Career opportunities for health care managers are expected to increase by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A health care management program prepares students to organize and supervise medical and health services. Health care management is typically a two-year program and graduates secure positions in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, health insurance organizations and physician practices. "U.S. News and World Report" has ranked the leading MBA academic programs for 2013. Many of these offer a concentration in health care management. Future health care managers can jumpstart their careers by selecting an academic program appropriate for their professional goals.
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business offers a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health care management. The health care management department coordinates a mentor program connecting students to members of the Wharton Health Care Alumni Association. Graduate students studying health care management focus on course content related to financial management of health institutions, health care marketing, the health services system, legal aspects of health care and comparative health care systems. Students have access to several enrichment and networking opportunities, including the Wharton Health Care Business Conference and the Health Care Club.
University of California Berkeley
The Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley offers students the opportunity to earn a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on health management. MBA students at the Haas School can earn a certificate in health management. Health management students concentrate on course topics such as health economics, introduction to the health care system, innovation in health care, microeconomics of health care policy and cost effectiveness analysis in health and medicine. Students participate in activities such as the Haas Healthcare Association and the Business of Healthcare Conference to keep current with professional trends.
The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University offers a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in health sector management. This two-year program allows students to earn a certificate in health sector management. Coursework includes health care markets, corporate finance, health institutions, systems, and policy, health law and policy and global health systems and policy. Outside of the classroom, students expand their learning experiences by connecting with leading local health care organizations such as the Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Global Health Institute. In addition, students have the opportunity to connect with health organizations located in Research Triangle Park, the oldest and largest science park in the country.
Harvard University offers a Master of Business Administration degree focusing on management and health care. The Health Care Initiative introduces aspiring practitioners to the complex field of health care by incorporating case methods, global outreach and interdisciplinary coursework into the curriculum. Coursework includes a range of topics including managing medicine, health care assisted innovations, health care in China and value-based health care delivery. To enhance classroom experiences, students can participate in groups and activities such as The HBS-HMS Forum on Healthcare Innovation and independent study projects.
Cassandra Ifie is a librarian living in Richmond, Va. She has also been a writer since 2008. Ifie received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Rust College.