Health Care Management Degrees | School of Allied Health | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts

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Health Care Management

The Health Care Management Program (HCM) prepares students for a career in health management or health policy, a career in a growing field where they can make a difference. By customizing our multidisciplinary curriculum to meet students interests, the program of study may lead to a career within a health care organization, government agency or graduate study in areas such as health administration, health informatics, business, epidemiology or law. Our graduates are poised to enter one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S and work in an industry that makes a significant social impact on people's health and well-being.

A Health Care Management degree can be achieved a couple of ways.  One being the traditional on-campus courses and a second being an online HCM degree for those who cannot attend the on-campus program.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the HCM program is to prepare students for future management roles in healthcare service settings and/or to academically prepare them for graduate education.

Vision Statement

The Vision of the HCM program is to increase student access to a premier undergraduate healthcare management education and to support the healthcare industry through student service opportunities. 

Values Statement

The HCM program is committed to academic excellence by offering a curriculum that meets the expectations of industry leaders and the premier undergraduate certification body of healthcare management education.  The program strives to be compassionate and understanding to students by offering multiple forms of program delivery so that access to a premier undergraduate healthcare management degree is accessible to traditional or place-bound, and working-adult students. 


Online HCM courses are restricted to online format students only.  On-campus HCM core courses are restricted to on-campus format students only.

The Undergraduate Program

The primary mission of the baccalaureate program in HCM is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate education in health care management. The program incorporates study of the theoretical and technical aspects of health care management for aspiring and practicing health care managers. The program also helps our students acquire an understanding of the complex interaction of the economic, financial, political and social factors affecting the management and delivery of health care services. SIU’s Health Care Management Program, with more than a decade of experience teaching undergraduates about health care, is a leader in health care management education. Our alumni, more than 5,500 strong, are a testament to our program’s quality.

Course Work

HCM students complete a foundation set of courses in economics and health care business. Students may choose to advance their knowledge in Specializations in area where minor degrees are offered; Long Term Care Minor and/or Health Informatics and Management Information.

Online courses are restricted to students in the online program only.  On-campus courses are restricted to students in the on-campus program only.

Health Services Career Opportunities

Many HCM graduates work in finance, marketing, human resources, and other management fields in a wide variety of healthcare settings including: hospitals and health systems, long-term care organizations, physician group practices and health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. HCM graduates with interests in policy may find positions in state health, aging and insurance departments, federal agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and with private trade and research organizations. In addition, some HCM graduates pursue graduate education in medicine, health administration, health informatics health law, public health, and business.  The Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts higher than average growth in these fields : Bureau of Labor Statistics

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