For students seeking a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management, California’s various graduate programs are offering more options than ever. Healthcare Management is one of the most exciting and undiscovered parts of the healthcare industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 data, the mean annual income for medical and health services managers is $113,810 in California, which is significantly higher than most states in the United States. With several metropolitan areas throughout California the opportunities for an even higher income, with a Master’s Degree, is very possible.
California State University, Long Beach
The Department of Health Care Administration
California State Universities Long Beach Campus (CSULB) is the second largest of the many campuses that make up California State University System. Based off of the enrollment numbers, CSULB is one of the largest universities in the entire state. The Department of Health Care Administration offers both an undergraduate and a graduate degree program for students hoping to work as healthcare managers.
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
Because students in this program come from varied academic and experiential backgrounds, the faculty has created a curriculum with a strong base of core courses covering the most important functions of management. Students can choose electives that will help them pursue particular interests that may help upon graduation. Specializations include course options such as long-term care administration, hospital management, managed care, and medical group practice management.
Dual Degree – Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Health Care Administration
The Departments of Nursing and Health Care Administration offer a concurrent Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Health Care Administration. This dual Master’s Degree is available to qualified students who seek an advanced education with a focus on Advanced Practice Nurses in administration. The curriculum is created by both departments and integrated each semester in order to provide students with an intensive learning experience.
• Bachelor’s Degree in nursing or currently enrolled in accelerated RN to Master’s program. (Nurses with Bachelor’s Degrees in health related fields might be conditionally admitted.)
• Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California
• Admission to graduate standing at the University
• An upper division or graduate course in biostatistics
• Public Health Nurse Certificate, or eligibility for certificate in California.
• An overall GPA of 3.0 or better
• Submission of quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
Accelerated Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Members of the Healthcare Administration department worked closely with healthcare professionals to create the curriculum for the MSHCA Accelerated program. This program is designed to prepare students for administrative positions in hospitals, managed care organizations, mental health and long-term care settings, multi-institutional system central offices, governmental health agencies, and other health related organizations.
Subject areas include the analysis of the U.S. health care system, management and organizational behavior of health care organizations, economic and financial aspects of health administration, strategic planning and marketing, public policy, and ethical and legal aspects of health care management. A combination of online course work and weekend face-to-face courses, allows students in this program to continue working while completing the program.
Commission for Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME)
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
California State University – Long Beach
Department of Health Care Administration
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, California, 90840
San Diego State University
The College of Business Administration
San Diego State University (SDSU) is the third oldest member of the 23-member California State University. An academic institutional rating body, The Carnegie Foundation, designated San Diego State University a “Research University with high research activity.” SDSU was placed in the top 200 higher education institutions in the country currently conducting research.
The Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) at San Diego State University (SDSU) was created as part of the university’s growing focus on health and human services. This program is a highly accredited and respected school of public health, offering students opportunities for education, research, and community involvement. The goal of the program is to “advance the state of knowledge in different health disciplines and to improve the population’s health”.
Master Degree of Public Health in Epidemiology
The Division of Epidemiology is a graduate division within the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health. This program offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with concentration in Epidemiology. Epidemiology has often been termed “the basic science of public health.”
This program offers students focus in the following areas:
• Identification of biological, environmental, social, and behavioral risk factors for human disease
• Determination of the distribution and etiology of health and disease in human populations.
This program is designed for graduate students wishing to pursue careers as public health practitioners, teachers of public health or research.
Master Degree of Public Health in Biometry
The Biometry concentration is a program designed for the training of biostatistics for health professionals. The curriculum covers statistical methods and models appropriate for public health, medicine, and biology. Graduates have the required training to work as biostatisticians in government or industry. Upon graduation students can either enter the work force or continue to a doctoral program.
There are three fundamental components of the Biometry program:
1. A basic background in public health issues and methodology through the core course requirements for the MPH degree
2. A theoretical foundation in statistics is obtained through required courses in mathematical statistics
3. Several applied biostatistics courses and computer applications courses designed to provide students with the practical application of statistical methods to the analysis of public health and biomedical data.
Master Degree of Public Health in Environment Health
Designed for students who plan to work as environmental or occupational health practitioners, this program offers a Masters of Public Health with a strong concentration in Environmental Health. Coursework covers topics such as environmental health, including water and air pollution, food sanitation, vector control, toxicology, solid and hazardous waste management, and risk assessment, as well as core courses in other public health disciplines. Students in this program will also have an opportunity for hands on public health field training through a practicum experience.
Master Degree of Public Health in Health Management and Policy
The Health Management and Policy concentration offers students theoretical and practical coursework to prepare them for a host of healthcare management positions. Some of these settings include hospitals, health systems, ambulatory care facilities, insurance companies, consulting firms, managed care organizations, and public health agencies. In addition to the core MPH curriculum, specifically designed courses will prepare graduates for either immediate employment or entering a doctoral program. This Program receives active support and participation by healthcare managers and executives from the local health community.
Master Degree of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
The Behavioral Science concentration of the MPH department provides students with training in behavioral and social sciences. The faculty has created a curriculum that evaluates factors responsible for health-related behaviors that lead to morbidity, premature mortality and health disparities. A focus on research and evaluation techniques prepares graduates to design, manage, and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program have secured positions in schools, work sites, health care facilities, and community organizations.
Dual Degree – Master Degree of Public Health and Master of Social Work
As part of a cooperative program, The SDSU Graduate School of Public Health and the SDSU School of Social Work have created a degree where students earn both an MPH Degree as well as a Master of Social Work. This is a 93 unit program that spans three-years. The goal of the degree is to prepare graduates in the fields of public health and social work so they may promote health, prevent disease and improve the delivery of social and health services within the community.
Dual Degree – Master Degree of Public Health and Master of Art of Latin American Students
The GSPH and the Center for Latin American Studies offer a concurrent graduate program leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology, Environmental Health, or Health Promotion and a Master of Arts (MA) in Latin American Studies.
The program offers study in both the field of public health and the field of Latin American study. The goal of this dual degree is to promote health, prevent disease, and enhance social and health services for Latino communities. The department requires students to complete a thesis or publish a scholarly article.
Additionally, students earning this degree must fulfill the language requirements to earn an MA in Latin American Studies.
Dual Degree – Master Degree of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine
For students working towards a Doctor of Medicine degree who wish to also work in healthcare management, The GSPH department has teamed up with the UCSD School of Medicine to offer a collaborative degree that enables medical students to also earn an MPH degree. Doctors who plan to work in fields such as public health, preventive medicine, epidemiology, occupational health, environmental health, health promotion, and health services administration can benefit strongly from an MPH degree. It can also help enhance the skills of doctors who plan to work in areas of medicine such as family practice, pediatrics, general internal medicine, and other areas of primary care.
The Master of Public Health degree (or an equivalent academic degree) is required for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. With departmental approval, some UCSD courses can be counted toward the MPH degree required by the department.
Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN)
Health Education Network of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Graduate School of Public Health
Hardy Tower – Room 119
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4162
Healthcare Management and Administration is a growing career in the state of California. With more and more emphasis being placed on the role of a Healthcare Manager, it is an ideal time to advance your career. As the healthcare system continues to change there is an increasing need for trained professionals to help practitioners, hospitals, private facilities and other healthcare providers offer optimal healthcare. A Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management of Administration can open doors to a future as a Senior Healthcare Manager.