Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Health Care Administration

Equipped with a heart full of care, add a mind built for business

Marian University’s Health Care Administration program builds off the knowledge students already have by focusing on the business-related environments found in health care centers, hospitals, clinics, and organizations.

Whether in the classroom or through Marian’s fully online 7-week accelerated program, students explore a wide range of business-related topics that help in delivering service, treatment, support, and access to patients. Marian offers exhilarating, in-demand courses in fields like:

  • Information systems
  • Legal and ethical healthcare issues
  • Financial and economic aspects of health care
  • Management and policy
  • Health care law
  • Leadership in ethical organizations

The Health Care Administration program puts students in a position to contribute immediately and significantly to the health of citizens living in their community. Students develop skills in communication, critical thinking, leadership, and writing, and take on real-world challenges through hands-on learning opportunities and internships with local health centers, agencies and organizations.

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The Program

The curriculum has been crafted with significant input from executives at some of the state’s most respected companies and organizations. We develop and sharpen your skills in communication, critical thinking, leadership, and writing and will cover:

  • Economic aspects of health care
  • Health care management and policy
  • Medical terminology

To position you as a forward-thinker when it comes to health care leadership we also touch on a variety of essential areas:

  • Statistics
  • Accounting
  • Microeconomics
  • Business law
  • Strategy
  • Policy
  • Business ethics

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Liberal Arts Core, 30 credits as follows:

3 credits:

A course designed to enhance students’ composition and critical-thinking skills, by providing experiences with a range of writing strategies, with emphasis on expository and argumentative prose. Students develop their awareness of the resources of language and of the stages in the writing process. The course aims to make students competent in standard edited English and to prepare them for the writing they will do in college and in their careers. The course also introduces students to the principles of college research, with emphasis on analytical reading of research material, focused use of sources, and the methodology of citation and documentation. It acquaints students with techniques of interviewing and conducting surveys, as well as with search strategies involving resources in print. The course provides guidance for students as they apply research principles to subjects within their disciplines or areas of interest.

12 credits:

A survey of world civilizations from the 16th century to the present. Exploration of the cultural, political and economic development of humankind in a global context.

HIS 2xx History elective
MAT xxx Math elective

An introduction to Christian theology understood as the critical and reflective study of God’s revelation through the person, life, and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the implications of this revelation. Proceeding from the Catholic intellectual tradition and incorporating perspectives of other Christian traditions, this study aims to present theology as a striving for the harmony of faith and reason. Through critical study and reflection, students are introduced to specific concepts, terminology, and methodologies needed to participate well in on-going theological dialogue. Students have the opportunity to apply and reflect on their knowledge in written work, presentations, service-learning, community service, and/or retreat experiences.

6 credits from the following (must be from at least two areas):

ART xxx Art elective
ENG xxx Literature elective
MUS xxx Music elective

3 credits:

This introductory philosophy course builds on the critical reading and thinking outcomes students will have achieved in the First Year Seminar, and prepares students for their future studies and for life by leading them to develop their abilities in three outcome areas: Interpretive Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, and Global Citizenship. Through engagement with historical, multicultural, and contemporary texts students will learn how to interpret texts, move from evidence to conclusions, and use their interpretations and conclusions to live a more examined life.

3 credits from the following:

BIO xxx Ecological or Environmental Science Elective
PHS xxx Physical Science, Chemistry, Meteorology, or Physics Elective

3 credits from the following:

PSY xxx Psychology elective
SOC xxx Sociology elective

Business Administration Core, 37 credits:

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory; and financial statements.

Prerequisites:

This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements and international strategies will be developed.

A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations, and torts.

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A capstone business course that integrates the functional areas of a business with the strategic decision-making process. In a team environment, students are expected to employ the skills and knowledge learned from their academic career in a computer-simulated industry. An analysis of case studies and/or current business articles will also be used to link academic concepts and theories to real-world situations. (Senior Standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course.)

(AGS students only, Senior Standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course)  The purpose of this capstone course is reflect on your learning processes through integration of the liberal arts core with the curriculum of the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Its primary focus is to examine the critical thinking skills developed throughout the entire academic program resulting in the completion of degree requirements.

A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

Prerequisites:

This course is an introduction to microeconomics: the study of how households and firms interact and make decisions to allocate limited resources in the markets for goods and services.

Prerequisites:

An introduction to financial management. Topics include the role of financial managers and financial markets, valuation of corporate securities, risk and return, financial statement analysis and capital budgeting.

(AGS students only)   A study of topics that include descriptive statistics and data analysis; elementary probability; binomial, hypergeometric and normal probability models; the central limit theorem; confidence intervals; elementary hypothesis testing; linear regression; and correlation. A major goal of this course is the application of these topics to problems arising from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the health industry and the business environment.

Prerequisites:

A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.

Prerequisites:

ENG 105 Expository Writing, ENG 230 Professional Comp. & Research Writing, or appropriate English placement test score

A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

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An examination of the private, corporate and social dimensions of business life in the context of a total ethical life. Economic theories and actual business practices and cases are considered and evaluated from the perspective of established normative ethical principles.

This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

Health Care Administration Courses, 20 credits:

Provides information about common medical terms, definition and usage. The Systems Model is used to organize content and make it more meaningful for the development of medical vocabulary.

Students are introduced to the use of concepts, theory, and approach as they relate to professional practice in the healthcare system. Students are also exposed to experience with the health care system from a customer perspective. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.

