Grand Valley's Master of Health Administration, offered through the College of Community and Public Service, has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Grand Valley's MHA is only the second graduate program in the state to achieve the coveted CAHME accreditation, joining the University of Michigan.
For a graduate program in health care management to become accredited, it must offer a rigorous curriculum and high-quality student experience, while demonstrating graduate success in the job market.
Programs with CAHME accreditation take part in a quality improvement process with participation from leading academics and practitioners. CAHME provides students access to materials such as Modern Healthcare and American Hospital Association's Personal Membership groups.
Raymond J. Higbea, director of GVSU's School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, said strong placement statistics is one reason for growing interest in Grand Valley's program.
"More than 90 percent of graduates from CAHME-accredited programs are placed in a health care management job within three months of graduation," Higbea said.
More than 200 health care professionals already have MHA degrees from Grand Valley; about 70 students will be pursuing their MHA degree this fall.