The coming years will be a critical time for the public health field. With technological advances transforming the profession and public health crises such as Ebola, Zika, measles outbreaks and the effects of climate change, the demand for highly skilled public health leaders, scientists, researchers and practitioners is projected to increase.
With so many advanced degree options in health-related fields available, it can be hard to determine which degree is best aligned with your interests and career aspirations. Below, you will find detailed comparisons of several health care and public health master’s degree options. Find out which degree is right for you:
As a master’s in health informatics student, you will be taught how to help solve problems facing the health care industry through data analysis. With HealthInformatics@GW, you will focus on improving health care systems, patient services and outcomes, and the overall public health of populations through a combination of health information technology (HIT) and health information management (HIM).
In order to apply, you must:
Be an employed professional.
Have a minimum of three years of experience working in the health care sector.
Have completed undergraduate courses in both accounting and statistics.
An MHA degree advances skills in human relations, management theory, ethics, law and critical decision-making. The MHA@GW online degree program is designed for experienced professionals who are looking to effectively manage health care systems and organizations and improve the overall well-being of patients and employees.
Healthcare Master of Business Administration (MBA)
With a Healthcare MBA, you will learn the business skills needed to become a manager, administrator or executive in the health services industry. This degree focuses heavily on the financial aspects of health care administration.
You must have a qualitative or managerial background in either clinical health care or business.
Financial and managerial accounting
Microeconomics for the global economy
Business ethics and public policy
IT professional in a hospital setting
Physician/surgeon in private practice
Officer of U.S. Public Health Services
Take the Next Step
If you are ready to advance your career in public health with an online MPH from GW, request more information today.