Hilbert Introduces New Graduate Degree Track for Health Professionals

Release Date:
May 30, 2013
Matt Heidt,
HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College announced that it has introduced a new graduate degree track focusing on health administration.  The Master of Public Administration: Health Administration degree at Hilbert is now enrolling for August.

The Master of Public Administration: Health Administration degree at Hilbert is designed to prepare students with the skills to succeed in public service and health care management positions in a wide variety of organizations. This program integrates the core curriculum of Hilbert’s MPA with a special focus on health administration and services. 

“The curriculum was designed in conjunction with leaders in the WNY health care community,” Dean of Graduate Programs Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D. said.

Graduates can utilize their MPA: Health Administration degree for a wide range of careers in public or health services administration, policy, evaluation, planning, consulting, and related careers. Both experienced professionals and students in the first stages of their careers will benefit from the MPA: Health Administration at Hilbert.

The world of health service organizations, hospitals, public health infrastructure, and related agencies require individuals who are knowledgeable about public health and the structure, organization and financing of health care systems.  In addition, individuals in this field require sharp analytical skills, budgetary acumen and excellent human relations ability. The courses are designed to prepare students beginning their careers to be competent and effective leaders, and mid-career students to enhance their capacities as managers and leaders.  The program balances research with an additional focus on the need for values and ethics in public policy. As a result, Hilbert's program is consistent with its mission. It is expected that Hilbert graduates will go on to lead with a level of competency and integrity second to none.

Unique to Hilbert, the MPA: Health Administration curriculum includes an integrated research project threaded throughout the program. Unlike most graduate programs that ask for a final semester thesis, the Hilbert program allows for a more thorough application of theory and research since the project starts early in the program. The research acts as a foundation upon which to ground and challenge theory to a practical application, culminating in a final capstone major project.  

Students take one course at a time and move with a cohort of students, developing colleagues and friends. Cohorts remain together throughout the 18-month program, changing a course of study every five weeks to complete 12 sessions.  For more information, prospective students can contact the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies – 716-926-8949 or More information is also available online at

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.