Health Care Management
The Health Care Management (HCM) program prepares students for careers in health management and/or health policy. The program of study may lead to a career in a healthcare organization, government agency, or graduate study in areas such as health administration, health informatics, epidemiology, business, or law. The Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts higher than average growth in these fields. Bureau of Labor Statistics link: https://www.bls.gov/
The School of Allied Health is pleased to offer students two delivery formats by which to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Care Management.
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.
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.
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.
The Undergraduate Program
Two Delivery Formats – On Campus and Online
On Campus Format - The traditional On Campus format of the HCM program has been offered at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) for decades. Classes are held on campus over the traditional full semester, in the face-to-face delivery format.
Online Format - The Online format is a convenient and flexible way to earn the HCM degree. Created specifically for those who cannot attend on campus courses, the online HCM program provides students access to a degree in one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. All courses are set in an online, accelerated, 8-week format with the exception of the HCM 422 internship course, which is a required component of the degree and is scheduled in a healthcare related facility approved by the University. SIUC’s Morris Library provides information and support for online students. https://extendedcampus.siu.edu/. To determine if online education might be a suitable way to earn your bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management, please complete the Are You Ready for Online Instruction Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/undergrad-student.
*Note – Online HCM core courses are restricted to online format students only. On campus HCM core courses are restricted to on campus format students only. Students are not permitted to move back and forth between the delivery formats.
Regardless of the delivery format, the HCM degree requires 120 hours of coursework, which fulfills both the University’s Core Curriculum requirement (UCC core curriculum link here) and the School of Allied Health’s requirement for majors. HCM students complete a foundation set of courses in economics and health care business. Students also have the option of advancing their knowledge by choosing from two field specific minors: Long Term Care and/or Health Information and Informatics Management.
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