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 2021) predicted that the healthcare sector would see 16 percent job growth between 2020 and 2030. To put that into perspective, all occupations across the country have a projected 8 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 latest report from the Babson Survey Research Group, 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.
Working under the direction of the principal investigator (PI), the clinical research coordinator (CRC) supports, facilitates and organizes daily clinical trial activities. The CRC also manages the day-to-day clinical operations activities, overseeing and executing delegated tasks to appropriate parties.
Those who aspire to take on leadership roles in the healthcare sector have their choice between two paths: a master of healthcare administration degree (MHA), or a master of public health degree (MPH).
Clinical data management is the process of collecting and managing research data to obtain quality information. As the drive to “fast-track” the development of pharmaceutical products continues to accelerate, regulatory entities have responded by requiring quality-assurance standards to be met in collecting the data used in the drug evaluation process. The goal is to gather as much of such data for analysis as possible that adheres to federal, state, and local regulations.
While a faster-than-average job growth rate has created a high demand for educated healthcare administrators, more bachelor’s degree holders are choosing to pursue master’s degrees in healthcare administration (MHA) or healthcare informatics (MSHI) to give themselves a competitive edge in the job marketplace.
In a field as complex as medicine, the chance for error can lie practically anywhere: in a hardware breakdown, in a medication mixup, or in a missed test result. Greater safeguards for patients require systemic solutions, like those found in The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals.