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MHA 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.

The UNM MHA program requires 48 credit hours of graduate study and the curriculum includes:

  • Core (30 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)
  • Internship/Practicum (3 credits)
  • Substantive culminating experience (3 credits)

Effective Fall 2016

The current curriculum for the UNM MHA program is prescribed. A MHA candidate must choose and follow a term-plan found in the MHA Course Sequencing document. Please refer to this document when selecting courses per a given semester. 


The following core curriculum of 30 credit hours (10 courses):

  • PADM 600 Introduction to Health Policy and Management (First Fall Semester)
  • PADM 521 Institutional Development and Behavior (Fall Only)
  • PADM 525 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector (Fall Only)
  • PADM 562 Health Governance in Global Perspective (Spring Only)
  • PADM 563 Healthcare Finance (Fall Only)
  • PADM 564 Healthcare Policy and Program Evaluation (Spring Only)
  • PADM 566 Health Economics (Spring Only)
  • PADM 596 Research Methods II Data Analysis* (Spring Only)
  • PADM 610 Cultural Competence and Healthcare Administration (Fall Only)
  • PADM 611 Healthcare Information and Technology (Fall Only)

*Students must meet the statistics prerequisite (ex: STATS 145, MATH 1350) before enrolling.


Select 12 credit hours (4 courses)**:

  • 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

**Electives not on this list must be pre-approved by the Director


Click below for the MHA Practicum Policy to complete your MHA Practicum Plan (3 credit hours / 1 course):

Culminating Experience

3 credit hours (1 course):

  • PADM 561 Health Policy and Management (Spring Only)