For most categories of leading causes of death, Utah ranks well compared to the rest of the nation. However, according to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics. Utah ranks as the 5th highest state for suicide deaths with 21.8 deaths per 100,000 persons (source).
The Utah Department of Health summarizes these rates in this way: 578 Utahns die from suicide and 4,538 Utahns attempt suicide each year, costing a total of $34.8 million in emergency department visits and hospitalizations per year.
This trend is especially disconcerting for the youth of Utah, with one in four teenagers having already seriously considered suicide in some areas of the state.
If you have a passion for mental health, or any other condition you feel to be an epidemic in Utah, now may be the time to consider a career that can truly help a suffering population. One career field that is vital to the necessary change in the health environment is health administration.
These professionals control the distribution of necessary resources where they are needed and manages the budget behind whole systems. Applying to a Utah MHA program is the first step to becoming a change maker in your community.
What Can a Health administrator Do?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah currently employs over 3,020 professionals health managers and administrators. The average annual salary is $106,180 for Utah managers (source).
Possible employment opportunities can come from many different industries:
- medical and surgical hospitals
- ambulatory health care services
- outpatient care centers
- nursing care facilities
- home health care services
- medical and diagnostic laboratories
- pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
- low-income housing organizations
The state's health professional field is the ideal environment for passionate health administrators because of its consistent quality of care, numerous employment opportunities, and its opportunities to allow professionals to make a large community impact.
Highlighted MHA Programs Available in Utah
We wanted to highlight a few of the programs available in the state to show you what can make each one unique. Looking at these unique aspects will help you find the program that works best for you.
University of Utah
The University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business offers two types of MHA degrees: a Full-Time MHA and a Professional MHA.
The Full-Time MHA is designed for young careerist interested in healthcare delivery in public and private organizations.
The program is 55 credit hours in length and takes students approximately 2 years to complete. The program is full-time and most courses are available during the day.
The features of this program include general administrative and management courses, specialty electives, and an administrative internship. This program starts in the fall and the approximate base cost for the entire program is $51,300 (source).
The program offers an MHA degree designed for mid-careerist professionals called the Professional MHA. All students enter the program with three years of prior experience in healthcare and the program is intended to be ladder towards management and executive positions in health organizations.
The program is formatted for students to take courses part-time or full-time; most students in this program are full-time professionals who take three to five courses per semester, online and on-site (during the evenings).
The program is 48 credit hours in length and takes students approximately 2-3 years to complete. This program starts in the fall and the approximate base cost for the entire program is $47,000. Check with the university's program curriculum providers with any additional fees that are applied to the cost of attendance.
This program also allows for four dual degree pathway options: an MHA/Full-Time MBA, an MHA/Professional MBA, an MHA/Master of Public Health, and MHA/Master of Public Administration. Be sure to explore these degree options if you are interested in adding to your repertoire.
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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Weber State University
Weber State University is a quality school to consider for any aspiring health administrator. It's Master of Health Administration is one of the top 50 schools in the nation in terms of affordability and innovation.
This program focuses on enhancing technical skills that many administrators use every single day, mainly management, interpersonal communication, organization, and critical thinking.
Its MHA program is also considered one of the best in terms of numbers: in 2017, 92% of students had jobs by the time of graduation, and students who entered the program in 2015, 94% of them completed the program.
The admission requirements for this program are a bachelor’s degree, at least a 3.0 GPA, completed GRE or GMAT scores, and 2 years of supervised healthcare experience. The cost per course hour- including tuition, differential, and student fees- is $827.81.