Employment Success

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Employment Success2018-09-12T14:39:03+00:00

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

2017 Graduates’ Employment Success

Percent of graduates employed 3 months post-graduation 94%
Mean starting salary $71,826
Mean starting salary in-state $71,538
Mean starting salary out-of-state $72,437
Corporate mean starting salary $74,230
Fellowship mean starting salary $65,643


As part of the MHA program, most 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.

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

Yes, students are required to complete a 450- to 500-hour internship.
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.
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.
Both paid and unpaid opportunities can be part of a successful internship, but most employers provide an hourly wage for internships.
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.


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.

2017 Fellowship Success

Mean fellowship starting salary $65,643
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


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.

2017 Employment Success

Corporate mean starting salary $74,230

Sample of Hiring Companies:

  • Verity Medical Foundation, CA
  • Gamma West Cancer Services, UT
  • HealthInsight, UT
  • Optum Health, UT
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute, UT
  • Intermountain Healthcare, UT
  • Kaiser Permanente, CA & OR
  • OnSite Health, UT
  • Primary Childrens’ Hospital, UT
  • NThrive Consulting, UT
  • ARUP, UT
  • University of Utah Medical Group, UT
  • R1 Revenue Cycle Consulting, UT
  • University of Utah School of Dentistry, UT
  • Southern Utah Center for Rural Health, UT
  • University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, UT