Students in medical and health care management programs learn how to coordinate health and medical services to make health care facilities run more effectively. In Florida, programs are available at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Programs combine studies in business, financial management, organizational administration, health care statistics, public health, health delivery systems and health care laws. Students may be required to complete a practicum or internship experience. Additionally, many schools offer relevant extracurricular clubs that provide health care management majors with peer and professional networking opportunities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical and health service managers must have a bachelor's or a master's degree in a field such as care administration, health services, public health or business administration. Although additional licensing isn't usually required, the BLS mentions that all states require that administrators of nursing care facilities have a license (www.bls.gov). The following covers 10 of the largest schools in Florida offering health care management degree programs.
Broward College is located in Fort Lauderdale and provides students with the opportunity to meet entry-level requirements in multiple fields, including business, education, health care and law enforcement. Through the health sciences department, students develop the skills necessary to work in multiple fields. They can earn an Associate in Arts in Health Service Administration that's transferable to a bachelor's degree program at a 4-year college or university.
Florida Atlantic University
Students at Florida Atlantic University can earn a Bachelor of Health Services in Health Administration on the Boca Raton campus. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Students explore health systems, how they work and their affect on society. They complete 120 credits that include courses in health care administration and organization, accounting, information systems fundamentals, health law, health delivery systems, health organization planning and health research methods. They also take courses from the College of Business and complete a health practicum.
Florida International University
Miami's Florida International University is a public research university that offers a wide selection of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Students can earn a Bachelor of Health Services Administration through the College of Nursing and Health Services. The program prepares individuals to deliver quality care and manage health care organizations. Students can join a variety of clubs, including the Black Pre-Health Professionals and the Health Occupation Students of America.
Indian River State College
Indian River State College of Fort Pierce offers more than 150 different degree programs, including a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management with a specialization in health care management. The program prepares individuals working in the healthcare field to transfer into leadership positions. Courses for the health care management concentration include trends and issues in health care, marketing in health care, governmental regulations in health care, improving quality care and conducting health science research. Students also complete a capstone project. They can join clubs, such as the Health Occupation Students of America.
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College provides more than 100 affordable and convenient academic programs that prepare students for multiple careers. Individuals interested in health care management can pursue an Associate in Science in Health Information Management or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration with specializations in emergency medical services, health information systems, health services administration, human services and respiratory care. Students can complete the programs online, but professional practice courses for the associate's degree program must be completed at local health care facilities. Course topics include health care delivery in the United States, issues in health care, community health, database design, principles of disease and healthcare statistics.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida, which is located in Orlando, offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in health care management. Students can select from a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration, a Master of Science in Health Sciences with a track in Executive Health Services Administration or a track in Health Services Administration.
Courses for the bachelor's degree program include health care systems in the U.S., managed care principles, research methods in the health sciences, health law and community health. The graduate program's executive track is designed for individuals with at least 3 years of professional managerial and healthcare experience and includes courses in law and ethics, health care quality, organizational behavior, health care statistics and health care economics. The health services administration track includes trends and issues in health care studies in health care decisions, health care organization and health care economics.
University of Florida
Gainesville's University of Florida is the oldest institute of higher education in the state. There, students can earn a Master of Health Administration, which prepares students to become effective and qualified leaders of health services organizations. Courses include health care finances, the health insurance system in the U.S., health service organizations, health policies, ethical aspects of health administration and health economics. Students also complete an internship in health administration. They can also join organizations, such as the Health Administration Student Association.
University of Miami
The University of Miami's School of Nursing and Health Studies in Miami offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a concentration in health science and business administration or a Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Sector Management and Policy. The health science program includes courses in health science, chemistry, physics and business administration. The program in health sector management and policy includes courses in globalization and public health, crises in health care, health sector administration, health care ethics and law, health informatics and public health. Graduates acquire the necessary skills to function and excel in health care leadership and administration.
University of North Florida
At the University of North Florida's Brooks College of Health in Jacksonville, a Bachelor in Health Administration and a Master of Health Administration. Courses for the undergraduate program include studies in epidemiology, the U.S. health care system, marketing health care, long term care administration, issues in health care and a capstone course in health administration. Through the graduate program, enrollees gain hands-on experience financing health care organizations. They take a variety of business courses focusing on health care, including planning and marketing, leadership and human resources, and related courses in health policy, ethics and health systems analysis. They can also join the Health Administration Student Association.
University of South Florida - Main Campus
The University of South Florida is a research university that offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral degree programs on the main campus in Tampa. Students can select from more than 230 degree programs, including a Master of Health Administration in Health Administration. Through the degree program, students develop professional and financial management skills, learn to apply ethics and policies in health care and implement strategies to improve existing health care systems. Clubs and organizations, such as the Health Occupation Students of America, can help students make valuable career connections.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Health Care Management Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Broward College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; midsized city||Associate in Arts in Health Service Administration||$2,830 in-state, $8,952 out-of-state*|
|Florida Atlantic University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Health Services in Health Administration||$4,831 in-state, $17,276 out-of-state*|
|Florida International University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Health Services Administration||$6,556 in-district, $6,546 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*|
|Indian River State College||4-year, primarily associate's; public; large suburb||Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management with a Specialization in Health Care Management||$2,764 in-state, $10,201 out-of-state*|
|St. Petersburg College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city|| Associate in Science in Health Information Management,
Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration
|$2,682 in-state, $9,286 out-of-state*|
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration,
Master of Science in Health Sciences with a Track in Executive Health Services Administration or Health Services Administration
| $6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state; (undergraduate)
$8,872 in-state; $27,715 out-of-state (graduate)*
|University of Florida||4-year, public; mid-sized city||Master of Health Administration||$12,737 in-state, $29,302 out-of-state*|
|University of Miami||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Health Science and Business Administration,
Bachelor of Business Administration in Health Sector Management and Policy
|University of North Florida||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor in Health Administration,
Master of Health Administration
| $6,394 in-state, $20,798 out-of-state (undergraduate);
$10,367 in-state; $21,382 out-of-state (graduate)*
|University of South Florida - Main Campus||4-year, public; large city||Master of Health Administration in Health Administration||$10,428 in-state, $21,126 out-of-state *|
Source: *NCES College Navigator