Pre-Health Administration

Cornell College students pursuing graduate programs in health administration are considered part of the Pre-Health Administration program. Pre-Health Administration is coordinated by the Dimensions Program for Health Professions.  

What is Health Administration?

Healthcare administrators and managers are professionals who plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of healthcare services. They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, physician group practices, nursing homes, and home health agencies. They also work for public agencies including county health departments, and in the private sector in settings including pharmaceutical companies and health and medical supply companies.

Healthcare administrators also have the opportunity to shape healthcare policy via careers with local, state, or federal agencies (such as the Center for Disease Control, Medicare, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) or health-related nationwide associations, such as the Red Cross. A healthcare administrator can serve as either a generalist or a specialist. A specialist may lead a specific clinical department while a generalist might manage an entire system or facility.

Preparing for Careers in Health Administration at Cornell College

To become a healthcare administrator or manager, a master’s degree is usually required. Some of the most popular types of graduate health degrees include the Master of Health Administration (MHA), the Master of Public Health (MPH), and the MBA in healthcare management. After receiving a degree from Cornell, most students enter an MHA or MPH program. 

Choosing a Major

Most Pre-Health Administration students at Cornell College major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), BiologyPsychology, or Economics and Business.  

Prerequisite Coursework

Many MHA programs do not have prerequisites. MHA programs look for students of varied backgrounds, interests, and majors. It is best to meet with the Associate Director of Dimensions to review courses at Cornell College introducing you to topics studied in MHA programs.   

Admissions Examination

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Most MHA programs require the GRE administered by the Educational Testing Service for admission. Some MHA programs will accept Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores in place of the GRE.  

Application Process

Students applying to MHA programs apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) or the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS).  

Dimensions is your primary source for information when you reach the planning stage for your MHA application. Cornell students are expected to utilize the Health Professions Committee before the start of their intended application cycle.   

Additional Resources

Association of University Programs in Health Administration
American College of Health Executives
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook