The Association of University Programs in Health Administration, or AUPHA, recently published an interview with Debra Scammon, the program director of the David Eccles School of Business’ MHA program. As we know, Debbie has an interesting background and is always thoughtful when she speaks about her program and the healthcare administration field.

Below is a taste of her interview with AUPHA, for the organization’s quarterly newsletters; you can read the entire interview right here.

AUPHA: Tell us what’s unique about your program, faculty, students.

Scammon: The MHA program at the University of Utah is one of several specialized masters programs offered through the School of Business.  Our MHA is structured as a joint degree with the MBA, MPH, and MPA degrees.  Its interdisciplinary model builds upon courses drawn from colleges and departments across campus, including the School of Medicine, Division of Public Health; and the Colleges of Allied Health, Law, Nursing and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  The joint degree allows students to gain deep training in their home program while also enabling them to take health-specific courses offered across campus.  The diversity of students and faculty mean that the program provides a unique and engaging learning environment.  The small size of our MHA program ensures one-on-one attention from professors, program staff, and Community Advisory Board members.

A keystone of our MHA program is its strong link to practice.  We are fortunate to have retired executives as adjunct faculty including the founding President and CEO, and the Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations, of Intermountain Healthcare. Many of our courses include professionals as guest lecturers.  A new course in Healthcare Financial Ma