Prerequisites:

Examines the fundamentals and analysis of healthcare information and the subsequent development and use of healthcare information systems. Provides a broad overview of information technology as it applies to health care systems, as well as the various management challenges facing users of this technology. Focuses on understanding systems and how to work effectively with them.

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This course presents the fundamentals and analysis of healthcare financing. Basic functions of expenditures and sources of funding are emphasized. This course analyzes third party payment programs and reimbursement practices in the U.S. healthcare sector. Students will be able to understand and explain the major differences between private insurance and managed care systems and how policy reform impacts the healthcare sector.

Prerequisites:

(Senior standing) Students discuss concepts, theory, and research as they relate to professional practice in the healthcare system. A broad overview of the levels of care, the care continuum and the regulations governing care delivery is provided. Issues of individual behaviors, health status indicators, and government responsibilities are also discussed. Key issues in health policy will be presented.

A study of the efficient flow of inventories within manufacturing and services operations. Topics include purchasing, receiving and stores, inventory management and valuation, inventory control systems, materials handling and physical distribution. The course addresses the legal ramifications specific to goods and services.

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This course examines leadership in contemporary organizations. It addresses the leader’s role in accomplishing organizational objectives in a complex, changing, contemporary, global, team-based values-challenged environment. The course reviews approaches to leadership (Behavioral, Transformational, Situational, and Values based), and the impact of successful leadership on the organization. It examines processes involved in the leadership and development of heterogeneous and homogeneous work teams. Students will gain self-awareness of their personal leadership styles, interpersonal skills and values affecting their leadership through experiential exercises and self-assessment.

6 credits (Two courses):

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A comprehensive study of the personnel management function: planning, recruiting, testing, selection, training, compensation, policy development, performance appraisal, government regulations, and labor relations.

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An overview of employee involvement, leadership skills, and other management and organization behavior principles affecting human resources and relations – individual, group, and organizational. Topics include: motivation, communication, rewards, leadership, conflict, decision making, organizational structure, performance evaluation, and organizational change. The “human side of enterprise” will be examined in a cross-cultural context whether applied in domestic, offshore, or multi-national organizations.

(Also COM 321) An application of behavioral science to business management problems in the areas of motivation, leadership, morale, communications, and control. Study of formal organizations and management principles.

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The course provides the overview of an organization’s process and quality management programs. This course addresses principles and practices in process and continuous improvement of quality in the business and non-business enterprise. Covers commonly accepted techniques for achieving quality – e.g., benchmarking, Baldrige criteria, ISO 9000/14000. Particular attention is given to philosophies and methods of process managing for quality, and to tools for quality improvement. The instructional approach is highly experiential and interactive, and features contact with quality systems professionals. Includes an overview of the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement and how the application of TQM techniques achieves customer satisfaction, continuous improvement, and employee involvement. This course introduces the quality philosophy in business. Topics include the linkages between the voice of the customer, the role of information systems, and the human resource management function and how they all tie together to forge the quality direction of an organization.

Prerequisites:

This course continues study from TEC 210. This study focuses on strategic data planning and enterprise modeling using CASE tools. Personal demonstration in the mastery of the design process acquired from earlier courses is expected. The predominant objective of this course is to design and construct a physical system using database software to implement a logical design.

This course addresses topics from selected themes of contemporary interest in the broad content area of business and may focus on accounting, economics, management, leadership, marketing, finance, and technology. This course will explore questions raised by emerging new issues in the field of business and their potential impact on business, research, and society.

A study of selected topics offered at the discretion of the instructor. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who wish to do advanced work and consent of instructor.

Business programs at Marian University are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) whose mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.

Accreditation Standards

Marian adheres to the following principles of business education promoted by IACBE:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • respect for others
  • full engagement
  • responsibility and integrity, and
  • commitment to quality

Mission

The Health Care Administration program provides an understanding health care’s business side, including medical staff relations, patient care services, finance, policy, planning and development. It empowers students to enter their desired field immediately and positively contribute to the industry as it continues to evolve.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions and systems.
  • Students will possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will know how to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of Health Care functions and systems.

Assessment

Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition – Business
Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam

Results:
Marian Baseline Target = 50 %-ile (51.9% correct)
Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)
Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)
Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)

Conclusions:

  • Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).
  • In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business
Measure: CAPSIM Business Simulation

Results:
Standard: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above National average (50th %-ile)
Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard – Standard = at/above 80th %-ile
Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16th to 96th %-ile)
Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%

Conclusions:

  • 94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.
  • 44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80th percentile.
  • In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Marian University works tirelessly to educate health care professionals and help students advance their careers and achieve their goals. Designed to meet the academic and professional needs of working adults, the Health Care Administration program delivers unmatched preparation and convenience by offering evening courses Monday through Thursday and some online. Programs may be started in the fall, spring or summer; and students can proceed through the program at their own pace by taking one or more courses per seven-week term.

An AGS student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards:

Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

A grade of “D+” or lower in any business course will result in the course being retaken until a grade of “C-” or better is achieved

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Tuition
Tuition for this program is $450/credit. Most courses are 3 credit hours, or $1,350 per course.

Term Starts & Application Deadlines

Terms Application Deadline Term Start
Summer I 2019 May 12th May 19th
Summer II 2019 June 30th July 7th

Learn More

For more information, please call Shannon Streiter, our Admissions Counselor, at 920.581.5830. Or you can email her at sbstreiter33@marianuniversity.edu.