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With an eye on the factors that impact patient health, our core curriculum will position you to explore a variety of essential areas.

The curriculum has been crafted with significant input from executives at some of the state’s most respected companies and organizations and covers areas including economic aspects of health care, health care management and policy, medical terminology, and more.

Common Requirements, 15 cr.

Mathematical Reasoning, English Composition, Theology 101, Communications, and Ethical Reasoning


Mathematical Reasoning, 3 cr.

Topics cover ratios and proportions, personal finance and descriptive statistics.

(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.

MAT xxx Math Course

English Composition, 3 cr.

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.

Communications, 3 cr.

This course examines the history of communication including verbal, nonverbal and written forms. The curriculum covers various ways of studying communication processes, including communication models. Students are introduced to the application of basic communication concepts and theory to interpersonal, group, organizational and mass communication contexts.

A theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication and presentation skills within an online environment including techniques in controlling speech anxiety, how to structure and organize information to present to a variety of audiences in diverse mediums and physical and vocal delivery skills. Emphasis is on research, preparation, delivery and evaluation of informative and persuasive public speaking within a professional online context.

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.

COM xxx Communications Course, 3 cr.

Ethical Reasoning, 3 cr.

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.


A course designed specifically for those concerned with ethical problems facing medical professional and generally for anyone with an interest in the relation of ethics to bio-medical issues. The course examines the nature of ethics and morality, the variety of ethical theories and normative ethical principles, and the practice of applying such concepts to specific cases and issues within the bio-medical sciences. Topics covered include issues in the professional-patient relationship, termination of life, reproductive rights and technologies, and allocation and public policy.


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.

PHI xxx Ethics Course. 3 cr.


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.

Areas of Critical Reasoning, 15 cr.

Theological Study, Creative Reasoning, Humanistic Reasoning, Social Scientific Reasoning, and Scientific Reasoning

Theological Study Options


Through a variety of resources students use theological reflection to explore their personal spirituality, sense of vocation, and approaches to leadership within the context of their own and other belief systems. Models of leadership are drawn from areas of moral theology and transformational servant leadership.

A theological exploration of attitudes and perspectives on suffering, death, and resurrection. While the main exploratory focus in this course will be from the Catholic Christian perspective, attention will also be given to cross-cultural and inter-faith conceptions of the afterlife and/or ways of attaining ultimate meaning in the context of death.

THE xxx Theology Course, 3 cr.

Creative Reasoning Course Options

A survey of art history beginning with cave art and moving to the Renaissance. When taken with ART 240 Survey of Art History II, these two courses provide a chronological treatment of world art. Respect for and appreciation of the aesthetic expressions of various cultures develop as students learn about major movements, artists and works through a variety of analytical, interpretive, and evaluative approaches.


A genre-based study of short stories, drama and poetry; the course focuses on applying tools of literary analysis to the interpretation of specific works in order to increase insight and pleasure. A wide variety of works is read, representing a diversity of cultures, contexts and perspectives. Course objectives also include developing critical reading, thinking and writing skills and exploring the values-laden nature of literature.

A multi-disciplinary humanities survey that focuses on the interaction of art, literature, and music with philosophical and theological perspectives and subsequent cultural developments. The course emphasizes various relationships of tradition and innovation among global cultures, encouraging students to simultaneously identify with and critically evaluate various cultures. Above all, students are encouraged to identify, analyze, and synthesize the diverse aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual insights of human history, and how those insights have impacted human lives, including those in the contemporary world. Students can earn credit in art, music, English-language literature, theology, and philosophy by focusing their coursework on the specific discipline.

A chronological study of jazz and its antecedents from 1900 to the present. Includes style periods, major artists, relevant historical/sociological background and the development of listening skills. This course is designed for the general student. (Required field trip, with fee.)

MUS xxx Music Course, 3 cr.
ART xxx, Art Course, 3 cr.
ENG xxx Literature Course, 3 cr.

Humanistic Reasoning Course Options

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

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.


An introductory historical survey of selected American minorities including Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, religious minorities and other minority groups. The course focuses upon the consequences of the interplay of cultural, political and economic processes relative to minority/majority relations and the American experience.


A study of views of sex and abstinence from ancient times to the present. Special attention is given to the connections among sexual beliefs, sexual behaviors, and religious and cultural values.


