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SPECIAL TO THE BEACON

AdventHealth University (AHU) and Stetson University are partnering to offer an innovative, dual-degree, online program leading students to two degrees: a Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy & Innovation (MHA-SI) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

This program is designed to be completed in as little as two years with a total of 54 credit hours, split between the two universities, with AHU conferring the MHA-SI, while Stetson confers the MBA.

The dual degree combines the best of business and health care administration skill sets, giving graduates an advantage over their peers in both sectors. Students with this degree can expect a wide range of job opportunities upon graduation.

“The preferred degree for health care leadership is usually a graduate degree like the MHA or an MBA,” said Daryl Tol, CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division. “Students at AHU can now earn both in less time and for lower cost than taking them separately. AHU and Stetson crafted the new MHA/MBA dual degree to provide the best-in-class business education for aspiring health care leaders.”

“I am thrilled with the way AHU and Stetson faculty worked together to bring the strengths of both institutions into an original program specifically designed with busy, working professionals in mind,” said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. “Graduates will be at the top of their game in an industry always looking for talented and educated employees to fill high-paying jobs.”

The coursework is 100 percent online for both institutions, removing barriers to access for candidates across the nation. Additionally, the online format will allow students to maintain employment and their daily life schedules while advancing their education.

“Engaging in our Healthcare Administration education online marries the interdisciplinary strength of this degree with the opportunity for students to network and develop professional relationships from a distance — a skill needed in today’s electronic age,” said Dr. Benita David, chair of the Healthcare Administration department at AHU.

This is the second collaboration between AHU and Stetson University. In December 2018, the two institutions signed an agreement to provide “pathways” for Stetson University health and science students into the AHU Master of Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs beginning this fall.