As health care management and leadership is a real-time, relationship-based business, the opportunity for students to connect with one another and the MHA program faculty is an essential element of the MHA@GW curriculum. Throughout your time as a student, you will participate in two 40-hour immersions and two 20-hour immersions held on the George Washington University campus and at various prestigious health organizations.
Immersion experiences bring students together with other accomplished health care professionals to interact in person and focus on developing high-level leadership skills. During the longer immersions, students will see firsthand the structure and operations of high-performing health care systems in the United States and abroad.
What has been your favorite part of the experience in MHA@GW?
“The immersion experiences, by far. I was unsure of what to expect when I was driving down for the first one, but on the return trip home, I couldn’t wait to come back. Having such an impressive group of faculty, alumni and fellow students on site to discuss a shared passion was invigorating. Each time I leave an immersion, I feel reenergized to get back to my job and try to incorporate some of the skills and tools I learned at the immersion.”
— Brandon Brogan, current MHA@GW student
You will attend the following immersion experiences throughout the MHA@GW program:
Leadership and Ethics – 1
1.5 Credits Development of leaders in high-performing health care organizations requires a combination of theory and practice. Using the MBTI, students will uncover their leadership style and practice the skills of highly effective leadership. In addition, students will examine ethical principles and practices and learn how leaders use these practices.
Leadership and Ethics – 2
3 Credits This is a continuation of Leadership and Ethics – 1. Students will use principles including emotional intelligence, servant leadership and transformational leadership to further explore and develop their leadership attributes. The framework for this immersion will be on leading organizational change activities.
Health System Analysis
3 Credits This immersion asks MHA@GW students to spend a concentrated period of time studying firsthand either an outstanding health system in the United States or a national health system outside our borders. The objective of the analysis is to critically examine and assess the structure, function and operations of a domestic or international health system. Students must select either the domestic or international option.
Organization Research Project and Portfolio Presentation
1.5 Credits MHA@GW students will verbally present the findings of their organizational research projects and leadership portfolios during this immersion. Feedback on the research projects will be provided by peers and a panel of health care leaders.
*Immersions: we anticipate that these will be the final immersion dates for the 2018-2019 Academic Year; however, they are subject to change depending on site/instructor availability and other extenuating circumstances.