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.