Make an impact

  • 32%

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 32 percent increase in the number of healthcare management jobs between 2019-2029.

Combine your interest in healthcare and business at Ivy

Healthcare management is a great fit for students who want to combine their interests in both healthcare and business. As an Ivy student, you can look forward to an exciting career and a bright future in the healthcare industry. Your business degree will help those in the healthcare industry make important business decisions every day, while positively impacting lives in your community.

With a healthcare management degree, you will be immediately prepared for employment in entry-level managerial positions in healthcare settings and well-positioned to advance into a leadership position. If you choose to continue your education and enroll in a master of healthcare administration degree, you will be ready. When you’re ready, consider the Ivy master of healthcare analytics and operations program.

Explore the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

I wanted to be a part of an industry where I can make a difference and help people without being at the bedside. Healthcare Management allows me to do just that.

Maci Wittrock (’23 healthcare management)

HCM student

Gain real-world experience

As a business student, you can participate in an internship as early as your first or second summer in college. Internships often provide an opportunity to confirm that your major is perfect for you. You will gain real-world experience where you can apply your classroom learning and skills in the workplace. After an internship, you’ll be better prepared for the global world of business. You will make connections with employers, network, and build relationships that may lead to full-time employment after graduation. Ivy students report high average salaries from their internships.

Business students like Chloe Jaeger who want real-world experience in healthcare management can do that in Ames, thanks to a new partnership between the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business and Mary Greeley Medical Center.

Healthcare management at Ivy

What sets us apart

AUPHA-Member-logo-2024Our curriculum is designed to meet the healthcare management workforce needs and targets three categories of learning objectives:

  • Foundational knowledge of the healthcare management field.
  • Comprehensive business skills.
  • Experiential learning.

We provide an interdisciplinary learning environment. The Ivy healthcare management program utilizes expertise across the disciplines within the college of business, including healthcare management, finance, information systems, and business analytics. The degree also allows you to take electives from other healthcare disciplines on campus. This collaborative nature provides a holistic approach to healthcare management issues and allows for a diverse educational experience.

We foster valuable partnerships with nationally recognized healthcare organizations to provide experiential learning opportunities for our healthcare management students. Learn more about our healthcare partnerships


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How we prepare you

HCM Experiential Learning GuideThe degree requires that each student completes experiential learning. You can fulfill the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Internship in healthcare management.
  • Cooperative education.
  • Independent study.

Ivy faculty and career coordinators work directly with you to ensure your experiential learning aligns with your interests and career goals.

As a healthcare management student, you will take specialized healthcare courses, including:

  • U.S. Healthcare System.
  • Financial Management for Healthcare Organizations.
  • Healthcare Quality Management.
  • Health Economics.
  • Healthcare Law.
  • Healthcare Information Systems.

This program will teach you how to apply managerial principles to the unique, complex, and growing healthcare industry. You can also choose one of the following electives:

  • Introduction to Human Resources Management.
  • Conflict and Negotiation.
  • Management of Diversity.
  • Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Services Marketing.
  • Environments for the Aging.
  • Public Health and Community.
  • Global Health Disparities.
  • Health Psychology.

How we support you

In the Ivy healthcare management program, you will:

  • Learn side-by-side with internationally known faculty who support you.
  • Meet and learn from leaders in the healthcare industry.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in an internship or co-ops during your studies.
  • Work directly with career coordinators who support you in finding internships and full-time employment.
  • Have the opportunity to work with experts in the Ivy Writing and Speaking Center.
  • Have access to a devoted academic advisor who supports you.
  • Have access to scholarships — learn more about the scholarships we offer to our business students.

Academic services

At the Ivy College of Business, we are here to support you from day one. We have academic advisors ready to help you select your classes and choose your major.

Professional career coaching

At Ivy, you can take advantage of professional career coaching. A career coordinator can assist you on how to approach the job market and to develop job-seeking strategies as well as networking opportunities. We are here to help you succeed!


Take the next step

As a healthcare management major you will meet and learn from leaders in the healthcare industry and utilize the expertise across the college of business disciplines, including healthcare management, finance, information systems, and business analytics.

Connect with us

Undergraduate Student Services

1200 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011


Natallia Gray

Director, Healthcare Management Program
3282 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011