The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management is designed to prepare graduates to advance their career in the management of various health care settings while learning from experts in the field. This program provides career-entry opportunities for high school graduates and professional advancement opportunities for health care personnel. With a carefully selected combination of courses in health care management, students are prepared to manage the challenges they face in this dynamic industry.
Nursing Home Administrator Licensure
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management at University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) meets the requirements and is approved by the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) in Minnesota. Upon completion of this degree, UMC graduates are qualified to take the state and national examinations for licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota.
If students already have a bachelor’s or graduate degree and would like to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota, UMC does offer all of the classes required for licensure online at least annually. In this case, students can enroll as a Non-Degree student. For more information, please contact Program Director, Susan Klassen.
Bachelor of Applied Health Degree
UMC offers a similar program, the Bachelor of Applied Health degree, which is designed for students with an associate’s degree in a clinical field. To be eligible for the Bachelor of Applied Health degree students transfer in 38 clinical credits from community and/or technical colleges. This is an applied degree and requires a few less liberal education, management and finance classes than the Health Management degree. This is a great option for students currently working in healthcare, since it is a fast-track to a bachelor’s degree.
More Health Management Key Features
- Health managers must work and communicate with a variety of clients; therefore, Health Management students take an array of liberal education, technology, business management, and health related courses. They build on this foundation with specific courses designed to provide a strong understanding of health management philosophy and practice.
- UMC's program in Health Management is designed to prepare graduates for management positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, human service organizations, government and other health related organizations. It provides a well-rounded education in healthcare, preparing individuals for positions in healthcare and government.
- Learn from seasoned professionals who are experts in their healthcare fields--administrators, attorneys, policy specialists, IT managers, and even physicians--as they share experiences through their teaching of specific courses.
- Professional advisors evaluate student transcripts and provide students with a complete pre-evaluation.
- The Health Management degree program is offered online and on-campus.
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Program Requirements & Curriculum
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the following: “Medical and health services managers also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct and coordinate medical health services. They might manage an entire facility, specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field; however, master’s degrees also are common. The median annual wage of medical and health services managers was $84,270 in May 2010.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 22% increase for medical and health services managers from 2010 and 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. “As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staffs in all areas of the industry.”
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management at the University of Minnesota Crookston prepares students to assume management positions in a wide range of health care settings including:
- Allied health agencies (i.e. American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, American Lung Association)
- Community-based and home health agencies
- Government regulatory agencies
- Health insurance and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
- Hospitals and medical clinics
- Medical equipment and supply companies
- Nursing facilities, extended care and assisted living facilities
- Public health departments and social service agencies
Kelly Reitmeier is a current Licensed Nursing Home Administrator student and this is why she thinks the required internship is important. "Interning at the Thief River Care Center has truly put into perspective the role of a long-term care administrator. It has taken everything I've learned in my classes and given me the chance to put it into real life use. More about this article here.
Nick Huso is a 2015 graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Management and is currently employed at Mayo Clinic. Nick had enlisted in the Navy right out of high school and continued on Active Duty for 6 years. Upon finishing Active Duty, he worked hard at getting his Associate’s degree from x-ray tech school. He didn’t stop there though. More about this article here.
Health Management Internships
Health Management Internships
Health Management/Applied Health internship is a 10 week field experience under direction of a supervisor in a health care organization or agency. The program is designed to engage students in a variety of projects and activities in a professional organization and match organizational need with a student’s interests and abilities.
Benefits to Employers
The internship program is designed to engage students in a variety of projects and activities in a professional organization and match organizational need with a student’s interests and abilities.
Employers can benefit through the internship as a cost effective screening process and training for potential recruits, an opportunity to select, train, and influence the brightest and best, a chance for training and development for managers and mentors, and enlist additional project assistance. Internships provide a source for fresh and diverse talent along with new ideas and insight. The University of Minnesota Crookston can assist with HIPAA training to provide students with guidelines promoting an understanding and compliance with applicable health information, privacy and security laws, rules and regulations.
Affiliation agreements between the health care organization and the University can be arranged to outline shared goals of education and the desire to facilitate a relationship for the purpose of providing educational experiences. The University also can assist with background checks and proof of immunizations.
Benefits of Student Internship Experience
Students benefit through the internship as a professional work experience and incorporate the learning in class in a real world setting.
Suggested internship experiences include:
- Engaging in projects/activities in a health care setting that reflect work as a professional such as budget development, policy/procedure development, performance improvement, information technology, marketing, developing business plans, community education, scheduling and acuity systems.
- Taking part in a special project of a longer duration such as assisting with the annual budget process, market research, resource allocation, or quality improvement.
- Attend appropriate meetings to gain a broader understanding of the organization.
- Gain a greater understanding of the health care organization and its structure by spending an appropriate amount of time in every department depending on the organization’s complexity and size.
- Provide opportunities to enhance communication skills and real-world interactions in a professional environment.
- Enhance learning through application and demonstrated professionalism.
Health Care Internship Resources
Health Management Advisory Board
Health Management Advisory Board
Program Improvement Advisory Committee members for the Health Management/ Applied Health programs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston serve a critical role in the implementation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of our educational programs. The membership is comprised of people with diverse backgrounds and interests, including representatives from educational and health care organizations.
The UMC Online Advantage
The UMC Online Advantage
Earn a prestigious University of Minnesota degree in an affordable, close-knit campus setting. The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States and ranks among the most esteemed. As a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M, Online offers access to world-class teaching, learning and research resources, as well as enhanced internship and undergraduate research opportunities. As a graduate, your diploma features one of the most respected names in higher education.
Individual Attention and Mentorship
You expect an education that not only focuses on your needs but also allows your talent and interests to shine through. The dedicated faculty and staff at the U of M, Online serve as true mentors, offering prompt personalized attention catered to an online learner. You will have the opportunity to communicate with advisers and other students by participating in discussions, and other interactive tools to give you an exceptional educational experience.
A Technological Edge
The University of Minnesota, Online allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. You will have the flexibility to access your courses 24/7 without having to worry about leaving work or home to get to class. The U of M, Online utilizes a broad variety of technological tools that make learning online easy! Employers consistently report that the U of M, Online graduates they hire are extremely well prepared for the demands of today's technological workplace.
As a University of Minnesota, Online student, you have the opportunity to study abroad! The U of M, Online through the Crookston campus has made it a priority to promote an understanding of diversity and global perspectives and to offer you the resources, programs and activities necessary for you to succeed in today's global economy. Our international recruitment efforts bring students from more than 20 countries, and our Study Abroad program offers more than 300 opportunities for you to study in 67 different countries. There are also numerous cultural activities and clubs to participate in. We offer many ways for you to expand your worldview, gain international experience, and make connections with people from across the globe.
Applied Learning and Internships
Learn and do! Online learners have the opportunity to participate in hands on internships. Our internship programs give you the chance to practice the principles and theories you've learned in your courses and make contacts with potential employers that are near you. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is also available to all students and allows online learners to design and conduct research as an undergraduate!
No Out-of-State Tuition and Transfer-Friendly
The U of M, Crookston is the affordable choice for anyone! Whether you live just across the border, across the country or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same as those who live in Minnesota. We offer an incredible value that's also extremely transfer-friendly. Our staff will work with you to make sure your credits count. Our faculty advisers will personally talk with you about career goals, degree interests and review your records to develop a plan, and our transfer specialist will help make the process as smooth as possible.
Excellent Job Placement
The Crookston campus has a reputation for a job placement rate of more than 93% for students in their field of study within six months of graduation. Some programs on our campus have even a higher rate of placement.
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