MHA Employment Success

With access to a number of graduate career management resources and the MHA career development and employer relations manager Kathryn Adair, MHA students have been successful in finding internships, fellowships and professional employment.

Program director Debra Scammon attributes the continual placement success to talented students, dedicated career coaching, strong relationships with healthcare organizations and the program’s CAHME accreditation.

Internships   Employment   Fellowships

Internships

As part of the MHA program, students are required to complete a 450- to 500-hour administrative internship. This internship provides students with real-world experience needed to secure a rewarding position upon graduation. Students are frequently offered full-time positions after a successful internship.

Our career development and employer relations manager works closely with students to create an internship experience that fits their current situation and fulfills the valuable goals of this requirement. Internships may be full-time over a single summer or part-time over several semesters. Internships can be coordinated to meet the needs of students working full-time.

Internship Statistics

Terms: August 2015, December 2015, May 2016

Percent of class securing internship: 100%

Sample of Internship Partners:

  • Bard Vascular Acess
  • Gamma West Cancer Services
  • GE Healthcare
  • Health Catalyst
  • HealthInsight
  • Huntsman Medical Center
  • Iasis Healthcare
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Lakeview Hospital
  • LDS Hospital

  • Leavitt Partners
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Salt Lake City VA Hospital
  • St. Mark’s Hospital
  • Sutter Health
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
  • University of Utah Medical Group
  • Utah Radiology Group

Internship FAQ’s

Is an internship required for the MHA program?

Yes, students are required to complete a 450- to 500-hour internship.

Does the internship need to be full-time?

No, the internship can be arranged as a three-month, full-time experience during any semester or as a part-time project over two or three semesters.

What is the “deliverable” for the internship?

The preceptor and student determine the appropriate work product for the internship. Typically, this includes analyses, recommendations for action and a final report and presentation to the preceptor and/or other organizational leaders.

Are the internships paid or voluntary?

Both paid and unpaid opportunities can be part of a successful internship, but most employers provide an hourly wage for internships.

What is required of the preceptor?

The preceptor and student establish goals for the internship at the beginning of the semester. Level of mentorship will be determined by the preceptor. The preceptor is asked to complete a final evaluation for the student. This input is used in determining the student’s grade for the credit hours dedicated to the internship.

Fellowships

Many MHA graduates take their first step toward a new career in a year-long, post-graduate administrative fellowship with a hospital or healthcare organization.

These prestigious leadership development programs offer students the opportunity to work closely with top-level hospital management to get a range of networking and skill-building experience. A majority of our students receive full-time job offers with the same organization following fellowships.

Fellowship Statistics

Terms: August 2015, December 2015, May 2016

Number of fellowships awarded 2016: 4
Average fellowship salary: $65,015

Historical Fellowship Placements:

  • Baylor School of Medicine, Houston TX
  • Blanchard Valley Health System, Findlay, OH
  • City of Hope, Pasadena, CA
  • Geisinger Health Systems, Danville, PA
  • Salem Healthcare, Salem, WA
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Group, Orange, CA

  • Trinity Healthcare, Livonia, MI
  • University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, Salt Lake City, UT
  • University of San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Salt Lake City, UT and Milwaukee, WI

Employment

Students work with their career manager throughout their time in the program to get ready to start an advanced career in healthcare administration upon graduation. Leveraging their internship experiences, network of local executives, MHA faculty and Executives-in-Residence, MHA students secure top-level jobs locally and regionally.

Employment Statistics

Terms: August 2015, December 2015, May 2016

Percent of graduates employed 3 months post graduation: 94%
Mean starting salary: $65,206
Mean starting salary in-state: $65,724
Mean starting salary out-of-state: $64,343

Sample of Hiring Companies:

  • Bard Vascular Access, UT
  • Ernst & Young, NY
  • HealthInsight, UT
  • Health Catalyst, UT
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute, UT
  • Intermountain Healthcare, UT
  • Kaiser Permanente, CA & OR
  • OnSite Health, UT

  • Primary Childrens’ Hospital, UT
  • Optum Health, UT
  • Molina Health, UT
  • SelectHealth, UT
  • University of California San Diego, CA
  • University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, UT
  • University of Utah Medical Group, UT