The vision of the University of Florida MHA program is to be nationally recognized for innovatively educating students who will dedicate their careers to ensuring the provision of exceptional health care services.
MHA Mission Statement
The UF MHA program develops engaged early health care careerists to use evidence-based strategies to improve healthcare quality, affordability, and access. We provide students with fundamental knowledge using a cohort model in a campus-based setting that emphasizes experiential learning and data-driven problem solving both in the classroom and in the practice environment. Students will develop proficiency to detect, analyze, manage and respond to critical administrative issues in both provider and non-provider healthcare organizations. Our program embraces ethical conduct and professionalism, diversity and inclusion, practitioner involvement and team-based learning. Faculty inform practice with research and service to the community.
The Full-Time Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degree is completed during two years of study. The curriculum for the MHA consists of 21 courses totaling 57 credit hours. Students are required to complete a summer internship between their first and second year of the program.
The Part-Time Master of Health Administration (MHA) Degree is designed to meet the needs of a select group of students who are working full-time. This degree can be achieved in 3 years with completion of 57 credit hours comprised of on-campus daytime courses, a few online course requirements, and a required internship. Students must be able to attend the regularly scheduled on-campus classes.
Purpose of the Internship
The Internship in Health Administration (HSA 6855) gives graduate students a unique opportunity to actively contribute to a healthcare organization during the summer between the first and second year of coursework. The 10- to 12-week full-time work experience allows students to apply management concepts in the world of practice.
Internship Settings and Past Placements
The Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy is interested in securing internship placements in a wide variety of organizations, including those involved in the delivery, organization, financing, evaluation, and monitoring of health services. Most students will be placed in organizations in the North Central Florida area, but some may prefer to work in other locations. Recent interns have served at:
- Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL)
- Orlando Health (Orlando, FL)
- Tenet Healthcare (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
- PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Tampa, FL)
- Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, VA)
- UF Student Healthcare Center & UF Faculty Group Practice (Gainesville, FL)
- Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)
- Health Management Associates, Inc. (Naples, FL)
- Health First (Rockledge, FL)
- VA Medical Center (West Palm Beach, FL)
- Baylor Healthcare System (Dallas, TX) and other leading organizations.
The internship is a 5-credit course offered in the “Summer C” term between the first and second academic year of the MHA program. Students are expected to work full-time for 10- to 12- weeks from approximately mid-May to early-August. In order to successfully complete the course, students must complete two written requirements an internship plan and a project portfolio.
Because students typically provide services that benefit the organization in which they serve, in most instances they are paid either a monthly stipend or an hourly wage.