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Health Services Administration

Overview

Public health professionals analyze and develop programs that protect the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and abroad. Using education, development of healthy lifestyles, research and program implementation, public health professionals are agents for disease prevention and health promotion.

The United States is placing a high priority on building up the nation's public health workforce. A career in public health opens the door to diverse opportunities in a variety of sectors such as federal, private and non-governmental organizations.

What does this mean for you? It means that with a degree in public health, you’ll be in high demand – and on a career path filled with advancement opportunities.

The field of health services administration combines policy, business and science in managing the human and fiscal resources needed to deliver effective public health services. Managing the database at a school clinic, developing budgets for a health department, creating polices for health insurance companies or directing hospital services are just some of the careers you might pursue with a public health degree in health services administration.

If you go into this profession, you might work in administration, resource development or in the public or private sectors. Specializations include:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Policy formation and analysis

For more information, see the AUPHA website.

To learn more, watch this video about medical and health services managers.

Working Conditions

In today's managed care environment, the demand is high for public health professionals who specialize in health services administration.  Health service administrators play a leadership role in regional, state, national and international agencies and organizations.

Academic Requirements

Since this is a multidisciplinary field, you can expect a health services administration program to include the complete study of health care services:

  • Accessibility
  • Costs
  • Delivery
  • Financing
  • Health outcomes 
  • Organization
  • Quality
  • Use

You can search for schools in this field on the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health's (ASPPH) website. SOPHAS is the centralized online application service for students applying to a school or program of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). A complete list of accredited schools and programs can be found on the CEPH website.