Healthcare now contributes to 17% of the U.S. economy, and this large, complex system needs many able administrators. Drawing primarily from coursework in business and nursing, the healthcare administration major is versatile field of study aimed at students interested in working in the healthcare field but not in direct patient care. Students in the healthcare administration program build valuable skills in budgeting, finance, human resources, management and marketing to work as administrators in hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance companies and other organizations that deliver health care services.
Students also gain valuable hands-on experience of health care operations through an internship seminar. This course can help them build a network with local professionals in their field to assist in job placement upon graduation. The degree also well prepares students to pursue an MBA with a focus on healthcare settings.
B.A. in Healthcare Administration major Learning Outcomes:
After completing this program, students will be able to:
- Recognize and identify the complex economic and organizational contexts within which healthcare services are delivered.
- Critically analyze and synthesize evidence-based health care research that inform planning, policies, and evaluation to assist in the process of effective administration
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication within different health care delivery systems.
- Develop a professional identity possessing self-awareness, sound judgment, the ability to integrate supervisory feedback, and a commitment to ongoing learning.
- Demonstrate ethical decision making within the health care field.