Equipping Leaders to Reimagine Healthcare

Meet Kate Best, Health Administration Alumni

BEST Grad Schools US News and World Report Healthcare Management 2024The VCU Department of Health Administration is a premiere research department geared toward creating the most innovative, compassionate, and business-savvy leaders to reimagine healthcare. We have access to the amenities of a large institution with a small and student-centric atmosphere. We teach our students both the executive and technical skills needed to be well-rounded leaders. Our 70-year legacy of success combined with our ability to adapt responsively to an ever changing field sets us apart from other health administration programs.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is rated in the top three among its peers in the country by U.S. News and World Report. We also offer highly regarded online-hybrid MSHA Program and HSOR PhD Program programs.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program selects highly qualified applicants with an interest in leadership in the health care field. Many of our students, but not all, come to us with 1-2 years of experience in some aspect of the health care industry. The MHA program also offers three fully accredited dual degrees: MHA/JD, MHA/MD, and MHA/MSIS.

A GOOD FIT FOR: Candidates who seek a future in a leadership position with a health care organization. 

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT: Students gain real-life experience through our unique 12-month paid residency program. 

The Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program is a 22-month hybrid program that utilizes both online and in-class learning for full-time and part-time students. 

A GOOD FIT FOR: Mid-career healthcare professionals seeking a transition to a leadership position. 

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT: This hybrid online program accommodates distance and part-time learners and can be immediately applied to current jobs held by students as well as for career advancement.

The Health Services Organization and Research (HSOR) PhD program focuses on healthcare organizational theory and research. Students receive individualized guidance and collaboration for publications. Students also have the opportunity for immediate job placement after finishing our program.

A GOOD FIT FOR: Students with diverse educational, work, and life experiences who demonstrate a capacity to excel in a rigorous course of doctoral study. 

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT: Our students and faculty are routinely published in national, peer reviewed research publications. Graduates are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and leadership in both clinical and academic settings.