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August 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 2




Florida Atlantic University Is Changing the Face of Healthcare

Healthcare financing and delivery in the United States is at a crossroads as it moves into unmarked territory. The field is changing in terms of how and where care is delivered, who is providing those services, and how that care is financed. These changes are being driven primarily by the growth of managed care, a need to slow runaway costs, and the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Florida Atlantic University has identified and responded to a growing need for professionally educated leaders to guide healthcare entities through the tumultuous changes by introducing an Executive Master of Health Administration Program, beginning August 18, 2014.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandate that the healthcare industry focus on access to care, quality service and attention to managing cost. In order to accomplish this monumental task healthcare leaders must be critical thinkers, always looking for more efficient and effective ways to deliver quality care in a safe environment.
The Center for Creative Leadership conducted a large scale study, with over 35,000 respondents, and identified 16 competencies healthcare leaders should possess. These competencies were ranked as to their level of importance in carrying out job responsibilities successfully:
Benchmarks Competencies
1. Leading Employees
2. Resourcefulness
3. Straightforwardness and Composure
4. Change Management
5. Participative Management
6. Decisiveness
7. Building and Mending Relationships
8. Doing Whatever It Takes
9. Being a Quick Study
10. Self-Awareness
11. Balance between Personal Life and Work
12. Confronting Problem Employees
13. Compassion and Sensitivity
14. Putting People at Ease
15. Differences Matter
16. Career
The Florida Atlantic University Executive Master of Health Administration Program is competency based. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in each academic course that, in turn, they can apply real-time to their professional roles. Upon completion of the degree they will have the theoretical and practical knowledge to potentially impact healthcare delivery.
The Florida Atlantic University Executive Master of Health Administration Program’s academic courses focus on learning and enhancing these competencies, along with others, for executive and professional students. The program requires 15 months for completion, tuition is all inclusive, and a dedicated support staff provides concierge-level service to accommodate the busy professional’s hectic schedule.
In order to create an exciting learning experience for each graduate student, classes will be held in state-of-the-art facilities and leading learning technologies will be employed throughout the program. Courses will utilize interactive web-based learning tools, electronic teaching platforms, and incorporate other tools to accommodate students who are also engaged in busy careers.
The FAU College of Business is proud to be an accredited member of AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, the premier accreditation agency for Schools of Business worldwide. Florida Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Dr. Alan Whiteman is Program Director, EMHA at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. For further information regarding the Executive Master of Health Administration Program, call (561) 297-1086 or e-mail

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