Thursday, April 29, 2010

Where Do You Start? (your career as Healthcare Executive)

Begin planning as early as possible for a career in healthcare management. A good scholastic record is important—especially if you want to attend a graduate program for a master’s degree or a doctorate. Many schools and colleges in the United States and Canada offer undergraduate degrees with a concentration in health services management.

In the past, most students chose the traditional route of a master’s degree in health administration or public health. Today, however, students are investigating other options, including graduate degrees in business and public administration, with course concentration in health services management. Some schools offer a joint degree-a master’s degree in both business administration and public health, or in both healthcare management and law, for example.

Graduate programs generally last two years and lead to a master’s degree. They include course work in healthcare policy and law, marketing, organizational behavior, healthcare financing, human resources, and other healthcare management topics. The program may also include a supervised internship, residency, or fellowship.

To learn more about student involvement with the American College of Healthcare Executives, please consult the ACHE Higher Education Network Directory. To learn more about post-graduate fellowships in healthcare administration, consult the Online Directory of Fellowships in Health Services Administration. You may also obtain information on how to apply as a Student Associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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