Health Care Management
Master of Business Administration

MBA in Health Care Management

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The MBA Health Care Management specialization focuses on the application of business and management knowledge, skills, and abilities learners need within the complex and dynamic health care industry. Learners gain a thorough understanding of the health care system; government influence; and law, ethics, policy, and organizational strategy. Learners use evidence-based decision making that drives quality management, operations, and financial management practices based on organizational strategy and goals. Upon successful completion of this specialization, learners will have developed the knowledge and skills needed to pursue middle- or senior-level positions within health care organizations or organizations that serve the health care industry.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Use strategic thinking and planning in order to analyze the mission, vision, and goals of health care organizations
  • Analyze the strategic options available for funding, operations, and strategic decision-making
  • Demonstrate ethical and legal principles and an understanding of the organizational and societal implications of ethical behavior
  • Evaluate the current issues and policies present in health care management in regards to economic, sociological, and political methodologies

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Clinical manager
  • Chief executive officer
  • Health director
  • Program director
  • Administrative director
  • Medical director
  • Practice manager
  • Account manager
  • Executive director

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Insurance carrier
  • Physician's office
  • Outpatient care center
  • Home health care service
  • Outpatient care center
  • Pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing
  • College or university
  • Community or technical college

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.