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Health Administration Program Contents

Health Administration programs are offered for those people interested in working in the administrative side of health care rather than the clinical side. Health Administration programs vary in scope and length with opportunities at the associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate levels. Length of education varies depending on enrollment level and degree chosen. An Associate's degree in Health Administration typically prepares students for entry-level employment in a medical office setting. Graduates are typically prepared to be medical office managers and secretaries. Curriculum focuses on teaching students office skills such as appointment setting, medical office management, computer software proficiency, and medical privacy laws. Typical coursework includes Medical Office Procedures, English Composition, Business Math, Health Care Information Systems, Medical Coding/Billing, and Medical Laws/Ethics.

Health Care Administration master's degree students generally work closely with doctors and nurses by implementing policies that impact the operations of the medical organization

The bachelor's degree level prepares students to become managers in a variety of health-related fields. Students are taught about the medical profession from an administrative point of view while exploring topics such as health care finance, employee recruitment, human resources management, statistical analysis, home health care, organizational behavior, and health care economics. Core courses include Community Relations in Health Care, Organizational Structure, Budgeting and Finance, Health Care Information Systems, and Medical Research.

A Health Administration program at the master's degree level is generally pursued by people with medical backgrounds. Most students have worked on the clinical side of health care but no longer wish to work with patients but desire to be involved on the administrative side. Health Care Administration master's degree students generally work closely with doctors and nurses by implementing policies that impact the operations of the medical organization. Course work includes Accounting, Marketing, Medical Policies and Procedures, Human Resources Administration, Hospital Organization and Management, Strategic Planning, and Medical Ethics. Included in the curriculum is an internship/externship experience that is completed near the end of the program.