Where could a career in healthcare management take me?


06th Dec 2023


Healthcare management roles are vital in businesses that provide healthcare services and develop products to treat patients. As the industry grows and research evolves, professionals with relevant skills continue to find themselves in high demand. In this blog post, we’ll share the exciting and rewarding careers accessible to healthcare management graduates.


Who is a career in healthcare management for?

If you’re interested in the business aspects of healthcare – whether that be global health, healthcare improvement or strategic managementa degree from the University of Essex Online is a great starting point. From businesses that provide healthcare services to companies which develop health related products, there are roles to suit different career ambitions, whatever stage you’re at. No matter if you’re a current healthcare professional or simply looking for a change of career, individuals from all backgrounds can thrive in healthcare management roles.  


What qualifications do I need?

We believe education should be accessible to all, which is why we offer two different entry routes for our BSc Healthcare Management. For the academic entry route requirement, you must have three A-levels or equivalent qualifications. To apply using the work experience entry route you must have three years’ relevant work experience. You can also apply for our CertHE which has an open-entry route, only requiring a high proficiency in English language.  


What job roles are available for graduates?

The majority of graduates secure roles within clinics, hospitals and similar care facilities. Others may choose to work in related fields such as public and community health management; medical sales or third sector organisations; outpatient care and public health; support service executives and many more roles in business and health. Examples of exciting career opportunities include:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Department Manager
  • Care Manager
  • Clinical Manager

Having a healthcare management degree will also provide you with many transferable skills. These include research, communication and decision-making, which are all beneficial in leadership roles.


What are the benefits of a career in healthcare management?

There are many benefits to a career in healthcare management, as its one of the fastest growing and vital industries across the world. As a healthcare manager, you’ll spend your career improving systems and policies, and supporting patients and healthcare professionals. Your role will be beneficial to the community you work within, ensuring a satisfying and rewarding career.

At undergraduate level, you’ll build transferable skills applicable to a range of leadership roles.  You’ll develop the knowledge and practical skills required to improve patient care, effectively oversee projects and implement positive changes in a healthcare organisation.

You could also progress to a postgraduate degree – such as our MSc International Healthcare Management – enabling you to take on senior management positions in public and private healthcare settings across the world. You’ll build on existing experience and develop managerial skills while exploring the challenges facing global healthcare systems.


Why should I study with the University of Essex Online?

We understand that a degree is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your career. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose to study with us:

  • study 100% online and part-time around your career and family life
  • join a global community with students from over 140 countries worldwide
  • dedicated student support throughout your studies until graduation and beyond
  • graduate on campus at the University of Essex, a top 30 UK university (Complete University Guide 2025)


Feeling inspired by our healthcare management courses?

Download a prospectus to find out more. Alternatively, get in touch with our friendly Admissions team who are happy to answer any questions.