Health Care Administration Major (HCA)
Fifty-six credits which must include the following:
Core Courses (40 credits)
- BUS-121 or 131; 221; 224A; 309 or 319, 323 or 329; 328; 385; 440 or 441; IPH-430; PHL-227 or 229
Additional Healthcare Coursework
- 16 credits from: BUS-324; 333 or 334; 380; 405; 433; 450; IPH-210; 331; 340; PSY-236; 260; or SOC-234.
Required prerequisites: BIO-121; ECN-201 and 202; 4 credits from MTH-116, BTC-280, or PSY-220.
*Note: HCA students do not complete the same Required Cognate Courses as other Business Majors and Minors.
- BUS121.Business Foundations4General survey course that introduces the students to the various business disciplines. Students will briefly investigate the disciplines of accounting, finance, international business, law, management and marketing and how all of these disciplines are interrelated. The areas of business ethics and social responsibility will also be examined.
- BUS131.Intro to Health Service Management4This course is geared toward first and second year students who desire a fundamental understanding of health service management. It will explore a variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes and clinic. Case studies will augment student learning in leadership, motivation, organizational behavior, management thinking, performance and quality improvement, information technology, ethics and cultural competency. This is a required course for the Health Care Administration major.
- BUS*221.Financial Accounting4BUS-121 or 131 (may be taken concurrently), MTH-101 or equivalentGeneral survey course that introduces the study and application of the basic concepts and methods used in developing and reporting financial information about an economic entity. Emphasis on developing the ability to interpret and apply accounting information to the decision-making process.
- BUS*309.Managerial Finance44 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D); ECN 201 or 202; and 4 credits from MTH 113, 116, 121, 341, PSY 220, or PermissionIntroduction to the principles of managerial financial policies, leading to maximizing the value of a firm. Major emphasis on financial decisions facing a firm, management of current assets, capital budgeting, cash flow management, optimal capital structure, time value of money and financial/ratio analysis.
- BUS*319.Health Care Finance4BUS-121 or 131; BUS-221; 4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D), and Junior StandingImplements financial management, managerial management, and economic principles to analyze real-world health care issues. Emphasizes and encourages problem-solving and creative thinking through the use of texts, cases, and models of health care industry. Provides a comprehensive overview of financial structure, market forces, controls and techniques used in health care financial management and the perspectives of the various interest groups involved (providers, insurers, policy makers, patients, and the general public). Provides students with an overview of the principal financial mechanisms in place across the U.S. health care industry and specific insights into critical issues the industry currently faces.
- BUS*323.Contemporary Management44 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D); ECN 201 or 202; and 4 credits from MTH 113, 116, 121, 341, PSY 220 or PermissionExploration of the four primary functions of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Emphasis on understanding functions and roles that managers play within organizational structures and society stakeholders. Students will engage in numerous contemporary experiential learning and project applications. Developing managerial problem-solving, business professionalism, teamwork, and communication skills are a cornerstone of this course.
- BUS*324.Human Resource Management4BUS-323 or PermissionEmphasis on employment issues of organizations such as: recruiting, selecting, training, compensating and managing human resources. Other critical topics such as appraisal, discipline, safety, benefits and collective bargaining are discussed. Insight is also provided into the legal issues involved with human resource management and the framework for equal opportunity employment.
- BUS*328.Health Law44 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D); ECN-201 and 202; MTH-116; or PermissionThis course provides a legal framework for students interested in health care administration and managing the legal issues they will face in a health care organization. Students will learn the basic legal principles including: contract law, tort liability and malpractice, employment law, fraud and abuse, health planning & advocacy, HIPAA/Privacy, public health laws, and other related topics.
- BUS*329.Health Administration4BUS-121 or 131; BUS-221; 4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D); Junior StandingExplore relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines to help students apply appropriate management skills in their organization. Study the basics of leadership, communication, motivation, change theories, organizational culture, problem solving, conflict and negotiations, decision-making, productivity measurement, the TQM process, rsources allocation, and mission and values development.
