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Susan LeCartia

Ms. Julia Betters

Business Management

5 June 20--

Health Services Management Program

This report gives information about opportunities in health services management, a program of study that several of my classmates and I are considering upon graduation from high school.

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for employment in health services are numerous and growing "faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2006 as health services continue to expand and diversify" (United States Department of Labor 2000).

People who manage health services are needed in a wide variety of work settings. The most common place of employment for these individuals is hospitals, followed by the offices of physicians, dentists, and other health-related practitioners (United States Department of Labor 2000).

Careers in the health-care area are included in Kleiman's 100 Best Job$ for the 1990s & Beyond (197-228). Demand for health services managers is expected to be strong as the country's population ages and uses more health-care services. Also, demand for managers will increase as the providers of health care become more oriented to the bottom line because of competition and the need to cut costs.

Educational Opportunities

Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in health administration are offered by colleges, universities, and schools of public health, medicine, allied health, public administration, and business administration. In 2001, 67 schools had accredited programs leading to the master's degree in health services administration. . . . (United States Department of Labor 2003)

Health services managers are often recruited from the college or university they attend before they graduate. In larger hospitals, they are often recruited to fill assistant department head positions. In smaller hospitals, they may enter at the department head level.

Additional Information

The organizations listed below will be contacted to gather information about academic programs and employment opportunities in health services management.

  • American College of Healthcare Executives, One N. Franklin Street, Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60606-3421

  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration, 1911 N. Fort Meyer Drive, Ste. 503, Arlington, VA 22209-1603

  • Medical Group Management Association, 104 Inverness Terrace East, Englewood, CO 80112-5313

  • American College of Health Care Administrators, P.O. Box 5890, 8120 Woodmont Avenue, Ste. 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3219

Works Cited

Kleiman, Carol. 100 Best Job$ for the 1990s & Beyond. Chicago: Dearborn Financial Publishing, Inc., 2000.

United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. (16 July 2003).
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