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Healthcare Administration Overview

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Healthcare Administration Overview

The Healthcare Administration field combines leadership, management and healthcare. Considering the small details of Health Administration such as scrupulous budget planning to the larger picture of running a smooth operation in administration, this job requires a mind fit to oversee both aspects. Health administration may be a promising profession if you have a fondness toward a field that combines business, policy, finance, economics, and organizational health. Most often health administration career paths require an advanced degree with backgrounds in public health, business, management, or health care management. A master’s degree is often considered necessary for achieving positions within health care administration. There is a common cluster of higher degrees which typically fall within health care. These higher degrees include Master of Hospital Administration (MHA), Master of Public Health (MPH, MSPH), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Public Administration (MPA). Additionally, a Ph.D. in Health Administration is often seen within higher ranking positions in healthcare administration to help to understand and navigate the complexities of large health organizations.

Typical Career Paths

There are many different ways to work in the ever growing field of healthcare administration. The advance of technology has created many different professions within the field. Healthcare administration can take place across a variety of different disciplines within the private and public sector.  Mainly, disciplines land within hospitals, large health organizations, and academic settings. Typical employment locations include residential care facilities, physician offices, home services, physician offices, outpatient centers, ambulatory health care services, medical and diagnostic laboratories. Most jobs are within clinical settings and can involve careers as an administrative executive, chief executive officer, admitting manager, controller (in charge of budget), director of hospital fundraising, data-processing manager, director of managed care, health information manager, health promotion and wellness manager, medical librarian, medical social worker, patient advocate, quality assurance director, health care analyst, managed care analyst, and medical assistant to name those with more popularity.

Center for Career Education Resources

  • LionSHARE Employers that have posted healthcare administration positions in the past include Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, EmblemHealth, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • Vault Guide to Health Care Management Jobs – Login with your Uni to download this extensive overview of the healthcare administration industry
  • CCE Internship Programs- CCE sponsors a number of structured internship programs in a variety of fields in both domestic and international locations.
  • Career Fairs- Attend our career fairs and special events throughout the year including the Fall and Spring Career Fairs. 
  • Factors to Consider: Graduate School- Offers information and factors to consider when considering graduate school including the recommended timeline, selecting the correct school, and funding opportunities.

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External Internship/Training Opportunities

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)  NSF created Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) to promote the advancement of research and give college students opportunities to inform their research interests. Upon gaining acceptance to these research positions, a generous stipend, housing accommodations and living arrangements are provided while attending the program. These research experiences take place during summer and can range anywhere from between 4-12 weeks. Application deadlines for these competitive research experiences are typically from February to March.
    • World Health Organization Internships (WHO)  WHO offers a 6-12 week program to help build future leaders in public health. There are two internships rotations available, the summer rotation and the winter rotation.  The summer program accepts applications from December 1st-January 31st and the winter program accepts applications from August 1st- September 30th. The internship program does not accommodate for travel costs and is a non-paid internship.  

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      Last updated January 2015