California State University Long Beach offers comprehensive, convenient and affordable programs of undergraduate and graduate study in the dynamic field of health care administration. Health care administration students learn about the business side of health care. Graduates work as analysts, administrative support staff, customer service, managers, consultant, information specialists in many different kinds of organizations (both public and private), independent business owners in hospitals, managed care organizations (HMOs and PPOs), insurance companies, and governmental health agencies.
The curriculum features a strong core of courses in the essential functions of management, with electives that allow students to pursue particular interests such as specialized site of care courses in long term care administration, hospital management, managed care, and medical group practice management. Faculty include both nationally recognized experts and executive practitioners of leading southern California healthcare organizations, which leads to numerous opportunities for networking and employment. Most undergraduate and all graduate classes are offered in late afternoon and evening for the convenience of adult learners.
The undergraduate program emphasizes preparing students for the workforce, with health care industry specific courses in the basic business functions and a mandatory internship in a health care organization. The Certificate in Health Care Administration is similar to a minor; students may take this during their undergraduate studies or as a separate post-baccalaureate study program.
The graduate program is designed for persons with a variety of undergraduate experiences who give evidence of interest and potential for success in health care management or research. The Accelerated Program combines online and in-person weekend graduate instruction; its more intensive pace allows students, who are primarily managers and clinicians, to complete a master's degree in two years. Modern Healthcare ranked CSULB No. 19 overall and No. 5 based on tuition costs among the nation's top business schools for physician executives ("By the Numbers," May 2012).
The graduate program is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME), and the undergraduate program is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).