April 30, 2007

SIUC now offers minor in health care management

by Christi Mathis

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is now offering another option for students interested in pursuing a career in the health care field.

A minor in health care management now complements the bachelor of science degree in health care management offered by the School of Allied Health, part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts. The new minor will appeal to students interested in a career in health care but who are majoring in another program, according to Patrick A. Rivers, director of the health care management program at SIUC.

The 18-hour course of study includes the required courses "U.S. Health Care System" and 'Health Care Supervision," along with 12 elective hours from an available 39 hours.

The health services industry is growing significantly and as it does, so does the need for health care managers and executives to manage health care facilities. Rivers said the health care management minor complements other majors with the objective of providing an introductory curriculum that can help a student obtain employment in health-care or related career fields.

For more information about the new health care management minor, contact Phyllis McCowen, academic adviser, in room 14A of the College of Applied Sciences and Art Building or by calling 618/453-7172.