Why Healthcare Management
As the healthcare environment continues to evolve in a rapid and unpredictable way, managers will face issues about access to quality care, rising costs, and the growing uninsured population.
The Health Organization Management Program prepares students to enter the workforce prepared to understand the many components of the healthcare industry to effectively make decisions.
Healthcare is the largest industry in the U.S., and the second largest employer, with more than 13.5 million jobs.
Eight out of 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are in health care.
About 19% of new wage and salary jobs created during 2004-2014 will be in healthcare than any other industry.
Students pursuing healthcare management careers have excellent earning potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers earned an average annual salary of $81,160 in 2006. Senior healthcare executives with more experience and achievements can earn $200,000 or significantly more.
An education in healthcare management can take you in many different and exciting directions. In addition to more traditional careers in healthcare management, graduates work in many other areas including: pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, public health agencies, management consulting, banks and other financial institutions, long-term care facilities, professional societies and state and Federal agencies.
There is an excellent career ladder—and many people also take on roles in different sectors of the field over the course of their careers.
The core skill set you develop in a healthcare management program provides a competitive advantage within the healthcare sector. In addition, these skills transfer readily across a variety of industries, providing flexibility for non-health sector positions as well.
Healthcare management is a career that values continual self improvement and education, and most employers encourage continued professional development. Many organizations often support tuition remission or in-service training for new skills. Innovation and continuous learning will be a part of the job from the day you start.
Test-Drive your Career
The Health Organization Management Program requires all students to complete a 120-hour internship prior graduation. This internship provides students with valuable real-life experience, networking opportunities, and an increased understanding of the administrator's role in healthcare.
To learn more about our internship, click here.
Additionally, throughout the program students can take part in many projects to collaborate....(something about our students' role in our community)
A Career that Gives Back*
Decisions made by healthcare executives can help improve life for hundreds, even thousands of people every day. Healthcare executives have a sense of social mission—they deeply care about the people they work with and serve.
Healthcare executives typically are highly respected members of their communities. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations are among the largest employers in many communities and their organizations positively impact the health of the populations they serve and the well-being of their community.
*Information adapted from AUPHA
**Information adapted from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics