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:
By broadening your knowledge of local, national and global public health practices, an MPH helps you learn core competencies and acquire the necessary skills in public health to be an effective leader in the field. With MPH@GW, you can customize your education by choosing an elective area or adding a Health Informatics concentration.
Our Health Informatics concentration includes courses that will develop your understanding of health data, information and technology such as: Health IT, Informatics and Decision Making; Population Health Analytics; Research Analytics; and Health Law and Health IT.
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.