Major Code: 3510
The Healthcare Management curriculum prepares students for management roles in a health care environment that is rapidly changing from one focused on episodes of treatment for acute disease to lifelong health maintenance and wellness promotion. The program is intended for health care workers who need new knowledge and skills to compete in the changing health care marketplace. It will also be useful for those individuals with no previous health care experience who seek non-clinical entry-level positions in health care, or who plan to continue their education in the field of health care administration.
Medical and health services managers also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must be able to adapt to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.
Program Goals and Objectives
- Demonstrate knowledge of principles, terminology, structure and products of health care management.
- Define emerging health care delivery systems and their impact on delivery, financing, practice patterns, and the utilization of personnel and services.
- Function within an ethical and legal framework appropriate for a managed care environment.
- Demonstrate proficiency in computer applications used in a health care environment.
- Apply business practices to the health care setting.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and practices applicable to health information.
Program outcomes are assessed by capstone courses, exit interview, employer surveys, and program specific exit exams, which may include the ETS Associate Business Exam. General education outcomes are assessed by a general education portfolio.
Transfer Baccalaureate Options
- Marshall University
- University of Charleston
- West Virginia State University
- West Virginia University Institute of Technology
- Western Governors University
The Healthcare Management program prepares graduates for employment as *General and Operations Manager or Healthcare Services Managers with typical job titles such as: office manager, nursing home administrator, medical/health manager, assisted living administrator, nursing home administrator, administrative services manager, and medical office manager. Students who further their education can become *Medical and Health Services Managers/Administrators with typical job titles such as: health and social service manager, program manager, clinical director, practice administrator, office manager, director of healthcare facility, and health facility manager.