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In the years ahead, the healthcare industry will create more jobs and require more new leaders than any other market segment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, from 2016 to 2026, more than 72,000 new health services executives will be needed to lead the hundreds of thousands of additional administrators, doctors, nurses, and staffers hired to meet the nation's healthcare needs.1
The online Master of Science in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University is designed to give this new generation of leaders the practical knowledge and skills required to guide healthcare organizations through a rapidly growing and evolving business landscape. With this degree, your career outlook in health administration is a positive one.
Jobs in Health Administration
Medical Health and Service Manager
Chief Medical Officer
Health Informatics Specialist
Human Resources Director
Clinical Informatics Manager
Health Administration Salaries and Job Growth
Medical health and service managers earn a median income of $98,350 and have an expected growth rate of 20 percent.2
Health informatics specialist salaries range from $41,000 to $92,000 with a median salary of $61,228.2
What Does a Health Administrator Do?
Health administrators handle the business side of healthcare, so roles and responsibilities can vary widely. Some handle specific tasks, such as guiding the implementation of new systems (e.g., electronic health records) or organizational processes that help streamline and improve the delivery of care. Others help ensure all departments in a facility or facilities meet regulatory and legal requirements. They may review financial records to find ways to manage costs while optimizing patient care. Higher-level health administrators work together with clinicians to improve the quality of healthcare while managing costs and promoting efficiency.
Health administrators who specialize in informatics organize, assess, and analyze large amounts of healthcare data to improve workflow and optimize clinical and administrative information systems. They may create database systems or implement processes that support clinical practice and other aspects of health organizations. Because health data is sensitive, informaticists must always be mindful of laws and regulations regarding privacy and other patient rights.
Health administrators with organizational development and leadership skills could enter senior leadership positions, where they work with the board of directors or another governing body, to drive organizational growth, ensure effective care, and manage organizational change. With Saint Joseph's new organizational development and leadership concentration, you'll gain the confidence and skill to create positive, sustainable change designed to drive your organization forward.
Health administrators can find employment in a variety of settings. Top facilities and fields for medical health and service managers (and their average salaries in those settings) include4:
Physician offices ($89,760)
Home health care ($89,910)
Nursing homes and residential care facilities ($82,950)
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To learn more about career opportunities for Master of Science in Health Administration graduates from Saint Joseph's University, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information using the form on this page.