The MHA program offers a strong curriculum encompassing healthcare finance, health economics, strategic management of healthcare systems, global health governance, health disparities, Native American health policy and administration, women's health policy and programs, evaluation of health care policy and programs, health law and ethics, hospital/clinic administration, payment systems, and health policy and politics.
The MHA program draws on the expertise of faculty from across the campus, including faculty in the School of Public Administration with expertise in health administration and policy, faculty associated with the Master of Public Health program, faculty in several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences (including Economics, Political Science, and Sociology) and in the Anderson School of Management, and scholars associated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy. Expert practitioners with diverse backgrounds, skills and cultural competencies contribute as guest lecturers when appropriate.
The MHA degree is designed to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) accreditation standards. CAHME requires a minimum of 40 credit hours not including the experiential component. The UNM MHA program requires 48 credit hours of graduate study consisting of a core curriculum, coursework specific to three concentrations (Hospital/Clinic Administration, Minority Health, and General Healthcare Administration), and a substantive culminating experience.
The MHA core curriculum shares nine credit hours with the MPA program in the School of Public Administration. This shared foundation incorporates knowledge and skills that are common to both public administration and health administration (3 credit hours each, 9 total):
The MHA core curriculum also has its own set of required foundational courses to meet the specialized needs of its students (3 credit hours each, 18 total):
Students select one of the three following concentrations (3 credit hours each, 15 total):
Hospital/Clinic Administration (required courses)
Minority Health (required courses)
General Healthcare Administration (choose 5, required courses)
The culminating experience provides an opportunity for practical professional experience and analytic reflection. Students select one of the following paired course options (3 credit hours each, 6 total):
The first two options include internship experiences. Students who do not have significant professional experience must select one of these two options. The third option, Reflection on Practice + Capstone Course, is only available to students with substantial professional experience in healthcare administration or policy that substitutes for the experience provided by an internship.
The Reflection on Practice is designed to connect practical experience with learning gained in the MHA program. Through a formal writing project, students enhance their understanding of the linkages between theory and practice, and hone the analytical skills they will rely upon in their professional careers. In the Capstone Course, students apply knowledge and skills developed throughout the program to the analysis of challenges presented in case studies.