The Need for Health Administrators

Unlike surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals, health administrators don’t typically deal directly with patients. Health administrators are instead charged with the equally important task of management, either of a department within the facility or the entire facility itself. Thanks to the world’s ever-increasing population, the health administration field is thriving, and it will likely continue to be a career in high demand for many years to come.

What’s The Career Outlook?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook makes it clear that the healthcare industry is rife with opportunity for those aspiring to administrative positions. The expected occupational growth for medical and health service management positions from 2014 to 2024 is around 17%, which significantly outpaces the average growth rate in most fields. A total of 56,300 positions in the field are expected to be added by 2024.

The Role Health Administrators Play

In many cases, health administrators are presented with a variety of management-related tasks, including recruiting and supervising staff, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations, preparing budgets and beyond. Though such positions may concern an entire facility, there are usually administrative positions available within specific departments, too. Additionally, one might begin in an assistant administrative position, where decisions will focus more on daily activities.

Staying Current

Regardless of what position you’re aiming for, most of the duties associated with healthcare administration are directly related to the efficiency with which the facility operates. Therefore, it’s vital that you’re completely up to speed on the industry’s latest trends before attempting to secure a position as a health administrator. The Linfield College Online and Continuing Education Program’s Health Administration Certificate, which explores the ever-changing health systems present in the US and around the world, makes it easy to work your way toward this level of expertise. Apply today to get started.

Earn your online Linfield College certificate for less!


The Online and Continuing Education program at Linfield College has some exciting news to share: the tuition for most of our online certificates has been reduced to $250 per credit, which is nearly half the cost of our former tuition rate for certificates!

“Our certificate programs are for adult students who want to be competitive in today’s knowledge-driven economy,” said Laura Brener, director for Online & Continuing Education. “This new pricing structure meets the needs of students seeking an outstanding and personalized education at a more competitive price point.”

Linfield currently offers 17 certificates at the new tuition rate: coaching, communication and diversity, creative writing, cyber security and digital forensics, database administration, global health, health administration, human resource management, marketing, professional communication, project management, software engineering, sustainability, web application development, wine management, wine marketing and yoga instructor. (Certificates that require a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite, such as the accounting certificate, will not be offered at the new tuition rate.)

Cost is a big factor in any adult learners’ decision to return to school and that is why Linfield has decided to make our certificate tuition rates more competitive with those at the large public institutions and for-profit schools. With our new tuition rates, online students get the best of both worlds: affordable cost and a top quality, regionally accredited program with all the advantages of a Linfield education:

  • One-on-one advising and personal guidance throughout the program
  • Small, engaging online classes
  • Highly accessible and dedicated faculty

Plus, a Linfield education is regionally respected and can open doors to many exciting career opportunities!

Don’t delay – registration for summer and fall courses starts Monday, April 16. Contact Linfield’s Office of Admissions at 503-883-2213 or to get started!


Open Heart and Mind: Benefits of Communication and Diversity

The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Thanks to the First Amendment, we have freedom of religion and expression. There is also increasing support for the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities.

Being part of a diverse community provides people with an understanding of differences and places value in those differences. Many colleges and universities, including Linfield, take pride in being a setting that promotes open communication and diversity. The benefits of communication and diversity cannot be understated.

New Experiences

As part of a diverse community, you are much more likely to have the opportunity to learn about different cultures. Fresh and differing viewpoints from a diverse group of people increases self-awareness and the ability to understand and embrace different perspectives. Living, learning and working in a diverse environment provides a chance to expand your own sense of global perspective, sociological imagination and social justice.

A Breakdown of Stereotypes

Communication with and learning from those around you happens organically in a diverse environment and offers the opportunity for communication that leads to a departure from a sheltered background, incorrect assumptions and stereotypes and ignorance. Engaging with people whose views and backgrounds are sharply in opposition to your own allows you to become informed, insightful and more open minded. Stereotypes can easily lead to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and general bigotry.

Beyond Race Relations

Oftentimes, people only think of race when the term ‘diversity’ arises. But diversity goes far beyond race and ethnicity. The ability to engage with peers with different religious backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation and political leanings prepares you for life in a global and diverse society and workplace. Whether you came from a homogeneous background or you were raised in a diverse setting, the ability to communicate with others can always be learned or improved upon.

Living, learning and working in a diverse environment should be an experience to seek, not one to shy away from. The ability to communicate with an open heart and an open mind will make you not only a good citizen in a diverse world, but will increase your ability for empathy, social development, your awareness of injustices, and the desire to make the world a better place for everyone.