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Health Care Administration

Manage the business side of health care. Health care administrators create and implement policies and procedures, supervise staff, manage finances, and maintain records to improve health care services. 

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

The undergraduate program is a certified member of AUPHA and the graduate program (traditional and accelerated) is accredited by CAHME. Only five schools in California received an accredited status.

Jobs

Graduates with the Healthcare Administration Major have found work as:

  • Provider relations director
  • Clinical administrator
  • Financial analyst
  • Director of managed care
  • Director of nursing
  • Medical facilities section director
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Medical records administrator
  • Social welfare administrator
  • Emergency medical services coordinator
  • Public health director
  • Community organization director

Some of these careers require additional education or experience. A Master's degree in health administration is a more common educational path for those who wish to reach upper management.

Work Settings

  • Hospitals (40%)
  • Insurance corporations
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Medical and dental laboratories
  • Outpatient care facilities
  • Offices of dentists and physicians
  • Colleges and universities  

Career Outlook & Pay

Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Annual median wage 

  • CA: $125,770
  • US: $99,730

Interests, Skills & Values  

Service orientation

Health care administrators are passionate about health and wellness and want to improve health care services for patients.

Business-minded

Health care administrators must have a deep understanding of the healthcare industry. They know how to efficiently oversee finances and other business administrative tasks. 

Leadership 

Health care administrators must form strong working relationships with their team. This may include giving clear instructions, motivating employees, resolving conflicts, and dealing with customer-related problems.

Detail-oriented

Health care administrators must pay close attention to detail when maintaining schedules and billing information for large health institutions. 

Technical skills

Health care administrators must stay up-to-date with changes in healthcare technology. They may use electronic health record systems and classification software. 

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