Healthcare Management Major

Prepare to work on the business side of healthcare in a fast-growing field. SUNY Cortland’s healthcare management degree, one of the first of its kind in the SUNY system, links the College’s strong reputations in business economics and public health.

You’ll gain foundational training for roles related to finance, human resources or business management across various settings — hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and larger healthcare systems among them.

Career Potential

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Human resources representative
  • Finance officer
  • Health informatics professionals

What Will I Learn?

  • Human resource management
  • Health economics, leadership and ethics in business
  • Organization and administration of health programs
  • Health informatics and communication
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics

 Special Features

  • Full-time, semester-long fieldwork experience
  • Elective offerings for specific interests such as medicine or community-based, non-profit work
  • Full-time faculty members include a health economist, healthcare management expert and program coordinator 

Get Involved 

  • Gain hands-on experience close to campus (Cortland Regional Medical Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University) or further away (Northwell Health, Stony Brook University Hospital)
  • Network with working alumni at campus events organized by Alumni Engagement and Career Services

Student Clubs of Interest

  • American Heart Association
  • Economics Club
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Mutual Investment Club
  • Pre-Med Club
  • SUNY Cortland Emergency Medical Services

Next Steps

The projected growth rate for health services managers by 2024 is 17 percent nationally and 12.5 percent in New York state, with an average annual salary of $128,470 for hospital administrators statewide, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Young alumni work in various roles and settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient care centers, rehabilitation facilities and home healthcare service agencies. Prominent alumni include Richard J. Pollack '77, president and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Credit Hours: 120

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