On the surface, healthcare administration and healthcare management seem relatively similar. Both roles work within care facilities like hospitals and doctor's offices. They also provide administrative support and help to ensure that patients receive the highest level of care possible while ensuring that the facility remains financially stable.
However, despite these similarities, there are several key differences that separate these fields. In this article, you'll learn about these two healthcare professions as we provide a detailed definition of each.
We'll also take a look at the projected outlook for careers in healthcare and share some information that you may find useful if you’re looking to work toward a career in either the healthcare administration or healthcare management fields:
Choosing an area of focus:
Before you begin building your credentials and skills, you need to evaluate whether you would like to work in healthcare administration or healthcare management. To recap the differences, healthcare administration can help put you closer to care providers and enables you to help them directly by executing plans that contribute to more efficient, effective care. Healthcare management involves making high-level decisions and is more business focused.
Enroll in a healthcare administration or management program:
To prepare to pursue a role in either field, you need to develop your skills. At DeVry University, for example, our Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration with a Specialization in Healthcare Management can help you develop a foundation in business skills, healthcare knowledge and finance so you can prepare to pursue administrative roles within the healthcare field. With our Specialization in Healthcare Management, you’ll learn skills to help you learn how to approach managed-care, financing and the delivery of healthcare services in the U.S., as well as how to manage corporate Human Resources.
Identifying the type of job you might enjoy:
When looking for a program, it can be helpful to consider what types of careers you might be interested in pursuing upon earning your degree. Opportunities across these fields can be broad and varied, from Healthcare Administrator and Administrative Services Manager to Health Services Manager or Admissions Coordinator.
Now that you've found your niche, it’s time to apply for jobs. Remember, finding a job takes time and dedication. You may not start out with your chosen title right away, but working toward your goals while gaining work experience is a great place to start.
1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.
2https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.
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