Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 18, 2014

IUPUC adds new concentration

The Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus Division of Business is launching a new concentration in health services administration as part of its undergraduate curriculum. Required courses will be offered beginning with the start of fall classes in August, said Susan Sullivan, communications and marketing director.

The 18-credit concentration 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.

These 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, Division of Business head. “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.”

He said the concentration is a good option for registered nurses 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, persons can visit iupuc.edu/health-services, call 812-348-7273 or e-mail business@iupuc.edu.

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