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Congratulations: Mitchell Dierkes and Jacqueline Nash, master’s students in Health Administration on getting published

“COVID-19 and PTSD: A Discussion of the Potential Impact on Radiology Professionals” by Mitchell Dierkes and Jacqueline Nash, master’s students in Health Administration, along with Sandra Collins, Richard McKinnies and Scott Collins, all faculty in the School of Health Sciences, was published recently in Radiology Journal.

Congratulations: Courtney Collins, a student in the Masters of Health Administration program on getting published

Courtney Collins, a student in the Masters of Health Administration program, along with Sandra Collins, Richard McKinnies and Scott Collins, all faculty in the School of Health Sciences, received the Gary Boyd Outstanding Feature Award for the co-authored publication titled: “An Exploration of Anti-Kickback Issues for Radiology Managers” published in the Radiology Management journal earlier this year. Courtney Collins earned a bachelor degree in Health Care Management and a master’s degree in Medical Dosimetry.   

Please join me in Congratulating:  

  • Akmal Asoev – MHA

  • Puja Jha – MHI 

  • Hannah Kohrs - HCM

Due to their academic performance, volunteer service, and leadership potential, All Akmal, Puja, and Hannah were selected by Health Care Management faculty to be recognized by the Mid-America Health Care Executives Forum (MAHCEF) this year. MAHCEF is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). To learn more about MAHCEF, please check out their website at Information about ACHE can be located at

All MAHCEF award recipients, Akmal, Puja, and Hannah, will receive from MAHCEF a certificate of recognition and a cash gift. 


The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates the healthcare sector will add more than 4 million jobs by 2026, potentially becoming the largest employment sector in the United States.

To meet this projected growth, the Master of Health Administration (MHA) has designed a high-demand post-baccalaureate certificate structured to fill the workforce demand.

Certificate in Clinical Leadership

Although the BLS predicts much faster than average growth rates for the field of Medical and Health Services Managers, it does not document that many of those management positions must be held by those with a clinical/technical license. For example, a Director/Manager of a Radiation Therapy department typically needs a correlating clinical license to be eligible to hold that clinical leadership position. Allied health/clinical professionals have the clinical knowledge needed for patient care. However, to fill the predicted workforce demands, a significant number will need the leadership and operational knowledge to prepare them for clinical leadership roles.

The Certificate in Clinical Leadership (CCL) is open to post-bachelor level healthcare professionals who hold a valid license in a clinical specialty and is available in both the online and on-campus format.

The CCL is designed to provide the knowledge and skills specifically needed for licensed health professionals to hold roles in clinical leadership. It also serves as a transition certificate toward earning a master’s degree given a number of courses (once successfully completed in the CCL) may count as courses completed in the Master of Health Administration and/or the Master of Health Informatics.

Courses in the CCL are specific to patient care environments and will include, but not be limited to: strategic planning, operations, human resource planning, health information, and evidence based managerial decision making specific to patient care environments.

Students must complete 18 semester hours of graduate level study, all at SIUC, with a C or above in all required courses which includes:

            CCL 510, 3 - Effective Health Care Operations

            CCL 531, 3 - Human Resources in Healthcare

            CCL 536, 3 - Strategic Leadership in Healthcare

            CCL 566, 3 - Managing Health Information

            CCL 580, 3 - Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management

            CCL 585, 3 - Financial Issues in Healthcare

Students earning a grade lower than a C may retake individual courses only once. If a grade of C or higher is not received on the second attempt of an individual course, the student is removed from the certificate program due to academic performance. Online courses are restricted to online students and on-campus courses are restricted to on-campus students.



Dual degree Masters of Health Administration (MHA) and Masters of Health Informatics (MHI) students represented Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) at the annual Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) conference with their presentation on Malcolm-Baldrige Criteria as it Correlates to Health Care Management Curriculum. The meeting was held this week in New Orleans! The sisters are both graduates of the Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management and now in the dual graduate programs, one in the online format and one in the oncampus format! Congratulations to both of these promising Salukis. We are so proud of you! Savanah Hopkins, Courtney Collins #AUPHA #SIUC #MHA #MHI #HCM #ThatsaSaluki #CASA #SAH #Saluki #SAH