Health care administration is one of the most important and exciting areas of business and public policy. California State University, Long Beach is one of just nine U.S. universities with both fully accredited graduate and undergraduate health administration programs. Our graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME) and our undergraduate program is a fully certified member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
CSULB's Department of Health Care Administration is among the nation's top business graduate schools for physician executives as ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine (2014). We're also very proud that our graduate student team won both the 2004 and 2006 College Bowl regional academic competitions (sponsored by the Health Care Executives of Southern California) and placed second the past six years; we're also pleased to report that our undergraduate team placed second in the 2015 and 2016 College Bowls. We also offer exciting study abroad opportunities in both Germany and Taiwan.
The CSULB Department of Health Care Administration's faculty includes both academic scholars and industry executives from leading Southern California organizations. We also have an active student health professional association, a dedicated HCA Alumni Network (HCAAN), and a dynamic and involved advisory board whose members represent many of the leading health care organizations in Southern California.
Read more in our 2015 CSULB HCA Annual Report.
I consider it a privilege to be Department Chair of Health Care Administration at California State University, Long Beach. We take pride in our diverse student body, relevant field research, excellence in teaching, and connectivity to the local and regional organizations where our work makes a difference.
The health care industry is a rewarding field with great opportunities for growth and success, and it continues to thrive due to the many innovations and improvements introduced by creative organizations, by health care providers, and by the Affordable Care Act. With these new changes, there is no better time to begin a career in health care administration.
As the health care industry is expanding and creating more opportunities, we have seen our department experiencing great growth and implementing changes to keep up with the trends of the industry. In 2011, we had about 200 declared health care administration majors; compare this to Fall 2014 when the HCA department welcomed 174 newly admitted undergraduate and transfer students, 33 traditional graduate students, and 28 students into the 11th cohort of our accelerated graduate program, bringing the department up to a total of 849 enrolled majors.
This growth would not have been possible without the efforts of our executive and full-time faculty members who have been creatively and diligently improving our curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate students. Their hard work and dedication to excellence has earned not only a great reputation in Southern California, but also has resulted in the awarding of the maximum length of accreditation by AUPHA and CAHME for our undergraduate and graduate programs. Additionally, the success of HCA's alumni as they enter the workplace in health care organizations both near and far contributes to the growing reputation of our department as a place to go to for quality recruitment. Too, the integration of social media and online forums--as well as the establishment of our HCA Alumni Network (HCAAN) of over 800 graduates--helps to keep us in contact with our alumni and gives us the opportunity to hear and read about their accomplishments.
A very exciting development in our undergraduate program is a new agreement with the CSULB College of Business Administration which allows HCA majors to minor in one of their business programs--such as finance, information systems, human resource management, marketing, and entrepreneurship--while earninig credit for select HCA courses, thus reducing the number of units required for the business minor. This agreement will help our students gain additional expertise in an area of great interest and strength in our industry, giving them additional competitive advantages in the employment market.
If you're a community health care professional, we urge you to get involved with our HCA Alumni Network. We offer numerous ways for your organization to participate in our students' development, such as involvement with both internship and mentoring opportunities as well as lending financial support to our organization. Your support will pay dividends to your organization and to the health care industry as a whole, all while helping today's students become our industry leaders of tomorrow.
On behalf of our core and executive faculty and staff, thank you for your strong support of the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration.
Tony Sinay, PhD
Health Care Administration
California State University, Long Beach 1250 N. Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-4903
Phone: (562) 985-5694
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Office Location: HHS2-118
Please note that hours are subject to change during the summer months and winter/spring breaks.
We will start accepting applications for both of our master's programs for the Fall 2016 semester in January 2016. Application deadline is April 15, 2016.