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. The graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME) and the 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 ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine (2012). We're also very proud that our graduate student team won the 2004 and 2006 College Bowl regional academic competition sponsored by the Health Care Executives of Southern California, and placed second the past six years.
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, and a dynamic and involved advisory board whose members represent many of the leading health care organizations in Southern California.
Read more in the 2014 HCA newsletter.
I consider it a privilege to be the Department Chair and Director of Health Care Administration Programs at California State University, Long Beach, where 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 continues to thrive due to the many innovations and improvements introduced by creative organizations, health care providers, and 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 see our Health Care Administration Department experiencing great growth and implementing changes to keep with the trends of the industry. In 2011 we had about 200 declared health care administration majors. Compare this to Fall of 2014 when the HCA department welcomed 174 newly admitted undergraduate and transfer students along with 33 traditional graduate students and 28 students into the 11th cohort of our accelerated graduate program to bring 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 maximum length of accreditation for undergraduate and graduate programs. Additionally, the success of HCA 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. The integration of Social Media and Online Forums, as well as our HCA Alumni Network which boasts a membership total of nearly 800, helps to keep us in contact with our graduates and give us the opportunity to hear and read about their accomplishments.
A very exciting new development in our undergraduate program is an agreement with the College of Business Administration that allows HCA majors to minor in one of the business programs (Finance, Information Systems, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship) with credit for some 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 interest and strength, giving them additional competitive advantage in the employment market.
We urge you as community health care professionals to get involved with our HCA Alumni Network. We offer numerous ways to participate that include involvement with internship and mentoring opportunities as well as ways to lend financial support to the organization. Your support will pay dividends to your organization and the health care industry as a whole as well educated students become the future leaders of our industry. On behalf of our core and executive faculty and staff, thank you for your strong support of the CSULB HCA Department.
Tony Sinay, PhD
Department of Health Care Administration
California State University, Long Beach
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