Curriculum

The MHA program offers a strong curriculum encompassing healthcare finance, human resources management, 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 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, an internship/practicum, and a substantive culminating experience.

Effective Fall 2016

Current MHA Course Sequencing Form

MHA Core (10 courses / 30 credits)

  • PADM 600 Introduction to Health Policy and Management
  • PADM 521 Institutional Development & Behavior
  • PADM 525 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
  • PADM 562 Health Governance in Global Perspective
  • PADM 563 Healthcare Finance
  • PADM 564 Healthcare Policy & Program Evaluation
  • PADM 566 Health Economics
  • PADM 596 Research Methods for Public Managers*
  • PADM 610 Cultural Competence & Healthcare Administration
  • PADM 611 Healthcare Information and Technology

*Students must meet the statistics prerequisite before enrolling.

Practicum (1 course / 3 credits)

Electives (Select 4 courses / 12 credits from the list below)**

  • PADM 590 Topical Seminars (e.g.: Dispute Resolution in Healthcare)
  • PADM 612 Healthcare Payment Systems
  • PADM 640 Hospital and Clinic Administration
  • LAW 531 Health Law
  • PH 502 Epidemiologic Methods
  • PH 524 Social Epidemiology
  • PH 554 Health Policy, Politics and Social Equity
  • PH 560 Special Topics in Public Health (e.g.: Women's Health Policy)
  • PH 579 New Mexico Border Health
  • POLS 512 Topics in Government and Politics (e.g.: Health Policy and Politics)
  • SOC 540 Medical Sociology and Health Policy

Culminating Experience (1 course / 3 credits)

  • PADM 561 Strategic Management of Healthcare Systems

** Electives not on this list must be pre-approved by the MHA Coordinator.


Legacy MHA Curriculum

The following curriculum was in place for students who matriculated in 2013-2015. Students admitted in 2016 and beyond, in addition to legacy students who opted in to the new curriculum, should refer to the curriculum plan found in the preceding section of this page.  The legacy 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):

  • PADM 500 Public Management and Policy
  • PADM 521 Institutional Development and Behavior
  • PADM 525 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector

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):

  • PADM 561 Health Policy and Management
  • PADM 562 Health Governance in Global Perspective
  • PADM 563 Healthcare Finance
  • PADM 564 Healthcare Policy and Program Evaluation
  • PADM 566 Health Economics
  • PADM 610 Cultural Competence and Healthcare Administration

MHA Concentrations (15 credits)

Students select one of the three following concentrations (3 credit hours each, 15 total):

Hospital/Clinic Administration (required courses)

  • PADM 590 Hospital and Clinic Administration
  • PADM 611 Healthcare Information Technology
  • PADM 612 Healthcare Payment Systems
  • Plus two additional courses from the General Healthcare Administration Concentration

Minority Health (required courses)

  • PH 554 Health Policy, Politics, and Social Equity
  • SOC 540 Medical Sociology and Health Policy
  • Plus three additional courses from the General Healthcare Administration Concentration

General Healthcare Administration (choose 5, required courses)

  • PADM 590 Ethics in Public Administration
  • PADM 590 Hospital and Clinic Administration
  • PADM 611 Healthcare Information Technology
  • PADM 612 Healthcare Payment Systems
  • PH 502 Epidemiologic Methods
  • PH 504 Rural Health
  • PH 554 Health Policy, Politics and Social Equity
  • PH 560 Women's Health Policy
  • PH 560 Reproductive Health Policy
  • PH 579 New Mexico Border Health
  • LAW 531 Health Law
  • LAW 690 Bioethics
  • POLS 511 Health Policy and Politics
  • SOC 540 Medical Sociology and Health Policy

MHA Culminating Experience (6 credits)

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):

  • PADM 555 Workshop for Interns + PADM 688 Reflection on Practice
  • PADM 555 Workshop for Interns + PADM 689 Capstone Course
  • PADM 688 Reflection on Practice + PADM 689 Capstone Course

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.