Message from the MHA Program Director

Dr. Craig Mitton

Craig Mitton, Program Director, Master of Health Administration

Welcome to the Master of Health Administration in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at UBC. Our program has a long history of propelling students onto exciting new paths in health care management. Whether you are just entering the job market or are a health care manager or clinical leader looking to advance your career, UBC’s MHA program should be high on your list. Through teaching in, and directing this program, I have been truly impressed with the students’ enthusiasm for learning and their individual aspirations to improve the health care system.

We strive to provide an amazing student experience in the way you will learn and with whom you’ll be learning from. Our courses are taught by UBC professors who are leaders in their field, bringing their research to life with case studies and discussions of contemporary health care issues. Our small cohort size of 30 to 35 students encourages peer learning along with a high level of personal interaction with our faculty. And because students aren’t just here for classroom training, our program provides career management resources through customized workshops and industry connections such as the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders.

With our modular weekend course format, you don’t need to put your career on hold. You can keep up a full-time work schedule while also gaining new insights to bring back to your organization, benefitting students and employers alike. Most students complete the program in the prescribed two years. Our alumni are made up of clinicians and administrators who stay working in primary care or go onto senior manager and director roles in information systems, facilities planning, finance, operations, and patient safety, among many others.

The MHA is challenging and is not for everyone. The ideal student envisions a career and future in health care and is committed to invest academically and professionally to realize this goal. Check out profiles of our alumni and their stories after graduating, demonstrating how their “MHA-ready” skills are tackling the complex issues facing our health care system in British Columbia, Canada and beyond.

Craig Mitton, PhD
Director, MHA program
Division Head, Health Services and Policy
School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia