Healthcare Administration Program Drew Student 3,000 Miles From Home
When Victoria Higgins ’16 decided she wanted to pursue a degree in healthcare administration she had dozens of options in her native California, yet the attributes of Stonehill’s nationally recognized program enticed her to trade the Golden State’s endless summers for the four seasons of New England…Read more
Bright Prognosis for Health Careers
Students interested in healthcare find Stonehill’s emphasis on internships, research, liberal arts and advising gives them a distinct advantage in this competitive field.
Courtney Ouellet ’15 named 2015 Top Student in Healthcare Administration
“Courtney has earned a stellar academic record, and has complemented it with an equally outstanding extra-curricular record,” says Rev. Thomas Gariepy, C.S.C. ’70, department chair and professor of healthcare administration.
One of the few undergraduate programs in the country fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Stonehill's Healthcare Administration program combines courses focused on core skills with in-depth internships and a solid liberal arts foundation. The primary objectives are to prepare Stonehill College students:
- For employment and leadership in direct service and support organizations in the private and public healthcare sectors
- For graduate or professional study
- For being an innovative and positive force for ethical and constructive change in the healthcare system
Lay the Groundwork & Find a Niche
The required courses in the program provide a firm understanding of the healthcare system, important healthcare issues and basic managerial and leadership skills. After that, advanced requirements and electives focus on specific areas of interest, such as:
- Nursing home administration
- Public and private sector insurance
- Group practice management
- Finance, personnel, marketing, public relations and sales
Internships, community-based learning experiences and employment are available through federal and state programs. Healthcare Administration majors at Stonehill College find work in hospitals, home care and managed care organizations, health maintenance organizations, hospices, planning and consulting firms and international service organizations.
Skills in Growing Demand
The Healthcare Administration major is increasingly popular in part because healthcare, with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, has proven more recession-resistant than most fields. In July 2011, Indeed Industry Employment Trends logged an all-time high in the number of open healthcare positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects double-digit increases in every healthcare job category over the next five years.