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Release Date: June 4, 2014

IUPUC launches new concentration in health services administration

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The Division of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) is launching a new concentration in health services administration (HSA) as part of its undergraduate curriculum. Required courses for the HSA will be offered beginning with the start of fall classes in August.

The 18-credit concentration study will help meet local and regional employment needs while providing IUPUC graduates with a strong career path that includes opportunities for promotion and advancement.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for health services managers will grow 23 percent through 2022. The median national salary for these workers is $88,580.

Health service administrators develop and manage programs and policies that promote human health and wellness, prevent disease, and deliver nursing and other specialized patient care.

They work in a variety of settings, including public and private organizations serving adults, children, employees, and municipalities. In IT-related positions, they manage patient records and data, oversee billing systems, or analyze reimbursement processes.

“Students who earn this concentration will study business management principles and health systems,” explained Dr. Frank Wadsworth, head of the Division of Business. “They will complete courses that examine the American health care landscape, principles of epidemiology, community health, legal aspects of health care administration, and health care management.”

Wadsworth said the concentration is a good option for RNs and other health care specialists who are interested in managerial and administrative positions in hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings. He expects that some graduates may choose to pursue master’s degrees in business administration, public health, and other fields.

For information, go to iupuc.edu/health-services, call 812.348.7273, or e-mail business@iupuc.edu.