Career Questions

  • Joeyphx444

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    Oct 26, 2014 9:48 PM GMT
    I am trying to get into the healthcare career. I am interested more in the administrative/public health side rather than nursing, direct care. I have exp in customer service and some finance, but no healthcare exp. Where would I start or would it be best for me to just go back to school or at least for now get a certification or a few courses? Anyone in the field now or has been?

    Also, I am really looking into states like CA, TX, AZ, NV, FL, and maybe the northeast here. Pretty open to location if it leads me in the right path
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    Oct 26, 2014 9:51 PM GMT
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    Oct 27, 2014 12:45 AM GMT
    I can't imagine being hired in public health without any direct care experience. I'm a nurse and you got me on that one because every public health employee I've met has done patient care at one point in their career.

    Good luck!
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    Oct 27, 2014 11:45 AM GMT
    You can do a Master's in public health if you have a bachelor's already. But that is generally more research focused.
    Most of the people I know who work in public health have at least a few years of being a doctor or nurse before going more administrative. The reality is you will be making policies that affect the people giving direct care. If you've never done direct care what business do you have making policies? The providers you make the policies for won't trust you and your policies are more likely to be sucky.
    If you'd like to work for an insurance company or drug company an MBA is an option.
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    Oct 27, 2014 12:55 PM GMT
    I'm preparing my master degree in chemistry, option: pharmaceutical and chemical industry, i hold a bachlor degree in the same major.
    I made so many searches only and i find out that some of the well known chemical.factories are located in texas or california.
    Any tips guys?
    PS: i can work whether in private.lobaratories or in industrial.plants (fragrance, detergent, cosmetic..ext)
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    Oct 27, 2014 2:01 PM GMT
    Wyndahoi saidYou can do a Master's in public health if you have a bachelor's already. But that is generally more research focused.
    Most of the people I know who work in public health have at least a few years of being a doctor or nurse before going more administrative. The reality is you will be making policies that affect the people giving direct care. If you've never done direct care what business do you have making policies? The providers you make the policies for won't trust you and your policies are more likely to be sucky.
    If you'd like to work for an insurance company or drug company an MBA is an option.

    icon_lol.gif, on one hand you suggest him having a work experience in a particular area before asking for an administrative job, on the other hand, you ask him to do an MBA. Kind of contradictory, given most of the MBAs who work in different fields don't even have any prior experience in the related field. I have seen tech guys moving to marketing or to banking etc without any prior experience in marketing or banking.
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    Oct 27, 2014 5:36 PM GMT
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    Wyndahoi saidYou can do a Master's in public health if you have a bachelor's already. But that is generally more research focused.
    Most of the people I know who work in public health have at least a few years of being a doctor or nurse before going more administrative. The reality is you will be making policies that affect the people giving direct care. If you've never done direct care what business do you have making policies? The providers you make the policies for won't trust you and your policies are more likely to be sucky.
    If you'd like to work for an insurance company or drug company an MBA is an option.

    icon_lol.gif, on one hand you suggest him having a work experience in a particular area before asking for an administrative job, on the other hand, you ask him to do an MBA. Kind of contradictory, given most of the MBAs who work in different fields don't even have any prior experience in the related field. I have seen tech guys moving to marketing or to banking etc without any prior experience in marketing or banking.


    What wyndahoi said is not contradictory! Working for an insurance company or a drug company has nothing to do with public health policy decision making. Insurance and drug companies are business related fields while public health requires an understanding of patient care. Wyndahoi gave the OP an alternative since the OP wants to work in public health but only has customer service and finance experience....and the OP said he's not interested in direct patient care.
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    Oct 27, 2014 6:24 PM GMT
    @OP -
    I knew a guy who got a degree in public health from UC Berkeley - without having had clinical training first. It is possible. But I would suggest a more focused search for career paths than here on RJ - Find careers you want and then interview people in them for their advice.
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    Oct 28, 2014 7:06 AM GMT
    I'm a little bit confused.

    Health care and public health are completely different fields, even if you're focusing on administrative aspects of health care.

    I interact frequently with people in Public Health, and their activities usually consist of things like pedestrian safety (especially for children walking and biking to school), clean water, access to healthy food, teaching healthy habits, etc., though there are some areas that are more closely related to health care, like epidemiology.

    Health care administration on the other hand seems like insurance, logistics, support and policymaking for health care facilities, etc.

    I would think the skill set is very different.
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    Oct 28, 2014 10:24 AM GMT
    CFL_Oakland saidI'm a little bit confused...

    ...I would think the skill set is very different.


    It is very different and I'm bit confused as well, as it is my experience most hospital/health care conglomerates are managed/run by persons with absolutely no bed side experience.
    ----Pretty sure it wasn't a nurse that came up with the "Matrix" system.
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    Oct 28, 2014 1:24 PM GMT
    Here's a good idea! The OP should tell us what kind of administrative public health job he really wants to do!
  • Joeyphx444

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    Oct 28, 2014 10:13 PM GMT
    Masters in Public Health would lead for me, to possibly disease prevention/management, HIV specialist, as well as social and behavioral health

    Healthcare admin would be financial services, patient relations, hospital relations and even public relations as a reach

    I really just wanna get in the field in any way before deciding to take it further with education. A perfect scenario of course would be for a company to help with schooling