Minneapolis—May 20, 2008—Health care is one of the fastest-growing—and most essential—industries in the United States and around the world, and the increasing complexity and consolidation of the industry has created the need for administrators with specialized, targeted management skills across the spectrum of health care delivery organizations. To meet these demands, Walden University now offers a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program to prepare managers and administrators for leadership roles in hospitals and other health care organizations.

“Walden’s M.H.A. program has been designed and developed by some of the leading experts in U.S. health care delivery systems, with an emphasis on offering the most current, relevant curriculum that is fully aligned with best practices and recognized health care management content areas,” said Gary J. Burkholder, PhD, vice president of Walden’s College of Health Sciences.

One of only a few online programs of its kind, Walden’s MHA offers students a high quality, comprehensive, yet flexible, program that also addresses key competencies such as financial and resource management, health information technology and legal, ethical and regulatory practices. In addition, Walden’s MHA offers real-world experience through the capstone and practicum requirements. The program’s courses have been developed by a team of content experts, media designers and instructional designers to ensure relevance, timeliness, educational soundness and academic integrity based on the most recent developments of the health care environment.

By the conclusion of the program, students will be able to effectively and ethically manage health care organizations and make leadership decisions due to their analytical, statistical reasoning, technology and interpersonal skills. Through the M.H.A. program, students are also provided an in-depth understanding of the health care delivery system in the United States, the health care needs of consumers, the management of health care organizations and the various factors that affect the industry. Specific emphasis is placed on providing an understanding of clinical service delivery through analysis of the day-to-day operations in clinical support service activities.

An accredited university, Walden is recognized as one of the leading providers of health education online, with the No.1-ranked public health and No. 2-ranked nursing online graduate programs by enrollment, according to U.S. News & World Report. Walden’s master’s and doctoral health programs have been developed with input from leading health care experts and practitioners in order to provide students with an appropriate blend of theory and application, demonstrate current best practices in the field and incorporate broad perspectives from diverse health care systems across the United States.

For more information, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 or visit www.WaldenU.edu/mha.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, nursing, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business, psychology, and child development. Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org; 1-312-263-0456.

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