Whether you're looking for a new career in health care or want to advance your current position, Utica College's online Master of Health Administration (MHA) in Health Care Administration program will give you the education, training, and experience necessary to obtain management- and executive-level positions within health care administration.
MHA in Health Care Administration: Career Outlook
Lead health systems to an efficient and effective future.
- In 2017, the top 10% of health care administrators earned $176,130 annually1
- 20% job growth projected from 2016 to 20261
- Health care administrators with master's degrees earn 9% more than those with bachelor's degrees2
Earning your online MHA will prepare you to oversee accountability with insurance companies, assist in the transition to paperless records, implement and alter policies in the face of new laws and regulations, advocate for patients, and recruit employees. In other words, you'll graduate ready to work as a versatile medical and health services manager.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health care administration positions are projected to increase at a rate of 20 percent from 2016 through 2026 due to the expansion of the aging population and diversification of the industry.1 While the hospital sector will have the largest employment base, it's projected to grow more slowly due to the proliferation of clinics and outpatient care.
Fortunately, there is a growing need for qualified health care administrators in other sectors of the medical field. Our MHA specializations are designed to meet those needs, giving you the skills you need to excel in a variety of health care settings.
As a health care administrator, you could make more than $175,000 annually and take advantage of 424,300 job opportunities by 20261. As a specialized health care administrator, you'll be qualified for specific roles such as:
Ancillary Services Director
Ancillary services directors are responsible for the oversight of multiple services/departments within an acute care facility. They are involved in strategy, business operations, fiscal/budgetary management, human resource management, regulatory compliance, and more.3
Clinical Project Manager
Clinical project managers are responsible for scoping projects, tracking project metrics, and developing and implementing project milestones. This can be in the context of clinical trials or other projects within a variety of service organization settings including government, insurance, corporate, or research agencies.4
Nursing Home Administrator
Nursing home administrators are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of nursing homes. They manage and develop staff, budget and utilize operational resources, ensure compliance and professional standards are upheld, and more.5
Additional roles in long-term care facilities:
- Direct Care Coordinator
- Acute Care Case Manager
- Informatics Director
- Compliance Officer
- Research Director
- Public Health Administrator
- Director of Nursing Services
- Facilities Manager
- Marketing Director
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Specialize Your MHA in Health Care Administration
In this program, you'll choose from three specializations to explore the specific administrative needs of a variety of health care organizations. Tailor your education to your career goals and stand out to employers with specialized knowledge.
MHA in Health Care Administration - Acute Care
Explore financial management, the development and implementation of IT systems, and leadership practices for administrators of hospitals and other acute care facilities.
MHA in Health Care Administration - Service Organization
Gain a mastery of health care’s tools, concepts, and methods of organizational development and organizational leadership to excel in the public and private sector.
MHA in Health Care Administration - Long Term Care
Focus on effective management practices related to planning, staffing, quality improvement, and other administrative areas, as well as tools and principles of financial management.
Key Skills Employers Need
Identify, articulate, and exhibit leadership attributes in professional work forums
Apply systems-thinking applications in personal, team, and health care organization settings
Apply best practices in critical-thinking application and creativity in guiding applied research in health care organizations
Interpret and master project management design, development, and evaluation strategies in project work
Identify and discern stakeholder interests in competitive and collaborative health care initiatives
Beyond the Degree
We have the tools to help you make your next career move:
Work with your program director and professors for professional mentorship and support.
Job Search Assistance
Build your résumé, do mock interviews, and find new opportunities in your area.
Have our experts review your résumé and LinkedIn and learn to stand out from the crowd.
UC Career Connect
Register for events, create a visual profile for employers, and apply for jobs and internships through our online portal.
1Medical and Health Services Managers – Job Outlook. (2018). Retrieved December 3, 2018, from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-6
2Master's in Health Care Administration Career Outlook. (2018). Burning Glass Labor Insights. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.burning-glass.com/products/labor-insight/
3Average Director of Ancillary Services Salary. (2018). PayScale. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Director_of_Ancillary_Services/Salary
4Average Clinical Project Manager Salary. (2018). PayScale. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Project_Manager/SalaryA
5Average Nursing Home Administrator Salary. (2018). PayScale. Retrieved December 2, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Nursing_Home_Administrator/Salary