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Master of Health Administration (MHA)

MHA BrochureThe School of Public Administration's Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program was created to meet the significant and unmet need for graduate-level professional education for administrative and clinical personnel of health service organizations. The MHA curriculum is designed to address the particular cost, quality, and access needs of the healthcare industry. The curriculum focuses on healthcare policy and administration issues facing health services organizations, such as health analytics, health care finance, quality improvement, management, and leadership. The MHA coursework reflects the needs of our region's Hispanic, Native American, rural, and low-income populations. The goal of the MHA program is to produce culturally competent, evidence-based managers and leaders who seek to improve and transform the health of the populations served by their organizations. 

Course Formats

To address the needs of our extensive region and diverse student body, the MHA program is offered in both traditional and synchronous-online formats. Albuquerque-based students attend classes on the main campus of UNM. Distance students attend these same classes, at the same time, using an online learning portal. To accommodate mid-career professionals, all of our classes are offered at either 4:00 PM or 7:00 PM, Monday through Thursday. (Some electives courses are also offered on Saturdays at 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM.)

Curriculum & Course Sequencing

Full-time students can complete the 48-credit hour program in two years. Part-time students can complete the program in three years. Click here for more information on the program's curriculum and course sequencing. 

MHA Student Body Profile

The inaugural MHA class of 20 graduate students started in August 2013. The program admits approximately 20 students each fall. The average student body profile for the past three years is as follows:


MHA Student Learning         MHA Years of Experience         MHA Age


Learn More

K Huang

Dr. Kun Huang
Associate Professor | MHA Faculty Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Arizona, AZ
Phone:  (505) 277-7757
Office:  SSCO 3002
Email:  khuang@unm.edu
Curriculum Vitae

James Pendergast

James Pendergast
MHA Program Manager
Phone:  (505) 277-3074
Office:  SSCO 3038
Email:  pend@unm.edu