Healthcare Administration - B.S.

The Healthcare Administration bachelor’s degree program prepares graduates for entry-level careers in hospital and nursing home administration, quality improvement, health marketing and communication, health program management, health consulting, and health policy at both the state and federal levels. This program is a joint degree between the College of Health & Wellness and the College of Business. Students in this program focus on data-driven solutions in healthcare administration. The program also prepares students who are interested in entry into graduate programs such as health policy and management, public health, and other areas of business.

Students in this program engage in a systems thinking approach and engage in coursework that focuses on the innovation of policy, financing, and delivery in healthcare systems by utilizing courses focused on data analytics. The curriculum has a strong foundation in public health principles along with additional coursework in economics, accounting, and research methods. This B.S. degree program in Healthcare Administration exposes students to coursework across all colleges at the university, providing for a comprehensive skillset that can be implemented when working to improve healthcare for the population.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to: 

  • Describe the legal and ethical principles of healthcare organizations that apply to individual patient and community healthcare needs.
  • Evaluate the major components of healthcare system financing and delivery of the U.S. Healthcare System.
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to develop policy and implement effective healthcare decision-making.
  • Integrate cultural competency and sensitivity in the organization and delivery of healthcare services.  

Healthcare Administration

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health3
HSC2310Introduction to Healthcare in the United States3
HSC2330Healthcare Organizational Theory and Management3
HSC2400Research Methods for Health Science3
HSC3300Comparative Healthcare Systems3
HSC3410Quality Improvement in Healthcare Organizations3
HSC3430Healthcare Research Ethics3
HSC4100Health Policy, Ethics and the Law3
HSC4310Innovations in Healthcare Finance and Delivery Systems3
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone3
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
College of Health & Wellness Internship Ic
Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
Related Professional Studies
ACCT1210Financial Accounting3
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting3
DMSM2025Introduction to Data Visualization3
DMSM2050Spreadsheets for Data Analysis3
ECON3030Managerial Economics3
FIT1040Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions3
MRKT1001Marketing Foundations3
A&S Core Experience
Communication Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts & Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT or REL
Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)
Introduction to Biostatistics
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
12 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university12
Total Credits121.0

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Note: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math courses.

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses.

Internships will be available but they will not be required. For online students who do not wish to register for an internship, 3000+ level college discipline-specific courses can be taken in place of the internship.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!