Undergrad Catalog

Healthcare Management (MGMT)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

The healthcare management major (available in EWO only) prepares you to apply business and management knowledge in healthcare organizations. You will study business practices, leadership skills and support services used by healthcare administrators and managers in their efforts to identify, treat, prevent and control disease, sickness and injury. You will be exposed to the various strategies used to ensure a high quality of patient care service at the lowest possible cost. You will complete courses in business providing you with the essential knowledge of financial and managerial accounting, marketing and management. You gain insight into information technology uses in organizations, social science perspectives and the economics of healthcare. You will take advanced courses in managing a diverse workforce, critical studies of race and ethnicity, biomedical ethics, policy and politics in human services systems, and organizational communication skills, as well as a capstone senior seminar in healthcare management.

Even in a slow economy, when many industries have lost ground in capital expenditure and in jobs, the healthcare industry has continued to expand. This expansion translates to plentiful employment opportunities for individuals with the skills and educational background needed to work in this thriving sector of the job market. Minnesota in particular is a national leader in all dimensions of healthcare, from technology through reimbursement programs.

Healthcare professionals work as administrators, managers, CEOs, planners and more. Through the efforts of well-trained and caring healthcare managers, patients are treated to state-of-the-art facilities, compassionate medical treatment and an overall positive healthcare experience. Individuals who choose to pursue this career path tend to be sympathetic, caring personality types with an honest desire to help others.

Healthcare managers are employed in a variety of settings including assisted living services, biomedical firms, community agencies, community health programs, dental companies, education, government, healthcare facilities, insurance companies, laboratories, life sciences companies, medical centers, mental health organizations, nursing homes, pharmaceutical manufacturers, public and private hospitals, public health, rehabilitation services, senior citizens homes and social service agencies, among others.

Serving in such an important, life-changing industry has its unique demands, but it also has its unique rewards. If you are interested in health and healthcare, we can help you make a difference in healthcare facilities, and by extension, the lives of the patients they serve.

Entry into the healthcare management major requires an associate or baccalaureate degree in a healthcare discipline or two years (preferably within the past five years) work experience in a healthcare setting.

Common Aspects of All Business Majors
As a healthcare management major at St. Kate's, you will benefit from a comprehensive business education that draws on exceptional faculty from academia and business, attracts outstanding students from around the country and world, weaves a focus on ethics into every course, provides introductions to leading corporations, potential employers and women role models and mentors, uses cutting-edge technology to enrich your studies and prepare you for the workforce, and prepares you to succeed in the private, government or nonprofit sectors.

You will benefit from a great number of outstanding women role models and an excellent curriculum to help you reach your career goals. Full-time professors and practicing professionals provide just the right balance of the theoretical and the applied. You will not only become familiar with business theory and practice, but you will also learn how to become a successful businesswoman.

Faculty will work with you during your four years at St. Kate's to develop your business portfolio. This will feature your accomplishments and is a requirement of graduation for students in the Business Administration Department. Technology is fully integrated into the curriculum, and faculty will work with you as you learn to perform online research and prepare computer-based presentations. You will learn to integrate technology into your solutions for business problems.

St. Kate's students frequently receive statewide recognition and scholarships through such organizations as Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society, and Financial Executives International. St. Kate's also has an active chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the national business fraternity, which offers practical business experience and connections with business executives along with opportunities to network with students from other colleges and universities. 

St. Kate's Career Development Department has a mentoring program which matches you up with successful alumnae in your field of interest who will provide links with other professionals and career advice. Many students also participate in internships during their junior and senior years. Internships will allow you to refine your skills, broaden your perspectives and make valuable professional connections. Also, executives regularly appear as guest speakers and are mentors to students. Many are St. Kate's alumnae.

More than 60 companies and organizations visit campus to meet students, share information about their companies and recruit potential interns and employees at the annual St. Kate's Career Opportunities Fair. St. Kate's hosts the largest annual on-campus job fair of any Minnesota private college or university. Workshops prepare you on résumé writing, researching companies and interviewing. Many St. Kate's students also attend the Minnesota Private College Job Fair, Accounting and Auditing Student Conference and Government Job Fair. These events are excellent opportunities to connect with potential employers.

See also: Business Administration: Marketing and Management, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Financial Economics, International Business and Economics, Healthcare Sales, Business-to-Business Sales, Accounting

Major Requirements:

COMM 1020 Communication Dynamics in Personal Relationships or COMM 2090 Communication and Conflict in Groups and Teams
COMM 3090 Communications in Organizations
CRST 2050 Foundations of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity or COMM 3100
ECON 2900 Topics in Healthcare Economics
INDI 4992 Topics: Topics in Healthcare Policy (2 cr)
MGMT 2400 Principles of Management
MGMT 3460 Managing a Diverse Workforce (also fulfills core CRST requirement)
MGMT 4850 Senior Seminar in Healthcare Management
PHIL 3400 Biomedical Ethics
BUSI 4800 Business Portfolio (0 cr)

Required supporting course work:
ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting
ACCT 2130 Managerial Accounting
MKTG 2300 Principles of Marketing
ECON 2250 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making (or ECON 2200, PSYC 2050 or MATH 1080)
PSYC 1001 General Psychology or SOCI 1000 Principles and Concepts of Sociology

Supporting work must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

NOTE: Healthcare management majors can complete an economics minor with just three additional courses. ECON 2610 Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 2620 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 3350 Financial Markets and Institutions are recommended.

Entry into the healthcare management major requires an associate or baccalaureate degree in a healthcare discipline or two years (preferably within the past five years) work experience in a healthcare setting.

All majors are required to complete a business portfolio. The portfolio is the vehicle that enables you to integrate the life skills and knowledge you bring with you and the knowledge, skills and values learned within the courses and field experiences throughout the program. This portfolio allows you to validate your experiences at St. Catherine University.

The portfolio is cumulative in nature; most aspects are completed as part of course work. You must present your portfolio to your advisor no later than September 30 if you will be a December graduate or February 15 if you will be a May graduate. For specific portfolio requirements, please refer to the Professional Portfolio Handbook.

Healthcare management majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing MGMT 4850. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, and CORE 3990 and any other writing-intensive course).