Franklin Pierce Tailors Education to Healthcare Leaders

Health care professionals, and the next generation of health care leaders, will benefit from recent program changes at Franklin Pierce University, in Rindge, New Hampshire.  Although traditionally a Liberal Arts school, Franklin Pierce is shifting to more specialized programs including the development of both their BS and Masters in Health Administration programs.

The ever changing health care landscape has created a demand for a more specialized type of management program.  The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Health Administration from Franklin Pierce is stepping in to meet that need by focusing best business practices, leadership and decision- making skills regarding legal, ethical, and health policy issues. Franklin Pierce’s Master’s program is designed for working professionals with experience in the field.   The M.B.A. in Health Administration imparts the knowledge and skills necessary for health care managers to assume key roles in  health administration, public health, and patient-client advocacy. Topics include leadership, legal and ethical issues, research, marketing, financial management, quality improvement, health policy and privacy.

Beginning this fall Franklin Pierce College’s Rindge Campus also began offering Healthcare Administration as a major as part of their Bachelor of Science program. This on campus major is an extension of the online program offered through the College of Graduate & Professional Studies.  Dr. Andrea McGill-O’Rourke is leading this initiative as Franklin Pierce’s first “hybrid” professor, splitting her time between teaching online for CGPS and on campus at Rindge.

“The Healthcare Administration [BS] program is designed to prepare students for entry level management positions and/or graduate school,” Dr. McGill- Rourke said. Healthcare administrators focus on the business aspects of providing quality patient care in this growing field of interest. Franklin Pierce’s program examines healthcare issues from a system-wide perspective, before probing into more narrowly defined areas of focus. “Students look at the healthcare landscape as a whole and then delve into ethics, laws, leadership, strategic planning, finance, systems, and epidemiology of health,” said Dr.McGill-O’Rourke.

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