Why Study for the MHA Degree?
- Advance your career in the healthcare administration field with the master of healthcare administration (MHA) degree
- Contribute to improving healthcare delivery, including community health and enhancing access to care
- Practice state-of-the-art management methods for healthcare and social services organizations
- Prepare yourself for a leadership role through course work and networking with leaders in the field
- Position yourself to fill an increasing need for talented administrators in a dynamic and high-demand field
What does the future hold?
In the United States today, healthcare is a $1.7 trillion industry. With healthcare reform and an aging population, there is growing demand for a larger and well-trained healthcare workforce, both in the clinical and administrative settings. One in every 11 Americans currently is employed by a healthcare business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), the need for healthcare managers and administrators is expected to increase by about 16 percent in the next 10 years. The number of executive leadership positions with healthcare organizations is expected to increase at an even faster pace, but for these positions a graduate degree is generally required.
For those working in large healthcare systems, health services administrators can be responsible for managing million-dollar budgets and hundreds of employees. To make effective decisions, they need to draw upon multiple disciplines and perspectives, grounded with knowledge and practical experience. They must understand financial and management information systems to accurately interpret data for good decision-making.
Future health services administrators must be prepared to lead a rapidly evolving healthcare delivery system by understanding technological innovation, an increasingly complex regulatory environment, the demands of healthcare reform, and how to effectively restructure roles and manage inter-professional teams of care providers in an environment increasingly focused on preventive care. Healthcare managers of the future will be called upon to improve efficiency in healthcare facilities, increase patient satisfaction, access to care, and the quality of healthcare. In addition, they will need to optimize the efficiency of inter-related services, such as inpatient care to outpatient follow-up care, and have the skills to work effectively with inter-professional teams of managers and clinicians.
A master's degree is now the gold standard for senior-level managers in healthcare administration.