Texas may be the second-largest state and one of the richest in the nation, but, unfortunately for many Texans, it also claims the highest rate of uninsured citizens of all fifty states: nearly 4.5 million people as of 2017.
As such, Texas represents the forefront of the difficult fight to widen access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.
In no small way, intelligent and effective management skills combined with an intricate knowledge of healthcare systems must occupy a crucial role in improving the standard of care across the state and the nation.
Luckily, Texas is also home to some of the finest public and private institutions when it comes to graduate programs in the field of health. For those who are passionate about expanding health care for all, and are up for a challenge, Texas may be a place to call home. On-campus, online, and mixed curriculum coursework are available across the state.
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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With an estimated population of 1.6 million illegal immigrants with difficult access to health care services, and legislation which increasing complicates their access to care, this state represents a unique battleground for those who are passionate about improving the reach, quality, and effectiveness of care to these marginalized communities.
MHA Programs in Texas
Below, we have listed examples of MHA degree programs which offer different tracks for obtaining your degree. Be sure to check below for any other Texas institutions which might interest you.
Part of one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in the state of Texas, Texas A&M’s School of Public Health has consistently been rated as among the best programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in terms of graduation rates, job placement, and peer evaluation.
Texas A&M, like several of its peers in Texas, offers two tracks for the same degree path: their 55-credit Resident Track for those students who have only recently graduated from an undergraduate program; and their 48-credit Executive Track, aimed at students with at least five years of experience within the field of health services.
The average completion time for the Resident Track is between 21 and 33 months, depending on whether or not you are a full-time or part-time student. In order to accommodate the schedules of health professionals, the Executive Track consists of online coursework in combination with one weekend a month of on-campus classes, held at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Both tracks place a heavy emphasis on the ethics of health management and in fomenting leadership skills meant to serve students for their entire career. Students can also work extensively with a large network of healthcare professionals both in Texas and throughout the nation: in addition, graduated students will have access to the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, one of the nation’s largest alumni networks.
Texas A&M’s website states that, for the School of Public Health, average base tuition and fees total $7,490 per semester. For out-of-state students, this base cost rises to $15,236. Keep in mind that this number does not include costs such as books, transportation, or housing and food expenses, and the total amount that you spend on your education could end up varying.
For full-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, there exists the possibility of completing an Assistant-ship with the college in order to reduce your financial burden. All students interested in the college should investigate the different scholarships and financial aid options that are available.
Ranked second in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 list of Regional Universities, West, Trinity University is one of Texas’s oldest and most prestigious private institutions.
Their Health Care Administration program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management since 1939, and offers two tracks: an On-Campus Program for full-time students, as well as a part-time Executive Program which combines distance-learning with on-campus coursework for those students already practicing in the field.
Their hybrid Executive program comprises 43 credit hours, which include five, two-hour teleconferencing sessions per course.
On-campus requirements will generally occur at the beginning of each semester: the average completion time is 23 months. Their On-Campus Program requires continuous physical attendance to classes, includes a year-long residency program, and generally requires 28 months to complete.
Along with its high ranking among regional colleges, Trinity University strives to offer many additional benefits to its student body.
Class sizes among its graduate level coursework rarely reach more than twenty students per class; their Center for Experiential Learning and Career success provides students with tools to integrate their academic work, service work, and career preparation; and the university has been rated first in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 list of Best Value Schools for the region.
According to Trinity’s website, average annual base tuition for their On-Campus graduate program is $42,694. Forty-six percent of applicants receive need-based grants, and fifty-five percent of their students graduate with absolutely no debt.
Their Executive Program, however, has an average annual base tuition of $25,266. It is worth noting that, after taking in account those students who received grants, average annual tuition for students at the University is $25,506. If you are interested in attending, be sure to investigate the many need and merit-based scholarships available to prospective students.
Typical Coursework for an Online MHA
In combining skills typically more associated with an MBA with the knowledge necessary to effectively operate within a healthcare environment, MHAs tend to be cross-disciplinary fields meant to provide students with a wide theoretical and practical skill set. Below, we have listed several courses you are likely to see in your degree path.
This course encompasses the use of epidemiological tools – those relating to control of disease – in conjunction with managing health systems. This and similar introductory courses aim to familiarize students with the concepts, methods, and applications of epidemiology in order to effectively manage the care of large populations of patients.
Performance Improvement in Health Care Organizations
This upper-level course offers students theoretical frameworks with which to approach their task of effectively balancing patient experience, patient health, and the cost of procedures within a hospital or clinic. Students will learn how to use Performance-Improvement models in order to analyze the performance of given health-care systems and prescribe and implement changes aimed to increase the efficiency of these systems.
What Can I Do With a Degree in Health Administration in Texas?
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas ranks third on the list of states that employ the highest number of professionals in the field of “Medical and Health Service Managers.”
On average, these professionals earned $107,290 in 2017. Across the nation, the largest percentage of these professionals work in general hospitals and outpatient centers. Texas, however, offers a special landscape for those practitioners who speak Spanish and are interested about helping under-served, immigrant communities.
You may wish to consider some of the institutional options below.