Health administration is for those with a passion for problem solving and a desire to serve their community through a career in health care. Health administration combines health sciences, accounting and communication to prepare students for entry-level administrative positions in a variety of health settings.
Points of Pride
- In 2012, Drew Weil, a 2013 alum, won third place in the highly competitive American College of Healthcare Administration Richard Stull Essay Competition.
- Doctor of Health Administration alumni Bryan Schneider, Mary Cooke and David Meckstroth were selected for a CMU College of Graduate Studies 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Put Your Degree to Work
Health administration majors often go on to further education and become hospital administrators, department or division directors, company presidents or CEOs/CFOs of health care companies. They often seek careers in hospitals, nursing homes, residential care facilities, dentists’ offices, outpatient centers and diagnostic laboratories.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Medical/health service manager||$88,580 per year||23% (73,300 more jobs)|
|Administrative services manager||$81,080 per year||12% (34,200 more jobs)|
|Top hospital executive||$101,650 per year||11% (261,500 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)
Health Administration Major
This major prepares students for entry level administrative positions in a variety of health settings. It also prepares individuals who have preparation in an allied health field for middle management positions such as department head or supervisor.
Total: 54 semester hours
Leadership for the Health Professions
This course provides students entering health professions with concepts, processes and techniques to equip them to assume more responsibility, to serve in leadership roles, and to maintain professional/personal balance.
Introduction to public health, and services provided to citizens and educators by official and voluntary health agencies. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
Managing the Health of Populations
This course provides the foundation for exploring health of populations and communities within the context of applied epidemiology and sound healthcare delivery administration.
Overview of the broad spectrum of healthcare informatics issues, challenges and opportunities faced by healthcare managers. Emphasis is on managing healthcare information as a corporate asset and on the relationship of health informatics to the quality, accessibility and cost of healthcare. Prerequisites: HSC 317.
Introduction to Health Service Organizations and Systems
Macro level study of healthcare systems including delivery, integration, reimbursement mechanisms, multi-organizational and inter-organizational arrangements, health policies, and future solutions. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
Health Services Administration
Analysis of organizational patterns, planning procedures, fiscal management, personnel management, and other administrative concerns. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
Development of Proposals and Reports in Health Administration
Emphasize format, content, and writing skills necessary for administration of health programs to prepare grant applications, proposals, reports, and written communications. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: 56 credit hours completed or graduate standing. Recommended: Signed major in Health Administration or Public Health Education.
This class presents applied statistical concepts, principles and methods in the health services industry. Statistical procedures are applied to health, administrative, and medical data. Prerequisites: STA 282 or PSY 211 or graduate standing.
Capstone course that brings together major aspects of managing healthcare organizations and programs into the strategic planning process and methodologies. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: HSC 500, 507, 520, 544. Pre/Co-requisites: HSC 570. Recommended: MKT 300; HSC 333, 538.
Financial Aspects of Health Services Organizations
This course addresses the main issues surrounding financial administration of health services organizations, particularly hospitals. Prerequisite: ACC 201.
Legal Aspects of Health Services Organizations
The issues studied are hospital liability, informed consent, medical staff appointments, tort and health services, ethical issues related to health care.
Quality Improvement in Health Services
Basics, implementation and application of quality management and improvements specific to health care. Statistical principles and illustrative cases are presented. Recommended: HSC 520.
Health Administration Internship
This course is the capstone professional experience conducted at a healthcare organization where the professional skills, knowledge and behaviors learned in the classroom are applied. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: HSC 507, 520, 545, 570, 571, and 572 and permission of internship coordinator; Recommended: HSC 333, 500, 538, 544; or Graduate Status and permission of internship coordinator.
Introduction to Marketing
A basic introduction to the marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing management and the place of marketing in world society. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Credit may not be earned in both MKT 304 and MKT 300; cannot be counted on any BSBA major including Marketing, Logistics Management, or Hospitality Services Administration. Prerequisite: 56 semester hours completed.
Select one of the following:
Principles of Macroeconomics
Provides understanding of basic principles of economics, methods of National Income accounting, inflation, unemployment, role of government, money and banking, monetary policy, and international economics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of ECO 201 and 204. ECO 201 may not be applied toward the University Program requirements if a student is earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to scarcity, choice, and opportunity cost; supply and demand; welfare economics; household and firm behavior; competition and monopoly; resource markets. Credit may not be earned in more than one of ECO 202 and ECO 203. ECO 202 may not be applied toward the University Program requirements if a student is earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Microeconomic Principles for Business
Introduction to economic decision-making by consumers and managers within a market system. Topics include supply, demand, elasticity, production, costs, price, market structure, and resource markets. Credit may not be earned in more than one of ECO 203 and ECO 202. Prerequisites: BUS 100, admission to Professional Business Studies.
Select from the following courses or other courses approved by the student's major advisor:
Introduction to Gerontology
An interdisciplinary approach to the study of aging with a focus on the normal changes that occur as one ages physically, mentally and socially. May be offered as writing intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. (University Program Group III-A: Behavioral Sciences)
A self-study module course for learning anatomical directions, planes, comprehensive clinical vocabulary, words made from word parts, and imaging terms used in health care. Recommended: Successful completion of at least two semesters of coursework at the college level.
Travel Course in Health Education
Topics scheduled to study health education, private and voluntary health care programs, museums, hospitals, health clinics, city and school health programs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Concentrated study of mental health and illness as related to home, school, and community. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
International Health Systems, Organizations and Policy
This course presents an overview of health systems structure, service delivery, administrative processes and policy dimensions from an international perspective. Health systems, programs and initiatives from various countries and cultural settings are studied as are global health agencies involved in the coordination of health improvement efforts. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Prerequisites: HSC 317.
Managed Care: Origins, Organizations, and Operations
Covers managed care programs, including Accountable Care Organizations, structures, and practice models, role of physicians and other clinicians, capitation and forms of reimbursement. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: HSC 507. Recommended: HSC 520.
Legal & Regulatory Aspects of Long-Term Care
This course covers the legal and regulatory issues inherent to the long-term care industry in the United States. In addition, this course serves as preparation for individuals wishing to sit for the National Association of Board of Examiners Exam ("National Exam"). Prerequisites: undergraduate students must have completed 56 credit hours; HSC 571 recommended.
Administration Issues in Long-Term Care
This course covers the facility management issues of long-term care administration, including aspects of business, regulation and human resources. Prerequisites: undergraduate students must have completed 56 credit hours; HSC 570 recommended.
Resident Care Issues in Long-Term Care Administration
This course covers the residential and clinical aspects of long-term care administration. Prerequisites: undergraduate students must have completed 56 credit hours.