The Health Care Administration major emphasizes coursework in public health, health care administration, business, health care policy, and marketing. This major prepares students for careers or post-graduate work in health care administration, patient services, public health, health care information technology, regulatory affairs, marketing/sales, and insurance related to the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Potential senior internship projects include experiences working in administrative areas of health care that are coordinated through the CPHS Office of Experiential Education. Senior internship areas of focus include, but are not limited to, health care administration, patient services, public health, and the insurance industry. Students who are interested in more research-oriented careers or continuing on to graduate school may also choose to complete a non-laboratory based research project.
Students in the Health Care Administration major who have an interest in pursuing health care law may also consider our dual-degree program with the Drake University Law School. Students will utilize their fourth year in Health Sciences to begin completing graduate coursework in the JD program.
With the use of summer school and J-term as well as using graduate course work to fulfill elective requirements, Health Care Administration students are able to complete the four-year degree program plus the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in a shorter time period than if they were to complete the two separately.
Students in the Health Care Administration major also have the opportunity to study in two dual-degree programs through our partnership with Des Moines University. Students interested in pursuing a career in health care administration can add a Master of Health Care Administration (MHA) to their Bachelor's degree. Students interested in pursuing a career in public health can add a Master of Public Health (MPH) to their degree.
Designed to maximize graduates' opportunities in the growing fields of healthcare informatics and data analytics, the Health Care Administration/Master of Sciences in Health Informatics Analytics (HS-H/MS HIA) dual-degree program allows students to utilize their fourth year in Health Sciences to begin completing graduate coursework in the MS HIA online program. In a rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem of automation and information systems, the online MS HIA program empowers students to apply data analysis and information technology solutions to the evidence-based delivery of health care.