Do you envision yourself working alongside healthcare providers at a hospital or private practice? Or maybe you want to work at a managed care or insurance company or get involved with health policy or advocacy.
Our alumni are executives, administrators, managers, accountants, product development specialists, marketing and sales specialists, policy analysts, legislative aides, and the list goes on. Career possibilities in healthcare are endless. If you can dream it, we can help you achieve it.
Take advantage of our Suffolk alumni connections at 40+ major health organizations, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Pfizer, Public Health Commission, and Walgreens.
Senior Project Specialist
Linda Akuamoah-Boateng (MHA '08) works for Massachusetts General Hospital in quality and patient safety.
She provides overall support for initiatives to improve work processes; guides and monitors performance; and collects, analyzes, and disseminates data to improve safety and quality and ensure regulatory compliance.
Her career advice to students is “Seek opportunities to showcase your skills.” Even applying for fellowships can introduce you to healthcare executives.
Experience is vital. “You have to prove you can survive in the U.S. healthcare system,” she stresses. And, keep learning, as she does at Mass General and through ACHE, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
At ECG Management Consultants, Jennifer Bendfeldt (MHA ’11) specializes in healthcare information technology (IT). She oversees the ambulatory IT department and the implementation of electronic health records across multiple specialties.
She has helped clients with strategic IT planning, process improvement, project management, patient engagement, employee management and staffing, and vendor selection and vendor relations projects. In particular, she has helped clients successfully participate in government incentive and regulatory programs, including meaningful use (MU), patient-centered medical home (PCMH), accountable care organizations (ACO), and Physician Quality Reporting Systems (PQRSs). She often serves as the conduit between clients and vendors to ensure that the systems are meeting the operational and functional needs of the organizations.
"I really appreciate the project variety and exposure to organizations on a national level. It is interesting to learn about the different nuances in markets and state regulations that organizations must comply with. I also really enjoy meeting new people at client sites and building relationships with them. I come away from every project with new knowledge and a better appreciation of the industry as a whole, which not something you would get with a traditional industry job," she says.
President and CEO
As President and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital, Jeanette Clough, MHA '96, oversees a $400 million annual budget and guides 3,000 staff and 1,000 physicians and residents. Clough transformed Mount Auburn from a fiscally ailing institution into one of financial stability, while improving safety and quality, as well as patient and employee satisfaction.
Clough credits her success in part to her Suffolk experience. “Suffolk’s blend of public administration, health administration, and business courses mirror the conditions under which I now practice,” says Clough, who is also a board member of the American Hospital Association. Since graduating, Clough has remained a valued guest lecturer and adviser to the program, as well as a Suffolk University Trustee.
Timothy Lynch (MBA/Health 2007) is responsible for the overall operations for six outpatient practices and works with more than 75 physicians and trainees in the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
“While I don’t provide care to patients, I do help make that care possible. And at the end of the day, I really feel good about what I’ve done,” says Lynch.
VP of Quality, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
Karen Nelson, MPA/Health ’87, has an extensive background in leading healthcare organizations. At Partners Continuing Care, she promotes a corporate culture that fosters ethical business behavior and ensures compliance with laws and regulatory requirements. She works with PCC management and quality leaders across the four hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, 23 outpatient sites, and the home-care agency to bring standardization and best practices to the measurement, improvement and sustainment of patient and organizational quality outcomes.
At Suffolk, you’re more than just a student. You’re part of a professional community.
You have access to an expansive network of healthcare leaders, and we help you build lasting connections with people who matter.
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) has more than 40,000 members worldwide, ranging from experienced healthcare executives to students who are new to the field. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. As an ACHE member, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the Massachusetts chapter, which has over 700 members.
You’ll have access to scholarships, fellowships, internships, career-development resources, and industry events, including the Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. The ACHE Early Careerist Network also provides social, networking, educational, and mentoring opportunities geared specifically toward students and junior healthcare executives.
The Institute of Healthcare Improvement is a small organization with a big mission: to improve the quality of healthcare. Our student members have attended major conferences, including the IHI Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. The chapter has also organized guest talks from distinguished leaders, including former Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and IHI board member Vinod Sahney.
MHA Achievement and Placement Statistics
The MHA Program has both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students typically finish their degrees within two years, whereas part-time students finish in three to five years, depending on how many courses they take each semester. Virtually all of the part-time students are employed in healthcare organizations throughout the greater Boston area.
In Fall 2010, 26 students started in the MHA Program—10 full-time and 16 part-time—and 20 students (77%) graduated.
In Spring 2011, 10 students started in the MHA Program—4 full-time and 6 part-time —and 6 students (60%) graduated.
In Fall 2011, 24 students started in the MHA Program—10 full-time and 14 part-time—and 19 students (79%) graduated.
In Spring 2012, 19 students started in the MHA Program—4 full-time and 15 part-time—and 11 students (58%) graduated. Some of the original 19 students are still completing their degree requirements.
In Fall 2012, 29 students started in the MHA Program—15 full-time and 14 part-time—and 15 students (52%) graduated. Many of these original 29 students are still completing their degree requirements.
No students who started after Fall 2013 have finished the MHA Program yet.
In 2013-2015, 88 MHA students earned their degrees. Seventy-six, or 86%, were employed in healthcare when they graduated. Five others, or 6%, were employed in healthcare within three months of graduation. Two were returning to their home countries to seek employment in healthcare, one was applying to PhD programs, one was attending to her young child, and four did not have employment in healthcare within three months of graduation.
In 2013, 34 students earned their MHA degrees, and 79% were employed in healthcare at the time of graduation. An additional 9% were employed in healthcare within three months of graduation. Total employment of the 2013 graduates in healthcare was 88% within three months of graduation.
In 2014, 31 students earned their MHA degrees, and 94% were employed in healthcare at the time of graduation and an additional person, or 3%, was employed in healthcare within three months of graduation. Total employment of the 2014 graduates in healthcare was 97% within three months of graduation.
In 2015, 23 students earned their MHA degrees, and 87% were employed in healthcare at the time of graduation. An additional person, representing 4%, was employed in healthcare within three months of graduation. Total employment of the 2015 graduates in healthcare was 91% within three months of graduation.
- Atrius Health Care
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton Hospital
- Blackstone Valley Community Healthcare
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
- Bowdoin Street Health Center
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Cambridge Health Alliance
- Codman Square Health Center
- Coventry Health Care
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- ECG Management Consultants
- Hallmark Health Systems
- Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
- King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
- Lahey Health
- Long Term Solutions
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Massachusetts Medical Society
- Mount Auburn Hospital
- New England Baptist Hospital
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital
- Partners Healthcare System, Inc.
- Partners HealthCare at Home
- Partners Research Management
- Saint Mary’s Hospital
- South Boston Community Health Center
- Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
- Steward Health Care System
- The Dimock Center
- The Stone Institute
- Tufts Health Plan
- Tufts Health Plan – Network Health
- Tufts Medical Center
- Vertex Pharmaceuticals
- Whittier Street Health Center