With the high demand for qualified administrators in the health care industry, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas offers an undergraduate as well as a post-graduate degree in the School of Community Health Sciences including a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Policy and Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Administration and Policy.
“The master’s program was designed for people who want to get into higher level management within health care organizations. Typically, it is for people to work in organizations such as hospitals or other acute care facilities such as rehab centers, long-term care facilities including nursing homes and home health agencies. Also included are managed care organizations and large physician groups. We teach the business side of health care,” explained Chris Cochran, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Health Care Administration and Policy.
According to Dr. Cochran, to get into senior level management, organizations are searching for individuals with a higher level of education and skills. “Those hiring want applicants to show they have the capacity for understanding the analytical needs of the organization. They are also looking for those who can develop into leaders and manage people.
The program offers training in different areas of health care administration including information systems, quality improvement and human resources management. It also includes financial management for positions such as chief financial officer or chief executive officer within a hospital.
Dr. Cochran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Master’s in Public Administration and Doctorate in Health Services Research.
“I used to manage a large public substance abuse treatment facility. I was unsure as to whether or not I had the best qualifications for performing that job, particularly in terms of management,” he said. “For me, the best thing about getting the advanced degrees was that if I had wanted to pursue that career choice again, I would feel much more confident in being able to go back into the field and move up in that type of position.”
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