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Preparing Future Healthcare Leaders through Graduate Education Impact of Program Accreditation on Quality Improvement

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Accreditation is used by many health professions to ensure the adequacy of their training programs in preparing future leaders and practitioners. The impact of program accreditation, however, has not historically been the subject of systematic study, meaning the case for program accreditation has been more philosophical than empirical. We hypothesized that a healthcare management program's length of continuous accreditation (accreditation tenure) would be associated with factors related to applicant quality, program selectivity, and starting salaries of students upon graduation. We conducted a retrospective, correlational analysis to investigate the relationship between accreditation tenure and program quality and outcome metrics. The sample included all graduate programs (n=72) that were accredited in the 2013–2014 academic year and had completed a full annual report to the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). As hypothesized, we found factors within each of our three areas of interest to be associated with accreditation tenure, providing at least preliminary evidence of an association between program-level accreditation and continuous quality improvement in programmatic outcomes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2018

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  • The Journal of Allied Health is the official publication of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The Journal is the only interdisciplinary allied health periodical, publishing scholarly works related to research and development, feature articles, research abstracts and book reviews. Readers of the Journal comprise allied health leaders, educators, faculty and students.
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