School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

MHA - Accreditation and Program Change

The Masters of Health Administration (MPA) prepares graduates for managerial and leadership roles in the challenging and complex field of health care administration. The curriculum develops advanced executive abilities through a combination of core competencies and specialized areas of concentration.

Mission Statement

Accreditation and Program Change

The accreditation of the Masters in Health Administration (MHA) Program is in the University’s strategic plan as a priority for the university, the College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) and the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA). In accordance with this plan, a program change and resource request has been approved by faculty governance and the university administration. The changes move the MHA Program to a place where it will be able to attain accreditation.

The revised MHA Program highlights a nonprofit healthcare focus and requires a maximum of 54 credits to complete for precareer students. GVSU’s MHA program is the first MHA in the nation to identify as focusing on nonprofit healthcare.

The revised MHA represents a high level of collaboration across colleges at GVSU. Conscious of the need to successfully attain accreditation at the lowest cost to GVSU, this plan includes extensive sharing of resources across three other colleges as well as ongoing sharing of resources within SPNHA.

The accrediting body for MHA programs is the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). SPNHA soon will submit its intent to apply to CAHME for accreditation of the MHA. A minimum of two years is need to complete this application process.

Why Study Health Administration at Grand Valley?


Student and Graduate Profile

Tuition and Financial Aid

Degree Requirement (beginning Fall 2014)

Degree Requirements (before Fall 2014)

Employment Outlook


Marenta Klinger, MHA '11, is currently a long-term care ombudsman with Adult-Well Being Services in Detroit.

Courtney Lawler, MHA '10, is currently a program & data analyst with the  Michigan Public Health Institute in Lansing.

Joshua Meringa, MHA '09, is currently a nurse educator / academic liaison at Spectrum Health and a council member in the City of Grandville.


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