Medical and health services managers are in high demand with employment projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 It's not just managers that the industry is looking for—it's leaders. Leaders who have proven skills and expertise.
To succeed in a healthcare administration leadership position, students must have strong analytical, decision-making, and leadership skills. As you rise to the top of your field, you'll find yourself leading and managing more, making superior written and verbal communication skills critical.
Results From Real Graduates: Graduates from The University of Scranton's CAHME-Accredited MHA program reported a 90-percent job placement rate and an average salary increase of $10,536 after graduation.2
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a health services manager is $98,350.1 This category could include a wide range of healthcare administration positions, including Training and Development Specialist, Benefits Manager, Hospital Administrator, Health Services Manager, or Chief Executive Officer. Many of these high-level healthcare administration positions involve managing day-to-day operational activities and delegating responsibilities to the appropriate departments. Those who hold these advanced positions also supervise and manage employees within the organization, as well as establish or enforce company policies.
While many entry-level healthcare administration positions are available to those without a master's degree, a leadership role in healthcare administration often requires an advanced level of education.
Healthcare Needs Leaders Who Are Flexible and Adaptive
The healthcare industry is facing physician shortages, an aging baby boom population, ever-changing legislation, expanding coverage, and exponential growth. There is a serious need for leaders who have the knowledge and flexibility to be fluent in the business of healthcare, the language of insurance companies, the requirements of government agencies, and the needs of patients.
Services traditionally provided by hospitals are shifting to the offices of health practitioners. As a result, medical group practice management is expected to grow as practices become larger and more complex.
According to research conducted by ACHE in 2018, 60.9 percent of health leaders surveyed hold at least one master's degree and 25.2 percent hold two master's degrees and/or a doctorate degree.3
Managing these changes will require well-educated, exceptional leaders who are prepared to balance the business needs with the needs of patients while promoting just solutions.
Healthcare administration professionals work closely with physicians, surgeons, nurses, and medical and clinical laboratory technicians and technologists. They work to improve the efficiency and quality of the healthcare organization and often manage finances, patient billing, and accounting. A few career paths in the healthcare administration field include clinical managers, health information managers, or nursing home administrators.
An MHA That Positions You for Success
The University of Scranton's online, CAHME-accredited MHA pairs a flexible online learning environment with our nationally recognized education at an extraordinary value. As a graduate of our program instilled with Jesuit values, you will have the expertise necessary to lead with confidence and integrity.
Graduates of the MHA program have gone on to build careers as:
- Case managers
- Hospital directors
- Healthcare executives
- Central services representatives
- Quality assurance leaders
- Healthcare coordinators
- Human resources generalists
We also offer two specialization options to better prepare you to lead in 21st-century healthcare:
MHA with a Health Informatics Specialization
As we continue to live in a data-driven world, there is an increasing emphasis on hiring leaders who understand the role data plays when making new policies. You'll learn to use health informatics to make large, organizational decisions and innovative changes that can improve patient care overall.
With a strong foundation of both healthcare enterprise and information technology, you'll be ready to lead on the job from day one.
MHA with a Global Health Specialization
In a fully connected world, learning to empathize with diverse perspectives is vital to leadership in healthcare. Global health professionals study the treatment and prevention of widespread epidemics.
You'll be ready to collaborate with national and community leaders, governmental agencies, and relief organizations and other groups to promote medical awareness and healthy living through educational outreach.
In order to prepare you for success, we also offer a wide variety of supplements exclusively to our students, including:
- The Vault: An online resource library for industry research, rankings, internships, and job postings. Most popular―their guide books! Students (and faculty) can download the books for free!
- Big Interview: An online mock interview tool. We are seeing a trend of online/virtual interviews and this can help students practice questions (of varying level and topic) and feel more comfortable in the virtual interview environment.
- Resume and cover lettering writing
- Job search assistance
- Job postings from employers that want Scranton Alumni
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017–2018 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, Web. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited August 13, 2018).
22012 On-Ground MHA Alumni Survey.
3American College of Healthcare Executives 2018 Members & Fellows Profile. ACHE 2018 Members and Fellows Profile. Web.http://www.ache.org/pubs/research/demographics.cfm (visited August 13, 2018).