If you are interested in the field of health care, but you don’t want to work on the clinical side, then an MHA degree (Master of Health Care Administration) may be right for you. This will enable you to be an administrator, executive, or manager in any field of health care, which is continuously growing and development. Interestingly, the MHA Healthcare Administration Salary Outlook varies tremendously depending on where you intend to work. Let’s take a look at some of the different jobs you can do with this degree.
1. Health Care Administrator
Manage and oversee the business of the health care setting you work for, and its office operations.
2. Medical Records Director
Ensures all the information available on individual patients are maintained and recorded properly.
3. Hospital CEO
Being the Chief Executive of a hospital is one of the highest positions you can take on with an MHA degree, and one in which you will be responsible for the full operations of the hospital.
4. Hospital CFO
Work closely together with the CEO of the hospital to ensure every element of the hospital’s finances are in order.
5. Hospital Administrator
This is actually the position for which the MHA was originally developed. You will manage with service quality, compliance with regulations, consultations with health care providers, and more.
6. Physician Group Administrator
Manage the business aspects of a physician’s practice. This is a unique challenge and one that requires real talent.
7. Elderly Care or Hospice Administrator
The unique challenge in this role is the patients you work with, who will all be at the end of their life. While you will not have direct clinical involvement, you will have to make sure that care can be delivered in a way that is affordable, but most of all compassionate.
8. Insurance Company or HMO Administrator
Make sure you understand the different health care issues and try to secure funding for this, by coming up with innovative and new methods to ensure care quality is never diminished.
9. Medical Equipment Manufacturer Administrator
Administer the business of a medical equipment enterprise. This is an exciting role, where you will be at the forefront of scientific developments. You will hold responsibility over patenting and marketing, placing legal regulations at the forefront.
10. Public Health Care Administrator
Public health care facilities are managed by the federal government and focus on specific population groups such as the elderly, the disabled, or veterans. You can help t o develop new policies, thereby ensuring disadvantaged population groups can be properly looked after.
11. Clinic Administrator
There are many different clinics, from abortion clinics to private physician practices, and all of them need administrators to ensure legal and regulatory compliance, as well as having their budgets managed.
12. Home Health Administrator
Home health provision is becoming increasingly popular as hospitals are encouraged to move people out of hospital beds and back into their homes as quickly as possible. This presents particular challenges that are properly understood by an MHA degree holder.
13. Rehab Facility Administrator
Drug and alcohol abuse is a significant problem in this country and while rehab is available, many feel more has to be done to prevent relapse rates. As a rehab facility administrator, you can make sure that funds are directed in the right way to avoid relapse.
14. Health Care Supply Consultant
Work together with clinics and other settings to ensure they have the correct supplies available.
15. Health Care Management Administrators
Some larger hospitals hire their own health care managers. Others bring in outside consultants, who work for health care management companies. These, in turn, require administrators to ensure the proper operation of the business.
16. Pharmaceutical Administrator
Pharmaceutical companies face unique challenges of developing and patenting drugs, before seeking approval and finally marketing them. These are health care companies that operate on a for profit model, which is why the skills of qualified administrators are often so necessary.
17. Biotechnology Administrator
The field of biotechnology is one of the newest fields of health care, and one where you can make a real mark on future developments as an MHA degree holder.
18. Nanotechnology Administrator
Nanotechnology is even more revolutionary than biotechnology. If you have an interest in these sciences, but want to focus on the business side, then administrating a nanotechnology company could be the way forward for you.
If you want to work at university level, you will need a doctorate degree. However, in community and vocational colleges, you can work with an MHA degree.
20. Insurance Company Research Analyst
Research whether money collected from premiums and other sources is directed the right way, and whether in network providers are delivering the right services.
21. Quality Improvement Coordinator
Work with for an insurance company with various in network providers to ensure their quality of services is improved.
22. Client Manager
Deal with the case files of specific clients within insurance companies.
23. Director of Strategic Planning
Ensure strategy is developed and implemented properly within insurance providers.
24. Communications Director
Work for government agencies to ensure communication between government, service providers, and service users is done properly.
25. Legislative Assistant
Work with legal policy developers within federal, state, and local government to ensure all legislation in new policies are correct and can be adhered to.
26. Policy Analyst
Determine whether previously implemented policies have had the right kind of results.
27. Community Health Care Organizer
Ensure that members of the community have access to relevant services to improve their health.
28. Health Planner
Determine what new and emerging fields of health problems are going to be within the community and putting strategies in place to address those.
29. NGO Manager
Work with non-government organizations (NGOs), often abroad, in areas of significant social, political, and environmental activities.
30. Social and Community Manager
As a social and community manager you will be at the forefront of developing community projects to improve the lives of the people whom you serve.
31. Director of Operations
Run the operations department in a specific health care organization. This is usually within a hospital or for the federal government.
32. Mental Health Administrator
Run the administrative functions of a mental health facility, such as a psychiatric hospital.
33. Outpatient Facility Administrator
Outpatient facilities are clinics and health care settings where people can come for a specific kind of treatment and return home the same day. These facilities have been designed to lower the cost of health care overall and require strong financial skills.
34. Administrative Fellow Assistant
To be an administrative fellow, which means you teach at university level, you require a doctorate degree. However, fellows also need assistants, which you can do with an MHA.
35. Clinical Quality Improvement Manager
Make sure the quality of health care delivery in the setting you work for is maintained.
36. FEMA Manager
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) comes in when there has been some sort of health care emergency, such as a natural disaster. This requires strong administrative management skills.
37. Director of Provider Engagement
Oversee the various providers working with your health care setting, ensuring they are engaged in the delivery of services.
38. Credentialing Specialist
Ensure specific members of the health care team have the right credentials, certifications, and licenses.
39. Public Relations Administrator
Make sure that the health care setting you work for has excellent public relations and builds a positive standing in the community.
40. Administrative Data Analyst
Hospitals and health care practices now have a tremendous amount of data to manage, and this requires specialized skills.
41. Human Resource Manager
If you have taken elective courses in human resources during your MHA degree, then the role of human resource manager could be for you.
42. Training and Development Manager
Again, you will have had to take electives in human resources during your degree program. In this position, you will be able to make sure the health care staff is properly trained at all levels.
43. Health Insurance Specialist
Manage a team of other professionals, such as coders and billers, as well as with insurance companies in order to make sure the various benefits are properly applied.
44. Practice Manager
Manage healthcare practices, which include large physician organizations or medical groups.
45. Nursing Home Administrator
Manage a nursing home facility, dealing with elderly people towards the end of their life, ensuring they can live the rest of their life in dignity.
46. Ambulatory Services Manager
Ambulatory services are a specific part of the overall health care delivery system, and they require specialized managerial skills.
47. Laboratory Manager
If you do not have an interest in working directly inside a laboratory, you could manage the facility instead.
48. Wellness Program Director
Wellness programs exist to improve the overall health and well being of community members, but they operate under very tight budget constraints, requiring strong administrative skills.
49. Discharge Coordinator
Make sure the discharge procedure for every patient is properly managed.
50. Behavioral Health Director
This is a fascinating field for those who also have an interest in psychology, managing the different behavioral health services.
Many people find that an MHA is a vague degree, feeling it only leads to limited job opportunities. However, as you can see, the career options out there are incredibly wide and varied. If you want to ensure the health care system continues to run properly, without having to be involved in clinical work, then an MHA degree may be right for you.