Health Care Administration B.S.

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The B.S. in health care administration is specifically targeted for those pursuing supervisory and entry-level management positions in the health-care industry and/or who are preparing for graduate education in health care. This interdisciplinary program utilizes courses from 18 different majors and includes an internship and integrative capstone experience.

Common entry-level titles for health care administration majors are marketing assistant, operating assistant, provider representative, accountant, office/department manager or assistant manager, finance analyst, marketing and operations specialist, project coordinator, planner and administrative fellows or residents.

One of the fastest growing areas for entry-level administrators is in managing the offices of health practitioners and service managers of health-care management companies, especially in emergency, information management systems, managed care contracts and physician recruiting. 

For more information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics – Medical and Health Services Managers.​

Program Details

Course Information

Click below for information on course requirements, course descriptions and the Academic Rhode Map, which lists all the courses you will need to complete this program and graduate in a timely fashion.

Course Requirements

Course Descriptions

Academic Rhode Map

Program/Learning Goals

Upon completion of this program, students will have:

  1. An in-depth understanding of the health-care industry.
  2. An understanding of industry structure, organizations, and service delivery.
  3. An understanding of population health in terms of societal wellness, disease and medical care.
  4. An understanding of the roles of politics, policy, law, regulation and ethics in today’s health-care industry.
  5. Core knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for future health-care administrators and leaders.
  6. Oral and written communication skills important to health-care leaders.
  7. Mathematical and quantification skills enabling health-care administration.
  8. The capacity for problem solving and decision making.
  9. Conceptual and technical competences in health-care administration.
  10. A mastery of core business theories, functions and skills.
  11. A mastery of business skills and techniques as applied to health-care management.
  12. Be able to leverage practical educational experiences.
  13. The ability to work in teams, both as leaders and as followers.
  14. The ability to build relationships with, work with and learn from local and regional organizations and professionals​​.

Writing in the Discipline

1. Why or in what ways is writing important to the field of health care and the profession of health care management?

Writing is essential to the profession of health-care management. Managers and administrators at all levels in health-care organizations are engaged in writing on a daily basis. This may involve: writing strategic or operational plans, writing narratives to support a budget, writing grant proposals, drafting quality improvement plans, writing a report for a governing board or regulatory body, analyzing the impact of legislation or a policy, writing reports that summarize patient or employee satisfaction surveys, developing proposals for new programs or services, writing evaluations of programs/services and for many other purposes.

2. Which courses are designated as satisfying the Writing in the Discipline (WID) requirement by your department? Why these courses?

Writing assignments are integrated into all health care administration courses with diverse genres of writing being incorporated. The courses that are specifically designated as WID courses are: HCA 201, HCA 401, HCA 303, HCA 461 and ENGL 230.

HCA 201 is the first core health care administration course that students take in the program, therefore, it is important that writing is emphasized early on in the curriculum so that skills can be improved throughout the program. Writing in this course includes a research paper that requires students to learn the skill of comparing and contrasting.

HCA 401 covers ethics and law in health care. In this course, students analyze ethical and legal organizations in health-care organizations.

HCA 303 covers health-care policy. In this course, students learn how to write analyses of health-care policies.

HCA 461 is the capstone course in the program, where students integrate learning from other courses and synthesize concepts by exploring and debating contemporary issues in oral presentation and written papers.

Lastly, all HCA students take ENGL 230: Writing in Professional Settings, where they develop rhetorical knowledge of workplace writing and gain further practice with the various stages of the writing process.

3. What forms or genres of writing will students learn and practice in your department’s WID courses? Why these genres?

Students will engage in writing that is consistent and aligned with the skills and competencies required of health-care managers and public health professionals. Forms of writing include case studies to develop critical thinking and analytical skills and the ability to summarize a case or organizational problem and develop a proposal for solving a problem or situation. Policy analyses are essential as health care administrators need to assess the impact of legislation and regulation on their organization. Students will write research papers as research is fundamental to health care administration. It is part of developing new programs/services, the evaluation of programs/services and assuring that health care managers stay abreast of current trends in the industry. Finally, students will write papers that analyze the different perspectives of a topic or pros and cons of a proposed solution, strategy or policy that addresses an issue in health care. In sum, students in health care administration WID courses will learn and practice many different kinds and forms of writing.

4. What kinds of teaching practices will students encounter in your department’s WID courses?

Various teaching practices are used to support student writing in the health care administration program. Students often draft papers for instructor review and feedback or for peer review with the opportunity for revision. Assignments are frequently sequenced so that students can focus on one section/component at a time and review constructive feedback that can be incorporated into later drafts. Instructors routinely use class time to teach elements of writing such as APA/MLA formatting, paper organization, components of a literature search and other topics.

5. When they’ve satisfied your department’s WID requirement, what should students know and be able to do with writing?

Students completing the health care administration program should be able to write a thoroughly researched, well thought out and organized research paper. Students should be skilled at writing a policy brief or policy analysis. Students should also be able to write shorter papers that might require comparing and contrasting of ideas/concepts/models; analyzing an organizational problem and recommending solutions; or summarizing a white paper, policy brief or other published piece. In addition, students should be skilled at writing papers that support or oppose a point of view or position, integrating learning from a course.

Minor in Health Care Administration

Declaring a minor allows you to explore other areas of interest and make interdisciplinary connections. Minor areas at RIC complement and reinforce all major areas of study. By declaring a minor, you can set yourself apart as a candidate for job, internship and volunteer opportunities. Click below for information on the minor in health care administration.

Minor in Health Care Administration