Balancing a rich history of tradition with active connections to the contemporary fields of practice and research, the Department of Health Administration at VCU is a unique place to study. Housed in Richmond's historic Grant House (the former Sheltering Arms Hospital), HAD offers students the ability to receive a 21st century education while exploring firsthand the influences of the past. It also blends a focus on cutting edge business and leadership skills with a culture of commitment to community service. Students in all programs are active in a variety of service projects within the Richmond community, including Ronald McDonald House and the Crossover Clinic. Since the creation of its first program in 1949, the Department has nurtured its relationship with its strong alumni community, which in turn nurtures the Department. When students graduate from one of our programs, they become part of a network of over 2000 HAD alumni across the country, a network that provides lifelong personal and professional support and connection to its members and to the Department.
The Department, rated in the top five among its peers in the country by U.S. News and World Reports, offers two masters degrees and a PhD. The MHA is a full time 2-year campus-based program followed by a required 12 month residency. The MHA targets highly qualified students with 1-2 years of experience in some aspect of the health care industry who seek a career path leading to a leadership position in a health care organization. Two formal dual degree options are also offered: MHA/MD and MHA/JD. By contrast, the MSHA is a 22 month blended program that complements periodic campus intensive sessions with on line learning. Because the MSHA targets the mid-career health care professional seeking to transition to a leadership position, there is no third year residency requirement. The Department's full time faculty anchor the CAHME-accredited and competency-based curriculum of both programs, complemented by guest speakers and adjunct faculty who bring their practice expertise to the program. Graduates of the Department's masters programs hold top leadership positions in a number of nation's leading health care systems, and regularly garner national, regional, and state recognition for their achievements.
The PhD program focuses on health care organizational theory and research. Small class sizes enable students to forge close working relationships with Department faculty, all of whom are actively engaged in scholarly research and activity. Students also take classes in several other departments across the VCU campus, and can take advantage of the Department's close working relationship with all the large health care systems in Virginia, including the VCU Health System. For students interested in the policy implications of their work, the Grant House is within close walking distance from the Virginia State Capitol and less than two hours from the U.S. Capitol.