MHA Student Experience

While obtaining your degree is your number one priority, what happens outside the classroom proves just as important in your overall graduate experience. That’s why as a student within the MHA program at The Ohio State University, you receive access to expansive professional and personal development opportunities outside of the academic curriculum.

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mha students at reception
group shot at mha reception
MHA Class of 2019
another team at mha case competition at cleveland clinic
mha case competition at cleveland clinic
mha student case competition at baylor
mha students in chicago
mha student group shot
mha student project presentation with costumes
mha students on a night out
mha student badminton game
mha students at happy hour event
mha students group photo
four mha students at reception
mha students at reception
mha students in group photo

Association of Future Healthcare Executives (AFHE)

This Ohio State student organization focuses on professional development and health care industry exposure. AFHE holds monthly meetings with guest speakers, public speaking events, professional training and social events. Additionally, strengthen your leadership skills and hold a leadership position during your second year in the program. 

Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society and Management Institute

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society (HSMPAS), which represents more than 1,000 program alumni across the country, actively invests in your success. In addition to participating in a variety of professional development efforts, the HSMPAS organizations offer an annual Management Institute (MI) which is an all-day event that brings healthcare professionals from across the industry together to network and listen to nationally recognized speakers. You have the opportunity to attend MI and hear information on various topics in healthcare as well as learn about potential opportunities by networking with industry attendees.

MHA Case Competitions

MHA Case Competition team

The opportunity to compete in case competitions provides you with a hands-on experience related to the healthcare field. You can compete in numerous case competitions throughout the year, including:

Not only do our students participate in multiple case competitions throughout the year, but The Ohio State University Annual Leadership Development Symposium and Case Competition is organized by first year and second year MHA students.



With multiple Fortune 500 companies and some of the biggest research companies and health systems in the world and a wide variety of health policy and advocacy organizations, Columbus is rich in business and innovation. But this great city isn’t all business – it’s also a hotspot for fun! Columbus offers a vibrant cultural scene with a large young professional’s community and endless networking opportunities. The role Columbus plays in your education is immeasurable, and, with one of the best job markets in the Midwest, Columbus isn’t just a great place to get a degree – it’s also a great place to launch a career!

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  • Newport Music Hall
  • Columbus Museum of Art


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  • Baseball: Clippers


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