Advance Your Career as a Strategic Healthcare Manager

American University’s online Master of Science in Healthcare Management prepares graduates for careers in both traditional and non-traditional settings and industries, including healthcare provider organizations, consulting, government agencies, law firms, insurance companies, correctional facilities, extended care facilities, pharmaceutical research, information technology, medical software, and healthcare insurance.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for healthcare strategic science professionals is projected to grow much faster than the average growth for all occupations from 2018 to 2028 at 18%.1 In fact, trends in job postings suggest that opportunities in the field of strategic healthcare management have more than doubled since 2010, from 11 million to 28 million in 2019.2 At both the national and regional scales, a graduate or professional degree is a required or preferred qualification for at least half of recent job postings for medical and health services professionals.2

American University’s multidisciplinary degree in healthcare management will prepare you to tackle various emerging challenges and opportunities, and enable you to enter or advance your career in the following areas:

  • Healthcare provider organizations
  • Consulting
  • Government agencies
  • Law firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Extended care facilities
  • Pharmaceutical research
  • Information technology
  • Medical software

Typical roles could include:

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Vice president of health information management
  • Interface support analyst
  • Senior business intelligence analyst
  • Director of operations 
  • IT Director

Build Your Foundation

AU provides you with solid skills and a professional network to propel your career forward.


JEFFREY RUTENBECK: AU undoubtedly is a place to help people get to their next level. It's kind of a combination of inspiring and scary, how intense some people can be about where they want to go. And they've shopped around and looked at dozens of programs. And they've found, this is the one that's going to get them where they want to go. And when that match is made, it's a beautiful thing.

JUSTIN SMITH: One of the nice things about the program is that it allowed me to apply directly, the lessons I was learning to the work that I was doing at the time. So that's kind of the advantage of going to school at the same time as working in the same profession that you want to continue in. Is that I was able to immediately apply the lessons and I was learning from the University into my work.

VICKY WILKINS: I think we also do pay attention to what the skills are the students need, and what employers are telling us is critical in the labor market to make sure we do shape an experience that prepares students to go out and work.

JEFFREY RUTENBECK: And this is one of the important things I tell people about going to graduate school, go to a graduate school where you are surrounded by people who have the same level of intensity and interest and passion as you do, because that will be one of the most important networks you will have going forward in your life.

KATIE KRESPAN: I think that I make a difference on an everyday level, but some days I wonder if I could be doing more. So coming back to American really gave me the opportunity, I think, to obtain the skills and the knowledge that I need to make a bigger difference.


Career Services

American University’s Career Center offers the same services online and over the phone that it does on campus. Students and alumni have access to resources for their job search, career advising, internships and scholarships.

Students and graduates can also network, look for jobs, and apply for positions by making an account at AU Career Web, our online career search tool.

The Office of Professional Studies offers career development workshops, continuing education through industry specific webinars with practitioners who discuss emerging trends in their fields, and our academic practitioner Program Directors act as mentors to current students and alumni alike.

Students in the program will also have a membership to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

To learn more about American University’s online MS in Healthcare Management program, call 855-725-7614 to speak with an admissions representative or request more information.

2 Data obtained from Burning Glass Technologies on February 2, 2016.