Healthcare Administration | MHA

Pacific’s first graduate health professions program designed for working professionals, the Master of Healthcare Administration Program prepares students to become leaders in the challenging and dynamic environment of healthcare. With a blended curriculum of courses that include online and in-class sessions during evenings and weekends, working professionals can apply their experience in the classroom and gain relevant experience through internships and capstone projects.

MHA Program Features

  • Faculty who are working professionals in the field
  • Building essential leadership skills
  • Executive format for working professionals
  • Mentor program with faculty and healthcare professionals
  • Location in Hillsboro (adjacent to MAX)
  • Intimate class size, which nurtures student-faculty interaction
  • Exposure to Pacific University’s other health professions programs
Director & Associate Professor, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
Associate Professor and Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services Librarian
Assistant Dean for Clinical Services, Assistant Professor

Bobby Nijjar, RD, EdD

Assistant Professor
Experiential Learning Coordinator; Assistant Professor
Director of Human Resources & Safety Management; Instructor

Fall - Block I

MHA-601

Executive Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare

2 credits

MHA-605

Healthcare Management Strategies

3 credits

MHA-625

Intro to Healthcare Finance and Accounting

4 credits

Spring - Block II

MHA-630

Healthcare Finance

3 credits

MHA-620

Healthcare Operations Management

3 credits

MHA-650

Health Services Research and Evaluation Methods

3 credits

Summer - Block III

MHA-510

Policy, Regulation and Politics of Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-610

Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Systems

3 credits

MHA-691

Capstone Seminar: First Year Students

1 credit

Fall - Block IV

MHA-525

Community Health and Managerial Epidemiology

3 credits

MHA-515

Managing Human Resources and Diversity in Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-615

Strategic Planning and Marketing

3 credits

Spring - Block V

MHA-640

Legal Aspects of Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-635

Managing Information Systems in Healthcare

3 credits

MHA-550

Quality Management in Healthcare

3 credits

Summer - Block VI

MHA-530

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

2 credits

MHA-675

Internship or Research Project

1-9 credits

MHA-692

Capstone Seminar: Second Year Students

1 credit

Internship

Internships must take place within a healthcare organization under the supervision of an onsite preceptor. The student, faculty advisor, and preceptor must agree on the selection of an appropriate project which the student must describe in writing and submit to the MHA Program director, the faculty advisor, and the preceptor for approval.

During the internship, students must demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the MHA coursework, and the project must demonstrate the application of quantitative and/or financial/analytic skills. A final paper analyzing the internship and the project is required of the student, as well as routine time logs of completed project work within the institution, and a presentation of the project to the organization’s senior management, the MHA Program faculty, and fellow students.

Healthcare Research or Health Policy Analysis Paper

Under the direct supervision of faculty and the approval of the MHA Program director, students may choose to complete a healthcare research, health management research or health policy analysis paper of publishable quality.

Potential peer-reviewed journals for publication of the paper must be identified in advance by the student, and the research designed, conducted, and reported according to the peer-review standards of one of the cited journals. Students will be required to submit a copy of the journal standards as well as complete and submit a formal research proposal for approval by the faculty and the MHA Program director. Specific proposal guidelines adopted by the MHA Program will be provided to students for this project. Students also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Pacific University.

During the course of the research, students will be required to demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the MHA coursework, particularly in regard to research design and methodology. Upon completion of the research, students will be required to present and defend the research before the faculty and fellow students. 

Field Research Project 

Students will be afforded an opportunity to conduct a field research project on a specific healthcare management problem in a community or institutional setting. A formal research proposal must be prepared, submitted, and approved by the faculty, the MHA Program director and the institution involved in the research. Specific proposal guidelines adopted by the MHA Program will be provided to students for this project. Students also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Pacific University.

During the course of the project, students will be required to demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the MHA coursework, particularly in regard to research design and methodology. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student’s integrative experience in the MHA Program. Field research projects/papers must be presented to the faculty, the institution or community of research, and fellow students, and defended by the student.

Oct. 10, 2014 | The Opioid Puzzle: Best Practices in Healthcare
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014 - 08:30 to 15:00

With the current medical and legislative controversies around use of opioids in chronic pain patients, many providers puzzle to balance appropriately treating pain and increasing quality of life, versus overmedicating or inappropriately medicating patients with disastrous consequences. The Opioid Puzzle: Best Practices in Healthcare workshop clarifies misconceptions around the mechanisms and signs of tolerance, addiction, and dependence, reviews current laws and regulations regarding controlled substance prescribing including the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and deliberates on how to make the decision to treat with an opioid. After attending this seminar, participants should be able to better understand the mechanism by which opioid addiction occurs, the objective data of opioid use and law in the Pacific Northwest, how to protect their practice while improving patient care, and should be able to inform their clinical decision making by an increased understanding of risk factors and protocols for opioid treatment.
COURSE PRESENTERS |
Amber Buhler, PhD Associate Professor
Michael Millard, RPh, MS Assistant Dean for Clinical Services, Assistant Professor
Andrew Mendenhall, MD Medical Director of Hazelden Beaverton