Antioch University Responds to Ohio’s Growing Need for Healthcare Workers


New academic concentrations in healthcare disciplines, bachelor’s completion, master’s and certificate programs at Antioch University Midwest will help prepare new or established professionals for the next steps in their careers. Students may now focus their degrees or professional development studies on Healthcare Administration, Integrative Health Studies, Meaningful Conversations in Health and Healing and Navigating Healthcare Conflict.

Whether helping patients work through the overwhelming intricacies of their care or employing the entrepreneurial and care-focused skills needed to manage a medical practice, all of AUMs healthcare programs center on impacting the lives of others in positive ways.

“We see a growing need for high-quality educational opportunities for people passionate about helping people in a healthcare setting,” said Kent DeSpain, chair of AUM’s health and wellness program. “With an aging population, increasingly complex relationships with insurance companies and a growing emphasis on health and wellness in all facets of our lives, now is a perfect time for professionals in health related fields to advance their own careers while making an important impact in their communities.”

Programs to Meet Every Need

The Bachelor’s completion program in Management with a concentration in Healthcare Administration are designed for healthcare workers, providers and professionals in affiliated businesses such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, labs, outpatient surgery centers, long-term care facilities, insurance and managed-care companies. They produce healthcare administrators with solid conceptual understanding of the critical issues and trends in the healthcare industry as well as the business savvy and leadership skills needed to oversee a successful office or practice. AUM graduates are healthy living advocates who help patients focus on wellness and social service initiatives to avoid costly healthcare encounters; and they are leaders adept at managing healthcare-focused facilities to support non-clinical efforts to improve patient care.

AUM’s new interdisciplinary Master of Arts concentration in Integrative Health Studies prepares students to create or manage educational, consultative, coaching or entrepreneurial practices based on an integrative care model.

More than a new trend, integrative medicine champions the belief that integrating one’s mind, body and spirit and providing individualized, collaborative care based on a patient’s unique healthcare concerns and preferences is an important approach to healthcare. It involves understanding aspects of eastern, western, native and shamanic knowledge systems while preparing students to work within a highly regulated and structured healthcare industry.

All of AUM’s certificate programs build your skills, increase your knowledge, prepare you for career advancement, all while taking about a year or less to complete. Graduate certificate programs also count for academic credit, which can be applied toward a master’s degree. This option is perfect for working professionals who embrace continuing education, leadership, and expanding specific skill sets to remain relevant in their fields.

Career Growth and Community Service

“Our graduates fulfill an important role in today’s healthcare system,” DeSpain said. “They are the ones helping patients navigate the complex aspects of their individualized, integrated care; they are the ones helping run more efficient and effective facilities; and they are the ones constantly asking ‘what can we do better?’”

AUM’s healthcare-focused bachelor completion programs use classroom-based courses taught in the evenings and on weekends while the master’s and certificate programs use a hybrid in-person and online method, allowing students to put their new skills to use immediately while working full or part-time.


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