An exciting core component of the program is a capstone, in-depth research project. MHA students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor to explore and report on a health administration issue of interest to them.
Topics can be drawn from the MHA program or students’ own professional experience. Students often choose to focus on professional practice related issues in health care administration.
A few past projects are profiled below, and other completed MHA research projects include:
- Organizational Culture and Quality Improvement in Heart Health
- Fee-for Service and Alternate Payment Plan Models in Fraser Health Authority
Urban Emergency Departments: An Environmental Scan
- Giving the Community a Voice in Research: an Evaluation of International Public Engagement Methods for Biobanks
- Improving the BC Quality Academy Professional
Sylvia Xia, MHA Alumni
Small Gestures Matter
Patient shadowing as a simple but effective tool to improve the patient experience
Acknowledging patient wait times, using visual aids to explain a test result, and other small gestures can have a big impact for patients visiting an emergency department.
Using ‘patient shadowing’, Sylvia’s project explored the patient experience at an emergency department, and how healthcare providers can be engaged while empowering patients.
Past students’ research projects