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University Nationally Awarded for Sustainability

The University of Scranton’s Master in Health Administration (MHA) program received the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)/Canon Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice at the CAHME Congress, held recently in Chicago. At the ceremony from left are: Scranton MHA students Conor Carroll of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Arjita Bhargava of Scranton, Neeti Borad of Scranton and Pooja Patel of Ashland, Ohio; Daniel J. West, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Health Administration and Human Resources Department at the University; and Scranton MHA students Kendall Whitehead of Easton, Rohit Baghel of Scranton, Michael Kozlowski of Huntington Station, New York, and Louis Finnerty of Old Forge.
April 18, 2018

The University of Scranton’s Master in Health Administration (MHA) program received the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)/Canon Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice. The national award from CAHME and Canon Solutions America, presented at the CAHME Congress in Chicago, recognized Scranton’s MHA program for its sustainability initiatives in the context of corporate responsibility and Jesuit pedagogy.

The University’s MHA program links sustainability with social justice, public health and health disparities through alumni engagement, international experiences and community project work. Scranton’s MHA program was highlighted in this video shown at the award ceremony.

Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies, which houses the health administration program at Scranton; Steven Szydlowski, D.H.A., program director of the University’s MHA program; and MHA student Louis Finnerty of Old Forge, who earned his bachelor’s degree in health administration from Scranton in 2017, are interviewed in the video.

Each year, CAHME recognizes excellence in graduate healthcare management education with CAHME- accredited programs and in partnership with leading healthcare organizations. These valued programs are recognized for driving innovation, improving the student experience, and expanding the presence of graduate healthcare management education. Now in its second year, the CAHME/Canon Solutions America Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice focuses on recognizing universities that are committed to pushing public health forward through dynamic and diverse sustainability-driven activities with proven results.

According to CAHME, the mission of the University’s master in health administration program helped to secure the award. The program’s mission is to provide local, regional and international students a comprehensive and interdisciplinary set of core competencies and values for health administration jobs in a variety of healthcare organizations. Additionally, the program contributes scholarship to its disciplines, especially applied research, publications and presentations.

The innovative curriculum of the University’s MHA program includes a “Fit for the Profession” component to ensure readiness for profession, said Dr. Szydlowski. In addition, sustainability components imbedded in the curriculum include administrative residency project for sustainability in healthcare as part of the program’s 8-credit Administrative Residency course (HAD 581), which is required course for all MHA students. Dr. Szydlowski said projects cover global, environmental, financial, social sustainable issues and involve developing and implementing a sustainability project in an applied healthcare setting. Elements of sustainability are also addressed in other elective courses, as well as through other initiatives such as study abroad experiences.

CAHME is an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical and other health sector organizations devoted to quality improvement of education for healthcare management and administration professionals. Additionally, CAHME accreditation establishes the standard of measurement of graduate healthcare management education for the world community.

To learn more about Canon Solutions America’s partnership with CAHME, visit here.

About CAHME:
CAHME serves the public interest by advancing the quality of graduate healthcare management education in the United States and Canada. CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education. CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers that ensure the integrity of healthcare management education. For more information, visit Cahme.org.

About Canon Solutions America, Inc.

Canon Solutions America provides industry leading enterprise, production, and large format printing solutions, supported by exceptional professional service offerings. With the technology offerings of the Canon and Océ brands, Canon Solutions America helps companies of all sizes improve sustainability, increase efficiency, and control costs through high volume, continuous feed, digital and traditional printing, and document management solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Solutions America is headquartered in Melville, N.Y. and has sales and service locations across the U.S. For more information on Canon Solutions America, please visit csa.canon.com.

Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; Steven Szydlowski, D.H.A., program director of the University’s MHA program; and MHA student Louis Finnerty ’17 of Old Forge are interviewed in this video which was shown at presentation of the CAHME/Canon Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice to the MHA program at Scranton.

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