A Career in Healthcare Administration

What does the future hold?

In the United States today, healthcare is a $1.7 trillion industry and 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 eleven 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% 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 masters degree is now the gold standard for senior-level managers in healthcare administration.

Why Study for the MHA Degree?

 

 



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