Professional Development

The School of Public Health offers several organizations that are beneficial for our students. Three organizations many MHA students join include the Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL)

The Association for Future Healthcare Leaders (AFHL) works to ensure opportunities within the organization and local community for knowledge sharing and career development among future health care management professionals. AFHL prides itself on upholding and living its core values throughout each one of its activities and its members.

AFHL is an organization devoted to promoting the interest in health care administration through workshops, lectures, trips and other professional networking opportunities. As a learning organization, AFHL serves to foster an environment where students and professionals can exchange ideas and values about the health care industry. This organization is the student chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). 

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 

The student chapter of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) serves as an extension of the national, state and local chapters to students at the School of Public Health. The MGMA student chapter was established in 2002 to promote professionalism, networking, leadership and learning among its members. MGMA members attend monthly meetings where they are introduced to local and statewide practice administrators and executives.

Members are given career advice and suggestions along with insight into the real-world application of practice management techniques and theories. Our members also attend the National MGMA Annual Conference. At the conference, they network with professionals from around the nation and learn about the latest in the field of group practice management. MGMA members also participate in community service activities and socials with other School of Public Health students.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The IHI Open School for Health Professions is an interprofessional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in health care improvement. The student organization reinforces skills like quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, leadership and patient-centered care. Employers are looking for these skills, and patients expect providers to have them. Most schools barely touch on these topics and IHI is here to help fill that void. For students in nursing, health administration, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, policy, and other health professions IHI provides an educational community that’s free and open no matter where they are.