Networking is a huge key to success in your career, and it can be nerve-wracking since it often requires you to step out of your comfort zone. One way to help yourself forge professional connections – whether you already have a health administration degree or are working on it – is to join professional organizations in your field. Check out this list of healthcare administration professional organizations:
Upsilon Phi Delta
A national academic honor society, Upsilon Phi Delta’s mission is to “recognize, reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of health administration.” The society is for both grad students and those working toward their bachelor’s degree in health care administration. Chapters must be members in good standing with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Undergraduate members need at least a 3.25 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), and 18 hours of course work after officially declaring a major; graduate members must have a GPA of 3.5. There are more than 75 chapters around the nation, but if your school doesn’t have one, why not start your own? (It’d look stellar on your resume!)
American Association of Healthcare Administration Management (AAHAM)
The American Association of Healthcare Administration Management is a national professional organization for health care professionals. Benefits include a networking and information exchange, as well as a job bank. Students may join (at a discount!) and take advantage of all member benefits except voting, professional certifications, and serving as a proxy for chapter presidents.
American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
An international society, the American College of Healthcare Executives is composed of more than 80 chapters and 40,000 health care executives. We hear you, we hear you: I’m not an executive yet! However, if you’re enrolled in a health care administration program, you may be eligible to be a student associate with ACHE, which allows you to take advantage of networking opportunities, scholarships, an essay contest, and more (for example, information for those considering advanced degrees.)
 AUPHA, “Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society,”
 AAHAM, “Membership Information,” http://www.aaham.org/WhyJoinAAHAM/tabid/77/Default.aspx (Retrieved 26 Jan 2013).
 ACHE, “Which Degree Should I Pursue?,” http://www.ache.org/CARSVCS/whichdegree.cfm (Retrieved 26 Jan 2013).
 ACHE, “Student Associates Benefits,” http://www.ache.org/faculty_students/benefits.cfm (Retrieved 26 Jan 2013).