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What Are the Different Types of Masters in Health Care Degrees?

If you’re considering earning a master’s degree in health care, you have several options from which to choose. Learn more about each type of master’s health care degree by clicking on the degree name, or exploring our "Degree Types" guide.

Masters in Health Services Administration

Health services administrators work in leadership roles within different health care organizations. Such roles demand the ability to explore and solve complex issues related to health care. Graduate students in health services administration learn how to critically evaluate and apply theory and research across all healthcare areas and apply their findings to administrative duties. Graduate programs in health services administration also place a strong emphasis on organizational skills.

Masters in Long-Term Care Administration

Students who participate in a long-term care administration master’s program will receive interdisciplinary instruction on the fields of health care services and gerontology. Graduates of long-term care administration programs can go on to work in public or private organizations that offer health services to seniors.

Masters of Business Administration in Health Care

Health services administrators are essential to the successful management of personnel and quality of service of health care facilities, but they also serve as the connecting point to insurance provider networks and government policy organizations. A masters of business administration in health care teaches students to examine the business side of health care services to build appropriate strategies for a well-organized health care organization.

Master of Science in Nursing

Nurses enrolled in an MSN program are trained to become experts in a specialty field or advanced practice. They may also participate in a program that teaches skills necessary for management or leadership roles. There are many different specialties for MSN students, but three popular paths are Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Public Health Nursing, and Nurse-Midwifery.

Master of Public Administration in Health

Students who are interested in working as leaders in non-profit or public service organizations should consider a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in health. Such programs integrate the core of public administration, which addresses the implementation of public policies and the organizational structure of nonprofit organizations, with the administrative, ethical, and organizational duties associated with health service administration.

Masters in Public Health

Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health generally devote a large portion of their studies to Epidemiology, or the study of disease within a defined population. Epidemiology is the fundamental underlying science of public health practice, focusing on the causes and distribution of diseases, injuries, and other health states. MPH graduates work with organizations to improve the health of specific populations and to decrease health disparities between demographics.