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Seven Jobs You Can Get With a Degree in Healthcare Administration

Apr 1, 2008 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 0 Comments

People in healthcare administration don’t work with patients.  They don’t set broken bones, treat diseases, or sew up wounds. But without them, healthcare facilities couldn’t run. Their job is every bit as important as those of doctors and nurses.  A degree in healthcare administration can lead to a stable and rewarding career in the healthcare industry.

There are Bachelor’s, Master’s, and even Ph.D programs in healthcare administration available at both online and traditional schools.   While a Bachelor’s can get your foot in the door, you’re likely to need a postgraduate degree to advance—and it’s better to choose a program that’s been accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).  Here are a few careers a degree in healthcare administration from an accredited school might lead to.

Medical and Health Services Manager

Also known as healthcare administrators, these professionals oversee day-to-day operations in everything from large hospitals to small practices.  Their responsibilities often include billing and collection, hiring new personnel, budgeting, managing patient scheduling, and purchasing new equipment.  In larger facilities, assistant administrators may oversee specific departments such as surgery, physical therapy, and emergency room operation.

See Also: Online Degree in Health Care Management

Health Information Manager

As the health information manager, you’re responsible for maintaining and ensuring the privacy of patient records.  You’ll need to keep abreast of changes in the law regarding patient privacy, as well as software and technology required to keep track of patient information.   These professionals manage databases of patient information and ensure it’s accessible only to those authorized to see it.

See Also: Online Health Care Degree Programs

Community Healthcare Organizer

When you have a degree in healthcare administration, you don’t have to work in a hospital or medical practice.  You can also find work with nonprofits.  A community healthcare organizer works with social services and community outreach programs to manage and oversee the work of social workers, volunteers, medical professionals, counselors, and other employees.  They also manage day-to-day operations, budgets, and equipment purchases, as well as planning and implementing new programs. 

Public Health Planner

Public health planners usually work with the government to design public health policies and programs that benefit a wide community of people.  This job may require statistical data analysis, an understanding of the health issues and risks faced by specific populations, and knowledge of the costs and logistical requirements involved in putting their plans into action. 

Administrative Consultant

Rather than working with only one organization, you could become a consultant and work with many.  Freelance administrative consultants are called in to improve efficiency, put policy changes into action, and train staff. 

Medical Billing Specialist

A medical billing specialist is in charge of all invoicing and collection in a medical office.  Medical billing specialists often work directly with insurance companies to secure payments for procedures, and some develop specializations in working with health insurance companies.  As a medical billing specialist, you could work for a single medical practice or hospital, or you could run a home-based business with several different clients. 

Health Insurance Underwrite

Underwriters work for insurance companies in determining how much risk policyholders represent to the company.  Their job includes choosing which applicants to enroll; choosing a premium; and writing a policy that covers the risk.  This job requires the ability to analyze data, understand health risks faced by clients, and use current technology to calculate risks and determine premiums.

These are only a few of the many careers open to those with an degree in healthcare administration.  Whether you work for a large hospital or small practice, a nonprofit or an insurance agency, the work that you’ll do with a healthcare administration degree will be crucial to patient health and recovery.  You’ll also be entering a field with growth potential; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Relations states that jobs in healthcare administration are likely to grow faster than the national average.  A degree in this field can lead to a financially stable, rewarding career.




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