The MHA Program Director is the advisor of record for academic advisement for all MHA students. An advising e-mail is sent to students each semester the week before registration begins notifying students of the courses they should enroll in for the next semester. Course registration is straight forward since all students are required to follow the Course Sequence (available on the MHA web site, the MHA Blackboard site, and in this Handbook). Additional advising questions may be sent via email, or student may request a phone or in-person meeting with the Program Director. The Program Director also approves electives, performs graduation checks, and similar tasks.
BCH advising staff are available to help with registration and other course related issues.
The UNF Career Services Center provides a variety of career services, programs, and resources specifically designed to help students make a successful transition from academics to a professional career. These services include resume development, interview skills, job search resources and career fairs. The Brooks College of Health has a Career Services Liaison located in BCH and specializing in the health professions.
The MHA Program Director, Executive in Residence and other faculty are also available by appointment to meet with students to provide guidance on continuing education, career paths and professional development opportunities.
2.7 Student Involvement
Health Administration Advisory Board
The UNF MHA Program has a Health Administration Advisory Board with membership representing health care executives, MHA faculty, students, and program alumni. The president of HASA and UPD are on the Board. The Health Administration advisory board meets quarterly each year and submits recommendations to the Program faculty regarding curriculum, marketing, student recruitment, program policies and procedures. According to their Bylaws, the Health Administration Advisory Board has the following duties-
University of North Florida
Brooks College of Health Health Administration Programs
Advisory Board Bylaws
I. PURPOSE The purposes of the Health Administration Programs’ (the Programs) Advisory Board (the Board) are to (1) promote College of Health Programs in Health Administration to the Programs’ various external constituencies, (2) assist with identifying and acquiring additional resources, (3) serve as an advocate of the Health Administration Programs on and off campus, and (4) give advice to the Programs’ faculty regarding the curriculum and to students regarding their professional needs.
Fair and Reasonable Representation
The Board shall maintain a fair and reasonable representation among its membership regarding gender, race, ethnicity, age, profession, and geographical distribution.
The non-academic membership of the Board shall consist of not fewer than eight nor more than ten non-academic members who represent various segments of the health industry or who have a demonstrated interest and commitment to health administration education.
Nomination and Election of Non-academic Members
Normally, the Nominating Committee (see IV.B. below) shall identify candidates for new and replacement members each year or as circumstances warrant. Nomination may also be made from the floor by a member of the Board. Election requires only a simple majority of the Board members present.
The Program Director and two additional Program faculty shall serve as academic members of the Board.
One alumni and two student representative shall be appointed by the Program Director. The student representative shall be the President of the Health Administration Students Association (HASA) and the president of Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD).
Membership Terms and Rotation
The term of non-academic Board members shall be three years. Board members may be re-elected to subsequent terms.
Non-academic board members shall rotate on staggered three-year terms, replacing approximately one-third of their number each year.
If a Board member vacates their position before their term, then the Board will elect a qualified member to complete the remainder of the term of the vacated position.
The alumni representative shall be appointed by the Program Director and shall serve for a two-year term.
Academic members shall be appointed by the Program Director and shall serve one-year terms during the period of their appointment as Program faculty at the University.
III. OFFICERS The officers of the Board shall consist of a Chair and a Vice Chair (Chair-Elect), chosen from the non-academic membership. The Chair and Vice Chair shall serve for two-year terms. The Vice Chair will succeed to the position of Chair at the completion of their term.
The Chair shall set the agenda and preside at all Board and Executive Committee meetings, appoint committees, and represent the Board at official school and University functions as warranted.
The Vice Chair shall fulfill the Chair’s duties in the absence of the Chair, assist the Chair in providing leadership for the Board, serve on the Executive Committee, and preside over the Nominating Committee for the election of new members.
Nomination and Election of Officers
Each year the Nominating Committee shall present to the Board a slate of candidates for any positions on the Board, including the offices of Chair and Vice Chair when applicable, that have become or are scheduled to become vacant that year, due to expiration of a member’s term, or for any other reason. The slate of candidates will follow criteria identified in these Bylaws and as otherwise identified by the Board. Nominations may also be made from the floor by any member of the Board. Election requires only a simple majority of the Board members present.
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of the Board shall consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, the Program Director, and an additional member of the Board who shall be appointed to the Executive Committee annually by the Chair.
