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Why does a Master of Science in Health Science work for healthcare administrators?

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The healthcare industry in the United States is evolving and growing at a rapid pace, and that growth is expected to continue well into the future. Job opportunities are exploding because as the healthcare field grows, so too does the demand for skilled healthcare leaders who understand the complexity and challenges of health systems and practices. According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities for a Master of Science in Health Science graduate are expected to increase by 12 percent through 2018, which is faster-than-average job growth. A Master of Science in Health Science degree is designed to prepare experienced working professionals to assume leadership roles within healthcare administration, management and operations. With an MSHS degree, a graduate not only will be qualified for advanced jobs with greater responsibilities but will be qualified for jobs with higher salaries.

Overview of a Master of Science in Health Science

Health science is a broad field that involves the study and research of multiple aspects of health, healthcare and health services. Typical foundational courses for a Master of Science in Health Science include healthcare systems administration; healthcare policy, organization and financing; legal and ethical issues in healthcare; epidemiology and biostatistics; strategies in health policy; human resources management; leadership; and professional proposal writing, to name a few. Almost all master of health science programs have a core course component of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Typically, this study of research methodology involves field work and a lengthy paper and/or presentation to ensure the student can interpret the research and apply it to real world applications and programs.

A Master's in Health Science provides training for a range of careers, such as medical and healthcare administrator or manager, health educator, social and community service manager, health science research director, environmental health scientist and health policy planner. They can serve hospitals, clinics, medical offices, physician medical practices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, home health services, mental health programs, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, university research centers and government agencies. A graduate with a Master's in Health Science will be ready to improve patient care by overseeing the delivery of services, strengthen the business flow of healthcare providers and organizations, manage resources and people, ensure compliance with regulations and legislation, develop and monitor budgets and ensure healthcare facilities are maintained properly and efficiently.

Because of the increased demand for expert health services administrators, this specialty offers strong career growth and good salaries. The BLS projects faster than average growth for this profession, 23 percent by 2022, with an average salary of $88,580.

Earning an MSHS in healthcare administration could lead an experienced healthcare professional looking to advance his/her career or a qualified professional looking to break into the healthcare industry as a manager to numerous opportunities in this growing field. A career in healthcare administration offers financial stability and the satisfaction of working in an industry that provides great benefit to the community.


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