Health AdministrationPublished on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Published on August 19, 2015 Doctoral program preps premier graduate class The Department of Health Administration faculty are exceedingly proud of the initial cohort of students in the D.H.A. program who will complete their requirements for graduation this year. Each brought his or her unique strengths and expertise to the group projects required in the rigorous program.As the students completed the final phase of the program, they formed a resilient interdisciplinary powerhouse that provided a positive impact to the future of health administration. These students are defending their doctoral projects this summer. Among their presentations are:• Primary care physicians' perceptions of care transitions • Examining organizational strategies distinguishing heart failure readmission rates, • Barriers to understanding the health insurance marketplace in rural Mississippi, • Developing partnerships for a pediatric hospitalist service, and • Financial competencies of middle managers.The D.H.A. faculty are excited about the variety and quality of health-care professionals represented in the class that entered this summer. As the application pool continues to increase, the program is becoming even more competitive and the student diversity and the incoming students' qualifications are exemplary.The faculty are committed to assuring the D.H.A. program will help prepare graduates to become the innovative leaders and problem-solvers needed to combat the dilemmas facing America's health-care infrastructure. Those interested in becoming part of a program that offers an advanced educational opportunity in health care leadership may call our student recruiter, Farrah Banks, at (601) 984-6332 or our program coordinator, Angela Burrell, at (601) 984-6304. About the program The online/blended Doctor of Health Administration Degree Program develops inter-professional leaders who will shape the direction of health care. The program offers courses ranging from epidemiology to health policy and strategic change management, so graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles in academia, health-care practice or health-care administration.Offered across nine semesters, the program is designed for, but not limited to, part-time, nontraditional students. Online coursework is the primary method of content delivery, with minimal face-to-face mandatory on-campus sessions.For more information about the program, visit umc.edu/shrp/ and select "Health Administration."