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Program: B.S., Health Administration

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 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 B.S. in Health Administration is to prepare a diverse student body for careers in healthcare management and related disciplines. With a focus on learning-centered courses, community partnerships, research, advocacy and scholarship, the Health Administration program aims to educate students for professional positions and thus enhance the operational efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and related organizations and improve the delivery of healthcare services.


  • Demonstrate efforts to recruit well-qualified students so that the mission of the program is achieved.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills across the curriculum to bridge theory to practice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and professional competence through ongoing assessment and data analysis.
  • Instill the commitment for continued academic scholarship in the discipline.


  • 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.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (19 units)

*GE, Natural Sciences.
**GE, Basic Skills Mathematics.
***GE, Social Sciences.

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

Note: A minimum grade of “C-” is required in all upper division required courses.

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

3. Upper Division Required Health Administration Courses (33 units)

Note: A minimum grade of “C-” is required in all upper division required courses.

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 United States (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 494/IN Academic Internship (2/1)

4. Required Health Administration Electives (9 units minimum)

Select a minimum of 9 units—with prior advisor approval.

ENGL 306 Report Writing (3)
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.

Total Units Required in Major: 71

General Education Units: 41-44

Required Additional Units: 5-8

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


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

Program Coordinator: Salvador Esparza
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2538
(818) 677-7927

Student Learning Outcomes

The major provides a curriculum that is contemporary and relevant to evidence-based health administration practice and that meets national standards for excellence. Graduates of the undergraduate program in Health Administration will demonstrate:

  1. Mastery of the conceptual and technical knowledge and skills that are relevant to successful health administration practice and that meet national standards for certification by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
  2. Mastery of the analytical, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills that are required for successful practice.
  3. An ability to integrate classroom knowledge and skills and to be able to bridge the gap to the professional practice of health administration.
  4. An appreciation of the importance of professional ethics and continual professional growth.
  5. An ability to assume entry-level staff and management positions in health services organizations.