Professional Development

The UW Master of Health Administration program is strongly committed to the career development of its students, and we offer a variety of programs and services to help prepare you for a career in health administration.

Professional Development Services and Workshops

The MHA program has a dedicated professional development specialist, Minh Sum, who is available to meet with you anytime to discuss your career goals, help you explore career paths, connect you with a mentor and more. Minh also offers regular professional development workshops on topics such as developing your resume and interviewing skills, in addition to opportunities to learn and practice professional etiquette, networking and negotiation skills.

You can reach Minh Sum at minhsum@uw.edu or 206-616-2978.

Mentor Program

The UW MHA mentor program offers students the benefit of professional mentoring from Seattle-area health care administration professionals. A mentor can provide career guidance, enhance your professional network and develop into a lifelong professional and personal connection.

Our mentor committee identifies professionals from the local health administration community to serve as mentors and role models. In their first year, students request a mentor from the pool of available mentors.

Faculty Advising

Incoming students are assigned to a faculty adviser who will provide guidance throughout the program. You and your adviser will establish advising objectives, decide on advising topics and determine the frequency of meetings. Advising topics might include course selection, applying for internships, options for independent study and career development opportunities.

Networking Opportunities

We place a high priority on helping you build strong networking skills and your own set of professional contacts. During your time in the program, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with local and national health care executives through a variety of different events, including seminars with visiting speakers, alumni panels and lunch-and-learn sessions. These activities include informal opportunities to learn about various health care positions and career paths.