Health Systems Management: Philosophy

The Health Systems Management Master's program, which started in 1979, educates students for highly successful careers in the rapidly growing field of health care management. Graduates become hospital and health systems administrators, health care consultants, manage physician practices, work in international health care development, and manage professional associations. The hallmark of the program is its practitioner-teacher model, where graduate students learn from practitioners and practice what they learn. The program has an outstanding faculty-student ratio, which provides many opportunities for mentoring and professional growth. The program, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the elite top 10 nationallyand is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), links practitioner-focused coursework with real-world management experience. Students study a comprehensive health management curriculum taught by experienced educators who are also top health care administrators.

Health Systems Management: Mission

Our mission is to prepare individuals for roles of increasing leadership in the field of health care management, with the ultimate goal of transforming health care organizations to deliver the highest quality patient care and improve the lives of patients, their families and the community. Our practitioner-teacher model integrates classroom learning with health care management practice, benefiting both students and faculty.

Our curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, abilities, and values required to succeed in the field of health care management. An emphasis on competency and professional skills development—and an orientation toward lifelong learning—ensures that new graduates are well prepared for early careerist positions and that our alumni hold positions of increasing responsibility during their careers.

Our practitioner-teacher model provides leadership development opportunities for the faculty, ensuring that they stay abreast of the most recent conceptual frameworks and best practices in the field. Their roles as practitioner faculty provide them with opportunities to teach and mentor the next generation of health care leaders.

Health Systems Management: Vision

Our Program will be recognized as one of the premier health administration graduate programs in the nation. Our practitioner-teacher model will be recognized as an ideal way to educate and train health administration graduate students. Through participation in the Program's practitioner-teacher model, our faculty will be known for innovation and excellence in health care management practice, education and scholarship.

Health Systems Management: Values

Our Program embraces the values of Rush University Medical Center , Rush University and the College of Health Sciences . These values include: innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect, excellence, diversity, inclusion and accommodation.