Thomas Gariepy, C.S.C., Chairperson
T. Gariepy, C.S.C.
The Department offers a major and minor in Healthcare Administration.
The primary objectives of the Healthcare Administration major are:
- to prepare the student for leadership and service in entry-level employment in healthcare direct service and support organizations in the private and public sectors.
- to prepare the student for graduate or professional study.
- to prepare the student to be an innovative and a positive force for ethical, constructive change in the health system.
These objectives are met by coupling required and elective courses with a required full-time internship. Strong preceptor and faculty supervision are available to all students and a variety of Directed Studies and Field Studies emphasizing healthcare work are available for the highly motivated student. Required offerings provide a firm understanding of the healthcare system, important healthcare issues, and basic managerial and leadership skills. More advanced requirements and electives enhance and refine these areas of a student’s specific interest. Areas of concentration such as nursing home administration, gerontology, and management options in public and private sector insurance, finance, group practice management, personnel, marketing, public relations, and sales roles are available. Federal and state programs, hospital, home care, managed care organizations, health maintenance organizations, hospices, planning and consulting firms, international service organizations, and many other organizations also are available to the student for internships, community-based learning experiences, and for employment.
Students considering the major or minor must meet with the Department Chair before declaring.
The Department has earned “Full Certification” status in AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration).