A traditional or online health care administration master’s degree is typically designed to be completed within two to three years, but while you’re finishing your studies, consider taking those administrative skills to the military! There are numerous possibilities in a few of the armed forces branches, and continuing education is just one benefit you might find worthwhile.
Individuals with a master’s degree in health administration will have more responsibilities than those who only have a bachelor’s degree. Some of the relevant duties include directing the operations of support departments; developing and managing budgets for health care facilities or programs; meeting with hospital department heads; and directing personnel activities, such as hiring, employee evaluation, staff development, and record-keeping.
Navy—As a Navy health care administrator in the medical service corps, there are opportunities to work in any of more than ten unique specialization areas. You will supervise the care of those who serve, which entails managing everything from delivery systems to training programs. Your job responsibilities will also include evaluating medical and humanitarian needs after an earthquake or a natural disaster; overseeing proper construction of new hospitals at home or abroad; managing the department’s, division’s, or the facility’s budgets; determining cost-effective, best health care practices; and evaluating the training needs of personnel. Students wanting to pursue or finish their master’s in health administration would be glad to know the Navy Health Services Collegiate Program awards up to $134,600 in scholarships or grants for graduate students, which includes a monthly salary and housing allowance.
Army—To qualify for health care administrator positions in the Army, individuals must have a bachelor’s degree in health care management or a related field, a minimum of three years’ experience in a fixed medical/dental facility or field activity, and be a permanent U.S. resident. Job training for medical service corps officers includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which is a course that introduces you to the Army health care system, Army doctrine, and basic soldier/leader skills. Compensation includes pay for continuing education; noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service; flexible, portable retirement savings; and an investment plan similar to a 401(k).
Air Force—At a minimum, you must have a bachelor’s degree and have taken the GRE or GMAT exam in order to become a health services administrator in the Air Force. As an administrator in the Air Force, you will provide a wide array of skills to the health services utilization field encompassing command, administrative, and logistics and education functions supporting the provision of health care. You will also plan, program, and provide operations that are related to medical facility command, medical facility administration, medical material and services management, medical resource management, patient affairs management, war and emergency planning, aeromedical evacuation, medical recruiting, medical facility repair, codification and construction, health and systems design, medical research administration, and health services training and education.
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