Message from the Program Director

The Master of Healthcare Administration Program at Pacific University provides a significant departure from many graduate programs because of its fundamental emphasis on developing the healthcare leaders of the future.

The opportunities and challenges of a frenetic healthcare system in the United States are placing extreme demands on all those working in healthcare as well as on patients, families, and communities. To redirect the course of our healthcare delivery system, brave leadership will be required. The healthcare leaders of the future will need a firm grounding in ethics, a sense of leadership as art as well as craft, a dedication to community, and experience thinking creatively and globally to move the healthcare delivery system to a new level of functionality.

Pacific University's College of Health Professions is well situated to give graduate students immediate exposure to the administrative demands of the healthcare system and the support of outstanding faculty who have broad experience in healthcare delivery as well as teaching. The structure of the program provides flexibility for working professionals and networking opportunities that offer students access to today's leaders in the field. Students attending the MHA Program will be challenged to pursue creative approaches to healthcare management, strengthen their practice of leadership, and sharpen new administrative skills. The MHA curriculum is best suited to those individuals who rise to a personal challenge and aspire to becoming the next generation of healthcare leaders - those who can respond innovatively to the change that has become constant in healthcare and design a better system of high quality healthcare for all Americans. 


Mary E. Von, DHEd, PA-C, DFAAPA | Interim Director, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership; Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies
503-352-7359 |
UC Box: A186
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