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Centenary College Launches New Master of Health Administration Program

05/15/2014, 02:36 PM

Hackettstown, N.J., – The Centenary College administration is pleased to announced an addition to the College’s portfolio of degree offerings – a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree, which will start this fall.

“This is such an exciting endeavor for Centenary College, as this is the first health-related degree we have ever offered,” says Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College.  “This is an innovative program that is uniquely designed address the changing health industry dynamics that are a result of the Affordable Care Act.  The health environment is fundamentally changing and this program will afford our students the development of leadership and management expertise in all vital areas of health administration.”

As a result of the profound changes in the health industry being brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the competencies and skills needed by health leaders and managers have undergone a paradigm shift.  What distinguishes Centenary’s Master of Health Administration program is that it has been created specifically to prepare leaders and managers to excel in this transforming environment.  The MHA program is relevant for professionals and providers in all sectors of the health industry, including hospitals, pharmaceuticals, physician practice groups and long-term care organizations.

The MHA program is uniquely designed for working health professionals and providers.  The MHA courses are offered in the evening in a blended format, with classes meeting in a combination of face-to-face and online formats.  This blended structure allows the students to take two integrated courses per semester, while only attending class face-to-face one evening per week.  In the integrated courses, students explore how diverse healthcare topics and issues are interrelated and investigate the ways in which different leadership and management competencies and skill sets are interconnected.

Students take the MHA program with a group of students (cohort) who start, continue and complete the MHA program together.  Cohorts encourage the establishment of learning communities where students are better able to support each other, and to engage in enhanced peer-to-peer learning.  Cohorts for the MHA program can be formed at any Centenary College location, as well as directly on-site at health organizations

Dr. Linda Hunter was hired to establish this new program at Centenary College.  Dr. Hunter, who is the Director of the Master of Health Administration program and an Associate Professor, is a Registered Nurse, and holds a Doctor of Medical Humanities degree.  Prior to joining Centenary College, Dr. Hunter taught for 12 years in a graduate program in healthcare administration and also served as the chair of that program.  Dr. Hunter’s previous healthcare experience also includes being President and CEO of a home health agency.

Dr. Hunter serves on the Board of Directors for the Bon Secours Charity Health System that includes three hospitals, a certified home health agency, two long-term facilities, and an assisted living and adult home facility.  A member of the Ethics Faculty Forum of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Dr. Hunter also served as Chair of that Forum.  Additionally, Dr. Hunter is a member of the New Jersey Regent’s Council for the American College of Health Executives.

“As the health system is undergoing a dramatic transformation, a new standard is being created for what is required of health leaders and managers,” says Dr. Hunter. “This MHA program offers distinctive application-based, state-of-the-art learning opportunities to groom leaders and managers for success in the contemporary health environment.”

For more information, call 1 (877) 236-4723, e-mail mha@centenarycollege.edu or visit CentenaryCollege.edu/MHA.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
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