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Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelorís degree before entering the field; however, masterís degrees also are common. Requirements vary by facility.
Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelorís degree to enter the occupation. However, masterís degrees in health services, long-term care administration, public health, public administration, or business administration also are common
Prospective medical and health services managers have a bachelor's degree in health administration. These programs prepare students for higher level management jobs than programs that graduate students with other degrees. Courses needed for a degree in health administration often include hospital organization and management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems. Some programs allow students to specialize in a particular type of facility, such as a hospital, a nursing care home, a mental health facility, or a group medical practice. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience.
Although bachelorís and masterís degrees are the most common educational pathways to work in this field, some facilities may hire those with on-the-job experience instead of formal education.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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