Rapid advances in the health care industry demand that organizations and health care providers seek leaders who are bold, innovative and visionary and who possess tried-and-true management skills. Appalachian State University’s Health Care Management (BS) prepares such leaders.
This program combines foundation business courses with those providing knowledge and understanding of the health care industry. With this strong curriculum, graduates are prepared for challenging management positions in a variety of health care organizations – from hospitals and health systems, to physician offices, long-term care facilities, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, or medical supply and equipment manufacturers.
Employment: The health care industry encompasses diverse organizational settings and management opportunities. Work settings include hospitals and health systems, physician office practices, long-term care facilities, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, or medical supply and equipment manufacturers.
Trained health care managers can work either in organizations where health care is delivered or in organizations that support health care delivery. Entry-level managers can expect to hold positions such as supervisor, section head or department manager in larger organizations, or managing directors of small organizations.
Graduate School: Many health care management graduates pursue advanced degrees, such as master’s degrees in health administration or public health.
A minor is not required.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- This degree has a strong reputation for producing graduates who assume key leadership positions in their organizations and make valuable contributions to their communities’ health care delivery systems.
- Students can get involved in the Future Healthcare Executives club, which allows them to interact with health care leaders and administrators working in the field.
- Students gain significant work experience through a required internship in the health care industry. This often leads to permanent employment at the host site or at other sites through contacts made during the internship.
Boone and Hickory*
*The Hickory Campus location is pending accreditation from SACSCOC for this program. Accreditation is expected in summer 2023.
- Health care manager
- Health care supervisor
- Health care section head
- Health care department manager
- Managing director
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Beaver College of Health Sciences
Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management
Dr. Trent Spaulding