Health services managers and medical managers coordinate, supervise, plan and direct health care services delivery. They may establish and implement policies, objectives, and procedures for their departments; evaluate personnel and work; develop reports and budgets; and coordinate activities with other managers. hey also may help formulate business strategies and coordinate day-to-day business.
For general work in this field, a master’s degree in health services administration, long-term care administration, health sciences, public health, public administration, or business administration is normal. A bachelor’s degree is adequate for some positions. Physicians’ offices and some other facilities may substitute on-the-job experience for formal education.
Bachelor’s and post-graduate degree programs in health administration are offered by colleges; universities; and schools of public health, medicine, allied health, public administration, and business administration. In 2005, 70 schools had accredited programs up to the master’s degree in health services administration. As one seeks higher positions, they will need adequate experience and perhaps an advanced degree.
All States and the District of Columbia require nursing care facility administrators to have a bachelor’s degree, pass a licensing examination, complete a State-approved training program, and pursue continuing education. Some States also require licenses for administrators in assisted living facilities. Health information managers require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification from the American Health Information Management Association. A license is not required in other areas of medical and health services management.