Healthcare Administration


Healthcare managers, also known as health services managers and health administrators, direct the operation of hospitals, health systems and other types of organizations. They have responsibility for facilities, services, programs, staff, budgets, relations with other organizations and other management functions, depending on the type and size of the organization.

They also work in the public sector, for example in health departments, or in the private sector, such as with pharmaceutical companies, health insurance providers, consulting firms or companies that make medical supplies and equipment.



Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):

College graduates can apply for a graduate program, no matter what their undergraduate degree is in, from healthcare management and business, to biology, sociology, social work, etc. One or two classes in economics and statistics are helpful, but generally not required.

Many students choose to follow a traditional route to healthcare administration by getting a master’s degree in health administration (MHA), or public health (MPH). Today, however, there are many other options such as a degree in business with course concentration in health services management. Some schools offer a joint degree program with a master’s degree in both business administration and public health, or in both healthcare management and law. Graduate programs generally last two years and lead to a master’s degree. These include coursework in healthcare policy and law, marketing, organizational behavior, healthcare financing, human resources, and other healthcare management topics. They may also include a supervised internship or fellowship.

Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to!

Experiential Opportunities in Healthcare Administration:

Entrance exam:

A recent Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required for admission. However, required entrance exams may vary by institution. Many schools may publish GRE and GMAT test averages for recent matriculating classes for prospective students to assess their competitiveness for admission.

General application:

Application processes vary by institution. Some programs may utilize a Centralized Application Service:

  • HAMPCAS – Healthcare Administration, Management, Management, & Policy (Centralized Application Service)
  • SOPHAS – Public Health (Centralized Application Service)

However, some programs may require a direct application. Check individual program websites to familiarize yourself with their specific application requirements. 



Campus contact:

  • Ashley Hodgson, Economics Department
    • Extension: 3139
    • Office: Holland Hall 414C

Professional organizations:

List of graduate programs: