805 Robinson College of Business Building
Andrew T. Sumner, Director
Faculty: Baird, Cameron, Eaton, Sumner
Healthcare represents the largest single sector of the economy, and many students will ultimately assume professional roles in fields that interact with healthcare in some manner. Health administration careers are available in many businesses and healthcare organizations in areas such as hospital and health system administration, physician practice management, consulting, research, marketing, information systems, managed care administration, finance, accounting, compliance, and human resources management. Since all consumers are part of an increasingly complex healthcare system, health administration courses are relevant and appropriate for all undergraduate majors.
Upper-level elective courses in health administration, perspectives courses in the core curriculum, and freshman learning communities are offered for those interested in acquiring general knowledge of the healthcare system, particularly those considering careers related to healthcare such as physicians, nurses, or other providers. Specifically, HA 3900, Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System, which offers introduction to the organization of healthcare delivery in the U.S., HA 3910, Health Policy in the United States, which examines how healthcare policy is developed, and HA 3970, Health Information Systems, which provides an overview of information systems in healthcare, are three elective courses . A health informatics specialization is available in the BBA computer information systems major. Although no BBA major is available in health administration, graduate degree programs are offered: Master of Business Administration/Master of Health Administration joint programs, Master of Science in Health Administration, and the MBA with a concentration in health administration.
The Institute of Health Administration at Georgia State University has a primary mission to prepare future executives to assume responsible managerial positions in health services and business organizations. It is the only program in North Georgia accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and is a full member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Over 1000 graduates hold numerous executive positions in healthcare and business throughout the nation.