They are not the first people you think of when you have a broken bone or need to be treated for a medical condition, but these innovative, flexible, and passionate professionals make the health care world go around.
Health care management is a profession that trains strategic thinkers and problem solvers to meet the growing needs of the health care industry, by supplying doctors, nurses, and other care providers with actionable solutions and new plans-of-action to address the challenges of health care today. These professionals manage the systems and processes that are required to keep health care developing and improving.
Wherever there are health care facilities, there is a need for health care managers. However, there are few places better suited to offer meaningful employment, abundant professional connections, and the opportunity to make a real impact on health care policy, than the heart of the nation — Washington, D.C.
Here are five strategic reasons you should consider the D.C. area for your career in health care management:
1. D.C. is the center of health care policy, legislation, and change.
Approximately one-third of alumni who have graduated from Marymount University’s M.S. in Health Care Management (HCM) program have gone on to work in government positions. Marymount’s HCM curriculum covers several aspects of health care policy as it relates to governments and other organizations, such as health care law and policy and reimbursement systems. Career opportunities include positions with the government, think-tanks, health associations, or consulting firms that do health care policy analysis and research.
Living and working in Washington D.C. provides you with the opportunity to interact with organizations and individuals who are creating and driving health care policy and legislation. Your proximity to these major players not only gives you access but it also keeps you up-to-date with the latest changes happening in your industry.
2. Health care professionals make more in the D.C. area.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 survey, D.C. ranks as the number one highest paying state for Medical and Health Services Managers. With an average mean wage of $145,760, health care managers in D.C. have the opportunity to make significantly more than in other areas of the country.
3. In the D.C. area, you'll have access to world-class medical facilities and leaders in health care.
With major players such as Children’s National Hospital, number one in the nation for neonatal intensive care and fifth for pediatric care, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the INOVA Hospital system located in and near D.C., you will have the opportunity to interact regularly with the best and brightest doctors and care providers. A career in the D.C. area means that you will be at the forefront of developing strategies to address the challenges of health care leaders today.
For example, Marymount offers students these first-hand opportunities through their elective course — Special Topics in Health Care. The Fall 2019 course topic is Reinventing Healthcare: Approaches to Innovation. Students will have the opportunity to visit local hospitals like MedStar and the Johns Hopkins Sibley Center, which have established innovation centers, to see this groundbreaking work in action.
4. DC is great for health care management professionals who are also interested in IT.
Information technology continues to grow in importance in the field of health care management, and this is especially true in the bustling D.C. area. Marymount University offers a dual degree in Health Care Management/Information Technology (MS/MS), and it provides students with the skills to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness that can be supported by information technology solutions — such as data analysis and document management.
With this dual degree, you can apply information technology to many growing facets of the health care field — electronic medical records, telemedicine, wireless technology, and robotics. Having a background in IT can also help health care managers to increase access to care and decrease health care costs, while simultaneously handling security and privacy issues that may arise.
If you’re located in the D.C. area, you should consider applying to Marymount’s dual-degree program because it is designed to prepare graduates to successfully advance in the field of health care management by giving them the competitive edge of a dual skill: that of information technology.
5. There are abundant professional networking opportunities in D.C.
D.C. is a town filled with young adults and working professionals. Its vibrant culture and communities make it an attractive location for professionals within every industry and sector. This means that your location will add value to your career, because of the meaningful connections you will be able to form and the professional relationships you can foster.
For example, D.C. is a known hub for policymakers and political leaders. It is also well respected as the center for IT development and innovation because of its proximity to agencies such as the CIA and FBI. Both of these industries intersect with the health care management profession, which means the connections you have made over networking dinners or at social gatherings can be utilized to meaningfully contribute to your career.
Boost your Health Care Management career today!
As the health care industry continues to grow, the number of available health care management positions will also increase. The most coveted positions, such as those in our nation's capital, will go to those who are best prepared with the skills needed to answer health care's biggest questions and improve the systems and processes that allow care providers to do their job.
If you want to be recognized as a highly qualified professional, ready to meet the demands of the industry, consider beginning your graduate degree in Health Care Management at Marymount University today. Marymount's unique location in the D.C. area means that you won't have to wait until after graduation to take advantage of the all the area has to offer.
Don't hesitate, get started on your degree at Marymount University by starting your online application today!