BA in Healthcare Management


The healthcare industry today is evolving, opening opportunities for the creation of many new and exciting careers. The healthcare management field focuses on planning, directing or coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, health insurance companies, public health agencies, nursing facilities and other health-related organizations. This program prepares students for healthcare management and administrative careers within any healthcare facility or business that must stay current with healthcare laws and regulations.

Major Coursework, General Education and Electives

The major curriculum consists of 11 courses and a senior project. Only one course is taken at a time, while each student progresses with the same group of students, or cohort, throughout the program.

Transfer Credit

You may receive transfer credit for up to 67 lower division credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Credit for Prior Learning

A student entering this degree program can earn up to 32 semester hours from sources such as workshops, seminars, self-study, training programs or work experience. Prior college-level learning acquired from these sources is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.

Healthcare Management Major (35 semester hours)

HCMP 2000: Introduction to Healthcare Industry (3)

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

HCMP 2010: Healthcare Systems: Issues & Trends (3)

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

HCMP 2020: Introduction to Healthcare Law (3)

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.

HCMP 3000: Introduction to Healthcare Marketing (3)

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.

HCMP 4010: Ethical Considerations in the Healthcare Industry (3)

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.

HCMP 4260: Senior Project 1 (1)

Problem specification, literature review, and problem-solving processes.

HCMP 4460: Senior Project 2 (1)

Solution to the problem, selection of evaluation method, and presentation of evaluation results

HCMP 4660: Senior Project 3 (2)

Recommendations based on problem identification and evaluation of solution; formal presentation of project, reflection on research process and explanation of learning from research.

OMP 4020: Systems Approach to Organizational Change (3)

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.

OMP 4235: Research Design & Methodology (4)

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.

OMP 4431: Principles of Management (3)

Dimensions of management, management process and skills, strategic planning, leadership styles and impact on subordinates, teamwork and work force diversity, communication of values, negotiations with employees and impact on productivity. Total Quality Management and Management by Objectives.

OMP 4440: Human Resource Management (3)

Personnel function, development, and organizational structure. Developing job descriptions, personnel planning and forecasting, internal and external recruitment, personnel selection and orientation, legal aspects of personnel. Employee benefits and costs, performance appraisal and discipline, labor relations, unions, and negotiation.

OMP 4601: Managerial Accounting (3)

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

General Education

  • Communication (9 hours)
  • Humanities (9 hours)
  • Social Sciences (9 hours), including macroeconomics
  • Mathematics (3 hours), must be above intermediate algebra
  • Sciences (7–8 hours), one biological science and one physical science, including one lab course
  • World Studies (3 hours), multicultural or non-Western emphasis
  • Health and Wellness (2 hours)
  • Mission-Specific Courses: Theology (6 hours)

General Education and Elective Courses

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog at www.CUChicago.edu/catalogs.

Admission to the Program

Applicants who meet the admission requirements and who have earned at least 30 semester hours of college credit (including at least one English composition course with a grade of C or better) are eligible to be admitted to the accelerated bachelor's degree completion program and the organizational management major.

Transfer Credit

You may receive transfer credit for up to 67 lower division credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Pre-Major Status

Applicants who meet the admission criteria but have earned 0-29 semester hours of credit, or who have not completed at least one college-level English, may be admitted to the university in pre-major status.

Prospective students who complete a composition course or the equivalent may be admitted to the University with pre-major status. Applicants admitted with pre-major status may enroll in accelerated courses at Concordia to meet deficiencies until they have earned the minimum requirements for admission to the program and the organizational management major. Applicants admitted with pre-major status are eligible to apply for financial assistance.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students entering the Accelerated Degree Program for Adults can earn up to a maximum of 32 semester hours of credit from such sources as workshops, seminars, corporate training programs, military service or other experiences.

Documentation that the student presents, demonstrating college-level learning acquired from these sources, is evaluated and may result in credit hours being awarded.

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • On Campus: Students attend class at the River Forest, Illinois, campus and have 18 months to complete the major.
  • Online: Students have 18 months to complete the major.
  • Transfer Credit: Credit from a regionally accredited institution will be evaluated and applied toward degree completion.

Course Schedule

  • Face-to-Face: Classes meet one evening per week from 6–10 p.m. Students take one class at a time. Each class is usually about five weeks long.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for five weeks.

Tuition

Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Completion courses are $475 per semester hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-five credits are required to complete the major coursework. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.

Career Opportunities

Healthcare managers act in an administrative roles and deal with the business aspects of managing hospitals and other healthcare facilities. If you are interested in advancing your career in this exciting field and obtaining a management position within a health care-related organization, a degree in Healthcare Management can help you get there. This program addresses the unique attributes of a healthcare organization while providing a solid business foundation in areas such as management, finance and marketing. Healthcare management can encompass a wide variety of job functions and industry sectors.

Career Possibilities

  • Hospital/Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Association Manager
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Health Service Manager
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical workers
  • Medical and Public Health Social Workers
  • Health Educators/Health Specialties, Secondary Education
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Emergency Management Specialists