The Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) since 1992. The CAHME accreditation program is designed to foster high-quality, professional healthcare management education. "Healthcare Management" is an inclusive term describing skills, competencies, and attitudes utilized by individuals working to support and improve the delivery of health services. This definition involves many market segments, including, but not limited to, acute and non-acute providers, medical practices, community health organizations, insurers, pharmaceutical and equipment suppliers, professional societies and trade associations, consultants, health policy organizations, and the academic community. All educational programs seeking accreditation by CAHME, regardless of academic setting, are evaluated by the CAHME Criteria for Accreditation.
CAHME is the only organization to accredit master's-level healthcare management programs in the United States and Canada. CAHME is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and has been granted formal recognition by the U.S. Department of Education (DE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAHME is organized exclusively for these educational and scientific purposes:
- To assist in assuring the highest-quality educational product across healthcare management.
- To establish leading-edge standards and assessment mechanisms of quality.
- To make the findings of CAHME available to the public.
- To advance continuously the quality of academic education in healthcare management.
- Through the CAHME Fellows Program, to develop leaders in education and practice over lifelong careers.
- To assume such other responsibilities and to conduct such other activities as are compatible with the operation of an educational accreditation program.
Through CAHME accreditation, the public is assured that accredited healthcare management education programs are evaluated extensively and conform to set standards. Accreditation requires continual self-evaluation, regular reports, and periodic external review, and the public is assured that the educational quality of the programs remains current and reflects changes in knowledge and practice of the profession.
Through CAHME accreditation, students can identify those education programs that meet their chosen profession's standards for a quality, relevant education. Without voluntary accreditation, quality can be hard to distinguish.
The above information has been excerpted from CAHME documents. For more information about CAHME, visit their website at www.cahme.org.
The bachelor’s degree program in healthcare a administration (BHA) has been fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) since 1990. According to the AUPHA website, “AUPHA has established a rigorous peer review process modeled for those programs willing to undergo the rigors of external review in the interest of program excellence. Successful completion of the panel review process leads to Certification by AUPHA and attainment of Full Certified Undergraduate membership status”
Why is this process useful for BHA students? Meeting certification standards assures students that our program compares well with other programs throughout the United States and Canada. The review means that the program is always working to be up to date with the current issues in heath care and the knowledge and skills need for our graduates to be ready to address these issues.
More information about AUPHA undergraduate program certification can be found at www.aupha.org.