Taking full advantage of the employment boom in the health care industry, Friends University’s online Master of Health Care Leadership program sits among the top programs in the country, according to a recent assessment by BestColleges.com.
At number 14, Friends University is the only college or university listed in the state of Kansas. And it’s in good company with academic powerhouses such as George Washington University, Penn State and Seton Hall University.
Friends University’s health care leadership program started in 2008 and was offered fully on-campus at the time. In 2010, the program added its online component. During the six years of the program’s existence, it has evolved and been updated to meet the needs of students, employers and the health care industry.
“The biggest challenge we face with the evolution of the program is monitoring the changes in national agenda for health care and incorporating those changes into classroom learning conversations,” said Robert Harvey, MHCL program director.
More than 400 students have passed through the Friends University MHCL program through the years, many of which are leaders in the health care industry at such organizations as Via Christi and Wesley medical centers. Harvey said many students are already in the health profession when they join the program, but they hone their business and administration skills through the program.
“We are honored for the recognition, and it is a testament to the quality of our full-time and adjunct faculty that are very student-centric in their approach. Our faculty do a wonderful job of creating learning-conversation environments,” Harvey said.
Friends University offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs for traditional students and working adults. Rooted both in the liberal arts tradition and the Christian tradition, students learn inside and outside the classroom. Friends University is a regional university with national programs and an international presence.