Health management is a field of study, typically designed for allied health professionals, focused on overseeing the functions of a healthcare facility. These might include hospitals, rural clinics, pharmaceutical companies or other similar organizations.
Working in this dynamic and evolving field requires a solid foundation in business communication, financial management, human resources, organizational behavior, project management and financial management.
According to the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP), allied health professionals assist with the delivery of services related to the identification and prevention of diseases and disorders, diet and nutrition, rehabilitation and health systems management.
Allied health professionals fall into two categories: technicians (assistants) and therapists/technologists. Technicians perform procedures with an educational background spanning about two years while therapists and technologists require more intensive educational curricula and procedural skills.
Allied health professionals include, but are not limited to:
While there are many similarities between health management and health administration, health management focuses on the larger business and regulatory needs of an organization. Health administration, on the other hand, focuses more on the oversight of personnel and practices within a department or division.
This online degree is designed specifically for allied health professionals, such as dental hygienists, medical assistants and speech, physical or occupational therapists, who want to pursue an education in health management. It can help prepare you to be an office manager or program manager.
Our health management program is designed to be flexible, so you can prepare for a management role in healthcare while you work and take care of family. If you’re an allied health professional, you can now apply your previous course credits toward our Bachelor of Science in Health Management degree.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for medical and health services managers is much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28% from 2021 to 2031. Additionally, about 56,600 openings for medical and health services managers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.
No, an associate degree in an allied health profession is not required before you enroll in our online health management degree. You’ll need at least 30 college-level credits to enroll into the BSHM program.
Applicants must have a minimum of 30 program applicable college-level credits (up to 87) to enroll into the BSHM program, which are applied toward total program credits. Students with more than 30 transfer credits may finish in less than 3 years.
Yes, we offer a master’s pathway for students pursuing a bachelor’s in health management degree. You can complete two of the required courses for a Master of Health Administration while finishing your bachelor’s degree. Reach out to your academic counselor for additional information.