Undergraduate Health Administration Program

The Health Administration major integrates courses from the field of health and business administration, and is designed to develop in students the values, knowledge and skills needed for management positions in a variety of fields. The curriculum is interdisciplinary, emphasizes knowledge of global health care issues, and includes a minor in business administration. Students are given a broad base of knowledge for securing entry-level positions with public and private agencies, organizations such as hospitals, insurance and managed care companies, pharmaceutical firms, community health and rehabilitation facilities. The curriculum also provides a theoretical foundation for future graduate-level education in various disciplines such as public health, health administration, health policy and planning, gerontology, law school and business administration.

The major emphasizes applications to real-world experience by requiring a three credit, 120 hour internship, with a second three-credit elective internship, as well as 10 hours of community service each semester. Opportunities exist for students to identify with and actively participate in the Health Administration profession through an active student association affiliated with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The program also offers a five-year, combined B.S./M.H.A. for qualified students.

Requirements for graduation include a minimum 2.5 GPA in all major courses, as well as a minimum grade of C or better in all cognate courses. A service-learning component is integrated into health administration courses. College of Graduate and Continuing Education students will meet the service-learning requirement by completing major courses that have a service-learning component. The Health Administration program is a full undergraduate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in Washington, D.C.

Curriculum

Health Administration Concentration in Long-Term Care Administration

The HADM Concentration in Long-Term Care Administration prepares students for job opportunities in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care and work with chronically ill populations. Students complete a sequence of 40 credits of Health Administration, 21 credits of Business and 12 credits of Gerontology courses, as well as a 1000 hour HADM internship. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will have met the educational requirements of the Pennsylvania State Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administrators and be eligible to take the state licensure examination for long-term care administrators. The HADM/LTCA track increases credits for the Health Administration degree to 134 credits. A 10-hour-per-semester service learning requirement is integrated into the HADM/LTCA course work.

Students may also earn a second minor in Gerontology by taking SOC 110 and GERO 230. The HADM/LTCA program is accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB) in Washington, D.C.

Minor in Health Administration

The student must take a minimum of 18 HADM credits. Four courses are required: HADM 111, 112, 211, 312.