National Council on Administrative Fellowships

Administrative fellowships typically involve 1-2 year roles taken by recent graduates from master’s level MHA, healthcare MBA, and equivalent degree programs, and prepare early careerists for leadership-track careers in the health sector. Although these programs are widely viewed as highly valuable, there is equally widespread recognition that the current ‘free market’ approach has resulted in a highly inefficient process, one that creates significant and needless pressure on student applicants, can interfere substantially with their graduate studies, and results at times in substantial variability in program quality.

Earlier this year, NCHL, in collaboration with AUPHA and CAHME and with the assistance of ACHE, embarked on an exploratory project to determine whether there was a critical mass of interest in the field to pursue a more organized and collaborative approach to the fellowship process. The evidence was clear, the field was more than interested in collaboration, it was ready. Since the first working group session held at ACHE’s Congress in March of 2014, NCHL held a breakfast session at AUPHA’s annual meeting in June, 2014, a webinar for Fellowship Program directors in July, 2014, and has drafted a “Code of Good Practice” to be implemented by Council members. More than 55 Fellowship Programs and Master’s Programs have joined the Council on Administrative Fellowships. The Council is currently working on finalizing the “Code of Good Practice” to present to ACHE’s board in November.

To learn more, contact Marie Rowland at

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