Xavier University has received $54k for six scholarships over three years beginning in fall 2012 to students in the graduate program in Health Services Administration (GPHSA).
Xavier’s GPHSA was established in 1958 as a graduate program in Hospital Administration to provide professional training and education to current and future hospital administrators. Although the healthcare field has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, the renamed program in Health Services Administration has maintained its reputation for academic excellence. Since 2008, Xavier’s program has been cited twice as the country’s top program in Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physicians.” The program has been accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) every year since 1968, when accreditation began.
The program enrolls a cohort of 24-30 students each year. Upon successful completion of the 64 credit hours of program coursework and the administrative residency or practicum, students area awarded a master of health services administration degree (MHSA). More than 1,400 alumni of the GPHSA now serve in leadership positions in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, group practices, consulting firms, VA health systems and long-term care facilities around the United States and in several foreign countries.
It is important that Xavier provide significant scholarship dollars to attract the highest caliber students to the GPHSA. Federal traineeship dollars, once available to support health services administration students, were eliminated in previous Congressional cuts. The Albers Foundation grant will provide two $9,000 scholarships each year for three years beginning in the fall of 2012. These will be awarded to incoming students who demonstrate high potential for success in the program and in health care administration careers.
By providing additional scholarship funding, Xavier’s GPHSA will enable more of the top students to be able to afford this top-ranked program. This will increase the program’s ability to compete with other prestigious schools and maintain its outstanding reputation nationally among educators in health care administration.