"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
Our MHA program emphasizes management principles that are relevant to nonprofit health organizations, which are very prominent in Michigan (e.g., CHE Trinity Health, including Mercy Health, Covenant Retirement Communities, Henry Ford Health System, Holland Homes, Hospice of Michigan, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, McLaren Health Care, Metro Health Hospital, Porter Hills Retirement Communities, Sparrow Health, and Spectrum Health System.) Students are also prepared for managerial roles in government and for-profit organizations. However, the MHA faculty partners with other programs to provide management education to students who want a degree that incorporates elements outside of health management.
Several graduate programs at Grand Valley share health management classes with the MHA program. Students in these programs will be qualified for management positions in specific health areas.
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nursing is a profession focused on the healthcare of individuals, families, and communities. Nurses provide care in cooperative settings, like hospitals and physicians’ offices, and independently, as nursing professionals. Many large and complex settings need a nurse managers to perform planning, organizing, staffing, and directing. For students who desire management skills in addition to nursing competencies, the Grand Valley DNP offers a 42-credit track in Nursing Administration and Health Care Systems.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The MBA is the premier professional degree in the world of business. Although the health sector is composed of many nonprofit organizations, many for-profit companies are also involved. Investor-owned Tenet Healthcare and Lifepoint Hospitals operate facilities in Michigan. Pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and group medical practices are usually managed as for-profits. For students who desire health management skills in addition to general business management competencies, the Grand Valley MBA offers a 12-credit emphasis in Health Sector Management.
Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL)
The MPNL prepare students to act ethically and effectively in leading and managing philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. A large part of the health sector operates as nonprofit organizations. The MHA is the best choice for students wanting to manage in healthcare delivery organizations. However, many health-related nonprofit organizations are not directly involved in healthcare delivery. Some examples of such local, national, and international organizations include American Lung Association, Easter Seals, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, International AIDS Society, Kaiser Family Foundation, MetroHealth Foundation, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Michigan Blood, Michigan State Medical Society, Midwest Eye-Banks, National Kidney Foundation, National MS Society, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and Saint Mary's Foundation. For students who desire health management skills in addition to general nonprofit management competencies, the Grand Valley MPNL offers a 9-credit emphasis in Nonprofit Healthcare.
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
The MPA prepares students to act ethically and effectively in leading and managing government organizations. Similar to the MHA, students learn how to increase organizational efficiency, evaluate policies and strategies, supervise service delivery, coordinate public relations, manage finances, develop organizational capacity, and apply ethical and legal standard. The MPA is concerned with all government agencies, not just health-related agencies. Nevertheless, people with MPAs often manage in local, state, and federal agencies such as the Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Kent County Health Department, Michigan Medical Services Administration, Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Michigan Office of Recipient Right, National Institutes of Health, and Ottawa County Health Department. For students who desire health management skills in addition to general government management competencies, the Grand Valley MPA offers a 15-credit emphasis in Health Administration.
Carolyn Faber (MHA '11) has been manager of central scheduling and access services at Spectrum Health since April 2013.
Kris Drake (MHA '07) joined joined Mercy Health Saint Mary's (Trinity Health) as Director of Operations in 2016. Kris also received the Emerging Leader Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives.