New Mexico has a fairly unique healthcare system, with a strong state government presence. It is also looking to the future: big changes are expected for 2019 and 2020, with lowered rates for consumers and a brand new exchange enrollment platform approved by local legislation and in the works (source).
A study by the Census Bureau has found that these and other policies are having an effect on the life of New Mexicans: uninsured rates have fallen by more than half since the passing of the Affordable Care Act.
New Mexico's well-run health system, its high standard of living, and its beautiful scenery may be just several reasons why young health professionals may wish to consider furthering their career in the "Land of Enchantment".
If you are passionate about health and human services, and are interested in pursuing your Master's in Health Administration in order to advance your career, New Mexico has a number of options for you to choose from.
Online (and Onsite) MHA Programs in New Mexico
We wanted to highlight a few of the schools offering an MHA degree either on-campus or online. Focus on things like cost, benefits to graduates, etc. to help refine your school search process.
University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico is the largest public institution within the state. Through their School of Public Administration, the college offers a CAHME-accredited MHA program, meant for students just out of their Bachelor's degree as well as individuals with years of professional experience.
With a high amount of coursework which focuses on the specific issues of the Hispanic Native American, and rural populations of the region, this program is meant to provide passionate individuals with the tools to make a difference right in their communities.
For a complete year of study (approximately 24 credit hours), the tuition for in-state students is $8,343; for out-of-state students, this rises to $24,487.
The degree plan comprises 48 credit hours and generally takes two years to complete.
Prospective students are expected to have a 3.0 GPA and three letters of recommendation. Many need and merit-based scholarships are available, and students are encouraged to contact the offices of financial aid.
The degree program offers on-campus coursework for students living in and around Alburquerque, and synchronous online classes via a virtual platform for those who cannot attend classes personally.
In order to accommodate their professional students, classes are offered during the evenings on weekdays, and on Saturdays. The majority of their students are 25 to 35 years old and have anywhere from three to ten years of industry experience.
Common Master's in Health Care Administration Degree Courses
MHAs are multidisciplinary degree plans which comprise elements of health, medicine, data analysis, finance, ethics, and leadership.
Students are meant to be prepared for the difficult but rewarding task of leading organizations within the multi-billion dollar national health industry.
While you should investigate the specific degree plan of any institution that interests you, we have included below some coursework you are likely to find at any accredited university.
Foundations of Community Health
This and other introductory courses are meant to give students a panorama of the evolving field which they are planning to enter. The fundamental concepts of healthcare with respect to communities are explored. In New Mexico, programs often address the specific conditions and policies relevant to the health of rural and marginalized communities.
Human Resource Management
Administrators of any field are, ultimately, responsible for managing people in an effective and ethical way. In addition to leadership coursework, students of an MHA degree are generally given an introduction to the range of common human resources issues concerning the health system and are acquainted with the conceptual tools necessary to address these issues.
Generally, students who do not have significant work experience will be required to complete an industry practicum, in which, in coordination with the university, students are placed into a professional health setting in which they will gain practical experience in the field. For students with at least two years of demonstrable work experience in the field, this requirement is usually waived.
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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2019 Health Administration Salaries in Nex Mexico
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of managerial health is projected to grow at an astonishing twenty percent throughout 2024: this means that qualified, well-educated workers in the field are expected to be in ever-higher demand as the health industry grows and evolves (source).
In New Mexico, as of 2017, only 1,750 people were employed in managerial health positions, with an annual mean salary of $117,960: noticeably higher than the national average.
Most of these professionals find work in one of the fifty-three public and private hospitals within the state. However, due to the changing landscape of the industry in New Mexico, more work is expected to be available in the private sector, be it as executives with healthcare providers, administrators in government offices, or even working with NGOs.
Whatever your interest, an MHA is likely to expand your opportunities, and provide you with a number of tools
for advancing your career in healthcare.