The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program requires a summer administrative residency in a health service organization between the first and second year of coursework, unless an alternative practice experience is approved. The objectives of the HSMP residency program are to enable you to:
- Develop leadership skills, management skills, and policy analysis skills through direct participation in management activities and
- Obtain practical information and knowledge about health services management and policy analysis.
The residency is a vital part of the total educational experience, and you will gain hands-on experience working alongside seasoned professionals who enjoy mentoring students.
I have the privilege to work for and learn from a progressive health system that is at the forefront of this transformation, Intermountain Healthcare, and an innovative department that is bringing this transition into fruition, Population Health.
The MHA program coordinator will help you find a site that matches your interests and constraints. Summer administrative residents should ideally be included as a participant and observer of the top management group during the residency period. The ability to relate theory to practice is essential to the professional development of a health care executive. Preceptors should expect the resident to function as a full-time member of the management group and should also give the resident opportunity to work at their maximum potential.
Hitting the submit button on my internship application for Massachusetts General Hospital was the extent to which I thought that dream would live out. But somehow, months later I found myself hauling a suitcase through the Boston subway towards my temporary home.