Health and Human Services Administrator

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):


Hourly Wage:

$29.18-$100+ (Mean $58.43)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data

One-page Description (PDF):

Health and Human Services Administrator

Professional Activities

Health and human services delivery systems are extremely complex. Management of these systems requires an in-depth understanding of financing, health care delivery systems, and traditional management functions, as well as well-developed skills in community interaction and policy development. These skills are necessary for involving the community in the development of appropriate solutions to community health care problems. Health services administrators coordinate and supervise highly motivated and highly trained health professionals.

Health and human service administrators work in urban and rural settings that range from small single-purpose agencies to large services delivery systems with multiple components. Possible organizations include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, mental health facilities, Alaska Native regional health corporations, government agencies, insurance and consulting firms, and non-profit planning research and educational organizations.

Educational Requirements

  • Graduation from high school with coursework in math and communication skills.
  • Completion of a four-year college degree program in almost any subject, including health, business, or liberal arts.
  • Several years of work in health care or other related businesses with a focus on management responsibility.
  • Graduate school or an administrative certification program.

The more traditionally prepared administrators have a Master of Hospital Administration (MHA), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or Master of Business Administration (MBA). Increasingly, there are now administrative certification programs and two- and four-year degrees in health services management. There are also additional continuing education requirements for health services administrators beyond the Master’s degree. The most popular of these is the certification from the American College of Health Care Executives.

Academic Programs

The University of Alaska has a Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice program that is offered through distance delivery. All courses are offered via internet-based instruction, allowing early and mid career professionals to advance their knowledge and skills while continuing to work in their home communities. Preference for admission is given to Alaska residents with strong academic records and commitment to improving the health of communities and individuals in the state. It is possible (but not required) to do an emphasis in Public Health Administration and Planning in the MPH degree program; this emphasis typically requires some coursework in Anchorage.

For more information visit the MPH web site:
Or contact:
Elizabeth Hodges Snyder, PhD, MPH
MPH Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Public Health
BOC3, Suite 220
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-4614
Phone: 907-786-6541

The University of Alaska also offers a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) that has a Healthcare Administration track that prepares students to function as health administrators in state, local, or federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies that do health-related work. For more information, contact:

Department of Public Administration
College of Business and Public Policy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, RH-306
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 907-786-4171
Web site:

Alaska Pacific University (APU) offers a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration.  For more information on this program, visit their website:


State Contact:

Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association
1049 W 5th Ave, Ste. 100
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-646-1444

National Contact:

American College of Healthcare Executives
One North Franklin Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60606-3529
Phone: 312-424-2800
Web site:

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