Program: Health Administration, B.S.

Program Description

The B.S. in Health Administration degree program provides initial preparation for careers in health services administration, and for those already employed, an opportunity to continue their professional advancement. The major provides a curriculum that is contemporary and relevant to evidence-based health administration practice and that meets national standards for excellence. The undergraduate curriculum also prepares the individual to enter the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) degree program. Further education at the graduate level often is necessary to assume advanced management and policymaking roles in healthcare and related organizations. The Association of University Programs in Health Administration certifies the undergraduate Health Administration program.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration is to prepare a diverse student body for careers in healthcare management and related disciplines.


The Vision of the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration is to be the program of choice for students who want to transition and elevate healthcare in their communities.


  • Impact: improve the health status and strengthen the healthcare delivery system in our local, state, national and global communities.
  • Collaboration: recognize how interdisciplinary teams and organizational partnerships can enhance effectiveness in the healthcare industry.
  • Professionalism: instill throughout all aspects of the program, including student development and faculty interactions.
  • Ethics and Integrity: demonstrate behavior that exhibits a high degree of character and exemplary behavior.
  • Cultural Humility: instill understanding and appreciation for the diversity of all stakeholders and communities.

Program Requirements

Note: A minimum grade of “C-” is required in all courses within the major.

1. Lower Division Required Courses (19 units)

2. Upper Division Health Sciences Department Core (10 units)

HSCI 314 Organization and Delivery of Health Services (3)
HSCI 390/L Biostatistics and Lab (3/1)
HSCI 488 Epidemiology (3)

3. Upper Division Required Health Administration Courses (36 units)

ENGL 306 Report Writing (3)
HSCI 312 Introduction to Health Administration (3)
HSCI 313 Health Administration (3)
HSCI 391 Computer Applications in Health Sciences (3)
HSCI 412 Medical Care Organization in the U.S. (3)
HSCI 413 Leadership and Direction in the Administration of Health Services (3)
HSCI 414 Health Law (3)
HSCI 415 Health Information Systems (3)
HSCI 416 Utilization of Professional and Allied Health Personnel (3)
HSCI 424 Health Planning (3)
HSCI 425 Financial Planning and Reimbursement in Healthcare (3)
HSCI 494HA Academic Internship for Health Administration (2)
HSCI 494IHA Academic Internship Evaluation in Health Administration (1)

4. Health Administration Electives (6 units)

Select a minimum of 6 units—with prior advisor approval.

EOH 353 Global Perspective of Environmental Health (3)
HSCI 419 Hospital Administration (3)
HSCI 422 Health Services for the Elderly and Mentally Ill (3)
HSCI 438 International Health (3)
HSCI 478 Seminar in Current Trends (3)
PSY 365 Introduction to Gerontology (3)

5. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

15 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: BIOL 101 satisfies B2 Life Science; BIOL 101L satisfies B3 Science Laboratory Activity; MATH 103 or MATH 105 or MATH 140 satisfies Basic Skills B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning; PSY 150 and SOC 150 satisfy D1 Social Sciences; and ENGL 306 satisfies E Lifelong Learning.

If taken, EOH 353 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; HSCI 345 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning or D1 Social Sciences; PSY 365 satisfies upper division D1 Social Sciences. PSY 365 also fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Total Units in the Major: 71

General Education Units: 33

Required Additional Units: 16

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


Department of Health Sciences
Chair: Bethany Rainisch
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2500
(818) 677-4081

Program Director: Carrie Pullen
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2547
(818) 677-2015

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and concisely with internal and external customers, establish and maintain relationships and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to inspire individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision and successfully manage change to attain the organization’s strategic ends and successful performance.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare managers and providers function.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply business principles, including systems thinking, to the healthcare environment.