If you’re considering pursuing a degree in healthcare administration, it’s understandable that you would have some unanswered questions about the field. That’s where this handy FAQ comes in. In this section, we’ll provide healthcare administration information on things like accreditation, internships and more.
What is health information management?
Health information managers or technicians are responsible for organizing and managing health information data to help ensure its quality, accuracy and security. Various classification systems are used to code and organize patient info for databases and registries, for insurance reimbursement, and to maintain medical and treatment histories for patients.
How important is accreditation?
Accreditation is important for many reasons. It speaks to the quality of your program, credits from accredited programs are more easily transferred, and it’s something that employers may consider when reviewing your education credentials.
There are currently two major accreditation bodies for healthcare administration programs. They include:
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM): The accrediting organization for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME): The only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master's degree in healthcare management in the U.S. and Canada.
Are there any professional associations for healthcare administration?
Joining a professional organization can be a great way to network and keep up on the latest trends and technology in healthcare administration. There are a variety of different associations you can choose from depending on your specialization and career goals. Let’s take a look at a few examples:
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA): A non-profit association of university-based bachelor's and master's level educational programs, faculty, practitioners and provider organizations.
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE): An international professional society of high-level health care executives .
American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA): A non-profit membership organization that provides programming, certification in a variety of positions, and career development.
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA): An association for health information management (HIM) professionals.
Are healthcare administration internships valuable?
Internships can be valuable because they give you the opportunity to gain real-world experience and build contacts in the industry. Below is a list of three healthcare management internships that could be relevant if you’re planning on pursuing a master in health administration.
Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP)i: This 12-month internship program from the VA is available to qualifying graduate students and recent graduates.
Mount Sinai Department of Surgery Administrative Internship Programii: This 8-12 week program focuses on areas including administration, human resource, practice management, financial management, research and marketing.
WHO Internshipsiii: These 6-12 week internship opportunities with the WHO are for qualifying individuals who are pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
[i] mycareeratva.va.gov/Careerpath/Internships/Pages/GHATP-Interns_RecentGraduates.aspx [ii] icahn.mssm.edu/departments-and-institutes/surgery/programs-and-services/administrative-internship-program [iii] who.int/employment/internship/WHOInterns/en/