Program: B.S., Health Administration
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.
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 to 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.
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)
3. Upper Division Required Health Administration Courses (33 units)
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 494HA Academic Internship for Health Administration (2)
HSCI 494IHA Academic Internship Evaluation in Health Administration (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.
12 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; and PSY 150 and SOC 150 satisfy D1 Social Sciences.
Total Units in the Major: 71
General Education Units: 36
Required Additional Units: 13
Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120
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:
- 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.
- Mastery of the analytical, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills that are required for successful practice.
- An ability to integrate classroom knowledge and skills and to be able to bridge the gap to the professional practice of health administration.
- An appreciation of the importance of professional ethics and continual professional growth.
- An ability to assume entry-level staff and management positions in health services organizations.