MHAOnline.com Blog - What's Happening in Healthcare Administration?

This blog explores career paths, professors to know, industry changes, and other forces shaping the experience of online MHA students. These features cover the realities of pursuing an online degree, including applications tips, internship requirements, scholarship prospects, and advice for finding a job upon graduation.

Check back regularly for updates, including interviews with program administrators, career profiles, and application tips.

August 6, 2020

The Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare Administration System Automation

Automation is a transformational process in healthcare administration and the costs can be high. But it will also empower the industry to reduce its burdensome administrative costs and focus resources on where they belong: improving patient outcomes.

July 28, 2020

A Day in the Life of a Clinical Research Associate

The clinical research associate acts as a liaison between the study's sponsor (e.g., pharmaceutical company) and the clinics where the study takes place. Because results of a clinical trial must be kept entirely transparent and not influenced by the interests of the sponsor, this is a critical role.

July 21, 2020

Healthcare Tomorrow: How the International WELL Building Institute is Transforming the Industry

WELL is to human sustainability what LEED is to environmental sustainability. The two certifications complement one another, and while they focus on different areas, there is some overlap.

July 10, 2020

Healthcare Debates: Does Expensive American Healthcare Actually Fund Medical Research?

While it is clear that American healthcare does pay for medical research, what is not clear is why this question is so compelling in the American narrative about the cost of healthcare. To understand if this question should be of real concern and deserves attention (or if it is just scaremongering), this article will explore research and development in the context of greater healthcare expenditures, including looking into the main drivers of healthcare spending, influences on pricing, and where R&D fits into the whole ecosystem.

June 24, 2020

Online MHA Programs Ranked by Affordability (2020-2021)

Student loan debt is reaching epic proportions and the cost of advanced education is rising. To help students find affordable programs we’ve outlined the top twenty most affordable online MHA programs in 2020.

June 19, 2020

Nursing Home Staff Shortages Exacerbated by COVID-19 Pandemic

The particular vulnerability of elderly people to the coronavirus has raised concerns not only for the residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but also for the workers that come into direct contact with patients such as certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs).

May 15, 2020

Healthcare Consultant - A Day in the Life

Top consulting firms like McKinsey and Deloitte can pay healthcare consultants a base salary of $140,000. Combined with a signing bonus and a performance bonus, one’s total compensation can easily exceed $200,000 per year.

May 6, 2020

The Importance of Healthcare Leadership That Reflects Patient Communities

The leadership of most healthcare systems and healthcare facilities does not adequately represent the communities those facilities serve. Women of color represent 18 percent of the US population, but less than 4 percent of C-level positions across all industries.

April 22, 2020

Healthcare Debates: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Artificial intelligence is active in healthcare already, and it needs processes, frameworks, and organizational cultures that put patients first. That requires the collaboration of IT developers, healthcare leaders, AI researchers, and governmental entities. For healthcare administrators in particular, it is increasingly important to be bilingual, speaking the languages of AI and healthcare fluently.