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Quick Facts

  • 93 - Percent of heath care informatics alumni employed in senior-level positions within the field of health care
  • 35 - Number of health care informatics students enrolled in the fall 2016 semester
  • 25 - Number of health care informatics students enrolled in the spring 2017 semester
  • 28 - Number of students who graduated from the health care informatics program during 2015-16

Mailing Address

Health Management and Informatics
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
HPA II - Suite 210
4364 Scorpius Drive
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2359
Fax: 407-823-6138

Career Opportunities in Health Services Administration

Health services administration involves managing the integration of all aspects of health-care to provide services. HSA graduates are concerned with the business aspect of the health industry: human resources, accounting, marketing and sales, planning, information systems, and facility management.

Health services administrators are often responsible for million-dollar budgets of facilities and equipment as well as hundreds of employees. The complexity of the job, the challenge of leading and motivating, and the delivery of efficient and effective high-quality health care combine to make health services administration a rewarding and demanding career.

Health services administrators advance by completing graduate study and moving into more responsible and higher paying positions, such as assistant or associate administrator, and in larger facilities, as the CEO.

Health care is the fastest growing industry in the country and the second largest industry in the state of Florida. The industry is growing so fast in Florida, due to the demographics of the population, that there should be a variety of career opportunities in health services administration for the foreseeable future.

Debbi Lehner began her career in health care as a radiology technologist. Today she is chief operating officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, where she oversees departments such as diagnostic imaging, construction management, building maintenance, physical therapy, pharmacy, laboratory, respiratory therapy and others.

Places of Employment

Career opportunities in health services administration encompass much more than hospital care. Health services administrators are often employed by other types of health-care facilities and organizations, including

  • ambulatory surgical centers
  • assisted-living facilities
  • birthing centers
  • free-standing clinics
  • home health-care agencies
  • managed-care organizations
  • nursing homes
  • physician practices
  • public-health centers
  • retirement centers

They may also be employed by organizations that do business with health-care facilities, including

  • computer software firms
  • durable medical equipment companies
  • insurance companies
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • research and development firms

Medical group practices and HMO's are expected to grow larger and more complex, and the need for professionals to manage those organizations also creates jobs for health services administrators.

Meet Two Alumni


Debbi Lehner began her career in health care
as a certified radiology technologist. She
advanced into hospital administration roles,
including a position at South Seminole
Hospital in Longwood, Fla., (photo). 

Today she is CEO at Greeley County Health
Services in Tribune, Kansas.  

"I really like the diversity of my job. I learn
enough about each specialty area to be its

- Debbi Lehner
, B.S. Health Services
Administration ('96); M.B.A. ('99)

As an HSA graduate student, Ayanna
O'Connor held an internship at the Health
Council of East Central Florida. Learn more.
She is currently the operations manager for
Community Health Center, Inc., in
Eatonville, Fla.

"Health services administration blends my
interests in both business and medicine."

- Ayanna O'Connor
, M.S. Health Sciences -
Health Services Administration ('06)

UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems.
— Daniel Barr,  M.S.HSA, '04
“UCF was one of only a few programs nationwide that offered the course work and modality that met my needs. It is definitely a different way of learning, but I find the online modality truly a rewarding and unique experience for learning and collaboration.”
— Jennifer Hamilton,  Executive M.S.HSA, '14
The UCF Health Care Informatics progam has been the catalyst in needed to reignite my career.
— Guy Piasecki,  M.S.HCI, '12
The health care informatics faculty offered unique perspectives and provided me the ability to succeed in a dynamic field that is changing our healthcare delivery system.
— Ashley Swain,  M.S.HCI, '12
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