(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — The Master of Health Administration degree program at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health recently was chosen to join nine other sites nationwide in the National Center for Healthcare Leadership’s Graduate Health Management Education Demonstration Project.

In being selected, the HSC-School of Rural Public Health program enters a small group of highly respected M.H.A. programs and universities on the cutting edge in preparing future health managers and leaders for a rapidly changing health care system.

“Being selected by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership reflects positively on the faculty, students and program we have brought together,” said Larry Gamm, Ph.D., director of the M.H.A. program. “More importantly, it indicates a plan and collective desire to achieve greater strength by interacting with and benchmarking our 5-year-old program against some of the strongest programs in the country.”

The HSC-School of Rural Public Health is the nation’s only school of public health with a school-wide emphasis on rural and disadvantaged populations. The M.H.A. degree program offers special attention to preparing highly effective health managers in rural health organizations and communities.

The degree program also draws on the skills and expertise of other units of the HSC-SRPH, the HSC-College of Medicine, Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and College of Architecture, and more.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell