The combination of health care expertise and business skills that students receive in the Bachelor of Science in health care management program positions them for a successful career in many different roles within a health care organization.
Health Care Management Job Descriptions
The following position descriptions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition* are worth considering.
- Medical and health service managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health service managers must be able to adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations and technology.
- Nursing home administrators manage staff, admissions, finances and care of the building, as well as care of the residents in nursing homes. All states require them to be licensed; licensing requirements vary by state.
- Clinical managers oversee a specific department, such as nursing, surgery or physical therapy, and have responsibilities based on that specialty. Clinical managers set and carry out policies, goals and procedures for their departments, evaluate the quality of the staff’s work and develop reports and budgets.
- Health information managers are responsible for the maintenance and security of all patient records. They must stay up to date with evolving information technology and current or proposed laws about health information systems. Health information managers must ensure that databases are complete, accurate and accessible only to authorized personnel.
- Assistant administrators work under the top administrator in larger facilities and often handle daily decisions. Assistants might direct activities in clinical areas, such as nursing, surgery, therapy, medical records or health information.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/.
Health Care Management Job Outlook
The demand for qualified professionals to fill roles as medical and health services managers is expected to grow 23 percent through 2022. That is equivalent to approximately 73,300 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.