MD/Master in Health Administration (MD-MHA) dual degree program
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and The University of Scranton offer a dual degree program in medicine and health administration. Medical students who know early in their careers that they wish to pursue healthcare administration in tandem with a medical career can apply to the program. The program is a first for the region and one of only three programs of its kind in the United States.
The doctor of medicine and master in health administration (MD-MHA) degree is an innovative dual program that combines the strengths of two highly specialized degree programs to train future physicians for roles as healthcare administrators and leaders in the delivery of healthcare services. As healthcare organizations respond to the dynamic changes in healthcare, the dual MD-MHA degree program will integrate leadership and management functions in the medical and clinical environment to meet the demand for delivering the most efficient and highest quality healthcare. The master of health administration degree is accredited by the rigorous standards of The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
The combined MD-MHA program is a five-year program that requires an additional 52 credits (44 coursework, 8 fieldwork) of study. The first two years are completed in medical school coursework, supplemented by courses in the summer at Scranton. Year three will be completed entirely in The University of Scranton’s Department of Health Administrations and Human Resources. Years four and five will be spent at Geisinger Commonwealth for completion of medical school training. A 1,000-hour health administration residency is required after the completion of all MHA coursework. In addition, students completing the Geisinger Commonwealth Doctor of Medicine and The University of Scranton Master of Health program will be eligible for primary care residency programs in internal medicine at The Wright Center for Graduate Education in Scranton or in family medicine at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
Students interested in the program will be advised to apply at the time of medical school acceptance or by the end of the first semester of study. Students applying for admission to the dual degree program in medicine and health administration must meet the standards and be accepted by both Geisinger Commonwealth and The University of Scranton.
Learn more about the MHA program at The University of Scranton online.