The Healthcare Administration Minor (15 credit hours) is interdisciplinary in nature and designed for both business and non-business majors. This minor should enhance a student's chosen major area of concentration and prepare them for a variety of careers in healthcare-oriented positions. Students will demonstrate basic professional competencies (including team building, oral and written communication skills, and analytical abilities) in healthcare economics, management, and marketing, as well as selecting from a range of elective courses. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare administrators should have the following skills:
Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must be able to understand and follow current regulations and be able to adapt to new laws.
Communication skills. These managers must be able to communicate effectively with other health professionals.
Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.
Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers need to be able to discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives. They must be able to motivate and lead staff.
Problem-solving skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems.
Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must be able to follow advances in health care technology. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.