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List of Masters, Graduate, Phd Degrees in Healthcare Field

  1. Master of Arts in Bioethics is taught through the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the Loyola/Chicago School of Medicine. There is an online program for this degree available as well as a classroom option for students in the Chicago area.
  2. Masters of Public Health (MPH) One of the critical roles evolving in today's mixture of health care options is public health care management. The University of Texas offer an MPH program, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  3. MPH - Industrial Hygiene: This field takes such regulatory functions as OSHA inspections to a more sophisticated level. Professionals in industrial hygiene also work as consultants to manufacturing firms. There is a valuable specialization in the field in Hazardous Substances Academic Training.
  4. MPH - Epidemiology: Every time there is a new flu strain or a new virus migrates from another continent it is the epidemiologists who do the public health planning and response management. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health offers an epidemiology specialization.
  5. MPH - Regulatory Toxicology and Risk Assessment: The importance of toxicology assessment is highlighted over and over by the public health problems caused by EPA superfund sites, chemical plant and refinery accidents and public catastrophes such as occurred in New York on 9/11. There are lots of opportunities in this field at every level of government.
  6. MPH - Global Environmental Health: The focus of this academic discipline is Issues of water and air quality, food safety, and the effects of industrialization, as well as major ecological problems such as deforestation and sustainable agriculture. These issues are just as important on the domestic front as in foreign nations.
  7. Masters in Emergency Services Management: This is an advanced degree in public health emergency management for healthcare professionals that see an opportunity in a growing, post 9/11 field. George Washington University offers an online Masters program that is best suited for current professionals in the Emergency Medical Services field.
  8. MBA in Health Care Management (HCM): This specialization is becoming more widespread in American business schools. Health care is the largest industry in the U.S. economy and is likely to remain so for decades. Loyola University of Chicago offers this option through its Graduate School of Business.
  9. MBA - Health Sector Management (HSM): This program was launched by Boston University over 35 years ago; "Health Sector Management Program (HSM), founded in 1972...prepare(s) students for leadership roles throughout the health industry, including bio-technology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health information technology, health systems management, consulting, and public policy."
  10. Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MSHSA) This degree prepares the student for a management role in a "hospitals, health maintenance organizations, medical group clinic managers, nursing homes, public health departments, state and federal health agencies, military health services...." The program at California State University at San Bernardino also offers an interdisciplinary alternative.
  11. Masters in Nursing (MSN) Health Systems Management: This is an example of a graduate medical degree program that has been adapted for a career in healthcare administration. Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing offers this MSN track both on campus and online.
  12. MSN - Community Health Nursing: Nurses who graduate from this University of Michigan program and others with similar titles have careers in public health clinical management, which could be in a hospital, an outpatient clinic or a major health services center.
  13. MSN - Nurse Educator: Many RNs who return to school because they want to move on from working a shift in a hospital, clinic or nursing home choose to teach rather than move into management. Many nursing schools have MSN teaching degree programs such as that at the University of Missouri that offer a newly minted MSN the opportunity to move into training or continuing education for RNs.
  14. MSN - Public Health Leadership: Emory University has developed a program for healthcare careers evolving from their graduate nursing program. Options include Environmental Health Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, and Disaster/Bioterrorism
  15. MSN - Nurse Administrator: Graduates with this degree are the professionals that manage nursing shifts, then floors, then nursing departments at medical centers. The University of North Carolina sites a series of system level management jobs that can result from completion of their Nurse Administrator program.
  16. MSN - Health Care Quality is a specialization for nurses who want to get into healthcare administration as a quality control expert. This work is particularly important with medical facilities that must undergo an annual accreditation survey. Hospitals and medical centers spend months preparing for accreditation visits; onsite professionals in the field are a valued addition to the staff.
  17. Masters in Clinical Counseling Psychology: Although most states require a PhD for work as a clinical psychologist, there are some counseling opportunities, particularly in public health facilities, for workers with a masters degree. The counseling program at LaSalle University is focused on those professions.
  18. Masters in Clinical Management and Leadership: This online program from George Washington University provides the management and personnel skills to take on oversight positions in all sectors of the healthcare delivery system. The degree was conceived and designed to fill positions in managed healthcare structures.
  19. Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling: A rigorous program in this field leads to the exam for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, the principal credential for most addiction rehabilitation programs. Virginia Commonwealth University has an online Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling program that is fully accredited.
  20. Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT): Professionals in this field have completed this masters program, which in virtually every state requires hundreds of hours of clinical internship in order to apply for certification. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy they may work in mental health clinics, schools, courts and prisons, and many other locations
  21. Master of Science in School Counseling: Some professionals have gravitated to this field from education, others from studies in psychology or social work. Capella University has a program that meets the various state requirements for certification, an important hurdle in obtaining professional credentials in this field.
  22. Masters in Social Work (MSW): Professionals holding this degree often work in hospitals and health clinics, with inpatients, families and outpatients. Physical health and socioeconomic well being are closely related, a fact long recognized in the healthcare field. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has a Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department that offers several graduate degrees in the counseling field.
  23. Masters of Health Informatics: This degree focuses on the management of health care data as it relates to patient management within a healthcare system and patient privacy as required by the HIPAA laws. The University of Illinois at Chicago offers an online Masters of Health Informatics in conjunction with its campus program
  24. Masters in Pharmacy Administration: Students in this program often pursue the Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance track that provides for careers in hospital and clinical oversight as well as in the pharmaceutical industry. The program at St. Johns University offer this and a more traditional variation in the field.
  25. Masters in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy: This is a public policy field that focuses on the impact of the drug industry in managed care systems, with health insurance policy design and delivery, and with public medical facilities. The University of Southern California School of Pharmacy offers this degree in collaboration with the University's School of Policy, Planning and Development.
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