MHA Program Receives National Award for Healthcare Leadership Development

January 25, 2018 - The University of Memphis Master of Health Administration program has received the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)-Ascension Award for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Development.

"This high-profile national award is further evidence of our excellent approach to leadership development," said Dr. Erik Carlton, assistant professor in the Division of Health Systems, Management and Policy and director of the MHA program. "It comes on the heels of our receiving the CAHME-Aramark Innovation Grant earlier this year. We were one of only eight programs to receive the innovation grant and the only single program to receive the highest award amount."

The new award from CAHME and Ascension will be presented at a luncheon in Chicago March 25, just ahead of the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership.

"It is a testament to the exceptional quality of our faculty, adjunct faculty, staff and students," said Carlton. "It is likewise a recognition of the unique and innovative culture we have created here at Memphis. It is also a credit to our many local partners and alumni – especially but not limited to Baptist Memorial Health Care and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare – who generously support the program through funded administrative assistantships for our students, and to our local professional associations, MHCE and NAHSE, whose ongoing engagement with and support of our program was key to our winning this award.

"We are truly grateful for the support provided by the University and the School of Public Health Administration that is allowing us to flourish in this manner."


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