Healthcare Administration Career Options

Healthcare Administration Career optionsHealthcare administration career options are plentiful for graduates of UNE’s Master of Healthcare Administration program. This post covers potential career options for MHA degree holders, earnings projections, expanding demand for MHA graduates, and options for earning your MHA at UNE Online.

Healthcare administration is a rapidly growing field, and the demand for medical and health service managers remains high. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 71,600 new medical and health service manager positions will be created between 2018 and 2028.

Healthcare administration is the management and logistical support of medical professionals. It’s not the practice of medicine – rather, healthcare administration graduates typically manage the people and processes within medical facilities, helping to improve overall efficiency.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for medical and health services managers will grow 32% between 2019 to 2029. Considering that the average growth rate is just 4% in the same time period, healthcare administration is well-positioned for growth.

Healthcare administration career options

A degree in Healthcare Administration can lead to career advancement into managerial and executive roles. MHA program graduates may work in a variety of environments including:

  • Hospital administration
  • Long-term care administration
  • Health policy administrator
  • Health information systems analyst
  • Pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceutical manager
  • Veterans health administrator
  • Quality and safety manager

Careers for MHA graduates

The MHA curriculum focuses on leadership and management skills, with a strong emphasis on teamwork and applying your knowledge to real-life scenarios. MHA graduates work in a variety of roles which include but are not limited to:

  • Hospital administration
    • Hospital administration is made up of healthcare executives, healthcare administrators, and their assistants. Administrations range in size, and the duties of the administrator vary with the size and complexity of the hospital.
  • Long-term care administration
    • Long-term care administrators oversee the daily operations of a nursing home, adult daycare, or assisted living facility. Senior-level managers establish healthcare standards, make strategic policy decisions, and implement personnel management procedures so as to support their overall vision for quality long-term care.
  • Health policy administrator
    • Health policy administrators develop and implement healthcare policies on a local, state-wide, or national scale. Additionally, a health policy administrator may help an organization comply with health policy, develop work schedules for staff and physicians, manage facility finances, and ensure that the facility complies with all laws and regulations.
  • Health information systems analyst
    • Health data analysts analyze data gathered from electronic health records, billing history, prescriptions, lab results, and patient vitals. The insights gained by their analysis help guide efforts to streamline operations and improve patient outcomes.
  • Healthcare consultant
    • Healthcare consultants provide recommendations on how to improve performance and increase efficiency within the healthcare industry. Healthcare consultants both analyze data and directly interact with healthcare workers and managers.
  • Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manager
    • Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical managers supervise researchers, physicians, engineers, and others throughout the processes of development and testing to bring pharmaceuticals or medical devices to market.
  • Veterans health administrator
    • Veterans health administrators may work for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, including at Veterans Health Administration Medical Centers, which are usually large hospital facilities located in major cities across the United States.
  • Quality and safety manager
    • Quality and safety managers track accidents within a healthcare facility, recommend corrective actions, and train employees by developing, implementing, and monitoring programs intended to protect patients and minimize reporting errors.

Gain earning potential

Online healthcare master’s degrees help bolster salaries. According to The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for MHA graduates is $100,980 – and the 10% highest-paid positions earn $189,000 per year on average. Healthcare has become increasingly complex, and organizations vary greatly, which provides multiple career pathway options for degree holders.


Get your Master of Healthcare Administration online

Internet access is the only requirement for access to getting your MHA online. And at UNE Online, we offer concierge-level support to get you up and running, to give you a head start to a new career path.

Program Highlights:

  • 36-credit hours
  • Complete in as quickly as 2 years
  • 100% online with no campus visits required
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Customizable focus area options to meet personal career goals
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE)

Do your coursework when it’s convenient for your schedule

Asynchronous courses are designed for you to complete your school assignments on a schedule that fits your life and your schedule. Assignments are generally turned in on Wednesdays and Sundays – but when you complete the work is up to you.

When can you start your degree in Healthcare Administration?

There are three start dates per year – summer, fall, and spring semesters – so you’re never too far away from the next start date.

Start with an HCA certificate and stack your credits into a masters degree

Students who successfully complete one or more of the Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificates can later “stack” their earned credits into UNE’s 100% online Master of Healthcare Administration degree program. This can be done immediately or within several years after completion of the certificate.

Applications are processed year-round

UNE has a rolling admissions policy for the healthcare administration degree program. Applications are processed and students are admitted as they are received, so it’s beneficial to apply as soon as you’re able. Class sizes are kept purposefully small, and they do fill up.

HIMSS Approved Education PartnerHIMSS Approved Education Partner

The University of New England is proud to join an exclusive group of organizations authorized to offer HIMSS-approved healthcare education and training programs. In earning the designation, UNE has demonstrated educational development that meets rigorous standards of quality established by HIMSS and prepares students for advanced learning of healthcare principles

Interested in applying for your Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration, online? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a specialized enrollment counselor via email at or by phone by calling 1 (866) 722-5096, or apply now.