Health Administration Careers

With the many advances in medicine in the last 50 years alone, dedicated professionals in the medical field have achieved greatly improved outcomes for many patients. Along with these advances, however, have come increasing costs and a growing need for exceptionally skilled administrators to manage the business aspects of health care.

Strong leadership skills are necessary for planning, coordinating, and supervising the functions of a health care facility and its staff. Health administrators must also have a high degree of business acumen to ensure that high-quality care is delivered within the established budget. Periodically they may be required to take actions that will reduce costs and increase profitability. Other responsibilities may include providing leadership in human resources, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations, and serving as the first contact for any legal issues that may arise.

The following is a list of websites to help you explore the kinds of opportunities available in the field of health care administration.

  • Healthcare Financial Management Association – HFMA, whose motto is “Improving the Business of Caring,” is a resource to leaders on the financial side of health care. The site includes a variety of resources including periodic compensation surveys and news essential to the industry. Much of the information is available to non-members.
  • CNN Money: Top 100 Jobs – Read about which health care jobs rank in the top 100 best jobs in terms of pay and prospects for growth. Note: Hospital administrator is #36!
  • Health Leaders Media – This commercial website contains information about where the health care industry is going and contains various articles, webcasts and survey results. We link here to one particularly interesting article entitled “The Hospital of the Future,” but explore the rest of this website for other interesting material.
  • American College of Health Care Executives – This membership organization supports health care administrators both current and future. The Ohio University MHA program strongly encourages students to obtain a student membership while they are in the program in order to be able to access the ACHE resources.
  • American Hospital Association – The AHA is the premier organization representing the interests of hospitals and their leaders. Though a membership organization, the AHA website provides much insight into the careers of health administrators.
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