All MHA students participate in a practicum experience as part of their curriculum. Most students who are not working in full-time healthcare positions take their practicum during the summer between their first and second year in the program. A mentor is assigned to each student, and the mentor, adviser, and practicum coordinator work together to make sure that the student has a rewarding, real-world exposure to a health care organization. More information is available in the practicum syllabus.

Students return from their practicum and present their experiences to all the students and faculty in the MHA program. These are held during the first weeks of the fall semester.

Practicum placements in recent years:

  • The Methodist Hospital
  • Methodist Specialty & Transplant Hospital
  • Hendrick Medical Center
  • College Station Medical Center
  • Uvalde Memorial Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
  • Scott & White
  • Texas Health Resources
  • New York Presbyterian
  • East Texas Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Health System
  • St. Rita's Medical Center Catholic Health Partners
  • M.D. Anderson
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Lone Star Circle of Care