The Towson University undergraduate Health Care Management (HCMN) program is a proud member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). AUPHA is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to improving health by promoting excellence in healthcare management education.
AUPHA sets the educational standards for the Health Care Management program, which undergoes a certification process every six years. In Fall 2008, the Board of Directors of AUPHA approved full certification of Towson University's Health Care Management undergraduate program until 2014.
The amount of change in the delivery and structure of health care in the United States is paralleled only with the change in the roles of professionals (clinical and nonclinical) who manage the many types of health service organizations that exist today. Entry to midlevel employment opportunities await university graduates who successfully complete a program that integrates knowledge of behavioral, biomedical and social factors impacting individual and population health. In addition, students with an understanding of general business and health services marketing concepts and principles have an even greater advantage in the workplace.
The Health Care Management program at Towson University is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of both the business and health fields. For details on the program, please refer to our Handbook.
The Health Care Management Program will prepare students for entry level career and management positions in a diverse range of complex and fast changing healthcare, long-term care, and health service organizations. Graduates will have a firm foundation in ethical and legal precepts, technical and analytical skills and leadership abilities in order to actively address organizational problems to enhance access, quality and cost effectiveness of health services.
To become distinguished leaders in the education of aspiring healthcare management professionals, who are prepared to deliver a comprehensive healthcare curriculum dedicated towards developing future health care leaders to support the health, well-being, and education for a diverse population in Maryland and the United States.
The core values of the Health Care Management Program include exceptional standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity, while collaborating with other disciplines to uphold the highest decision-making principles that reflect respect for a diverse health care population.
The Health Care Management student will be trained to assume entry- to middle-level management careers in health service organizations by:
Goal 1: Developing an understanding of behavioral, biomedical and social factors that impact individual and population health in the U.S.;
Goal 2: Developing an understanding of general business and marketing concepts and principles as well as the distinct organizational characteristics that impact the delivery of health services in the U.S.;
Goal 3: Acquiring a knowledge of the political and regulatory factors that impact health service organizations in meeting the demands for health care in the U.S. and the state of Maryland, in particular;
Goal 4: Providing practical experiences that will enable the student to apply theoretical principles and knowledge gained as well as demonstrate skills for future employment.