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The master’s in public health versus the master’s in healthcare administration

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Article “The Master’s in Public Health versus the Master’s in Healthcare Administration” talks about the discerning factors of an MPH and an MHA degree, eventually helping the students to choose from either of these degrees. More precisely, the article gives an overview of both these graduate degree programs, how are they different and what careers each of these degrees will prepare you for.

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The master’s in public health versus the master’s in healthcare administration

  1. 1. The Master’s in Public Health versus the Master’s in Healthcare AdministrationDue to dramatic medical and pharmaceutical advancements and an increasing awareness ofpublic health and well-being over the past decade, the American workforce is seeing a greaterdemand for qualified healthcare professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,10 out of the 20 most rapidly growing occupations today are in healthcare, and over the nextseven years, the healthcare industry will generate more jobs than any other industry.* In aneconomic climate where there is a dearth of jobs in most sectors, more people are realizing thebenefits of securing employment within the healthcare industry and pursuing the degrees thatwill enable them to do so.There are many educational degrees that can qualify you for healthcare jobs, but which degreecould lead to the most satisfying career for you? The most common choice is between aMaster’s in Public Health degree and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration degree. To decidebetween them, you first need to evaluate your long-term career plans. While there are a fewcomponents common to both degrees, they each have a separate focus and goal.A Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree is geared towards providing students with an in-depthunderstanding of the core areas of public health, giving them the ability to address and preventpublic health concerns and problems at the micro and macro level. A Master’s in Public Healthprogram utilizes an interdisciplinary approach toward healthcare education, coveringenvironmental issues, epidemiology, disease prevention, nutrition, sociology, healthcarecommunication skills, health program evaluation, healthcare management, research methods,and more. With the Master’s in Public Health degree under your belt, you can qualify for anextensive range of jobs, including health and medical education, program management, healthpolicy making, promoting and advocating, research associates, and public health informatics insectors such as government, pharmaceutics, non-profit organizations, private organizations, etc.If you have the desire to contribute to public health and the drive to take on the challenges ofpublic health promotion and disease prevention, the Master’s in Public Health degree could beright for you.A Master’s in Healthcare Administration has an entirely different focus: it approaches healthcareas a business, and aims toward teaching students how to increase organizational efficiency byevaluating policies and strategies and formulating new ones, becoming adept at the supervisionand administration of healthcare organizations, coping with and staying on top of a competitivemarket, and more. The coursework covers subjects such as economics, finance, organizationalbehaviors, employee and resource management, information systems, marketing, and conflictresolution within healthcare services. With a Master’s in Health Administration degree, youcould find positions in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals, nursing homes, assisted livingcenters, and mental health institutions, to pharmaceutical companies, insurance firms, andnonprofit organizations, in various capacities. If this is where you see yourself professionally inthe future, the Master’s in Healthcare Administration could be the right degree for you.*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Healthcare.” Career Guide to Industries,2010-11 Edition. bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs035.htm

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