Frequently Asked Questions
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. By illustration, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2019) predicted that the healthcare sector would see 14 percent job growth between 2018 and 2028. To put that into perspective, all occupations across the country have a projected 5 percent job growth over the same decade.
One way that educational institutions are preparing to meet the swelling demand for highly skilled healthcare professionals in management is increasing distance-learning options. U.S. universities have risen to the challenge. According to the Babson Survey Research Group (2018), nearly one-third of all higher education enrollments in the fall of 2016 were online, with one-sixth of enrollments by students who were exclusively enrolled in distance learning courses.
MHA graduates have gone into varied leadership roles in healthcare, including positions such as clinic director, healthcare administrator, hospice plan administrator, hospital director, medical and health information manager, mental health program manager, nursing home manager, occupational therapy director, public health administrator, respiratory therapy director, and wellness manager, among others.
Learn more about healthcare administration programs designed to help meet the growing demand for healthcare administrators and clinical research managers in our FAQ.
There are currently four CAHME-certified programs in this field. Before we examine the options, let’s look at why there’s been an explosion of patient care quality and safety degree programs in the U.S.
Behind every clinic, hospital, public health agency, and nursing home is a hardworking healthcare administrator. These medical executives are essential, relatively invisible, players in the healthcare industry. They are also versatile leaders as they have experience in both healthcare and in management and administration.
When thinking of a laboratory, people may imagine a room filled floor to ceiling with black countertops lined with pipettes, beakers filled with measured chemicals, and people walking around wearing lab coats and protective eyewear. While some of the world’s biggest scientific breakthroughs have taken place in scientific research labs, more commonly daily diagnostic tasks take place in clinical laboratories.
An online MS in health informatics typically comprises 33 to 38 credit-hours and can be completed in two years. While course curricula may differ for individual programs, in general, students can look forward to a deep dive into topics such as information technology, health systems, healthcare management, healthcare data, and privacy and security.
Biotechnology is the study of biology specifically to create new products. Research on cells and organisms have brought about innovative products that improve everyday life, such as new vaccines, disease resistant crops, and efficient biofuels. Health sciences, by contrast, is the study of science as it relates to the human and animal health.