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.

Online Programs

Methodist University’s online B.S. in Health Care Administration prepares students to balance health care theory and practice. Through this approach, students are given the opportunity to explore critical thinking processes that will have tangible benefits as they enter the field. Specifically, the coursework focuses on giving students the tools to respond to real-world challenges with modern, innovative health care solutions.

The optional Health Care Administration concentration for Methodist University’s B.S./B.A.S. in Business Administration prepares you to examine the business side of health care. Apply your leadership skills to positions in hospitals, insurance companies, non-profits, physician’s offices, specialty care, urgent care, and more. The Health Care Administration concentration is also available for the online B.S./B.A.S. in Accounting and the online B.S. in Marketing.

Designed for bachelor’s degree holders interested in pursing jobs in health care administration fields, the 15-credit Health Care Administration Certificate encompasses policy issues, finance and economics, and organization and leadership topics.

The online Master of Health Administration (MHA) responds to the need for highly qualified HCO executives by preparing graduates for leadership across the health care continuum, including health systems/hospitals, medical practices, consulting, long term care facilities, and others.

Interested applicants should visit one of the programs above or the Methodist University Online Web site for more information and to complete an application.

Contact the Health Care Administration Program

Dr. Don Brady

Don Brady, D.M.

Associate Professor of Health Care Administration
(910) 480-8445
McLean 120F
Dr. Don Brady
Don Brady, D.M.

Associate Professor of Health Care Administration

B.A., Western Carolina University; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; D.M., University of Phoenix

Bio:

After working for approximately 40 years in senior administrative positions for some of the country’s largest health care organizations, Dr. Brady retired in 2012 and transitioned into full-time teaching.  In his health care career, he held leadership roles for Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tenet Healthcare in Palm Springs, Calif., and Harbin Clinic in Rome, Ga.  His real-world experience is incorporated into his courses.

Dr. Brady earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Journalism from Western Carolina University in 1972, his Master of Science in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984, and the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 1995.  He also earned a management certificate from William and Mary in 1980.

Research Interests:

Dr. Brady’s primary research interest deals with quality improvement in health care organizations.  His studies examine the leadership philosophies and management styles within health care organizations and their impact on patient care and overall quality.  Hospital quality is most often the responsibility of quality improvement teams and his research deals with the interactions of team members and its impact on sustainable quality improvement and patient care.

(910) 480-8445
McLean 120F