Health care jobs are not just for job seekers with medical degrees. In fact, a master's of business administration degree (MBA) is often required for jobs in health care, including a variety of careers ranging from administration to project management.
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Health Services Manager
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that medical and health services manager careers have a positive job outlook in the coming years. Because managing health services requires project management and management skills, a MBA is usually needed for these positions. The BLS describes health care practice managers as someone who will "plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care." Some job duties may include overseeing patient records, establishing and applying hospital policies, deliver reports, plan budgets or prepare business strategies.
Health Informatics Management
Companies in the health care industry need MBA graduates to fill business communications positions, such as a director of informatics. An informatics career involves guiding staff members in communicating health care IT system needs, identifying technology cost improvement and researching new health care technology for the company. Your background in business administration aids quality improvement efforts and project management, as well as help support the company's efficiency.
Director of Health and Wellness
Insurance companies employ MBA graduates for health and wellness divisions to manage and promote the insurance company's services by encouraging health, fitness and well-being for insurance customers. Directors of health and wellness also supervise overall costs, quality improvements and direct affiliations and partnerships with consumers, employees and outside organisations that endorse a healthy lifestyle.
A career in hospital administration offers an assortment of jobs, but most focus on running a hospital's finances, personnel and quality assurance efforts. Depending on the size and location of the hospital, daily tasks can range from directing medical activities to instituting daily procedures. Typically, hospital administrators report to a board of directors or a chief financial officer. Smaller medical offices may hire administrators to oversee business operations so they can focus on treating patients.
Pharmaceuticals Project Manager
Pharmaceutical sales and management jobs focus on marketing of pharmaceuticals, increasing sales, regulation of medicines and managing sales teams. Because MBA coursework focuses on financial analysis, management techniques and team and employee behaviour, job seekers with this degree will find their business skills put to use in pharmaceutical management.
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- Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Medical and Health Services Managers"
- Georgia State University: "Health Informatics"
- SuccessDegrees.com: "Specialized MBA Types"
- World Wide Learn: " Guide to College Majors in Healthcare Administration"
- Aspen University: "Master of Business Administration - Specialization in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management"