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The Health Administration program is for those with an interest in healthcare and a strong desire to serve the community. Perhaps you have even worked as a nurse, an emergency medical technician or medical assistant and now want to advance your career.

Central Michigan's health administration program will prepare you for a variety of entry or middle-level health service management positions. Health service managers strive to provide cost-effective, quality care to their community members. Your community members will rely on your leadership and management skills as health care delivery systems become increasingly complex.

Individuals who are skilled in reasoning, writing and problem solving will be prepared to compete for health administration positions. Those with a genuine concern for the welfare of humanity, who have respect for people from all backgrounds and cultures will excel in this public service career.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Health Administration Major, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  2. A grade of B- or better in each of the five Health Administration preparatory courses (ACC 201 or 250, STA 282QR or PSY 211QR, COM 267 or COM 357, ENG 101 and ENG 201). Students may not register for other HSC Health Administration courses on the major without first being accepted into the major or having a formal Intent-to-Major form completed. The total credits in preparatory courses to declare the major is 15 credit hours. Students are reminded that some courses may have additional prerequisites before they can enroll in the course.
  3. TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) exam is required if a student is from a non-English speaking country. Applicants must achieve a minimum overall score of 94 with the following minimum scores:
    • Reading 22 minimum
    • Listening 22 minimum
    • Speaking 26 minimum
    • Writing 24 minimum
  4. Written evidence of consulting with a Health Administration advisor.
  5. Completion of at least 30 semester hours of college coursework.

Retention & Termination Standards

  1. Students must maintain a Major GPA of 2.67 or higher.
  2. Students must earn a grade of C+ or higher in each major course. Credit/no credit coursework will not count on any course on this major, except for the internship experience (HSC 595).
  3. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher.

If a student does not meet the Admission Requirements or does not continue to meet the Retention Standards, he/she may request an exception to the policy by completing the required form and submitting to the Division Director for consideration. The request for an exception must state the rationale for the exception and any documentation needed to support the exception, including any plans, if any, for correcting deficiencies.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (45 hours)

Engages the student in exploring, understanding and applying leadership concepts, skills, and behaviors in personal and professional development for leading in the healthcare field. Writing Intensive. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Introduction to public health, and services provided to citizens and educators by official and voluntary health agencies. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course provides the foundation of managerial epidemiology within the context of population health management and sound healthcare delivery administration. Recommended: STA 282. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Health Informatics field, its major applications and data analysis methods to improve quality, accessibility and cost of healthcare. Prerequisites: STA 282 or PSY 211 or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Macro level study of healthcare systems including delivery, integration, reimbursement mechanisms, multi-organizational and inter-organizational arrangements, health policies, and future solutions. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Analysis of organizational patterns, planning procedures, fiscal management, personnel management, and other administrative concerns. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Emphasize format, content, and writing skills necessary for administration of health programs to prepare grant applications, proposals, reports, and written communications. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: 56 credit hours completed or graduate standing. Recommended: Signed major in Health Administration or Public Health Education. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This class presents applied statistical concepts, principles and methods in the health services industry. Statistical procedures are applied to health, administrative, and medical data. Prerequisites: STA 282 or PSY 211 or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

Course Syllabus

​Capstone course that brings together major aspects of managing healthcare organizations and programs into the strategic planning process and methodologies. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: HSC 500, 507, 520, 544. Pre/Co-requisites: HSC 570. Recommended: MKT 300; HSC 333, 538. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course addresses the main issues surrounding financial administration of health services organizations, particularly hospitals. Prerequisite: ACC 201. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

The issues studied are hospital liability, informed consent, medical staff appointments, tort and health services, ethical issues related to health care. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Basics, implementation and application of quality management and improvements specific to health care. Statistical principles and illustrative cases are presented. Recommended: HSC 520. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

This course is the capstone professional experience conducted at a healthcare organization where the professional skills, knowledge and behaviors learned in the classroom are applied. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: HSC 507, 520, 545, 570, 571, and 572 and permission of internship coordinator; Recommended: HSC 333, 500, 538, 544; or Graduate Status and permission of internship coordinator. 

Credits 6(6-0) 

Contact Hours (6-0) 

Course Syllabus

A basic introduction to the marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing management and the place of marketing in world society. Credit may not be earned in both MKT 304 and MKT 300; cannot be counted on any BSBA major including Marketing, Logistics Management, or Hospitality Services Administration. This course may be offered online. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: 56 semester hours completed. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Other Requirement (3 hours) Select one of the following:

Provides understanding of basic principles of economics, methods of National Income accounting, inflation, unemployment, role of government, money and banking, monetary policy, and international economics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of ECO 201 and 204. ECO 201 may not be applied toward the University Program requirements if a student is earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Introduction to scarcity, choice, and opportunity cost; supply and demand; welfare economics; household and firm behavior; competition and monopoly; resource markets. Credit may not be earned in more than one of ECO 202 and ECO 203. This course may be offered in an online format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Introduction to economic decision-making by consumers and managers within a market system. Topics include supply, demand, elasticity, production, costs, price, market structure, and resource markets. Credit may not be earned in more than one of ECO 203 and ECO 202. Prerequisites: BUS 100, admission to Professional Business Studies. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Electives (6 hours) Select from the following courses or other courses approved by the student's major advisor:

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of aging with a focus on the normal changes that occur as one ages physically, mentally and socially. May be offered as writing intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. (University Program Group III-A: Behavioral Sciences) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A self-study module course for learning anatomical directions, planes, comprehensive clinical vocabulary, words made from word parts, and imaging terms used in health care. Recommended: Successful completion of at least two semesters of coursework at the college level. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Topics scheduled to study health education, private and voluntary health care programs, museums, hospitals, health clinics, city and school health programs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

Credits 1-5(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​Concentrated study of mental health and illness as related to home, school, and community. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Overview of health systems structure, service delivery, administrative processes and policy dimensions from an international perspective. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisite: HSC 333 and 48 credit hours completed. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Covers managed care programs, including Accountable Care Organizations, structures, and practice models, role of physicians and other clinicians, capitation and forms of reimbursement. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: HSC 507. Recommended: HSC 520. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

This course covers the legal and regulatory issues inherent to the long-term care industry in the United States. In addition, this course serves as preparation for individuals wishing to sit for the National Association of Board of Examiners Exam ('National Exam'). Prerequisites: undergraduate students must have completed 56 credit hours; HSC 571 recommended. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

This course covers the facility management issues of long-term care administration, including aspects of business, regulation and human resources. Prerequisites: undergraduate students must have completed 56 credit hours; HSC 570 recommended. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course covers the residential and clinical aspects of long-term care administration. Prerequisites: undergraduate students must have completed 56 credit hours. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 54 Semester Hours