Healthcare employment opportunities are growing faster than average, with excellent prospects for applicants with health care work experience and leadership skills in business and management.
Changes in healthcare regulations, implementation of new technologies and emphasis on preventative care contribute to increased need for healthcare management specialists. Services previously provided in hospitals are shifting to offices of health care providers. These smaller offices will require managers with healthcare knowledge and excellent business skills.
Shenandoah’s Healthcare Management major integrates a heavy concentration of biological sciences with core studies in business. This distinct feature provides you with a unique combination of skill sets in healthcare and business that will increase your marketability and prepare you for a diverse range of careers.
The Healthcare Management major is a great choice if you want a career in health care, but aren’t sure if medical school is right for you. It’s also the perfect choice if you’re an entrepreneur-minded student who wants to combine your business skills with your passion for helping others.
The program is small and focused, so you’ll receive individual attention from experienced professionals. The curriculum will prepare you for graduate studies, as well as careers ranging from managing small medical clinics or health care practitioner offices to roles such as CEO of a large hospital.
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Our program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management and business education. It represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and it recognizes that the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business offers high-quality business programs. Processes are in place to ensure continuous improvement in the future. Therefore students and alumni can be proud of earning a degree from an institution that has taken its place among other world-wide leaders in business education.
The Career Services office helps place Shenandoah students in internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, gives you hands on experience in your field, allows you to sample different career paths for your major, and helps your find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
The highly specific requirements of both the biology and business components mean you’ll receive a comprehensive foundation of knowledge to prepare you for a successful career.
Career and Salary Examples for Healthcare Management Majors:
- Practice Manager: $54,045
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative: $84,400
- Laboratory Manager: $61,576
- Office Manager:$50,455
- Human Resources (HR) Manager: $41,212 - $100,500
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
The BBA in Health Care Management major is a distinctive, interdisciplinary program with a business focus and a strong biological component. In addition to the BBA business core and electives, this major requires courses in biological sciences and other disciplines. The required biology component is sufficient for the student to earn a minor in biology. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the Health Care Management major curriculum is almost completely pre-specified.
Healthcare Management majors work closely with their advisor to complete the following requirements:
- General Education — 31 hours
- Non-Business Electives — 23 hours
- Business Core — 42 hours
- Healthcare Management Core — 24 hours
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
There’s a special bond between Byrd School of Business students and their professors. Students enjoy close professional relationships with academically and professionally experienced faculty who mentor them in and out of the classroom. This remains a hallmark of a Shenandoah University business education. Students also benefit from our executive-in-residence who works with both professors and students to broaden the student’s focus beyond the classroom.
J. Seth Chatfield
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Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors, and certificates.
These minors complement this program well:
You may want to think about enhancing your degree with these certificates that pair well with this program:
Continue your education by earning a graduate degree:
Shenandoah University operates on rolling admissions. This means that applications are accepted throughout the year, without specific application deadlines.
Undergraduate Applicant Materials
- Complete the Undergraduate Application
- Submit official high school transcripts from each institution attended
- Submit official SAT or ACT test scores
Fast-Track To Your MBA
4 + 1 Option
Students enrolled in Shenandoah’s four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program can take advantage of the new 4 + 1 option to earn an MBA with one additional year of classes.
2 + 2 + 1 Option
Transfer students with two years of college credits can take advantage of the 2 + 2 + 1 option that allows them to transition from an associate of arts degree in business degree to the BBA degree and subsequently to the MBA degree — all in five years.
Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks, you will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
Business students looking to study abroad should consider studying at Audencia. Located in the city of Nantes, France, 2 hours from Paris, Audencia is an AACSB accredited university that specializes in courses in Business and Mass Communications.
Short Term Exchange Program
The January Business exchange program with SU partner university Audencia in France provides an experience of a lifetime while completing undergraduate or graduate credit hours. Through coursework, city tours, and company visits, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of European management practices and the European market. All courses are taught in English.