analyzing and making choices–then putting them into action. Our program is designed specifically to help students improve decision-making capabilities and leadership skills, especially for the delivery of health care.

The focus of our MHA program is on the realities of today’s health care marketplace and the unique skill sets necessary to navigate and succeed in that marketplace. Our program is not easy, is not for everyone, and require significant student commitment . . . just what you should expect from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

All students in the MHA program work full time: the intended outcome for graduates of the program is postgraduate employment in public health and health care services with more significant management and leadership responsibility than held previously. We measure our success by your success, so we will do everything we can to help advance your career.

Proven Results

  • Consistently ranked in top 3 by U.S. News & World Report and Modern Healthcare.
  • Executive Master’s programs (since 1969); Health Policy & Management programs (since 1936).
  • Over 1600 graduates in leadership positions around the world.
  • Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accredited.

Integrative Curriculum

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Each course builds on the concepts learned in prior terms and focuses on improving decision-making and leadership skills.

  • Intense BaseCamp workshops grounded in business competencies held on campus.
  • Applied Leadership Integrative simulations held at end of each term to test concepts learned.
  • Classes held online in real time with faculty and students, typically Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for two hours each.
  • Immediate application of new skills and knowledge to work environment.
  • Taught by a world-class faculty who use a variety of learning approaches.

Necessary Skills

Students, applicants, alumni, and preceptors have confirmed the top competencies needed: communication, analytical, technical, and innovative thinking skills

  • Our toolbox of leading edge concepts and techniques provide you with skills and vital competencies and the ability to use these in various challenging business situations.
  • Through workshops, journaling, team activities, and interaction with other students and faculty, students hone their leadership skills and build new networks.

Concentrated Program Length

  • The program is completed in 2 years (49 credit hours).
  • Three on-campus sessions per year; 14 days (8 workdays, 6 weekend days).

On-Campus Dates

2017-2018# Days on CampusSimulation/Finish TermWorkshopsStart New Courses
Fall 20176August 12 - 13, 2017August 14 - 15, 2017August 16 - 17, 2017
Spring 20184December 9 - 10, 2017N/ADecember 11 - 12, 2017
Summer 20184April 28 - 29, 2018N/AApril 30 - May 1, 2018

Improved Networking Opportunities

  • MHA (healthcare administration) and MPH (public health sector) students take courses together, experiencing. Professional diversity unmatched by any other university.
  • Use residential sessions to maximize networking opportunities with colleagues and faculty.
  • Join an established, supportive and active alumni network.

Recommended Background or Knowledge

The Executive MHA program does not require specific prior course work. In fact, students come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, laboratory sciences, insurance, and many others. Enrolling students, however, should have some basic knowledge of elementary accounting, college algebra, statistics, and microeconomics. Applicants without this knowledge should consider enrolling in appropriate college-level courses or self-study programs. (For a list of workbook recommendations, email us at emp@unc.edu.)

Technology Familiarity

Enrolling students should have access to an IBM-compatible personal computer, and be able to use word processing and spreadsheet software, and the Internet. Because the bulk of the coursework is presented and distributed via the Web, it is required that students have high-speed Internet access.

Employer and Student Demands

Enrolling students and their employers must recognize the demands of the Executive MHA program. Students will have to balance professional and personal responsibilities with a rigorous program of study. Employers must provide time for attendance at on-campus sessions and should not place extraordinary job requirements on the employee while he or she is enrolled. In addition, some employers have demonstrated further commitment to the program by agreeing to: reimburse full or partial tuition costs, maintain salary during attendance, not count campus sessions against vacation time, and/or reimburse travel, lodging, and/or other expenses for on-campus visits.

BaseCamp

Base Camps are intense sessions focused on ensuring each student has the core basic skills necessary across the curriculum. They are held at the beginning of each Fall semester. Topics covered include: six sigma / LEAN, effective presentations, effective writing, library search, and Excel functions.

Leadership Practicum and Journaling

An important part of the program is required courses and surveys in which students reflect, throughout the program, on program content, key learning, and experiences. Students read books on topics such as political savvy, power–its uses and abuses, negotiation, psychology of persuasion, reputation management, and self-leadership. Students apply the knowledge gained in these books to their current work settings developing daily tools that they can use throughout the remainder of their careers. Students also complete course application surveys after every semester to relate specific tools and knowledge gained from the semester to their work setting.

Applied Leadership Integrative Module

On-campus integrative module simulations reinforce skills learned in the classroom and apply them to a real public health management case. Students receive the topic and materials a few weeks before their on-campus sessions. While on campus, students work in teams to form and present their business case. Topics include: disaster management, turnaround management, governance, and workforce development.

Competency Model

Our curriculum framework is a competency model that defines what graduates should be able to do to succeed in their professional careers. Please review the details of our Competency Logic Model.

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 49 credit hours.
  • Capstone Course: Students must complete the Capstone Course. They must also write and submit a Business Plan or Technical Paper during the final year of study. These meet the Graduate School requirements of a written comprehensive examination and a master’s thesis.
  • Time Limitation: The Executive Master’s programs strongly discourage students from getting “off-track,” since students are expected to complete the program as a cohort, following a specific progression through the curriculum. In rare circumstances, the program may approve a change in plan; however Graduate School policy is that all requirements for the degree must be completed within five years from the time of initial enrollment in the program.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for all programs can be found here.

BaseCamp/Classes begin in August.

General Requirements for Application

  • Currently employed in the health or human services field and have, or expect to have, managerial or supervisory experience.
  • Three years of experience in healthcare or public health by the time classes and currently working in public health or healthcare services (for waivers, contact Director of EMP).
  • GRE or GMAT scores that are less than 5 years old and in the 50th percentile for the Verbal and Quantitative sections (except for applicants holding doctoral level degrees: ex MD, DDS, Ph.D., JD).
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Three Letters of Reference.

Required Application Materials

For MHA:

  • Completion of online Graduate School application. Start your application by creating an account and following the instructions. Applications for the next academic year are available in August. A current email address is a required field on the application since all correspondence is conducted by email. If you have problems with the online form, contact the Graduate School.
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • GRE scores should be sent to GRE institution #5816; GMAT should be sent to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Kenan-Flagler Business School – Other Graduate Programs (code D40-HL-34). Scores should be no more than 5 years old. Applicants with a doctoral-level degree from a US or Canadian university are exempt.
  • Transcripts (complete, not selected courses). One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. If offered admission, one paper official transcript for each university attended will be required.
  • The email address of three recommenders is required within the application for electronic submission and delivery.
  • Please upload a two page (no more than 500 words) statement addressing the following:
    • Why are you applying to this degree?
    • How will this degree program at UNC-CH contribute to your projected career?
    • What is your experience working in teams and what you can contribute to a team?
    • Please provide any additional information that you think will help us to evaluate your application.

International Applicants

In addition to the materials listed above, international applicants must submit the following:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than 2 years old). UNC is institution #5816. See http://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/instructions.html#toefl
  • The University is not authorized to issue “Certificates of Eligibility” Forms I-20 or DS-2019 for F-1 or J-1 student visas for attendance in part-time, on-line degree programs. Since courses for the Executive MHA program are principally taught online, and the program is designed to be part-time for those currently employed, students requiring a student visa to enter the U.S. would not be eligible to enroll in the Executive MHA program. Instead, those requiring a student visa are encouraged to apply for a full time on-campus degree program.

Prospective students in non-immigrant statuses that allow study may be eligible to enroll. Consult with immigration counsel for details related to your non-immigrant status. Note that students should not enter the U.S. in B-1/B-2 status for the purpose of pursuing a degree program at UNC-CH. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has prepared a useful chart of immigration statuses that allow study in the U.S. See: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/Nonimmigrant%20Class%20Who%20Can%20Study.pdf.

  • GRE or GMAT scores – applicants practicing medicine or completing residency training in the US can request an exemption by submitting the United States Medical License Exam (USMLE) Step 1 in English scores or the FLEX scores to Health Policy and Management Student Services. http://www.usmle.org/

GRE/GMAT Scores

GRE/GMAT scores not more than five years old are required for all applicants, and TOEFL scores not more than two years old are required for international applicants. PLEASE NOTE: GRE or GMAT scores are advised, but not required for applicants with an earned academic or professional doctoral-level degree–such as an MD, DDS, JD, PhD or DVM–from a U.S. or Canadian university.)

For those who have not taken the GRE yet or who took it more than five years ago, you must register to take the test with the Educational Testing Service (ETS). In addition, we strongly recommend that you consider first participating in a preparatory study program, such as a self-help program, courses, or individual tutoring. While performance on a standardized test is used as only one indicator of an applicant’s ability to do graduate-level work, the Graduate School does recommend scores at the 50th percentile level.

Exam results will be sent to you and to the institutions you designate within 15 days of your test administration. For results to be sent to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please indicate institution #5816 for the GRE and #D40-HL-72 for GMAT.

Tuition and Fees

The latest information on costs for the Executive Master’s programs can be found by visiting the most current Tuition and Fee Rates document, found under the Charges for Attendance heading on the University Finance Division web site. Scroll down to the Health Affairs/School of Public Health Off Campus Programs section of the document.

Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change.

Need financial assistance? See our Financial Aid Information.

Additional Helpful Links

Prospective Student Information: http://gradschool.unc.edu/students_prospective.html

Residency Requirements and Information: http://registrar.unc.edu/academic-services/residency/

Contact Information

Admission Questions
Kim Sieler, Assistant Registrar
DrPH, Executive Master’s and Certificate Programs
919-966-7364 (voice)
919-843-4980 (fax)
emp@unc.edu

Program Questions
Bill Gentry
Executive Programs Director
919-966-4228 (voice)
wgentry@email.unc.edu

Residency Questions
Lynnette Jones, Registrar
Student Services Manager
919-966-7391
ljones3@email.unc.edu

Jackie Siler, Assistant Registrar
Residential Master’s and BSPH Programs
919-966-4609
jsiler@email.unc.edu

Mailing Address
Department of Health Policy and Management
CB# 7411
120 Rosenau Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

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