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Master of Science in Healthcare Management Career Outlook

Advance Your Career as a Strategic Healthcare Manager

American University’s online MS 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.

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 2014 to 2024 (16.9 percent versus 6.5 percent).1 In fact, trends in job postings suggest that opportunities in the field of healthcare strategic management have more than doubled since 2010, from 11 million to 28 million in 2015.2 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

This degree will prepare you for management roles across the growing healthcare industry. Healthcare accounted for 17.5 percent of the GDP in 2014, making it one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy.3 In February 2016, Indeed.com — an online job search aggregator — listed more than 500 healthcare administration jobs requiring data evaluation skills in the D.C. metro area and over 21,000 nationwide.

American University’s School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) multidisciplinary degree in healthcare management will prepare you for traditional and non-traditional settings and industries that include:

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

Typical roles could include:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Vice President of Health Information Management
  • Interface Support Analyst
  • Senior Business Intelligence Analyst

Build Your Foundation

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

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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.

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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.

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Career Assistance

All students will have access to the SPExS Adult Career Coaching Center (ACCC). The ACCC provides support specifically targeted at an adult learner audience. Available services include:

  • Career guidance and academic advising
  • Resume review
  • Job search, application and interview techniques
  • Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool assessment and interpretation
  • Professional workshops and networking events

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

1 Employment Projections program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from http://data.bls.gov/projections/occupationProj on February 2, 2016.

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

3 Employment Projections program, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from http://data.bls.gov/projections/occupationProj on February 2, 2016.

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.