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BS in Healthcare Management

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program is designed to prepare individuals with the necessary administrative skills needed to manage the day-to-day operations of healthcare institutions. Read more about this online bachelor's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

It could be helpful for prospective students of this program to have taken previous coursework in business administration or management, as several courses cover practices and methods in human resources, accounting, finance, and economics. Strong computer and leadership skills are helpful, with courses offered in healthcare informatics and management practices. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From accounting to policy administration, the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program at Walden University provides students with the opportunity to study all aspects of managing a healthcare institution. Topics likely addressed in the program's core curriculum include healthcare delivery systems, healthcare policy development, information system applications in healthcare, insurance and reimbursement processes, and laws and regulations in the healthcare industry. Practices and principles in several relevant business areas, such as human resources, accounting, finance, and marketing, are also covered. In the program's capstone, students choose a relevant topic within the field and conduct an extensive review.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

181 quarter credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management:

Of the 181 credits needed to earn this BS degree, 85 are taken in the core curriculum. General education coursework accounts for 46 credits, with 45 credits taken in electives and five credits in the program's capstone. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (46 credits)

  • Students choose a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Sciences

Core Courses (85 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Concepts of Health Promotion
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Context of Healthcare Delivery
    • U.S. Healthcare Delivery System
  • Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare
  • Health Informatics
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
    • Law, Ethics, and Policy in Healthcare Administration
  • Interprofessional Teamwork in Healthcare
  • Current Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice
  • Health Insurance and Reimbursement
  • Introduction to Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Organization Theory and Behavior
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Healthcare Quality and Safety
    • Healthcare Quality Management
  • Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Human Resource Management in Healthcare
    • Human Resource Management and Organizational Development and Leadership for Healthcare Administrators
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis
  • Healthcare Finance
  • Healthcare Economics From a Population Health Perspective

Elective Courses (45 credits)

  • Students select electives from general education courses, the BS in Health Studies program, or other bachelor's degree programs offered by Walden University

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While a bachelor's degree in healthcare management could prepare graduates for mid-management positions in clinical or non-clinical settings, those who wish to pursue upper-level administrative responsibilities might enroll in a master's degree program. At the graduate level, students might review more advanced topics in leadership strategies, healthcare administrator roles, problem-solving practices, and change management processes.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Administration

Career Paths:

Successful completion of the BS - Healthcare Management program could lead graduates into management roles in hospitals, clinics, managed care companies, health insurance companies, group medical practices, or public health departments. Responsibilities could include developing budgets, ensuring quality patient care, evaluating policies, hiring and retaining staff, and implementing electronic healthcare applications, such as those for patient records or billing.

Graduates could pursue such positions as:

  • Clinic director
  • Community services manager
  • Medical office administrator
  • Healthcare human resources manager

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