We are proud to hold academic recognition by both the AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business) and AUPHA (Association of University Programs in Health Administration), as well as New England Regional Program status, for our programs. Our programs are small and personalized, taught by a committed full-time faculty and industry leaders.
Our healthcare and insurance studies courses are offered at both the undergraduate and MBA levels. Courses cover topics such as risk management, health economics, healthcare finance, human resource management, and insurance. Professional work experience, through an internship program, and job placement assistance provides graduates with the skills to become the next generation of business leaders in the healthcare and insurance industries.
Our program includes both traditional business and interdisciplinary healthcare management courses. Business courses include the functional areas of accounting, finance, information technology, marketing, and organizational behavior. Program-specific courses include content in risk management, law, insurance, economics, finance, and human resource management.
The required courses for the major in Healthcare Management include:
- Risk Management and Insurance
- Introduction to Healthcare Management
- Health Care Industry Analysis
- Health and Social Insurance
- Health Care Financial and Human Resource Management
- Health Law and Policy
Our students develop an understanding of general business concepts, an appreciation of the overall business environment, the study of healthcare organizations, and the skills required to succeed in dynamic work settings. This prepares our students for a wide range of challenging roles in healthcare organizations. A number of electives are available that offer additional interdisciplinary emphasis including:
- Public health
- Family studies
- Allied health
- Medical sociology
Students are also encouraged to explore innovative study opportunities such as the University’s study abroad programs.
The minor in healthcare management is designed to offer a basic understanding of the industry for students who are not enrolled in the School of Business or intending to pursue a business degree.
An optional internship is an integral part of each student’s overall academic program. Internships provide an opportunity for students to experience a “real world” working environment where performance is judged by standards different than that in the classroom. Students in the program gain practical exposure and insight into the operation of various types of healthcare and insurance organizations. Over the years, most students have received compensation for their internships.
Internships are usually undertaken full time for ten to twelve weeks during the summer months, following the junior year of study. The University, School of Business, and Program faculty members provide assistance in procuring internship sites for students. While most of the internships are conducted within healthcare-related organizations in Connecticut and other New England states, other locations are quite common.
In recent years, students specializing in healthcare management have interned at organizations like:
- Medical Risk Management
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Hartford Hospital
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
- UMass Memorial Hospital
- CT Department of Public Health
- Hartford Medical Group
Health Care Management Society
The Health Care Management Society is a student run organization that provides peer and professional networking opportunities, as well as an informational exchange on health care issues. Our Healthcare Management and Insurance Studies Advisory Board, comprised of many highly successful industry leaders, stays actively engaged with our Health Care Management Society students through events such as mock interviews, building resumes, career guidance, and a yearly etiquette dinner.
Resul Cesur, Assistant Professor of Finance and Healthcare Management
Areas of Expertise: Health Economics, Healthcare Management and Organization, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Applied Microeconomics.
Ron Licata, Adjunct Professor of Risk Management and Insurance
Areas of Expertise: extensive day-to-day managerial and technical insurance experience
Rexford Santerre, Professor of Finance and Healthcare Management
Areas of Expertise: Economics, Industrial Organization of Health Care Markets; Antitrust and Regulation; Health Insurance
The Healthcare Management major is available to students at the Storrs Campus.