MHA News Fall 2015

									Mona Rath |
																			September 9, 2015
					
Dan Zismer
Daniel K. Zismer

Program Director’s Note

The future of MHA teaching is an issue that should be on the minds of all MHA programs and faculties.

Over the next decade, the provider and insurance side of the industry will experience accelerating consolidation. A higher proportion of U.S. physicians will be employed by health systems and a growing number of physicians will rise in the leadership ranks of health systems and health insurers. As market pressures mount, the provider-side of the industry will push the boundaries of strategic risk, including strategies aimed toward population health.

These dynamics should encourage MHA programs and faculties to question whether we properly prepare students for the road ahead. Certainly the foundational pillars of curriculum—management, finance and operations—will remain. However, changing market dynamics pose a worthwhile debate of whether MHA programs should design and deliver curriculum with a more vocational approach.

Given that a principal goal of a professional degree is employment within the profession, it seems reasonable to believe that the conversation will be more meaningful if organizations that hire our graduates are invited to the discourse.  Thus, in order to prepare students for a changing U.S. health care system, we must invite providers, insurers, consulting firms, information technology, and pharma and device companies into the conversation to expand disciplines and shape the future of MHA teaching and health care leaders.

Daniel K. Zismer, Ph.D

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