Online Learning Comes to Fairfield Egan

Online Learning Comes to Fairfield Egan

Two nursing students back to back standing in a hall way.

Fairfield Egan has launched two fully online master’s programs: Healthcare Administration and Public Health.

As nationwide data continues to show a steady increase in the popularity of post-graduate level online education, Fairfield Egan has launched two fully online master’s programs: Healthcare Administration and Public Health.

“Fairfield University’s online master’s programs in Healthcare Administration and Public Health offer a unique combination of flexibility with part-time and full-time options,” said Robert Schnieders, the University’s newly appointed vice president of online strategy and innovation. “The faculty you’ll be taught by are in the nationally accredited Egan School and, in the case of the MS in Healthcare Administration, also the Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Both are highly interactive programs where you’ll engage in practical and interdisciplinary coursework and build your professional network.”

The growth of online graduate programs is part of the University’s long-range strategic goal to expand its reach to those who wish to seek to advance their careers through online learning. With healthcare being one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy, Egan’s online programs offer working professionals the ability to pursue a graduate degree and strengthen their skill set without having to leave their current job.

Developed by the Egan School with support of the Dolan School of Business, the MS in Healthcare Administration (MHA) program provides students the knowledge and experience to pursue a wide range of healthcare-related careers. The program complements various fields of study, from nursing, medicine, and other healthcare disciplines, to science, to business, even if students enroll without prior healthcare experience or education.

As part of the degree, all students complete practicum and capstone experiences allowing them to develop and plan solutions to today’s most pressing healthcare problems. Additionally, as a participant in the American College of Healthcare Executives – ACHE Higher Education Network, students are able to network with executives in the industry.

“The asynchronous format provides the flexibility for student learners to manage course work within their individual schedules and to apply learning in a “just-in-time” manner,” explained Lisa Sundean, PhD, MHA, RN, program director and assistant professor. “As such, the move to the asynchronous and online format is a student-centered offering.”

Egan’s newest graduate program, the Master of Public Health, offers a customizable interdisciplinary curriculum to meet the broad spectrum of in-demand careers within the field. The program concludes with a two-semester capstone project involving an internship to gain hands-on experience.

“The major benefits of online learning include self-paced learning, being able to learn from your home or workplace, being able to work full-time while studying — which helps students gain experience alongside earning the degree, and acquiring new technical skills,” said professor of public health and MPH program director Anthony J. Santella, DrPH, MCHES.

To learn more about Fairfield’s online graduate programs, visit

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