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According to the U.S. Census, the population in South Dakota is 853,000 people and has been growing at about a rate of 5 percent over the last ten years. There are an estimated 630 medical and health services managers in the state earning a mean average of $100,500 a year. If you’d like to enter the leadership field of healthcare in South Dakota, start by contacting the schools you see on our site for detailed information.
Health care is a large portion of the state’s service industry and serves a standard population as well as a substantial reservations population. Recent innovations in health care delivery to rural areas have opened up new opportunities for health care administrators in the state. Professional groups in the health care administration field (e.g., South Dakota Medical Group Management Association, the South Dakota Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, etc.) serve as a reservoir of professional information and advocacy for this rapidly growing field.
Graduate Healthcare Administration Studies in South Dakota
Higher education in SD is concentrated in Madison, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, and Vermillion. Generally, “Full Admission” is granted to candidates with a 2.7 undergraduate degree or a 3.0 cumulative graduate school average and coursework acceptable to the given program managers of each degree program.
These graduate degrees in health care administration are available in the state within various graduate programs: Master of Business Administration—Concentration in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration—Health Services Administration Specialization, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Nursing—Clinical Nursing Leadership, Master of Science with Specialization in Health Services Administration, Master of Science with Specialization in Long Term Care Administration, and Ph. D. in Nursing.
Curriculum and Coursework of MHA Programs in South Dakota
Health services administration is cross-disciplinary and will incorporate training in evaluation tools and organization relating to a variety of administrative roles. Preparation in this specialty will include education in health systems management, health planning and marketing, and health care practice as applied by individual disciplines.
As a student, you may anticipate coursework in the following areas:
- Environmental Health
- Private and Public Health Care Provider Practice with Practicum
- Rural, Urban, and Native American Health Care Systems
- Strategic System Development and Networking
- Public Policy
Practical use of statistics for development of strategic health plans and their actual functioning will be components within this coursework. Applied biometrics will enable graduates to do “clinical research” to enable new or modified programming within given health care settings and systems. Applied statistical analysis will be components of coursework in Budget and Fiscal Management.
Once you have completed your Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration in South Dakota, you can apply for a wide variety of jobs within hospitals, outpatient clinics, government offices or in private practice. If you are ready to get started with furthering your education, contact the schools listed below for detailed program information.