Healthcare Management Bachelor's Degree

The healthcare management field is for individuals interested in the administrative and managerial side of providing healthcare. There are several bachelor's degree options offered in this field; keep reading to learn more about what they are, the classes you might take, the careers you can prepare for and online program availability. Schools offering Clinical Research Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management?

You can find a variety of programs at this level, such as a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Services Management, B.S. in Healthcare Management, B.S. in Allied Health Management and Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration. These programs may include an internship opportunity at an approved healthcare facility. Some programs also require you to complete a capstone course.

Program Fields Health services management, healthcare management, allied health management, healthcare administration
Common Courses Organizational management, healthcare laws and regulations, medical terminology, human resources, health information systems
Online Availability Both full and degree-completion programs are available online, with different prerequisites depending on the program
Career Outlook (2014-2024) Medical and health services manager positions are expected to grow by 17%*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Study in a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Management Program?

You will learn how to effectively manage an organizational team, provide healthcare administration and recognize trends as they relate to healthcare, as well as gain interpersonal and communication skills. In addition to general education courses, you may also complete core courses similar to the following:

  • Healthcare law
  • Organizational management for healthcare
  • Health information systems
  • Human resources
  • Critical thinking
  • Medical terminology
  • Healthcare marketing

How Can I Study Online?

You can study healthcare management through an online program, which offers similar training to on-campus programs. Online degree-completion programs are also available and generally require you to have an associate's degree in a healthcare discipline.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Although a master's degree is the standard education requirement for a managerial or administrative position in healthcare, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also notes that a bachelor's degree can prepare you for similar positions (www.bls.gov). For example, you may qualify for a management position at a smaller facility or become a departmental manager of a larger facility, as well as an assistant manager or administrator.

The BLS predicted that employment for all medical and health service managers would increase 17% from 2014-2024, which may be due to an expansion in the healthcare industry and demand for qualified managers. Depending on the management position you pursue, you may be required to hold state licensure.

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