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Keywords

Health services administration; Health services administration – Study and teaching; Health services administrators – Training of

Abstract

As the health care industry becomes increasingly complex, many leaders and practitioners in the field are worried about the quality and preparation of health care administration graduates (Robbins, Bradley, & Spicer, 2001). Academic health care administration programs prepare students for a professional career in the health care field. One of the biggest challenges for university health care administration programs is to meet industry needs by effectively incorporating practical skills and knowledge into the academic curricula. For students, coursework provides some insight into the demands of the industry, but they also require hands-on experience to be relevant in a highly competitive job market. Many academic institutions have incorporated student internships or practicums as a way to meet the needs of both the health care industry and graduates.