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Health Administration/Management Overview

Overview

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Health care is a business and, like every other business, it needs good management to keep it running smoothly. The term, "medical and health services manager," applies to those professionals who plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care.

The health care industry is a dynamic field, and the health care management profession includes individuals with specialized education in the traditional management disciplines taught in a health care context, combined with coursework in policy and public health either at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field of health care management is projected to grow 17% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The health care industry will continue to expand and diversify, requiring managers to help ensure smooth business operations. 

Today, an estimated 300,000 people serve in health administration, from middle management to CEO positions at organizations that range in size from one or two staff members to major international companies employing hundreds of thousands of employees.

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Note: The Association of University Programs in Health Administration reviewed this overview.

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