A master's in healthcare administration paves the way for some interesting, high-level career pathsNovember 14, 2014
Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare but would prefer to work in administration and policy making rather than working directly with patients?
If so, you should consider working towards an MHA or Master’s in Healthcare Administration.
One of the biggest benefits of obtaining an MHA is that it allows you to explore management-oriented careers in a variety of healthcare-related organisations and settings across all three employment sectors – providers, suppliers and policy organisations. Within these employment sectors you can explore a wide range of career opportunities from public relations, policymaking and human resources to facilities and equipment, regulatory and legal compliance, technology and financial matters to name a few.
Opportunities in healthcare provider organisations
Healthcare provider organisations are the most common choice for graduates of healthcare administration programs and leading the way in this category are hospitals. In addition to hospital administration, as a healthcare administration graduate you would also be able to find jobs with:
- Private clinics
- Group physician practices
- Home healthcare organisations
- Nursing homes and elder-care facilities
- Rehabilitation centres
- Outpatient care centres
- Mental health organisations
Some of the job titles to explore within these organisations include:
- Executive director
- Vice president
- Director of patient safety
- Director of business development
- Director of risk management
- Chief nursing officer
- Practice manager
Opportunities in healthcare supplier organisations
When we think ‘healthcare’ our thoughts immediately go towards care-giving settings and the professionals who work there. However, healthcare organisations cannot function without supplier organisations that provide them with essential supplies and equipment as well as key services in such areas as operations, technology, training/development, finance/accounting and staffing.
If you would prefer to work with healthcare supplier organisations, with a MHA you would be qualified to pursue a career with a variety of companies including:
- Healthcare management companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Consulting firms
- Biotechnology companies
- Companies that develop, manufacture and market healthcare supplies and equipment
- Educational organisations
Some of the job titles you could aspire to with these organisations include:
- Marketing manager
- Director of market research
- Sales director
- Product manager
Opportunities in healthcare policy organisations
Working in healthcare policy organisations is an excellent choice for anyone who is interested in addressing health-related issues on a broader scale. Most jobs in this sector involve working with government or semi-government organisations or public health agencies and non-profit organisations with health-oriented missions.
Job titles to explore in this sector include:
- Health planner
- Community healthcare organiser
- Communications director
- Policy analyst
- Legislative assistant
How to get the requisite experience
As with all other career paths, getting a job immediately after you graduate can be difficult. The best way to improve your marketability is by gaining some experience in the field.
If you aspire to a high-level job in a clinical area, consider gaining some experience as a certified nursing assistant, a clinical tech or phlebotomist.
If your goal is to pursue a nonclinical leadership position, working as an administrative assistant or admissions clerk in a business office will give you the relevant work experience that you need.