Pitt-Greensburg announces new Healthcare Management major

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will welcome students back to campus with a new major, Healthcare Management. This recently approved major, following closely on the announcement of the campus’ new four-year Nursing program, brings the total number of majors offered at the Hempfield Township campus to 29.

The Healthcare Management major will build upon the foundation of the existing General Management program, including seven required management courses coupled with five new healthcare core courses and five new healthcare elective courses. Students will gain basic knowledge to plan, direct, and coordinate medical and healthcare services. They will graduate prepared for entry-level positions in the medical and healthcare service areas or for entry into graduate programs in a related area.

“This new program provides another alternative for our students interested in careers on the business side of the healthcare professions,” said Jaqueline Horrall, PhD, vice president of Academic Affairs. “It also adds another dimension to our medical/health-related programs already in place. The major was developed in response to student interests and the growing healthcare needs of the region.”

Employment opportunities for students completing this course of study include managing medical practices, medical departments, or entire medical facilities. Other employment opportunities include dental practices, public health organizations, rehabilitation centers, medical device/pharmaceutical companies, or assisted/senior living facilities.

National and regional job growth forecasts for the medical and service manager positions predict a much higher than average growth rate than that of other industries. For instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a 17 percent national growth rate in this sector with a median pay of $94,500 per year. This data, coupled with Pennsylvania’s aging population, suggests a growing need for healthcare managers in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pitt-Greensburg is partnering with regional healthcare providers who assisted in defining the skill sets to be addressed through this major as well as to develop internship and research opportunities that will benefit both Pitt-Greensburg students and the healthcare facilities.

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 29 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Nursing, Healthcare Management, Public Policy, and Education, as well as 19 minors and five certificate programs. Pitt-Greensburg provides a vibrant, diverse community that is a dynamic model of a 21st century liberal arts education. Part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit permeate the campus and extend into its many collaborative projects with the Westmoreland County community. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, the campus is surrounded by the region’s outdoor recreation venues and rich history. It is a five-minute drive from Greensburg’s coffee shops, restaurants, art museums, theatres and boutiques and less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.

Publication Date

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:45am