Unf mha student Handbook

Health Administration Capstone & Practicum

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3.3 Health Administration Capstone & Practicum

The UNF MHA students attend HSA 6188 Capstone Healthcare Strategic management (3hrs) in the spring semester of the second year. Students complete their education with HSA 6815 Practicum Executive Skill development (3hrs) starting after their final semester. HSA 6815 is the final culminating field experience required for the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree and serves as an opportunity for the student to put into action the knowledge, skills and abilities which they have acquired during their degree program.  The MHA Internship Handbook and a List of Potential Internship Sites are posted on the MHA Blackboard site.

Both HSA 6188 and HSA 6815 focus on a high level of performance in following competencies:

Communications (4 competencies)

  1. Listen and understand the ideas and thoughts of others. (B)

  2. Speak clearly and effectively before individuals and groups and use non-verbal forms of communication. (T)

  3. Communicate clearly and effectively in writing. (T)

  4. Demonstrate appropriate communication for different audiences and situations. (B)

Interpersonal Effectiveness (4 competencies)

  1. Work collaboratively in a team setting. (B)

  2. Coach, mentor and support others. (B)

  3. Establish, build, and maintain relationships with others including those with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. (B)

  4. Use diplomacy and tact. (B)

Critical Thinking (4 competencies)

  1. View issues from different perspectives and ask the right questions when making decisions. (B)

  2. Identify and prioritize organizational needs and solutions. (B&T)

  3. Use statistical and analytical tools to measure and improve organizational performance. (T)

  4. Appropriately challenge others viewpoints and perspectives. (B)

Business Analysis and Problem Solving (5 competencies)

  1. Apply economic theory and advanced financial knowledge to decision making. (T)

  2. Demonstrate strategic thinking skills in planning and evaluation. (B)

  3. Recognize political and legal implications of actions and decisions. (B&T)

  4. Identify and prioritize organizational needs and market imperatives in

design and development of business plans for health Programs and services. (T)

  1. Demonstrate project management skills. (T)

Management and Leadership (5 competencies)

  1. Demonstrate basic leadership skills. (B)

  2. Differentiate between management and leadership. (B&T)

  3. Know, support and use team development methods. (B)

  4. Demonstrate effective techniques for working with boards and governance structure. (B&T)

  5. Articulate a clear image of direction and success that is compelling and engaging. (B)

Professionalism and Ethics (4 competencies)

  1. Articulate, model and reward professional values and ethics.(B)

  2. Understand, demonstrate and reward cultural sensitivity and competence. (B)

  3. Demonstrate integrity in dealing with others. (B)

  4. Establish and maintain professional relationships. (B)

Choosing a Practicum Site

The practicum must be completed at an approved and affiliated site as determined by the MHA program faculty. Sites are not required to provide any salary or benefits to interns; some sites include a paid residency/ fellowship.

3.5 Field Experiences

MHA students may complete 3 credit hours of Field Experience (HSA 6815-Practicum) in their last year. Students will work with the Practicum Coordinator and must follow the guidelines and deadlines set forth in the MHA Internship Handbook, and those in the HSA 6815 course syllabi. 

3.6 Elective Courses

Students take two electives courses as part of the UNF MHA program.  Students must obtain approval from the Program Director prior to enrolling in any elective courses in their Program of Study. Elective courses must be graduate courses at the 5,000 or 6,000 level or higher.  Approved electives are posted on the UNF MHA Program website.  Study abroad courses are also offered regularly through the Brooks College of Health and students may seek approval to use these courses as electives.

3.7 Transfer of Credit

Course Validation for Course Work Completed More than Five Years Ago

UNF requires that a student who has taken courses at UNF or elsewhere more than five years prior to the completion of a graduate degree program or admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree must petition their graduate program director to validate these courses before the Graduate School will apply them toward the student’s fulfillment of degree requirements. Graduate program directors have the authority to require the student to demonstrate their knowledge of the material covered in those courses.

Credit Transfers – Up to Nine Hours

The residency requirement at UNF is 24 semester credit hours; 18 of which must be taken at the 6000 level.

With approval of the MHA Program Director, a student may transfer up to nine (9) semester hours of course work from another regionally accredited graduate program at an approved institution if those courses are determined to have met the necessary MHA Program competencies.

Students wishing to enroll in courses at another institution while also enrolled at UNF for the purpose of transferring credits into their UNF graduate program of study must complete a “Concurrent Enrollment” form and have prior approval from the MHA Program Director. 

  1. The student must have completed the course work subject to the time limits applicable to their current graduate program.

  2. The student must have earned grades of 3.0 or higher in the courses.

  3. The student is not entitled to apply transfer credits toward the 18 hour minimum of 6000-level courses at UNF required for all master’s degrees.

  4. The student is not entitled to transfer credit for correspondence courses, courses included in a completed degree program, or portfolio-based experiential learning that has taken place prior to admission to the current graduate program.

Students are strongly advised not to enroll in courses at another institution during their last semester at UNF. Graduation will most likely be delayed for students who do attempt concurrent enrollment in their last semester.

Credit Earned as a Post-Baccalaureate – Up to 10 Hours

A student may transfer up to 10 hours of graduate course work taken at UNF as a post-baccalaureate if that coursework is relevant to the MHA degree program. Such transfer credits will not be included in the student’s UNF graduate GPA.  The student must receive the approval of the MHA Program Director, who will so inform One Stop Student Services. Students who transfer 10 hours of coursework as a post-baccalaureate may not transfer any additional hours from another accredited institution.

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