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History and Mission

Sloan Program in Health Administration

Excellence in Innovation Since 1955

Cornell University is a world-renowned research university and one of the eight members of the Ivy League. Cornell’s mission, vision, and values serve as a guiding light for the University and its 16 colleges.


The CAHME-accredited Sloan Program in Health Administration offers two tracks:

  • Residential – a 64 credit hour management curriculum designed for early careerists enrolled at Cornell’s Ithaca Campus
  • Executive – a 36.5 credit hour management curriculum offered virtually for experienced health care professionals (includes two executive cohort weeks in Ithaca and one weekend in Boston)

During the Sloan Program in Health Administration’s seven decades at Cornell, we have always maintained a commitment to delivering a rigorous business and management-based curriculum that prepares the world’s future leaders of the health care industry. It is this steadfast commitment that propelled the Sloan Program in Health Administration to be a key part of one of Cornell University’s most important current initiatives — the founding of the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy in September 2021.

To be tapped as one of the anchor programs of the new Brooks School of Public Policy, Sloan drew upon its rich history in two previous colleges at Cornell. These colleges served Sloan well for nearly 70 years. While housed in these colleges, Sloan gained both the solid underpinnings of a business curriculum, and the appreciation that the United States health care industry is the largest sector of the economy, and is driven by federal and state public policies. In 2022, Sloan joined other academic units at Cornell to launch the new Brooks School of Public Policy.

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Our timeline:

1955-1985  |  Johnson Graduate School of Management

1985-2021  |  College of Human Ecology, Department of Policy Analysis and Management

2022 – present  |  Brooks School of Public Policy

In the Brooks School of Public Policy, the Sloan Program’s goal is to be a premier health care management education program so that we can help generate positive outcomes in the health care industry.  Our students are employed in every sector of health care.

At Sloan, our degree programs have their own missions, visions, and values that define what we stand for and what we hope to accomplish.

MHA Program Founded in 1955

  • Mission: To provide highly-motivated recent college graduates with a health care business management curriculum that allows them to develop the skills, knowledge, and leadership attributes to obtain early-career positions in a variety of health care organizations and eventually to help lead those organizations to improve health care delivery and population health.
  • Vision: “To improve the operation of health care systems and the health of the community, and to be recognized as an outstanding health care management program by virtue of faculty scholarship and student achievement.”
  • Values: “Critical Thinking, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork, Services Excellence, Evidence-Based Research, Sense of Community, and Experiential Learning”
  • We collaborate with other colleges at Cornell for dual-degree programs: BS/MHA, MHA/MBA, and MHA/MPA

Executive MHA (EMHA)

The Executive MHA (EMHA) program, which trains health care professionals with 5 or more years of experience, was founded in 2019.

  • Mission: To provide experienced health care professionals with a health care business management curriculum that allows them to develop the skills, knowledge, and leadership attributes in order to drive a variety of health care organizations to improve health care delivery, population health, and the efficiency of the system.
  • Vision: “To improve the operation of health care systems and the health of the community, and to be recognized as an outstanding health care management program by virtue of faculty scholarship and student achievement.”
  • Values: “Critical Thinking, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork, Services Excellence, Evidence-Based Research, Sense of Community, and Experiential Learning”

When the Sloan Program was founded in 1955, it became the nation’s first health care administration program with a two-year graduate curriculum. Since then, the CAHME-accredited Master of Health Administration program has been at the forefront of innovation in the field.

It is driven by preeminent faculty, engaged alumni, and bright students who want to leave their mark on a dynamic, vital, and growing health care industry.

The MHA degree curriculum will position you to become a future leader in health care because of the knowledge and skills you will develop in management, health care organization, and policy. You will be equipped to manage in a variety of settings — including health systems, long-term care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, physician practices, start-ups and government agencies —with an emphasis on promoting quality, access, efficiency, and innovation.

The MHA Residential curriculum combines rigorous coursework with a robust practical training component, including a required summer internship, a colloquium series that brings industry experts to campus, Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLICs) that build specialized skills, a health policy trek to Washington, D.C., a trip to Boston to study health care innovation, field trip immersion, workshops, a mentorship program, and a second-year capstone project.

