A Career in Health Care
This degree prepares students for a wide variety of health care-related positions including Medical Services Manager, which is ranked 10th on the Hoosier Hot Fifty Jobs List with a salary of $75,691.
Spending on health care in the United States currently represents $2.7 trillion dollars, rising annually by approximately 4%. That share is projected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to accelerate to 6.2% from 2015 through 2021 as the population ages, more provisions of the Affordable Care Act come online and economic conditions continue to improve nationwide. While doctors and nurses supply life-saving therapies, there is an expanding need for educated people to manage those services and all of those funds.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in health services to increase by 25% through 2018, adding about 2.8 million new jobs. According to an Inside Indiana Business Report, health care stands as the fastest growing industry in Northwest Indiana. Locally, the Indiana Workforce Development Agency is projecting that growth rates for health care professions range from 10.8% to an astounding 28.9%.
Purdue North Central’s baccalaureate health studies program prepares students to meet this rapidly growing regional and national need, working with other professionals to provide the best available therapies at the lowest possible cost.
Health Studies Program Overview
The health studies program provides a number of paths to students who wish to work in a health-related career but do not want to pursue nursing.
Graduates are well prepared to immediately enter non-clinical occupations within the health care sector, and/or to pursue master’s degrees in health and human services or doctoral level training in health services research, public health, health education and more.
Additionally, for students who already hold an associate degree in a health-related field, this program has been designed with an accessible two-year degree completion track, allowing graduates to quickly earn their bachelor’s and move into management and leadership roles within the industry.
Students will share their first two semesters with the nursing program, establishing a foundation of common knowledge. From there the programs split as health studies students take core classes examining topics such as Health Care Informatics and Principles of Health Insurance. Electives vary to support students’ professional goals: nutrition, medical billing and coding and health leadership are among those available. The program culminates in a capstone course in which students intern with a health care professional in their area of interest or develop and implement a health care research project.
Types of positions include:
- Pharmaceutical Sales
- Wellness Coordinator
- Claims Reviewer
- Independent Living Specialist
- Case Manager/Care Coordinator
- Children’s Care Manager
- Medical and Health Service Managers
in a variety of setting such as hospitals, health insurance companies, active adult communities, non-profit and government health agencies and commercial fitness centers.
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