The uninsured rate for Arizona dropped from 17.1 percent to 10 percent in the span of three years.
This was the result of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion in Arizona in recent years. In fact, Human Health Services reported that 410,000 people gained coverage at this same time. Two large insurers, Bright Health and Oscar Health, plan to enter the Arizona exchange in the coming years to help insure more Arizona residents.
If you're interested in health coverage for community members and ensuring everyone has the right to healthcare in Arizona, then a career in healthcare administration might just be for you. Even if you aren't an Arizona resident, the studying the current health events in Arizona can help you gain important skills in healthcare administration. The next step in this career is to pursue a Master's in Healthcare Administration.
The George Washington University’s (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) programs for healthcare professionals, including a BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management.
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What Can a Health Administrator Do?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), there are about 8,100 medical and health services managers, or in other words 3.00 medical and health services managers per 1000 people, employed in the state of Michigan.
The annual median wage for these managers is $94,340. Nationwide, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow by 20% from 2016 to 2026.
Online (and Onsite) MHA Programs in Arizona
A.T. Still University
This university was established in 1892 and is renowned for its multidisciplinary healthcare education. Its campus comprises of six schools and provides students with opportunities to learn from community-based partnerships around the globe.
Although this university is located in the city of Mesa, it’s graduate program is available online- without residential requirements- for interested healthcare professionals who wish to complete its 48 hour program requirements.
This university combines online instructions, chat room interactions, and academic prestige from leading healthcare faculty and industry professionals. The tuition at the A.T. Still University is $657.00 per credit hour for students.
University of Phoenix
This university was built on the foundation that every student has the potential to develop knowledge and skills necessary to develop their professional goals and improve the performance of their organizations while also building on their leadership skills to lead in their communities.
At the University of Phoenix’s Master of Health Administration program, students learn to improve healthcare through coursework geared towards healthcare administration focused on gerontology, informatics and sustainability management. At the University of Phoenix, the tuition is $698.00.
The extra fees of the total tuition expense usually come from books and supplies, application fees, registration fees, loan fees, and personal fees so be sure to check your prospective universities’ financial page for exact costs. On a related note, you may qualify for financial aid and scholarships through institutional and extra-institutional offerings.
Healthcare Administration Careers in Arizona
The following lists job announcements pertinent to this degree program and their descriptions. The intent is to provide you with insight on the education requirements, what skills are needed, and what to expect from a career in health administration.
Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital, Chief Executive Officer
This position requires a Master Degree in Healthcare Administration and 5 years of experience in hospital operations. This employer looks for someone with working knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements in the healthcare setting, and the abilities to function independently, negotiate effectively, and create alternative solutions to difficult situations.
The manager is responsible for all day-to-day operations, ensures quality care and effective intra-organizational communication, and ensures hospital compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Additionally, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must lead a strong medical and clinical staff and numerous department heads.
McKesson, Implementation Manager
This position prefers an MHA degree and 3+ years of healthcare client management experience and 2+ years of project management. This position looks for a candidate with strong working knowledge in healthcare service and/or pharma/biotech service. The candidate needs to have strong communication skills, mainly interpersonal, listening and team-building skills.
The candidate should have strong negotiation and persuasion skills. The duties central to this position include organizational problem-solving, partnering with stakeholders, and supporting projects during the pre-implementation, implementation, and post-implementation phases.
If this type of work interests you, and you wish to obtain your MHA in an Arizona institution, you may want to consider any of the options below.