"Before I came to Grand Valley, I ran various nonprofits for 10 years. I bring in real-life examples to the classes." - Heather Carpenter, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
The accreditation of the Master in Health Administration (MHA) Program is in the Universitys 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. GVSUs 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.
Courtney Banks-Tatum (MHA '13) is an Employer Relations Manager at Calvin College.
Marenta Klinger (MHA '11) has been director of masterpiece living at Holland Home since December 2013.