Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Programs for MHA Students

At the David Eccles School of Business, we believe that a great amount of learning occurs outside of the classroom. This hands-on participation is an integral part of the student experience. In addition to the knowledge and skills garnered through integrative experiences and internships, MHA students are also encouraged to get involved with the many extracurricular clubs and organizations the University of Utah offers to facilitate learning and networking within the healthcare administration field.

Future Healthcare Leaders of America (FHLA)

The Future Healthcare Leaders of America student club serves its members by facilitating opportunities for professional development as leaders, and attempts to build a foundation of knowledge, commitment, passion, and experience in healthcare.  All University of Utah students with an interest in healthcare administration are eligible for membership.

Health Administration Case Competition

Each year, our MHA students work with faculty and staff advisors to participate in the University of Alabama Birmingham Health Administration Case Competition. This prestigious national competition provides graduate students from CAHME-accredited programs an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice with a real-life, real-time case. It is designed to be a capstone experience for graduate students across the United States and Canada.

Graduate student teams travel to Birmingham, Alabama to present their recommendations before a national panel of judges. The teams that place first, second, and third receive cash awards at the final ceremony. Qualified MHA students may receive financial assistance to attend this competition in addition to logistical support.

UMentor Healthcare Leadership Program

The UMentor Healthcare Leadership Program is an opportunity for first- and second-year MHA students to form a lasting partnership with an executive-level mentor in the healthcare industry. Students can expect to expand their professional network, connect theory to application and explore areas of interest through advice and exposure to career options as a result of meaningful interactions with their mentor.

ACHE Annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership

Each spring, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) holds its annual leadership congress and our MHA program provides support for students to attend. This conference provides rich educational opportunities as well as industry networking. Students report that this conference is an excellent way to learn more about the healthcare industry and find it a highly rewarding experience with their fellow students.

Bench-to-Bedside — Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Bench-to-Bedside competition is an exciting and vibrant program designed to introduce medical students, engineering students and business students to the fascinating world of medical-device innovation.

The Bench-to-Bedside program began as a beta-test for the BioInnovate program but has quickly become the Lassonde Institute’s most popular and dominant student program. Student teams form into multidisciplinary “start-up” companies and are given the task of identifying an unmet clinical need. Teams are given access to more than 100 University physicians from a broad area of specialties to serve as their consultants, key opinion leaders and stakeholders. The teams have six months and a $500 fund to develop medical device concepts that address their identified need. In that six-month time period, students will have evaluated the IP landscape, prototyped their design and constructed a business plan.

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