To help meet demand in the local tri-county area, Jackson College has launched a new health management program to education students in the business and administrative sides of the health care industry. JC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Health Management. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in hospitals, medical clinics, and other health care institutions. Health care is a business and, like every business it needs good management and support to keep it running smoothly. Workers in the field help in planning, directing, coordinating, and supervising the delivery of health care.
With the growing complexity of health care, good administrative and management professionals are valuable. Health managers may handle day-to-day operations of various departments in large facilities, or handle daily operations in smaller facilities such as nursing homes or clinics. They may have duties – clerical work and record keeping, scheduling procedures, managing personnel, finances and budget, facility operations and admissions, as well as coordinating activities with other managers.
Coursework for the program will combine some general education courses with medical and health-related courses and business and accounting courses. It will provide a well-round education for someone who either is working or is looking to work in the health care industry.
Job prospects are expected to be good for applicants in the field, in particular for those with experience in health care and strong business and management skills, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Individuals interested in the field should be interest in business and medical field, enjoy business contact with people, activities concerned with the communication of data, and enjoy helping people.