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.
Students take a 50-hour Health Care Management core, plus 26 hours of business-related courses. Core courses include:
- Introduction to Health System Organization
- Managing Health Care Organizations
- Principles of Financial Management for Health Care
- Health Services Research Methods
- Quality Management & Process Improvement in Health Care
- Health Services Organization Behavior and Design
- Human Resource Mgmt. in Health Svc Orgs
- Health Information Systems
- Professional Development I
- Professional Development II
- Health Services Financial Management
- Principles of Leadership for Health Services Orgs.
- Health Informatics
- Health Law and Policy
- Ethics in Health Care
- Seminar in Health Care Management
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 was established in the Walker College of Business in 1972 and has demonstrated a remarkable reputation for producing graduates who assume key leadership positions in their organizations and make valuable contributions to their communities’ health care delivery systems. Since 2010-11, the program has been housed in the Beaver College of Health Sciences.
- 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.
Method of Delivery
On campus only
- Health care manager
- Health care supervisor
- Health care section head
- Health care department manager
- Managing director
Dr. David R. Williams