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Healthcare Administration Professor Awarded Fellowship by an Exclusive Accreditation Commission - CAHME

Kelsey West
May 28, 2021

 Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program Director and Assistant Professor, Dr. Daniel Kim was recently awarded a fellowship by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME is an accrediting body that has set the standard for healthcare administration education globally for over 50 years. In fact, only 124 programs are CAHME accredited. Since its launch in 2018, the College of Business’s MHA program has been designed around CAHME’s standards and is in the process of working toward CAHME accreditation.

“Our MHA program is currently at the candidacy stage [of gaining CAHME accreditation],” Kim explained. “This means all we have left to get accredited are self-study surveys and an on-site visit from the CAHME accreditation team.” According to Kim, “CAHME only accredits select graduate programs that meet diverse learning needs, address a broad scope of career options and provide the best quality of healthcare administration education to students.” Once accredited, the Idaho State University College of Business will be one of very few schools holding an accreditation from both CAHME and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is the longest standing, most recognized form of accreditation a business school can obtain internationally.

“As the first and only MHA program in the state of Idaho, I believe it is imperative for Idaho State University to be able to produce the best healthcare administrators in the state and across the country.” Kim said that a CAHME accreditation is so highly valued and recognized amongst hospitals across the country, that gaining this designation will add to the College of Business MHA graduate’s credentials and hireability.

As a CAHME Fellow, Kim will have the chance to become more familiar with the accreditation process while also working closely with healthcare professionals nationally to the benefit of Idaho State’s MHA students. “This is a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with the country’s best healthcare administration educators and practitioners,” said Kim. “Healthcare is a field that is drastically changing every day and it is important to train our students so they can adapt to these changes and ultimately improve our healthcare system.”