College of DuPage 3+1: BA in Health Care Management

Study Format Online, On Campus (COD)

This accelerated bachelor's degree is offered through on-campus cohorts at the College of DuPage.

Program Length 128 credits, 97 transfer

This degree requires 128 credit hours, which may include up to 97 transfer credits.


Introduction to Health Care Industry

Introduction to the United States healthcare systems highlighting the role of values, access and allocation of health care services and resources, medical language and terminology.

Health Care Systems: Issues and Trends

Exploration of issues and trends impacting United States health care systems: financing, regulation and compliance, quality of control and care, administrative and management as well as delivery services.

Introduction to Health Care Law

Exploration of legal issues in the health care industry: medical laws and legal aspects of medical ethics, contract negotiations, legislative, regulatory and compliance, patient protection, medical proxy, and liability and risk management issues.

Readings in Redemptive History

Selected readings in the Old and New Testament with emphasis upon the problem of evil and God’s plan of redemption in the Gospel of Christ. Application to the structures and relationships of the workplace, the home and the broader communities of everyday living.

Systems Approach to Organizational Change

Nature and meaning of systems, boundaries and environments, mission statements, organizational structures, relationships, rewards, power and procedures. Diagnosing problems in organizations. Preparing for, implementing and managing change.

Ethical Considerations in the Health Care Industry

Consideration of the various ethical issues and challenges experienced in the health care industry: medical ethics, access and delivery of medical services, patient rights, knowledge information and record keeping practices, information sharing, and communication.

Introduction to Health Care Marketing

Exploration of marketing trends and issues in the health care industry. Terminology, strategies, goals and objectives, planning and advertising, consumer-driven marketing agenda, application of technology for marketing, e.g., podcasts, websites, social networks for advertising, branding, name recognition, customer loyalty, etc.

Research Design and Methodology

Overview of statistics. Measurement objectives for research projects, normal curve, confidence intervals. Data definition, testing hypothesis. Data collection, Chi-Square test. Research project evaluation plan. Survey construction for the research project. Data finalization and project evaluation process.

Managerial Accounting

Financial tools for managers in decision-making: financial statements, bookkeeping process, financial statement analysis, statement of cash flow, internal cost concepts, present value concepts, and budgeting.

Health Care Management Careers

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore careers in the field of healthcare management. Students will research career and educational qualifications required in a specific applied healthcare field and develop a personal professional career plan.  

Senior Project

The Senior Project is the Accelerated Degree Program capstone. This course is an intensive, process-oriented, active learning project through which students apply learning acquired through all major coursework. Designing and developing the Senior Project requires students to follow a problem from recognition to providing a well-researched solution or from the development of an opportunity to a well-researched action plan. Students are required to complete a comprehensive document and present their findings.



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