USC Student Health Council

ACHE Congress March 24-27, 2014

SHC goes to ACHE Congress

Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity for networking and professional development! Congress registration opens Wednesday, November 13, 2013. To register, visit the ACHE website. For more information, please see the FAQs below.

If you’re interested in working during the conference, the Program Assistant application opens on November 20, 2013 and closes on January, 8, 2014.  To apply, visit here.

Don’t forget to sign up here for your ACHE student associate membership today!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it?

March 24-27, 2014

Where is it?

Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL.

What is it?

An annual gathering of leaders in health administration hosted by ACHE. It is an excellent opportunity for networking and professional development.

Do I have to be an ACHE Member?

Yes, in order to get the lower student associate registration fee, you must be an ACHE member.  The process will take approximately one to two weeks because the application requires Dr. Nichol’s approval.  To become an ACHE member, go to

How much does it cost?

Conference: The Student Associate registration fee for Congress is $475, and $1,245 for non- ACHE members. The registration fee allows you to attend up to 12 credit hours worth of seminars and additional programs. If you sign up, and are chosen to be a Student Program Assistant, this fee will be reimbursed roughly four weeks after congress concludes and your hours worked are verified.

Airfare: This varies depending on which dates you choose to arrive and depart and will vary day-to-day. We recommend you keep track every few days as rates will fluctuate, but book your flight before January as tax increases usually start with the new calendar year. Current rates for round-trip tickets from LAX to Chicago range from $270-$480.

Accommodations: Hotels in the Chicago area start around $125/night and go up from there. We recommend that you book ASAP and consider sharing a room to save money.

Food and Spending Money: Depends on how much of the city you want to see and how addicted to shopping you are. Food costs will range anywhere from $75 – 150 for the duration of your trip. Many of the conference areas have some sort of breakfast items.

Can I get reimbursed for travel and accommodations?

Yes, the MHA Program does reimburse students a set amount (depending on how many students attend). Additionally, there may be some funding opportunities from GSG.  You will be reimbursed after the event; however, you will have to pay the costs upfront.

**Don’t forget to save your receipts!**

What kinds of workshops are offered?

The conference offers a wide variety of workshops and lectures that cover almost every possible healthcare related topic. With that said, not all sessions are open to purchasers of the student track. The student track provides select topics geared towards students and early careerists. We recommend you look at the full list of sessions as soon as they are released via ACHE’s website. Choosing these workshops is much like choosing classes, you must make sure that there are no time conflicts between sessions and/or work if you are chosen to be a student program assistant.

How do I sign up?

When registration opens, you may sign up online at

When should I sign up?

Registration begins Nov. 13th. If you’re interested in being a student program assistant during Congress, sign-ups begin Nov. 20 at  Be sure to sign up as soon as possible for the program assistant positions, as they are filled very fast.

Why should I go (as a student)/Is it really worth it?

Going to Congress is a great chance to build your network nationally. Graduate school is the only time you will be able to take advantage of the cheaper student rates for Congress!

Where can I find more information?

More information can be found on the ACHE website:

If I have any questions, who should I ask?

If you have more questions, please contact Student Health Council members Philipa Osafo-Ampadu, Jeni La, or Natasha Tavakoli. If they cannot answer your question, they will help connect you with someone else that can help you.

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