An exploration of historical topics concerning the interactions of individuals, society, and the world they construct.


The exploration of a variety of selected historical topics and themes as characterized by the movies.

HIS xxx History Course, 3 cr.
PHI xxx Philosophy Course, 3 cr.
XXX Humanistic Course, 3 cr.

Scientific Reasoning Course Options

This course is designed to help students understand the interrelationships among biological and physical components of human ecosystems, including human impacts on the environment. Major environmental problems and responses to them by business and society are explored. The complexity of environmental issues and the relationship of ecological principles to environmental problems and solutions are stressed. Case studies demonstrate both environmental disasters and successful or ethical approaches to problems on the part of business.

Wisconsin Natural Areas explores wild and tame lands in “this place we call Wisconsin.” During the Pleistocene epoch, a continental glacier sculpted and modified the land, sans southwestern Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. This most recent Ice Age produced regional landscapes with contrasting ecoregions that underpin the state’s natural areas. Among the topics to be examined are ecological landscapes, Public Land Survey System, WDNR State Natural Areas Program, land ethics, ecosystem services, invasive species, natural areas restoration, and Wisconsin natural communities.

Lecture/seminar course that has the goal of providing students a general introduction to the application of scientific knowledge to the purposes of the law. It will familiarize students with some of areas of science which are involved in the court process, particularly in criminal trials, and the role of the forensic criminalist in criminal procedure. Accordingly, this class will survey forensic criminalistics and prepare students for additional, more in-depth classes in criminalistics and forensic science later.

xxx Scientific Course, 3 cr.

Health Care Administration Major, 33-35 cr.

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.


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.


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.


(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 course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit from applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (Nine credits in the major completed)


This course presents the fundamentals of how and when the law intersects with healthcare; explaining health care providers’ legal areas of responsibility. A wide range of healthcare law topics will be addressed including a historical overview of hospitals and the judicial system governing healthcare, federal and state healthcare case law and regulatory mandates, and information management, security and confidentiality, informed consent and patient self-determination.


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.

Electives 12 cr.


An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one/two/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, time series comparison, quality control charts and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.


MAT 001 Basic Algebra, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with grade of C or higher

An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one/two/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, time series comparison, quality control charts and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

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.

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 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.


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.


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

(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.

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.


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.

This course explores the structure of health care policy, organization of health care delivery systems, health care financing, and their inter-relationships. Emphasis is placed on nursing’s and other selected health professionals’ role impact on the health care environment.

A general purpose skill development course that enhances assertive behavior, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, and group member skills for effective teamwork in organizational environments. Consideration is given to multicultural variables that influence human relations skills. Teaching methodology includes lecture-discussion and interactive exercises.

This course examines the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Codes that guide helping professionals in their practice with clientele. Attention is directed toward assisting the helping professional recognize the legal duties and responsibilities within their professional lives. Particular emphasis is placed on the children code, mental health/developmental disabilities, protective services, care records, mandatory reporting, abuse, domestic violence, and professional conduct.

This course will address the use and operation of special and timely software technologies for the development of professional skills. This course focuses on the application of the software in addressing specific business processes or functions. Students engage in skills development, identifying appropriate applications, and evaluating the future growth of the software. Students produce a professional quality project using the new software application.

Focuses on how to design database management systems and how to use database systems effectively. Other course topics of concern include data modeling, physical design, relational and other models, and
distributed databases. The use of database management and development software is emphasized in lab exercises.


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.


( also FIN 403) This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems and executive information systems. Hands on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations.

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 an 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


The Health Care Administration program provides an understanding of 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.

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

To be accepted into the Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration, you must:

  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Complete the application process by clicking here
  • Submit official transcript(s)

Tracey Marx, M.A.
Assistant Dean for Adult and Online Studies

Cheryl Seelig, D.H.A.
Assistant Professor

Tuition information for this program can be found here.

Term Starts & Application Deadlines

Terms Application Deadline Term Start
Summer II 2020 June 30th July 6th
Fall I 2020 August 24th August 31st
Fall II 2020 October 19th October 26th

Learn More

For more information, please call Michele Martin, our Enrollment Advisor, at 920.581.5830. Or you can email her at