HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business has established a new bachelor’s degree program in health care management for students interested in learning about the business of health care.
Health care will never disappear, which means the job opportunities in health care will always be a major area of employment, according to Kent Willis, director of the new program.
“Health care is more than work done at the hospitals and clinics – it is skilled rehabilitation facilities, large corporations, nursing homes, Hospice care, insurance companies, dental facilities, managed care organizations, drug manufactures and many more who need administrators and managers,” Willis said. “The graduates earning health care management degrees have unlimited opportunities and even after they leave Marshall, they will have a degree that can provide them with a career anywhere they go.”
Willis said according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care administrative jobs are estimated to increase by over 20 percent in the next 10 years. This is exactly the reason Alyce Crist, 20, of Charleston, West Virginia, chose to pursue this degree next fall.
“Health care is one of today’s fastest growing fields and it’s important I choose a career with many options,” Crist said. “I currently work at a group home for mentally ill adults and would love to stay in the mental health field. I could also see myself working at a nursing home or something similar. I am excited that Marshall is offering more specialized classes in health care management because it will make me more prepared for my future career.”
The health care management program is set to launch in fall 2016, but current students can begin taking courses toward the new bachelor’s degree this semester. For more information on the program, contact Willis at [email protected] or visit www.marshall.edu/cob online.