College of Public Health students graduating

Why Choose MHA at UK?

MHA Alumnus Perspective


"I solely credit the MHA program at the University of Kentucky for helping launch my career in the healthcare field. The fast-paced two year program provided ample opportunities for networking, career development, internships, etc. and remained flexible to support students with full-time jobs. I felt challenged, supported and encouraged throughout my time at Kentucky from faculty, alumni, mentors and fellow classmates. The faculty were truly invested in the success of each student regardless of the career pathway the student chose to pursue (i.e. fellowship, residency, consulting, etc.). My experience at UK was outstanding and has afforded me the opportunity to work at one of the top academic medical centers in the country. I would encourage any prospective students who aspire to a leadership role in the healthcare industry to seriously consider University of Kentucky's MHA program." 

Brandi Moore, MHA
Clinical Operations Manager | Surgical Services | Ophthalmology
Mayo Clinic

Distinguished HealthCare Leaders
The Executive Seminar Series, established in 2011, allows MHA students the opportunity to interact with national healthcare leaders in a small group setting. Speakers have included James Skogsbergh, President and CEO, Advocate HealthCare; John King, a past Chairman of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees; Dr. David Lawrence, retired CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals; Phyllis Wingate, Division President, Northern Group, Carolinas HealthCare System; Jonathan S. Nalli, CEO, St. Vincent; Michael D. Connelly, President and CEO, Mercy Health; Toby Freier, President, New Ulm Medical Center; Nancy M. Schlichting, retired CEO, Henry Ford Health System; Robert J. Henkel, retired President and CEO, Ascension Healthcare; Dr. Eli Capilouto, President, University of Kentucky; and Dr. Mark Newman, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Kentucky.

Strong Academic-Practitioner Partnerships
Lexington has long served as a regional center for healthcare in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Healthcare professionals from University of Kentucky HealthCare and local and regional health systems often speak to MHA classes. In addition, part-time work experiences and internships often are supported by local, regional, and national healthcare organizations.

Smaller Class Size
Class size is purposefully limited to approximately 25 students a year to facilitate interactive and individualized instruction and advising.

Diverse Faculty Expertise
MHA Faculty represent a diverse breadth of experience, education, and research. Faculty members included respected experts on health system governance and ethics, health law, rural health, process improvement, electronic health records, and more. Many faculty members have careers that include both healthcare leadership positions and academic research and teaching.

Active Student Organization
The MHA Student Association includes all MHA students and works to enhance not only networking and friendships, but also organizes educational events as well.

Proven Job Placement
Graduates of the UK MHA program have been successful attaining healthcare positions and fellowships. The employment rate for graduates has been between 85-100% the past three years. Faculty and alumni support job placement through individualized discussions with students. This has resulted in fellowships with priority placement for UK MHA graduates.

  • In Academic Year 2017, the percentage of graduates completing the program in the time period expected for degree completion was 96%
  • The percentage of placement within 90 days of graduation was 90% in AY 2017, 93% in AY 2016, and 100% in AY 2015.