The Masters in Healthcare Services Management emphasizes value-based practices.

Working in healthcare? Here's how to stay relevant

Five reasons a Rutgers Masters in Healthcare Services Management is the answer for professionals whose current or future work involves healthcare.

In today’s work world, relevancy is a requirement. That’s especially true in healthcare, where changes keep coming, impacting operations in large hospitals and small practices, and challenging all of those whose work touches on healthcare delivery.

What’s the prescription for working professionals? At Rutgers Business School, we’ve tailored a graduate program for those who don’t want to just keep up, but who want to up their game, with analytic skills, leadership development and business knowledge.

Looking for a way to stay relevant? Here are five reasons a Rutgers Masters in Healthcare Services Management is the answer for professionals whose current or future work involves healthcare.

1. Analytical skills are a necessity. Data provides critical insights needed to inform better decision-making and improve operational efficiencies. Program Director David Ding and his faculty also understand that analytical skills are more powerful if they are industry specific. The ability to learn to analyze data in the context of healthcare makes the Rutgers program unique.

2. It’s all about delivering value. The healthcare industry’s transformation from a volume-based to a value-based system continues to be emphasized as the better business model. With courses in U.S. healthcare systems, healthcare management and healthcare finance, the program keeps students up-to-date about changes in health care and emphasizes value-based practices that ensure quality services.

3. Empowered to bring about change. The skills that professionals need to enhance their leadership abilities are rolled into much of the program curriculum. Students learn what it takes to change practices, make operational improvements, and be effective leaders.

4. It’s not as hard as you think. The program offers a component of flexibility and convenience. Many courses can be taken online to supplement time in the classroom. And students are able to waive up to six credits for eligible work experience.

5. Hands-on learning. Students in the program are required to complete a capstone project that gives them a chance to work with a real healthcare provider on an actual problem. It’s a valuable way for students to test their new skills.

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