Wirtz Hall 235, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1384
Fax: (815) 753-5406
Operating on the business side of health care, health administrators work a dynamic and constantly changing environment with a strong human care dimension. They plan and coordinate departmental activities, develop policies and procedures, assure the quality of care, oversee patient services, and train and recruit employees. They may also participate in public relations activities such as fund-raising and community health planning and many other activities essential to the facility they serve.
To be successful, health administrators must have excellent interpersonal and strong analytical skills, coupled with a solid understanding of both business and healthcare practices. As healthcare continues to evolve, health administrators must be prepared to deal with an increasingly complex regulatory environment as well as an increased focus on preventive care. The curriculum for Health Administration pairs the Public Health curriculum with a business administration focus area.
The Public Health Program is affiliated with over 120 health care agencies in the Northern Illinois Region which offer Internships to students. These same sites also frequently employ our alums.