MHA Program Awarded for Sustainability Effort

Dr. Daniel West, center, Chair of the Health Administration & Human Resources department, with the CAHME/Canon Sustainability Award presented at the CACHE Congress in Chicago. Graduate MHA students also in attendance included, from left, Conor Carroll, Arjita Bhargava, Neeti Borad, Pooja Patel, Kendall Whitehead, Rohit Baghel, Michael Kozlowski, Louis Finnerty.

The University of Scranton’s Master in Health Administration (MHA) program will be nationally recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Canon Solutions America for its sustainability initiatives in the context of corporate responsibility and Jesuit pedagogy. The University’s MHA program will receive the prestigious CAHME/Canon Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice at the March 25th CACHE Congress in Chicago.

Each year, CAHME recognizes excellence in graduate healthcare management education with CAHME- accredited programs and in partnership with leading healthcare organizations. These valued programs are recognized for driving innovation, improving the student experience and expanding the presence of graduate healthcare management education. Now in its second year, the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice focuses on recognizing universities that are committed to pushing public health forward through dynamic and diverse sustainability-driven activities with proven results.

The University’s MHA program links sustainability with social justice, public health and health disparities through alumni engagement, international experiences and community project work.

The innovative curriculum of the University’s MHA program includes a “Fit for the Profession” component to ensure readiness for profession, said Steven Szydlowski, D.H.A., program director of the University’s MHA program. In addition, sustainability components imbedded in the curriculum include an administrative residency project for sustainability in healthcare as part of the program’s eight-credit Administrative Residency course (HAD 581), which is a required course for all MHA students. Dr. Szydlowski said projects cover global, environmental, financial, social sustainable issues and involve developing and implementing a sustainability project in an applied healthcare setting. Elements of sustainability are also addressed in other elective courses, as well as through other initiatives such as study abroad experiences.

To learn more about this award and the MHA program, please visit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46u_TacyWaU.