Today the MPH Curriculum Committee met for an abbreviated session with guest speaker Svetlana Averbukh of the Project Management Institute. Svetlana discussed the benefits of project management knowledge skills and abilities (KSAs) in healthcare. The committee will continue to discuss the value proposition of project management in the curriculum. Potential avenues include a standalone course or injection of project management principles throughout the MPH curriculum. UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education has published a good article here about the benefits of project management in healthcare.
At the time of this writing, Salary.com states a Healthcare Project Manager salary in the United States has a median earning of $82,118 annually (10% at $62,184; 90% at $104,840). If you look for project manager jobs in healthcare organizations, you find giants like UnitedHealth Group, HCA Healthcare, and McKesson looking for project managers. Government agencies and non-profit organizations look for project managers as well.
Until the committee makes a decision, what can you do if you are interested? Check out the Project Management Institute, a global leader in project management certifications. Have a LinkedIn profile? Use the search feature to look for people with titles of "project manager" in healthcare organizations or related industries. The post-nominal "CAPM" or "PMP" is also a good indicator of someone who you may want to conduct an informational interview with.
The workforce is becoming increasingly competitive. Do your research and seek a mentor to see if project management might be a good career move for you!
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