MHA Outcomes

MHA graduates are innovative thinkers and natural leaders, with an eye toward the future of health care.

MHA students come to the program with a variety of professional and personal experiences, and their careers after graduation are just as diverse and unique as they are. Yet there are also common threads among MHA students: elements of character, motivation, talent and ability that unite them as an outstanding group of professionals working across the health care sector. The MHA is proud to have over 350 graduates in our network, in addition to the many graduates from our former MSc Health Services Planning and Administration. Together, our alumni stand out as health care leaders working across the province, Canada and the world.

Most MHA students complete the program as mid-career professionals working in the health care sector. Graduating with their MHA degree affords students the career mobility to explore new areas of work in a leadership capacity within their current organization or another employer.

Examples of roles held by MHA graduates:

    • Business Analyst, Providence Health Care
    • Executive Director, SafeCare BC
    • Director, Mental Health Program, Providence Health Care
    • Supervisor, Echocardiography Lab, Vancouver Island Health Authority
    • Clinical Project Manager, C&W Redevelopment Project
    • Clinical Facilities Planner, Fraser Health Authority
    • Director, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety, Vancouver Coastal Health
    • Director, Clinical Operations, BC Cancer Agency
    • Manager, Premier Home Care Services
    • Corporate Director, Enterprise Risk Management, Vancouver Coastal Health
    • Associate Director, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, UK

The MHA partners with provincial agencies, local and national organizations to provide students with meaningful learning opportunities, both while in the program and as alumni.

        • Health Authorities
          Our close relationships with provincial health authorities and government agencies fosters connections for our students to potential internships and research projects, along with access to guest speakers and workshops.
        • Canadian College of Health Care leaders (CCHL)
          The alliance between the MHA and CCHL demonstrates the College’s and UBC’s commitment to fostering leadership development for health leaders. The alliance allows UBC School of Population & Public Health students in the Masters of Health Administration program to fulfill their requirements for the Certified Health Executive designation while earning their MHA degree.
        • Emerging Health Leaders (EHL)
          Each year, the MHA partners with the EHL Vancouver Chapter to offer educational events and workshops and mentoring relationships, all designed to enhance networking opportunities for new health professionals, by new health professionals.

Alumni are invited to connect through our UBC Health Administration LinkedIn group. Our current students value hearing from our alumni through workshops and events in our career development program. Update your contact information so we can keep in touch on MHA and School news and events.

    • Alumni Profile: Amanda Harris

      It’s definitely an asset to have a degree that is recognized and that links me to alumni from all aspects of health care.
    • Alumni Profile: Dawn Hay

      Since completing the MHA program, Dawn has moved within Covance to a Project Management position and now oversees the execution of early phase clinical trials for oncology.
    • Alumni Profile: Dr. Marcus Blouw

      The MHA cultivated both the broad knowledge base and the mindset required to serve as a leader in a variety of health care settings.
    • Alumni Profile: Shanti Gidwani

      During my two years in the MHA, I literally applied what I learned the weekend before to my current job. It was a true translation of knowledge between my education and my day-to-day.
    • Alumni Q&A: Joanne Shum

      The program propelled my learning from being a cardiac rehabilitation kinesiologist to developing strategic multi-hospital visions that impact the population.
    • Alumni Brian Schmidt shares advice to future MHA students

      Preparing a new generation of health care leaders for big challenges, and even bigger opportunities
    • Alumni Profile: Andrew Wray

      Andrew is particularly interested in the ongoing development of learning opportunities for quality improvement, mechanisms of innovation, the use of data for improvement and public accountability of the health care system.
    • Alumni Profile: Dr. Paul Johar

      Paul wishes to continually improve his abilities to work collaboratively with the numerous players that comprise the increasingly complex Canadian healthcare system.
    • Alumni Profile: Nathan O’Hara

      Many of the courses in the MHA program provided foundational skills that increased my effectiveness as the coordinator of this program.
    • Alumni Q&A: Dr. Monica Beaulieu

      The program will start by teaching you what is “in the box”, so you can — confidently, but strategically — think outside it.