The Health Administration programs educate students for careers in health administration with an emphasis on developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and ethical decision making.
The programs have been designed for healthcare administrators, managers, nurses and other healthcare providers, or any health-related professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise in the specific application of healthcare administration and leadership.
The new B.S. in Health Administration curriculum is in response to transformations in the healthcare industry and offers three concentrations: Health Informatics, Health Project Management, or Health Communication. The emphasis on experiential learning provides students with skills for employment in a variety of health services settings including but not limited to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, community health organizations, multispecialty services, insurance companies, biomedical research organizations, and emergency preparedness organizations in both the private and public domains, local, state and federal government. Health Administration majors will also be well-prepared for a variety of graduate programs, in particular, the Master of Science in Health Administration. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that careers in health care will grow at twice the pace for overall U.S. job growth (more than 20 percent from 2008 through 2018,) a bachelor's degree in Health Administration is a wise choice.
Unique Elements of This Program
- Students learn to utilize management, organizational, communication, and data analysis skills in the healthcare industry
- Students learn to interpret healthcare and disease-related research and apply this skill in population health management
- Students will choose one of three concentrations: Health Informatics, Health Project Management, or Health Communication
- Students benefit from required field experience through internship/capstone or other experiential learning
- Students complete a faculty-guided, culminating research project that begins during the internship and ends in the Senior Seminar course.
- Identify basic relationships and multiple elements of a problem, breaking down each element into detail; use analytical techniques to identify potential solutions, weighing the value of each.
- Assess reimbursement and payment system alternatives; explain the connection between providers and payers; analyze disease, population and utilization data.
- Consider the business, demographic, ethnocultural political and regulatory implications of decisions; develop strategies to improve the long-term success and viability of the organization.
- Work cooperatively with others; value others input and expertise; seek the input of others to increase the quality of solutions and decisions.
- Speak and write in a clear, logical, grammatical manner in informal and formal situations; makes presentations in a clear and understandable voice free of extraneous phrases.
- Recognize the potential of Information Systems in process and patient service improvement; is familiar with current technology for patient tracking (record management, billing, and reporting).
- Plan, execute and oversee a project; establish phases and steps within a realistic timeframe; tracks performance against plan and budget; ensures delivery within a prescribed time frame.
- Act openly and honestly; demonstrate ethical behavior, professional practice, social accountability and community stewardship.
- Develop curiosity and desire to know more about things, people, and issues; cultivate a desire for knowledge and staying current with health, industry and professional trends.