- BUS*333.Marketing and Society44 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D); ECN-201 or 202; and 4 credits from MTH-113, 116, 121, 341, PSY-220, or PermissionGeneral survey course acquainting students with the business and economic principles underlying the transfer of goods and services from producer to consumers. Investigation of the institutions, systems of distribution, and the functions and policies of the marketing discipline.
- BUS*334.Health Care Marketing44 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D); ECN-201 and 202; MTH-116; or PermissionThis general survey class will acquaint students to the marketing discipline from the perspective of Health Care Administration. Topics include target markets, marketing segmentation, marketing research and the marketing mix. NOTE: Students cannot earn credit for both BUS-333 and 334.
- BUS*380M.Strategic Leadership4PermissionToday’s business leaders confront an increasing array of choices in an environment characterized by constant change. Leadership requires knowledge and technical competence, but as important is the development of the skills needed to align, motivate, and guide diverse teams to perform at the highest levels in rapidly changing environments. This course will employ case studies to engage Alma juniors and seniors in the kind of decisions today’s leaders face. Key to the class will be the opportunity to meet with successful alumni from a range of fields, gaining their perspectives on the characteristics of successful leadership. Reading will range from Marcus Aurelius to Jim Collins. We will spend most of one week of the course in Chicago, working with alumni to develop perspectives on leadership. Spring Term only.
- BUS*385.Business Administration Practicum4Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C: BUS-121, 221, 225, 309, 323, 333 and 4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D)Only four credits will count in the major. Requires permission. Student must also successfully complete the appropriate internship workshops that are sponsored by the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO).
- BUS*440.Global Strategic Management4BUS-121, 221, 309, 323, 333 and 4 credits from BUS-222 or BUS-224(A-D)Coverage of all aspects of strategy with a focus on industry and corporate analysis, especially in the global environment. Emphasis on individual written and group oral presentations of case analyses. Students apply the concepts learned to actual business situations. The capstone course for Business Administration and International Business Administration majors.
- BUS*441.Strategic Planning in Health Care4BUS-319, 329 and Senior StandingIntroduces students to strategic planning as it applies to health care organizations. Students will develop practical skills in strategic management, such as internal and external environmental assessment, competitor analysis, and methods for evaluating strategic alternatives that can be used in different types of health care settings. Explores the leadership roles of governing boards, health care managers, and clinicians.
- BUS*450.Long-Term Care Management4BUS-329 or PermissionBasic overview of long-term care management in the United States. Covers the state of the field, those it serves, and the various organizations who serve them. Examines issues affecting all long-term care providers, individually or collectively (e.g., financing, regulations, integration, ethical issues). Discusses how various segments of long-term care fit together to form an overall system while looking at trends that are likely to shape the long-term care field in the future.
- IPH210.Health Careers2Examination of current information and practices relating to human health. Includes discussions, independent research, on-campus presentations by invited professionals, and off-campus visits to observe health practices, services, agencies and businesses. Pass/fail only.
- IPH*331.Health Promotion4Provides critical information for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in the workplace, schools, community or health care setting.
- IPH*340.Pharmacology4IPH-226 or BIO-207Overview of the major concepts of pharmaceutical sciences. Includes the study of basic pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles as related to the major classes of drugs used in the clinical setting today.
- IPH*430.Epidemiology4BIO-121 and Junior Standing, or PermissionPresents concepts, principles and methods generally used in the surveillance and investigation of heath-related events.
- PSY*260.Psychology of Aging2PSY-121Examination of current psychological theory and research concerning physical changes, cognition, personality and psychopathology in the later years of life.
- SOA*234.Aging and Health Institutions4SOA-101Examine key concepts, main theories and important substantive issues related to aging and health institutions from a sociological perspective. Among the central issues explored are gender and racial differences in aging, ethnic minorities and institutions connected to aging and public policy.