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UBC MHA Graduate Program


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The UBC Master of Health Administration (MHA) integrates skills and ideas unique to healthcare administration with advanced business and management training. Our weekend modular format is designed for working professionals seeking a solution to complex health delivery issues.

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UBC MHA Graduate Program

  1. 1. Master of Health Administration
  2. 2. Master of Health Administration (MHA) • Uniquely designed for leadership roles in health care administration • Training in advanced business, management and healthcare concepts • Co-delivered by the School of Population and Public Health and the Sauder School of Business Master of Health Administration
  3. 3. Local, national and international reputation Leadership development Study while you work Build your career
  4. 4. Program structure designed for working professionals •Two-year professional program • Compressed format • Cohort model •Classes held at UBC Robson Square downtown, every 3-4 weeks Master of Health Administration
  5. 5. Curriculum uniquely designed for healthcare leadership • breadth and depth of courses span healthcare sector • 24 courses, 1.5 credits • case studies, discussions, group work, presentations • independent capstone research project (SPHA 590) Master of Health Administration
  6. 6. Capstone project to investigate a topic of interest (SPHA 590) •written report • work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor • depth of topic •oriented to problems/issues of professional practice in healthcare administration Master of Health Administration
  7. 7. Past projects • Organizational Culture and Quality Improvement in Heart Health • Fee-for service and Alternate Payment Plan Models in Fraser Health Authority Urban Emergency Departments: An Environmental Scan • Giving the community a voice in research: an evaluation of international public engagement methods for biobanks • Improving the BC Quality Academy Professional Development Program Master of Health Administration
  8. 8. Designed for working professionals, attend classes on Friday afternoons and weekends. •19 hours per weekend - Friday, 3 pm to 9 pm - Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm - Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm • Year one: September to June •Year two: Courses in September to June; capstone project in July and August* *graduate in November, 26 months after program start Master of Health Administration
  9. 9. Your financial investment reaps many returns Tuition: $28,459.90 (Cdn citizens); $39,652.54 (Study Permit) for a two-year program (2017-2018 fees) • Fees are paid in three instalments per year, at the beginning of September, January and June • Program fees include tuition, textbooks and course materials, and meals • Student fees approx. $850 (Upass and Health Insurance) Master of Health Administration
  10. 10. Career Management to support your career goals Self assessment and one-on-one Career development workshops Networking with alumni and industry Master of Health Administration
  11. 11. MHA graduates are innovative thinkers and natural leaders, with an eye toward the future of health care.
  12. 12. MHA outcomes - website
  13. 13. MHA Cohort 30-35 students per year with a diverse mix of professional backgrounds Average age:30 Gender – Male: 35 and Female: 65 Average work experience: 7 years Background: clinical: 41%, administrative: 43%, research: 12%, other: 4% *based on 112 students enrolled in the MHA in June 2015
  14. 14. Admissions Requirements and Steps to Apply Master of Health Administration
  15. 15. Admission: Meet the academic requirements • Bachelor’s degree • a B+ (76%) or higher average • English language proficiency • Quantitative skills: Undergraduate course in statistics or math with B+ (76%) or higher, or GRE, if applicable. Must have been completed in the last ten years. Master of Health Administration
  16. 16. Admission: Academic and professional experience • CV • Letter of Intent • Reference Letters – referees upload their letters after the application has been submitted Submit these documents with your application through the document upload feature. Master of Health Administration
  17. 17. Leverage your Letter of Intent (LOI) • Speak about your ideas, skills and experiences to demonstrate your goals as a future health care leader • Think of your LOI like a cover letter for the admissions committee • Approx. 500 words • Draft and finalize before you submit your application Master of Health Administration
  18. 18. Ask referees to highlight your leadership potential • ability to excel in the MHA • Help your referees write impactful content • form with dedicated questions • consider the timing carefully Master of Health Administration
  19. 19. Master of Health Administration Application steps Two-step process Step 1: Initial evaluation through the application process • Unofficial transcripts uploaded with your application • Letter of Intent, CV and references uploaded through the application site • TOEFL & GRE scores • Submit by the application deadline Step 2: Application proceeds to admissions committee • Two official copies of transcripts in sealed envelopes
  20. 20. Master of Health Administration Application steps Application Deadline: February 1- Study Permit March 1 – Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents Admission Decisions: March Early April Mid April May/June Application reviews with admission committee Recommendations for admission to Grad Studies Admission offers sent out Accept your offer
  21. 21. Our most common admission questions • How is my GPA calculated? • How do I know if I meet the quantitative requirement? • Do I have to write the GRE? • I have two degrees, how is my GPA calculated? • Can I transfer courses from another degree? • How do I know if you’ve received my documents? • Is there a waitlist? Review our FAQs: requirements/admission-faq/ Master of Health Administration