All program courses and activities are designed to help a student achieve these competencies (listed below) which the Sloan Program has identified as crucial to success in the health care industry:


Sloan Competency Model


  1. Business writing skills
  2. Presentation skills

Leadership Skills and Relationship Management

  1. Leading, communication with, and managing others
  2. Change management
  3. Ability for honest self-assessment
  4. Problem solving and decision making
  5. Working in teams


  1. Personal and professional ethics
  2. Emotional intelligence and critical thinking

Knowledge of the Health Care Environment

  1. Health care issues and trends
  2. Health care legal principles
  3. Health policy
  4. Population health and the social determinants of health
  5. Cultural competence

Business and Analytical Skills

  1. Financial management and accounting
  2. Organizational behavior and managing human resources
  3. Strategic planning and analysis
  4. Marketing
  5. Information management
  6. Operations management and quality and performance improvement
  7. Quantitative skills
  8. Planning and managing projects
  9. Economic analysis and application


Hire a Sloan Student

After completing a rigorous management curriculum, Sloan students receive an MHA Degree from Cornell University and pursue work in many different health care sectors. During the 2021-2022 academic year, we posted hundreds of jobs on the Sloan student job board and hosted 45 companies who participated in a Sloan corporate affairs event.

We would love to talk with you about your need for talent and have provided below:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Recruitment Groups
  3. Corporate Affairs Instructions
  4. Sloan Competency Model
  5. Summer Internship Placement 2022

Contact us to:

  1. Talk with our team and learn about the capabilities of our Sloan MHA graduates
  2. Post a job or summer internship to one of our Sloan career boards
  3. Conduct a corporate affairs event, either on-campus or via Zoom

Cathy Bartell, MHA, Sloan Program Associate Director, Placement Advisor, Residential MHA | Connect with Cathy on LinkedIn

Christopher Tran, Class of 2024, Student Vice President for Corporate Affairs Residential MHA | Connect with Christopher on LinkedIn

Mariya Thompson, Director of Executive Education, Sloan Program in Health Administration

Sloan recruitment groups

We would be happy to post your career opportunity to one or more of our career boards

  1. Summer internships for first-year students
  2. Academic year part-time work projects for pay (or for credit)
  3. Fellowships for second-year students
  4. Jobs for second-year students
  5. Jobs for working professionals in the Sloan Executive MHA program
  6. Jobs for alumni who may be seeking senior positions

Sloan Corporate Affairs Event Information

  1. Conduct an event online or on-campus. If coming to campus, your company will be provided with an office in the Sloan Suite and a classroom for your corporate presentation
  2. Meet students
  3. Present your company history, growth strategy, current initiatives, and talent needs
  4. Share your job application instructions
  5. Collect resumes and interview applicants
  6. Contact and


The Rich History of the Sloan Program in Health Administration

In the early 1950s, then-Cornell President Dean Malott visited Alfred P. Sloan, former head of General Motors and philanthropist through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Malott had visited Sloan to solicit his financial support for Cornell’s College of Engineering.

According to Malott’s notes of the visit, Sloan said he hadn’t considered a donation to the engineering school, but was interested in improving the administration of hospitals. His interest stemmed in part from Sloan’s brother Raymond, who spent 20 years as director of the Modern Hospital in Chicago, was editor of its publication, and was a pioneer in examining the role of hospital design and color on care.

“You at Cornell have a hotel school, and a hospital is really a specialized kind of hotel,” Sloan said. “I’ve been thinking that hospital administrators should be better trained”. At the time, hospital administrators typically pursued one year of coursework, and Sloan considered that insufficient, advocating instead for training aligned more with a business school model of management.

As a result of the visit, the foundation ultimately decided in the mid-1950s to fund the development of a hospital administration program at Cornell. It was a new model for training hospital administrators and the first in the nation to follow a two-year management curriculum. Today, it is the dominant model for training health care executives.

Sloan’s idea that hospitality, health care, and design should be linked has long been a driving force behind the Sloan experience. The relationship between the School of Hotel Administration, design programs and Sloan has become more formalized recently through the multi-school Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, which explores innovations across health, hospitality, and design.