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Health Careers - Health Care Administration / ManagementHealth Care Administration / Health Management: Health Care Administration Managers are leaders involved in the planning, supervising and coordinating of healthcare services. Over 100,000 people work in this area in the U.S. alone. Health Administration Managers work in positions from middle management to CEO's of large hospitals. Most health managers work in the public sector for health departments, but some work for the private sector for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies or on a consultancy basis.

Health Administrators can specialize in a certain area or work as general managers who manage entire facilities consisting of many specialties. Below are some of the careers available in Health Administration Management:

  • Managed Care Director
  • Health Services Project Administrator
  • Assistant Administrator
  • Business Development Manager
  • Quality & Accountability Initiatives
  • Health Administrator
  • Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Education: There are many ways to get a career in Health Administration / Management. The most direct way is to complete a Master's degree program in health management. Some students continue to study for Doctoral Degrees to gain entry into more senior positions.

Master's degree programs generally last two years. A Bachelor's Degree in a related area is required to gain admittance to a Master's Degree program. Subjects covered in a Master's Degree program include: healthcare policy and law, organizational behavior, marketing, healthcare financing, human resources, and other healthcare management topics. Courses may also include an internship, residency, or fellowship.

Once you graduate with your master's degree you can apply to an entry/mid level position depending on your area of expertise and experience. Specialized areas where health administrators work include: Finance, Government relations, Human resources, Information systems, Marketing and public affairs, Material management (purchasing of equipment and supplies), Medical staff relations, Nursing administration, Patient care services, Planning and development. Entry level salaries start at around $40,000 and experienced Health Administration Managers can earn well in excess of $200,000 for high level jobs.

Accreditation: When choosing a Health administration program, first ensure that the program you choose has the proper accreditation. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) provides accreditation for many Health Administration programs. Members of ACHE can become board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow (FACHE). This high achievement is proof of your skills and knowledge.

Find a Health Education School: Use the red search box in the menu above, to find Health schools and colleges in your area that offer Health Administration / Management programs.

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