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A Career Guide for the Health Administration Major


The Health Administration Major prepares students for entry-level positions managing a wide variety of health care organizations such as hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, not-for-profit organizations, managed care companies, pharmacy and biotech companies, and state and federal providers. The curriculum combines a thorough understanding how the industry functions with studies in the business skills necessary to become a successful manager in the continually evolving business of health care.

Students learn how the industry is organized, how health care is financed, and how different organizations are structured; they also learn about the laws that effect the delivery of health care, about administrative and planning aspects of management, and the basics of the medical jargon that ties it all together.

The curriculum includes a broad foundation in the liberal arts and focuses on management and quantitative skills. In addition, Health Administration majors typically take fundamental business courses (organizational behavior, economics, accounting, business statistics) during their first two years.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Managing and working with people
  • Doing things for other people
  • Making things work better
  • Bringing people together for a cause
  • Keeping up with current health trends
  • Budgets and financial management
  • Working in a medical environment
  • Attracting others to new ideas
  • Starting things from scratch
Aptitudes
  • Good oral/written communication skills
  • Work well under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Analyzing/interpreting data
  • Multi-task oriented
  • Leadership ability
  • Computer literacy
  • Organizational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Critical thinking

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Completion of courses leading to the Bachelor of Health Services Administration Degree (BHSA) includes two years of lower division courses which will fulfill the Associate of Arts requirement. Upper division requirements include 33 credits in Health Administration courses (such as Health Delivery Systems, Health Planning, Health Finance, and Health Law.), 15 credits in general business, and the remaining 12 credits in general electives at the upper division level. The BHSA degree includes working part-time at a health care organization of the student's  choice for one semester.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


Virtually any activity that someone could pursue in the general business world has a corresponding position in the health care industry. The following are examples of positions that await  Health Administration graduates:
 

General Administration in:
Hospitals; Nursing Homes; Assisted Living; Hospices; Rehabilitation Centers; Ambulatory Care Clinics; & Physician Offices

Recruiting and Sales
Pharmaceutical Sales; Durable Medical Equipment Sales and Leasing; Medical Supply Sales; Health Care Personnel Recruiting
Business Activities Management:
Account Payable & Receivable Personnel; Medical Records; Benefits; Patient Case Management; Financial Management; Project Management; Risk Management; Patient/Client Services; Managed Care; Quality Assurance; Volunteer Services; Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Fund Raising; Functional Area Coordination, eg., ER, Resident Activities, Rehabilitation Services, etc.
Support and Consulting
Health Planning; Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations; Risk Management; Facilities Development; Program Development; Market Research; Management Consulting

Commercial and Entreprenural
Biotech Start-ups; Pharmaceutical R&D Coordination; Imaging Services; Rehabilitation & Therapy; Alternative Health Care; Health & Wellness
Public, Non-Profit, Associations
State and Local Public Health; US
Public  Health Service, Veterans Administration Health System; Centers for Disease Control; Grants Management; Occupational Safety and Health, Medicare and Medicaid; State Licensing Programs, National Professional Associations; National Accrediting Agencies

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Health Administration Program
FL 343
561-297-
3198


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Business and the Department of Health Administration and Marketing.

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