Master of Healthcare Administration

Program Spotlight

James Glaseen, MHA 2018 Awarded Prestigious Fellowship.

James GlasheenJames C. Glasheen, MHA, RT(R)(MR), MRSO, a 2018 graduate, with highest distinction, of the FSU Master of Healthcare Administration program and 2016 graduate of the FSU Bachelor of Allied Health program, was awarded the Stuart A. Wesbury, Jr. Postgraduate Fellowship with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  ACHE is the premier society for healthcare executives. 

The prestigious Westbury fellowship, a one-year experience, will provide exposure to a broad range of management situations, offer one-on-one interaction with senior-level executives, and allow him to assume responsibility for specific administrative tasks within the organization. Selected from candidates across the nation, Mr. Glasheen’s preceptor will be ACHE President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE. 

An MRI technologist, James started the Master of Healthcare Administration program with the goal of learning the skills and expertise to someday manage a radiology department.  Once in the program, he realized all the opportunities available within healthcare administration, developing a keen interest in quality, safety and risk management. He states, ‘The MHA program brought me out of my radiology bubble and very much pushed me out of my comfort zone and into other areas of healthcare.  I’m so glad it did.  Now, when industry leaders talk to me about challenges and opportunities in healthcare delivery, I can relate and speak to the topic because of my learning within the program; I appreciate the currency of the education in the program.”

Mr. Glasheen’s Master’s thesis, ‘Improvements in HCAHPS Scores Post Implementation of Nursing Bedside Report on a Cardiology Unit’ is a demonstration of his research and interprofessional work to improve patient-centered care at the bedside.  In regard to his aspiration to serve in an executive capacity for a large healthcare corporation he states, “The Master of Healthcare Administration degree gave me the knowledge and skills to confidently step out of my comfort zone and as a result I am experiencing healthcare leadership in ways I had not imagined three years ago.”


This is such an exciting time to be involved in healthcare leadership, as U.S. healthcare strives to reshape healthcare systems and delivery models!

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree is designed to meet the needs of today’s healthcare leadership and beyond. In the expanding, ever-changing healthcare delivery system, extensive expertise and understanding of healthcare industry business is essential, especially for those in leadership roles. This program prepares graduates with the necessary skill and knowledge to lead healthcare organizations through the use of evidence-based decision making in the areas of economics, financial management, organizational behavior and human resource management, strategic planning, and marketing, with a keen focus on quality improvement, resource efficiency, and interprofessional collaboration.MHA

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment opportunities for medical and health services managers to increase by 20% during the period from 2016 to 2026, much faster than most occupations. The national median wage is $98,350, the Michigan median wage is $95,580 - $107,050 for the same timeframe..

A fully online program, the Ferris State University MHA degree may be completed in 2 years. Each online course also includes 8-10 hours of synchronous learning, in which students are required to participate in collaborative web-based sessions allowing all students and the professor to meet collectively. To engage students in real-world healthcare leadership experiences, the program requires active service learning opportunities including a capstone research project conducted within the healthcare setting of the student’s choice.

The program is designed in three formats:


Intended for the student with less than 2 years of management and/or supervisory experience.

Intended for the student with two or more years of management and/or supervisory experience.

Intended for the student consecutively seeking the FSU undergraduate Health Care Systems Administration degree and the Master of Healthcare Administration degree, this format allows the student to complete both degrees in a 5-year timeline.

For more information contact:

Dr. Gail Bullard, DHEd, MSA-HA, RN
[email protected]