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Health Services Administration at JMU

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JMU offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Health Services Administration coupled with a General Business Minor. The program prepares students for entry-level administrative positions, and staff positions requiring administrative skills, in various health settings including hospitals, hospital systems, managed care organizations, retirement and long-term care facilities, ambulatory care organizations, physician practices, and public health facilities. In addition, the program provides a solid foundation for graduate study in health administration and related fields. The Health Services Administration program is a fully certified undergraduate program by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

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The profession of health administration is key to meeting the health and medical needs of the public. Health services administrators plan, organize, direct, and control health facilities and programs making critical staffing, budgetary, and service decisions in support of patient care. They work closely with direct providers of care who work in their organizations, such as nurses, physicians, and other clinical and technical staff, to assure quality patient care. To effectively carry out the role of health administrator, successful individuals must have a strong desire to be in the helping profession, possess a good understanding of health services and reimbursement programs, have excellent interpersonal skills, and be able to apply business skills such as finance, marketing, accounting, and management.

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