The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston‘s (UTHealth) master of Public Health in Healthcare Management has been acknowledged as a candidate for certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). UTHealth’s master’s degree is now integrated into the UTHealth School of Public Health’s curriculum, and the university is seeking the quality benchmark from CAHME.
The commission has accepted the program as a candidate, which means that the program will continue to engage in a self-improvement project and actively progress toward receiving accreditation status. The candidate designation does not, however, assure that the master of Public Health in Healthcare Managements will be granted accreditation.
“We are committed to providing our students with the skills they need to become future health care leaders,” said Lee Revere, PhD, the associate professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health who is also the director of the George McMillan Fleming Center for Healthcare Management at UTHealth School of Public Health. “CAHME accreditation provides students and employers with added assurance that our program properly prepares graduates for the workforce.”
The CAHME accreditation a certification that attests to integrity in healthcare management education, making it highly anticipated by both students and professors. However, in order to receive it, academic institutions undergo a rigorous and voluntary peer reviewed process that lasts three years, during which the facility is expected to improve the provided instruction.
The School of Public Health will initiate this process in July and has already established a year of self-study and an evaluation program, after which it will engage in a year of improvement and a third year of enhancement. CAHME is scheduled to make a final site visit in 2017, which will determine the awarding of the accreditation.
The Healthcare Management degree program was created in 2010 based on interdisciplinary curriculum and focused on providing students with the basis to understand fundamental managerial functions regarding public health systems. The certification and the organization is the only one recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to provide individual academic programs with accreditation.
CAHME recently granted the accreditation status to the master of Health Administration (MHA) of the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center, making it the first and the only MHA program in North Texas to receive the benchmark.