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California Northstate University Launches New Master’s Degree Program in Healthcare Administration

Not many career fields can expect growth in the year 2020. Likewise, almost no fields can expect growth in the double digits.

However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of healthcare continues to grow. In addition, those with a Masters in Health Administration (MHA), can expect to see growth up to 22%.

Recently, the healthcare field has seen massive increases in the number of healthcare consumers.  These increases, in turn, result in a higher demand for doctors, medical procedures, and health care facilities. Some attribute this growth to the longevity of the boomer generation. After all, Boomers are staying active for greater periods of time than previous generations of retired persons. 

Growing demand for healthcare, coupled with more active seniors, means a Masters in Health Administration has the potential to open career doors. These include career’s for aspiring hospital administrators, nursing directors, health services managers, or clinical managers. Luckily, now you can pursue this growing opportunity at the Rancho Cordova campus of California Northstate University (CNU). 

CNU Announces MHA Program In Press Release

According to Melissa Sheldon, Graduate Program Director of MHA at CNU, in just two years you can earn your MHA, including a practicum and capstone/residency. Sheldon brings 20 years of program management and outreach experience to the MHA. She directs all aspects of the program for the College of Graduate Studies. Most recently, Sheldon served as Executive Director for Executive and Professional Programs at Sacramento State’s College of Business. There, Sheldon grew the MBA for Executives program as well as other self-support programs under the graduate program’s umbrella.

This week, CNU issued a press release announcing its new MHA program:

SACRAMENTO—Sept.1–California Northstate University (CNU) announced today that it has launched a new Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree with three concentrations: 1) Leadership, 2) Analytics and Intelligence, and 3) Service Excellence. The hybrid program complements CNU’s mission and vision of advancing the science and art of healthcare. It aims to prepare early to mid-careerists with healthcare industry knowledge and business administration skills required to pursue potential leadership positions in healthcare management such as health service administrators, managers, analysts, entrepreneurs, and eventually, executive leadership.

MHA faculty cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets geared towards innovating and engineering healthcare systems of the future while corresponding to the societal need of producing ethical and responsible leaders.  Through this transformational change, leaders will deliver improved healthcare delivery systems through operational excellence.

The degree program looks to bridge the educational gap in the healthcare sector, as predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that “over 4 million health care jobs will be added through 2026, making it the fastest-growing field.”

Graduate Education To Meet the Complexities And Challenges Within The Evolution Of Healthcare

“We are excited to launch the only Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) in Northern California to prepare students for a rewarding career in the field of healthcare. CNU will serve as the West Coast educational catalyst to deliver cutting-edge and proven technologies in analytics and intelligence (A.I.) that will optimize healthcare delivery systems,” said Melissa Sheldon, Graduate Program Director of the MHA at CNU. “We have hired some of the best professors in the region that bring a breadth of business and healthcare experience. We are thrilled to deliver this level of expertise to the region given that most programs are in Southern California or online.”

The new curriculum incorporates concepts and competencies prescribed by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA). Instruction includes the Interprofessional Education framework, yielding collaborative leaders who communicate empathetically among their teams. Students include aspiring medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, administrators, marketers, among others. 

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) approved the new CNU degree program. The program expects to launch its inaugural class in the Spring of 2021.

About California Northstate University

California Northstate University is an institution of higher education dedicated to advancing the art and science of healthcare and to educating, training, and developing individuals to provide competent, patient-centered care. The University consists of five colleges. These include the Colleges of:

  1. Pharmacy
  2. Medicine
  3. Psychology
  4. Graduate Studies
  5. Health Sciences 

In addition, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Medicine, and the College of Psychology offer a PharmD degree, an MD, and a PsyD degree respectively. Lastly, the College of Health Sciences offers a B.S. degree in Health Sciences.

CNU’s mission is to advance the art and science of healthcare. Its vision is to provide innovative education and healthcare delivery systems.

For more information about the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, please visit the http://www.cnsu.edu/ (Graduate Studies).











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