Which Degree Is Right for Me?
In 2015, health care jobs grew at the fastest rate the industry has seen in 25 years, causing Forbes to claim it as a “trillion dollar industry in the making.” Money magazine also projects that, over the next three years, the industry will become the largest job sector in the U.S. due to:
- An aging baby boomer population
- The Affordable Care Act
- A rise in health care spending
Within this booming industry, there are a multitude of career options becoming available, many of which may require experienced leaders with an advanced degree.
Health care professionals who aspire to evolve in their career should first determine which graduate degree option best fits their professional goals and personal interests. To help with this decision, we have outlined several health care master’s degree options for you. Explore which degree is right for you:
The MHA degree is designed for professionals who want to improve the success of their employees and the well-being of their patients by efficiently managing health care organizations and systems. As a student, you will gain skills in management theory, law, ethics, critical decision-making and human relations.
In order to apply, you must:
- Be a current full-time employee in the health sector
- Have two years of full-time health sector experience or three years full-time experience in any other industry
- Pass an online examination if less than two years health sector experience
- Have completed courses in financial accounting and statistics
- Health care financial management
- Community and public health
- Health care management and strategy
- Quality and performance improvement
- Law and policy
- Medical informatics and decision management
- Health economics and quantitative methods
- Director of safety
- Budget analyst
- Patient accounts manager
- Director of physician recruiting
- Director of infection prevention
- Director of emergency services
An M.S. in Health Informatics degree prepares experienced professionals to improve patient services, patient outcomes, health care systems and the public health of populations by collecting, analyzing and translating health care data.
In order to apply, you must:
- Have at least three years of work experience in data analysis, programming, IT or health care/health services and be currently employed in one of those fields.
- Have completed undergraduate courses in statistics and accounting
- Research analytics
- Business intelligence
- Predictive analytics
- Health innovation
- Population and community health
- The Internet of Things
- IT project management
- Chief information officer
- Health informatics director
- Medical information officer
- Nurse administrator
An MPH degree prepares professionals and recent graduates to learn the core competencies and acquire the skills needed to be an effective leader in the field of public health. MPH degree programs can offer students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in focus areas such as environmental and occupational health, global health, health communication, health policy, or program planning and evaluation.
Read more about career paths for MPH graduates.
- Work experience in health care is not required for admission.
- Students can be recent college graduates or established professionals.
- Health communication
- Public health biology
- Biostatistics and epidemiology
- Cultural competency
- Medical writer
- Environmental health officer
- Global infectious disease specialist
- Health scientist
- Emergency preparedness director
- Public health engineer
- Health care policy analyst
- Political scientist
- Public health consultant
Healthcare Master of Business Administration (MBA)
A Healthcare MBA focuses largely on the financial aspects of health care management. As a student, you will learn the necessary business skills to become an administrator, executive or manager in a health care system or organization.
You must have a qualitative or managerial background in either clinical health care or business.
- Operations management
- Global perspectives
- Financial and managerial accounting
- Business ethics and public policy
- Strategic management
- Micro for the global economy
- Physician/surgeon in private practice
- Officer of U.S. Public Health Services
- IT professional in a hospital setting