Health Care Administration

Health Care Administration

Health Care Administration is one of the most exciting and challenging careers in modern society. It offers an
opportunity to have an impact directly on people’s lives through the improvement of personal health services. The profession offers a challenge to those individuals who seek a management position that is rapidly changing and has significant social overtones.

Our Mission

The mission of the Methodist University Department of Health Care Administration is to prepare professionals to manage, lead and improve a changing health care system. Our graduate and undergraduate programs are designed, and continually strive to improve their efforts to meet the needs of the dynamic United States health care system, and to cultivate academic and healthcare leaders who create and apply evidence-based knowledge to enhance the health of individuals and communities.

Internships

The program in Health Care Administration recognizes the need to balance theory and practice. During students’ senior year, they participate in an internship. Under the preceptor’s guidance in a health care facility or other related health service organization, students work hand-in-hand with an experienced health care administrator and develop one or more specific projects for the organization. Recently students have worked for large medical group practices, within the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and for governmental health care agencies, during the academic year, as well as during the summer.

Contact the Health Care Administration Program

Dr. Warren McDonald

Warren McDonald, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Health Care Administration
(910) 630-7116
McLean 120G
Dr. Warren McDonald
Warren McDonald, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Health Care Administration

B.A., Eckerd College; M.A. Vermont College of Norwich University; M.A., East Carolina University; Ph.D., Columbia Pacific University; Ph.D., Touro University International

Bio:

Dr. McDonald is currently Professor and Chair of the Health Care Administration Department at Methodist University. He is also Chief Executive Officer of McDonald and Associates, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to the optical industry and related professions. His academic background includes undergraduate degrees in Opticianry and Management. He holds graduate degrees in Health Care Management, Education, and the Ph.D. in Health Sciences, as well as a number of professional certifications, including the prestigious Master of Ophthalmic Optics, and Advanced Certification in Contact Lenses from the National Contact Lens Examiners. He is a member of the Class of 2005 at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Risk Management from the University of Florida.

Dr. McDonald is a noted speaker at professional meetings and regularly writes for a number of journals. He is active in many professional and civic organizations, including the American College of Health Care Executives, who awarded him the Regents Award for North Carolina in 2016. He is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and serves regularly on certification review teams for Health Administration programs nationwide. He is a member of the editorial review board for the Journal of Health Administration Education, and a review editor for Frontiers of Public Health. His latest book (2015) is entitled Strategic Analysis for Health Care: Concepts and Practical Applications, published by Health Administration Press.

Research Interests:

Current research interests include non-traditional and distance learning techniques in the health sciences, and on the development of advanced level education and training programs for health sciences students.

Specific interests include:

  • Health Care Marketing
  • Effective Practice Management
  • Organizational Transition and Change
  • Strategic Management

 

(910) 630-7116
McLean 120G