The Executive Committee shall develop long-term plans and strategies for consideration by the Board, including an annual plan outlining the goals and activities for the Board for the year, address opportunities and/or challenges in a timely fashion, and support the work of the Board throughout the year. The Program Director and/or Board Chair may call a meeting of the Executive Committee whenever circumstances warrant.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of the Program Director, the Vice Chair of the Board, and at least one other member of the Board appointed by the Board Chair. The Nominating Committee nominates candidates for new and replacement membership on the Board as circumstances warrant.
Ad Hoc Committees
The Chair may appoint ad hoc committees of the Board as needed.
V. DUTIES OF THE BOARD
The Board shall have the following duties:
To provide general guidance and input regarding the skills and training required for practitioners in the field of health administration.
B. To participate in the Program’s process for accreditation by professional accreditation groups.
C. To assist the growth and development of the Programs, through participation in field visits and guest lectures.
D. To serve as a resource to the Programs, in providing opportunities for student projects, internships and placement for graduating students, to the degree feasible.
E. To contribute annually to the Board Outstanding Student Award Fund in the amount of $200, or other amount as agreed by the Board.
F. To serve as ambassadors of good will representing the Programs to the health care community in Jacksonville and northeast Florida.
V. MEETINGS The full Board shall meet three times a year (one time per semester). The Chair may call special meetings of the Board, as warranted.
VI. QUORUM A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the full Board membership.
VII. AMENDMENTS Amendments to these bylaws must be announced and published to Board members at least 30 days in advance of any Board meeting at which such amendments will be considered and voted and published to Board membership.
MHA Student Advisory Board & Program Committees
MHA students may participate in Program governance by serving on Program committees, and through the MHA Program Student Advisory Board. The Student Advisory Board is composed of the HASA and Upsilon Phi Delta officers and meets at least once per year to provide input on the program strengths and areas in need of improvement. The UNF MHA Program is committed to gathering student input and responding as appropriate.
MHA Program Evaluation
MHA students and alumni participate in the evaluation of the MHA Program. Requests to participate in providing feedback are announced in classes, on the MHA website and via email. Students provide input through evaluation of individual courses (Instructional Satisfaction Questionnaire) and program evaluation surveys (Current Student Survey-administered spring of each year, Exit Survey-administered in the Practicum class each summer, and Alumni Survey-administered every two to three years). The UNF MHA Program also involves employers of MHA graduates in program evaluation through their survey, and through their evaluation of MHA interns when they serve as preceptors.
UNF Upsilon Phi Delta
About Us Established as a charter member in 1999, UNF’s chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta (UPDelta) serves high-achieving students pursuing a degree in healthcare administration. UPDelta’s primary objective is to enhance the student’s academic experience by building professional relationships and developing interpersonal skills. Membership is offered to a select few students who meet the standards of this national honor society and our local chapter standards.
The mission of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to recognize, reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of health administration
The vision of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to enrich students’ academic and leadership experience while providing opportunities to build professional relationships and networking skills.
Recognized academic excellence
Professional networking opportunities
National honor club affiliation (Association of University Programs in Health Administration-AUPHA)
Health Administration Student Association Members are actively involved on campus. We organize events on current healthcare topics, fundraisers, provide students opportunities to network with health professionals in Jacksonville and participate in the yearly Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago held by the American College of Health Executives.
Reasons to Join:
Career Growth & Enhancement
Information on health administration careers and trends
Access to local healthcare facilities and administrators
HASA’s top priority is to put students in touch with the local healthcare community. One of the ways we do that is to give students the up close and personal experience of an Executive Job Shadow.
Operation Field Trip
HASA offers opportunities to tour medical facilities in and around the Jacksonville area. We organize “field trips” to local outpatient clinics, hospitals, and physician practices to illuminate the clinical and administrative aspects of healthcare delivery.
ACHE Congress Scholarship
In the world of health administration, networking and professional development is critical. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago is an excellent venue for both! It is important that HASA members are given an opportunity to attend. This is why we have created the ACHE Congress Scholarship. This scholarship will pay for event tuition, airfare, and hotel accommodations.
Two Ways to Join:
Submit application and payment by mail. We accept cash or check.
Submit application via email and pay online using Paypal link to the right on HASA’s website.