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RMU's Health Services Administration Degree Receives National Ranking

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Administration Degree program was recently ranked #5 in The Best Colleges' Top 10 Bachelor of Health Management and Health Administration Degree Programs of 2011-12

“This is a great honor for our school and the university as a whole,” said Joseph J. Angelelli, who recently joined Robert Morris as the new director of the program. “Our program is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead organizations in providing better health care for individuals, fostering better health for the population and lowering per-capita costs through improvement.” 

In the United States, health care is a trillion-dollar industry. According to Angelelli, the numerous health care delivery system reforms passed as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have added to an already high demand for skilled managers in acute care hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, long-term care organizations, community-based service providers and other ancillary enterprises. 

RMU’s fully online program meets these demands by preparing students to direct integrated person-centered care delivery systems, navigate complex private and public regulatory environments, manage creative workplace settings, and support the efficient and effective adoption of new technologies by health care practitioners. Through an integration of theory and practical experience,students develop a comprehensive understanding of the industry, including its nuances and challenges, in order to develop a focused leadership style that is adapted to the reality of patient-care delivery today.

Angelelli, whose background is in gerontology and quality improvement, says students also benefit from having leading healthcare management practitioners sharing their insights and experiences with the students.

“Our goal is for students to learn from the people who are actually out there working to implement the Affordable Care Act in these challenging times,” he says. “That kind of first-hand knowledge is invaluable,and it really prepares our students for what they’ll encounter in the real world.”

The Best Colleges' ranking is “based on publicly available data evaluated according to several different criteria, including reputation,accreditation, student satisfaction, ratio of students to instructors, and tuition.” RMU’s program, which is accredited by the Middle States Association Of Colleges and Schools, made the list due to its professional-orientation and a hands-on approach that provides students with the comprehensive knowledge and leadership skills they need to succeed in the modern health care industry.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.