Nebraska's healthcare costs are among the lowest in the nation on average and lowering still: 125,000 Nebraskans are expected to see lower premiums in 2019.
This is due to a mix of legislative factors, and the state's focus on ensuring quality primary preventative care in clinics and lessening the number of emergency hospital visits.
Still, for Nebraska's hundreds of clinics and nearly one hundred private and public hospitals, there is a growing demand for highly-trained health managerial staff: nation-wide estimates report a twenty percent increase in the field through the next eight years.
If you work in the health industry and are looking to advance your career, a Master's in Health Administration can be a good start. If you live in Nebraska or wish to study at a Nebraska university, your options are numerous.
Online (and Onsite) MHA Programs in Nebraska
We randomly selected a couple of programs that offer MHA degrees in Nebraska and some of the unique aspects you should pay attention to when trying to narrow down your school search.
Concordia University Nebraska
CU is a private university with over a hundred years of history in Nebraska, and campuses all over the country. Their MHA degree plan is offered completely and exclusively online so that students currently working as health professionals can balance their studies with their work.
The degree comprises 36 credit hours which are divided into a series of eight-week courses: on average, the time it takes to complete the degree is two years of classwork.
In addition, Concordia offers four specializations within the MHA track
1. Gerontology Specialization: for those interested in working with the quickly growing population of the elderly.
2. Health Information Technology Specialization: for students who wish to focus on the changing technology systems in the field.
3. Leadership Specialization: meant to provide students with the skills necessary for top-level managerial roles
4. Population Health Specialization: for those interested in being qualified to work with entire communities at a time.
Students who wish to participate in this program, regardless of residency, can expect a base tuition fee of $500 per credit hour.
Prospective students should have a Bachelor's degree and will be required to submit a resume, but GRE and GMAT scores are not required. The program offers multiple annual start dates; if you are interested in the program, contact Concordia to determine when you can begin.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
UNMC is a public health research facility, hospital, and university, which is part of the larger University of Nebraska system.
Their health and medical programs have been rated as among the top twenty in the nation and among the best values in the region by US News.
Students who wish to pursue their MHA can take part in the 57-credit hour degree plan, which entails everything from health policy to human resource management, includes a series of seminars and internships with regional health organizations, and culminates in a capstone program in which students address a real-world, local issue of their choosing.
In-state students can expect to pay a base tuition fee of $323 per credit hour, while out-of-state students are charged $923 per hour.
Students may also take some of their coursework online, in which case technology and distance-learning fees will be applied as well.
The university offers a number of health-specific scholarships for talented students, as well as competitive research and teaching assistantships, meant to help students relieve the burden of their education's cost.
Like most accredited MHA degree plans, UNMC's degree plan is organized around key competencies., which include Leadership, Communication and Relationship Management, Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment, and Business and Analytical Skills. Throughout their studies, students are expected to obtain experience in each of these fields.
Common Master's in Health Care Administration Degree Concepts
As mentioned above, MHA degrees are competency-oriented degree plans which touch on a wide range of discipline and are meant to prepare students to be future leaders of a constantly growing and changing field. Below, we have included some typical coursework you are likely to find in your degree.
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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Introduction to Biostatistics
This course represents the intersection of medicine and data analysis, and is meant to provide an introduction to biostatistical concepts and reasoning. Students learn these theoretical concepts and are acquainted with specific tools for collecting and analyzing data in a health organization.
Healthcare Organizational Behavior
As leaders of health organizations, MHA recipients will have to understand the intricacies of the many human and non-human elements which contribute to a successful organization, whether it be a public hospital, a private clinic, or a government organization. The concepts of leadership and the structures of group dynamics are introduced to students through theory, as well as practical experience.
Most MHAs culminate in a capstone project: these are meant to integrate the concepts the student has seen throughout their degree plan in a real-world environment. Students analyze the local health industry and, with the help of faculty, choose an issue they deem important and then investigate and prescribe solutions to this issue.
2019 Health Administration Salaries in Nebraska
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nebraska employs nearly 3000 health managerial professionals, with the majority employed in public and private hospitals: their annual mean salary as of 2017 was $107,050, which is higher than the national average (source).
A recent search for related jobs in the area has found such posts as Operations Leader at a city-wide health system, an Administrator for the state, and as an Executive Director for a regional healthcare provider.
With high rates of expected growth, qualified professionals are likely to find work quickly in this field.
And if you are passionate about health and human services, an MHA degree might be the perfect fit for you.