MHA News

LinkedIn Learning BHM Challenge

The UNCW MHA Program aims to prepare students within an environment that enables them to understand the diversity of cultures, values, and behaviors in contemporary healthcare organizations and the need for inclusiveness. “Inclusiveness” refers to a cultural characteristic that values the roles and contributions of all in a diverse environment. As such, the Program provides or highlights opportunities to expose our students and faculty to diversity.

This month, Black History Month, celebrates the achievements and impact of African Americans in the U.S. and across the world. During this time, we as a society recognize and pay homage to the contributions, innovations, and trailblazers within the black community that has elevated the fields of business, technology, art, music, & science. 

In celebration of Black History Month (BHM), LinkedIn Learning created a LinkedIn Learning BHM Challenge that kicked off on February 9th. LinkedIn Learning curated and spotlighted some of the great courses taught by black authors. In response, the UNCW MHA Program has challenged program members to participate each day and discover new courses throughout February.

Each day’s activity can be completed in ~5 minutes. Some of the exciting topics (but not limited to) that our students will be exploring this month are Discovering Your Creativity, Executive Presence, Building Relationships with Executives, Cultural Lens as a Tool for Avoiding Mistakes, and The Importance of Professional Empathy. 

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Healthcare Administration Program Wins AUPHA Engagement Award

1/27/22 - UNC Wilmington’s Healthcare Administration program has won an Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Engagement Award. The award recognizes a new Program member for accomplishments within a single year. Eligibility criteria include AUPHA program membership for less than five year and cumulative faculty participation in a variety of areas including publishing in the Journal of Health Administration Education and participation in meetings, networks and forums. More...


A Healthy Start: Newly Launched MHA Program to Graduate First Students

4/27/21 - Although UNCW’s Master of Healthcare Administration program has only been online for approximately a year, six of its 122 students will be graduating this spring.

Created and approved by the North Carolina Board of Governors in 2019, the program accepted its inaugural class last spring and ramped up enrollment in fall 2020.

“Given that we were already online, our operations were minimally affected by the pandemic,” said Eric Richardson, assistant professor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences and the program’s first coordinator. “We experienced unprecedented growth in student enrollment and faculty hiring.” More...


MHA Student Honored with 40 Under 40 Award

10/20 - The UNCW MHA Program is proud to highlight Elizabeth Barfield, who began the MHA program in spring 2020. Barfield is a Health Equity Educator at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and was recently honored with a StarNews 40 Under 40 Award. The 40 Under 40 Award is designed to spotlight those who excel in their professional roles as well as in the ways they serve our community.

Read more about Barfield


Challenging, Inspiring and Sustaining: Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

9/20 - With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to impact lives across the globe, teachers and students alike have had to rapidly adapt to new learning environments. Though it was done virtually this year, UNCW again honored the dedication and talents of its faculty at the annual fall faculty meeting on Sept. 10.

Dr. Eric Richardson, MHA program coordinator, was awarded the Excellence in e-Learning Award. The Excellence in eLearning Award is presented by Distance Education and eLearning to recognize one faculty member annually for outstanding online course design. Evaluated using the Quality Matters rubric, fellow UNCW faculty members serve as peer reviewers to score the recipient based on innovative course design, usability, accessibility, and employment of student-centered, research-based practices. More...


Accreditation Candidacy Eligibility 

4/20 - The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s MHA Program recently submitted and was approved for Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) - Candidacy Eligibility. Candidacy Eligibility is an application and approval process documenting a Program’s “intention to apply” and “meeting of the eligibility requirements” for later applying for CAHME Candidacy. For initial accreditation reviews, the statement is submitted one year in advance and a copy is included with the initial program’s self-study document. The MHA program will be able to submit its Candidacy application upon its first graduate of the program, projected for Spring 2021. Recently, the program was highlighted among five other leading programs (i.e., John Hopkins University, Baylor University) in a CAHME whitepaper that was assembled to highlight best practices and a futurist view from leading academics in healthcare management education.


CHHS Seeks Quality Matters Certification for Online Programs

4/20 - The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences is seeking Quality Matters (QM) Certification for its online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program.

Quality Matters (QM) is a global name in enabling a quality assurance process for online and blended programs through three critical components-Rubric Standards, Faculty and Staff Professional Development and Course & Program Reviews. QM program certification is a gold standard of quality assurance for online programs with a focus on four critical areas of program design, teaching support, learner support and learner success. Achieving certification in all four critical areas within a three-year period will receive Exemplary Program Status from QM. More...


Competency Assessment for Graduate Healthcare Management Programs: Perspectives from the Field (pdf)  |  CAHME

March 2020 - The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) recently assembled best practices and a futurist view from leading academics from six programs that range in accreditation experience from more than 50 to less than 10 years.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s MHA Program and Program Coordinator Dr. Eric Richardson was selected to draft the section on The Importance of Competency Assessment on The Development of Future Leaders. 

CAHME noted, they “hoped that the insights and best practices of faculty from these programs allow you to advance the quality of graduate healthcare management education in your program, whatever your degree and wherever you are in the accreditation process, as you proceed on your #COMPETENCYJOURNEY”.


UNCW announces two new graduate programs

WWAY: Nov. 7, 2019


UNCW to offer master’s programs in healthcare administration, athletic training in 2020

WECT News: Nov. 7, 2019


The Future Of Health Care: Administration

Greater Wilmington Business Journal (November 1, 2019): The Census Bureau projects by 2030, the United States will have more 65-and-older residents than children. As this baby boomer population continues to age, but remain active in their later years, there is an increased demand for healthcare services.

This means greater needs for physicians and other healthcare professionals, medical procedures and facilities – and for managers who organize and manage medical information and healthcare staff. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. More...


UNC Board of Governors Approves Masters of Healthcare Administration Degree Program

CHHS News: On Jan. 24, 2019, the UNC Board of Governors approved CHHS’ request to offer the Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program.

A market analysis by the Educational Advisory Board identified the MHA as the highest priority new degree program for CHHS. The MHA will meet a significant under-served need in the professional preparation of early- to mid-careerists in healthcare administration. More...