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I am half way through my MHA and am having a lot of anxiety about going further into student debt and unsure if this degree is necessary/will pay off. I am currently part of an independent consulting group who works primarily in tech implementations, the last two years has been health focused but moving on to non health related projects. I do not live in a major city so thought pursuing this degree would help me in the local job market down the road. What is your experience w an MHA? Worth it?

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I have an MHA and I make really good money. 145k base.

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Internal consulting for insurances. $200k after 5YOE post MHA if you’re good

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I'm in health insurance and a program manager and I make well over six figures. My job requires a master's degree and the PMP. Looks like you already work on projects. If you want to continue down that career path, get a PMP as well and it can open some doors for you. I've strategically spent most of my career in the public sector/non profits (lots of hospitals are non profits) so I'm signed up for public loan forgiveness on my federal loans. Next month I'm getting them forgiven!

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I have an MHA and I was able to negotiate a higher salary. As long as you do something healthcare related, it's helpful.

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I have my masters in healthcare management and informatics (MSHMI, not MHA... But similar). Since starting that program in 2018 I have doubled my salary. Mind you, my starting point was not stellar; I am now comfortably in 6 figures.

My background is in healthcare insurance risk (bachelors in finance). The information I was able to gain on the healthcare administration side coupled with basic courses in coding (SAS, Python, R, & SQL) allowed me to leverage into a consulting role.

All that said, many people I graduated with have not found the value add I have (dare I even say most?). I think it really depends on your background and how what you're learning now can build upon it.

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What are your career goals?

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In the same boat as you. At this point I'm finishing and then starting an MBA right away. I think MHA is helpful and a Masters but I also think it's quite restrictive

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I'd like to believe I am doing good work! If I am not getting more school education do you recommend any skills or certs to improve to help get into the healthcare consulting realm?

I have a MHA making a little over 350k this year. :)

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D1 at S&.

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MHA can be solid, particularly from well connected programs / good networks that can get you into big health systems and consulting firms. SC2 here, ~$210 TC

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Always going to be more about YOU than any degree in terms of long term growth and earnings potential… many of my mph classmates couldn’t find work after graduation and I’m doing just fine 300k+ all In

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If you are not in a major city, are you interested in remote roles which may offer compensation to justify the expense?

Yes! I currently work in a remote role and make well over the average locally. My thought is that if I don’t want to work remotely forever, hospitals are the only real route if I want similar compensation in my area

MHA here, go for it.

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