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 United States 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.
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
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.