In 2017, Maine became the first state in the nation to approve the expansion of Medicaid via a popular ballot. This had the effect of expanding healthcare coverage to nearly 70,000 people who had previously fallen in the wage gap which left them with neither Medicaid nor ACA subsidies. Many of these are citizens who, for the first time in decades, are re-entering the public health system.
While the northeast consistently ranks among the healthiest regions in the nation, it is also subject to the same crises which affect the nation: opioids, obesity, childhood diabetes, and cancer as a result of unhealthy lifestyles.
As more and more people enter the system in order to get coverage, it will be up to local and regional health professionals to ensure the quality and continuation of their care.
If you live in Maine or wish to live there, and you have a background in health, a Master's in Health Administration may be an excellent way to gain a new and valuable set of skills, and expand your possibilities.
Online (and Onsite) MHA Programs in Maine
We selected a few different schools that offer a Master's in Health Administration degree in the state of Maine. They might be an exclusive in-state program or an online option available to the entire US. We wanted to highlight program differences and estimated costs to help you better understand the entirety of the degree.
Saint Joseph's College
St. Joseph's is a private college with a physical campus in the city of Standish, but which offers many degree plans in hybrid or completely online formats.
Their MHA program is accredited by the NAB (National Association of Long-Term Care Administrators Board) and places a special emphasis on managing long-term and end-of-life care.
Their mission statement is to provide intellectual and emotional preparation for the healthcare environment. The program is competency-based, which means that students will take part in a series of classes designed around core competencies which have been deemed essential to the industry.
The 42-credit hour requirement is split up over twelve-week terms
Most students take two courses per term and complete their degree in two years. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5, but the university does not require GRE or GMAT scores.
The program is especially thought out for students who need to balance their work and studies and is offered in a completely online format, with four separate start dates in each year.
The base tuition is $1,620 per 3-credit course. There is no application or online fee, though additional fees may be accrued at the end of a student's degree plan, such as graduate and processing fees. Students are encouraged to apply for aid and work-study programs: roughly half of the graduate student body has been placed in work-study programs to offset the cost of their degree.
University of Southern Maine
While no other Maine universities offer strict MHA degree plans, USM offers a competitive MBA program with a concentration in Health Management and Policy. In addition to myriad business-oriented classes, students are given a broad understanding of the American health care system, and the social context of health and healthcare.
The program may range from 36 to 51 credit hours, depending on a student's professional background. The courses are divided up into a series of foundational business and management classes and health-oriented classes through the Muskee School of Public Health. In addition to the student's coursework, the School of Business's Career Connections department is available to all students to provide internship opportunities with regional organizations, work-study positions, networking events, and job placement services for alumni.
In-state graduate students are charged a base tuition of $271 per credit hour, while out-of-state students can expect a higher fee of $1,100.
Some courses are available online, and if students wish to utilize this format they will be charged an additional "E-Tuition" fee.
Additional location and student activity fees may apply. Be sure to contact the Offices of Financial Aid in order to see what scholarships and grants you may qualify for.
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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Health Administration Careers in Maine
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health industry is projected to grow at an impressive twenty percent through 2024: this rate is far higher than the national average for all industries.
As the 2018 midterms elections are likely to lead to substantial changes both in regional and national health policy, the need for qualified, up-to-date managerial professionals is estimated to increase even more.
Maine currently only employs approximately 1800 such professionals, with an average annual salary of $91,280, and the demand for such workers is high. A recent search for regional jobs in health administration found openings as administrative specialists with the regional government, as grants administrators, and as executive officers with healthcare providers.
If you are passionate about working with community health and improving the quality and access to care, an MHA might be a good fit for you.
And if you live in Maine, an healthcare administration degree with a local or online university might be the boost your career needs. If you are interested in pursuing this option, you might wish to consider any of the options which appear below.