Health Informatics & Administration:
B.S. Health Care Administration

Program Overview


Professor Mary K. Madsen works with a student on a business plan.

See Also: Health Care Administration Minor

Like all businesses, the business of healthcare needs strong leadership and management to run smoothly. As a Health Care Administrator, you may be in charge as a manager or leader who may oversee the operation of a single department or an entire healthcare facility.

To make effective decisions, Health Care Administrators must understand basic business principles such as: finance, information systems, strategic planning, human resources, and marketing. Strong management and leadership abilities (e.g., business skills, problem-solving and decision making, communication, diplomacy, flexibility, and mentoring) will be essential to your success. Entering the profession, you may be responsible for establishing and implementing the policies and objectives of a specific clinical area or department within a facility. You may be required to train and evaluate personnel, develop reports and budgets, and coordinate activities with other managers. With experience and an advanced degree, Health Care Administrators may move into executive leadership and management positions in which they could be responsible for millions of dollars of facilities and equipment, as well as hundreds of employees.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Care Administration will prepare you for management and leadership roles within the healthcare industry. Our Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Care Administration program integrates a minor in Business Administration, to reinforce development of the strong management skills for which our graduates are known. The semester-long Internship provides and integrative educational and fieldwork experience, under the leadership of a manager or related professional in the industry and supervised by university faculty/staff. Placements are available locally as well as nationally and internationally with program approval. In addition, as participants in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network, the Health Care Administration Program and Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) student organization connect you with leaders and professionals in the field through speaker events and meetings, conferences, and other networking opportunities.

Diversity

Within the College of Health Sciences, students of color comprise nearly 20 percent of the student body. In the most recent academic year, there were 44 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Care Administration Program. The majority, 90.9%, are Full-time students; 9.1% carry a Part-time academic load. 68% are Female, and 31.8% are Male. 6.8% identify as Asian American or SE Asian American, 11.4% identify as African American or Black, and 81.8% identify as White. Ages range from 20 to 47, with an average of 24.5 years (median); the most common age is 22 years (mode).