Learning Outside the Classroom

The MHA student experience is uniquely enriched with hands-on learning opportunities outside the classroom that allow students to develop problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.

Exposure to the Field

Students engage with health care organizations and executives from day one. They visit Twin Cities health care organizations during their first semester where they meet with top leadership and learn about the role of hospitals and health systems in health services delivery.

Summer Residency Experience

The summer residency between the first and second years of coursework allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a real-life problem in a health care organization. Students receive support from on-site executive-level preceptors and clerkship project advisors, most of whom are alumni of the program.

Problem-Solving and Innovation

Students learn and apply The Minnesota Problem Solving Method, a rigorous, practical method of solving problems combined with human centered design theory. Throughout the experience, students interact with top-level executives in a variety of health care organizations. For their capstone experience, students then serve as consultants where they apply the problem solving method to real projects at organizations such as UnitedHealth Group, Mayo Clinic, Target Corporation, Allina Health, University of Minnesota Medical Center, and HealthPartners.

Case Competitions

Students are active in national case competitions where they apply knowledge and skills developed in the classroom to a specific problem or issue. In 2016 and 2018, Minnesota placed first in the UAB Health Administration Case Competition.

Compassionate Student Leadership

Students are active in the Community Stewardship Initiative (CSI), a student-driven service organization committed to civic engagement through volunteer work at health organizations, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and food shelters. Many students also hold leadership positions at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, a free clinic where patients receive health care regardless of background.

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