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Division of Health Care Management

Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management

Program Description
Admissions Process

Long-term Care Administration Concentration

Rehabilitation Services Administration Concentration
Approved Electives
Course Descriptions

The health care industry is the largest and fastest growing industry in this country.   According to employment forecasters, over the next decade eight of ten fastest growing career fields will be in health services occupations.

Health Care Management is a profession which utilizes administrative and managerial principles and concepts to direct the allocation of resources and delivery of services in health care organizations.  Health care managers perform the same functions as managers in any other industry or field.  Health care managers plan, direct, organize, control, and coordinate the resources of health care organizations.  As integral members of the health profession, health care managers are responsible for working with the Board of Directors to create the best possible working environment for the medical staff, nurses, therapists and other clinical professionals who provide direct health care services. Additionally, they ensure that health care is provided in a cost-effective and humane manner.

The primary mission of the Division of Health Care Management is to provide comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education in health care management. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program seeks to develop among its students, an understanding of the complex interaction of economic, financial, political and social factors affecting the management and delivery of health care services. Upon graduation, students are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of private and public settings in healthcare.

The baccalaureate degree program in Health Care Management has full certified undergraduate status with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).  Hence, the program has met the standards of the AUPHA Undergraduate Program Review Committee. The concentration in long-term care administration is certified by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations and the Florida State Board of Nursing Home Administrators. 

Associate Professors: Lewis, Marisa; Perryman, Martha
Assistant Professors:  Beck-Jones, Juanda; Woodley, Pia


Admission to the Health Care Management degree program is a two-step process. First, students must apply to and be accepted by the University. Second, during the last semester of the sophomore year, students must then apply for acceptance into the professional phase of the program. Admission to the univeristy does not guarantee acceptance into the professional program. Eligibility to enter the professional program includes a grade of "C" or better in the following state common prerequisites, pre-professional courses: ACG 2021, ACG 2071, ECO 2013/ECO 2023, STA 2023, CGS 2060, and a minimum GPA of 2.0. In addition, students must complete an application and participate in an interview.


The B.S. degree program is a 120-credit hour course of study designed to be completed in four years. The professional curriculum includes an indepth study of topics such as the health care system, financial  management, organizational behavior and management practice, strategic health planning, health policy, quality management and critical health issues.
Internship Experience—An essential component of the academic experience is a thirteen 13-week field practicum.  The administrative internship serves as a "bridge" between concepts, theories and practice. It integrates course work with a supervised practicum experience and allows the student to explore an area of special interest. Criminal background check clearance is required for internship placement.

Pre-Professional Curriculum
Freshman Year

 Fall Semester Sem. Hrs.
 ENC 1101 Freshman Communication Skills I 3
 MAC 1105 College Algebra or any higher level Math Course 3
 BSC 1005 Biological Science 3
 HUM 2211 Historical Survey I or Any Approved Humanities Course 3
 HSC 1000 Orientation to the Health Sciences
 Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
 ENC 1102 Freshman Communication Skills II 3
 PSC 1121 Introduction to Physical Science with Lab 4
 *ACG 2021 Financial Accounting Principles 3
 SPC 2608 Public Speaking or SPC 1017 Foundation of Speech
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
 Sem. Hrs.
 *ECO 2013/ECO 2023 Principles of Economics 3
 PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy 
 or PHI 2101 Intro. to Logic or  PHI 3601 Ethics 3
*ACG 2071 Managerial Accounting Principles3
 AMH 2010 United States History or AMH 2020 3
 PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology or SYG 2000 Introduction  to Sociology
 Spring Semester Sem. Hrs.
AMH 2091 Introduction to African-American History , or AFA 3104 The African American Experience3
*CGS 2060 Computer Literacy or MAN 2543 Introduction to Business Systems 3
POS 2041 American National Government or POS 2001 Introduction to Political Science 3
*STA 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
 Pre-Professional Total Credit Hours 53
Professional Curriculum
Junior Year
Fall Semester Sem. Hrs.
 HSA 3110 Organization and Administration of Health Care Facilities 3
HSC 3531 Medical Terminology3
 MAN 3025 Principles of Management 3
 HSA 3170 Financial Management in Health Care 3
 HSC 3930 Professional Development I 1
 Approved Elective: MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing

 Spring Semester Sem. Hrs.
 HSA 3140 Approaches to Healthcare Strategic  Planning 3
 HSA 3180 Health Care Management Theory and Practice 3
 ECP 4222 Human Resources Management or MAN 4301 Personnel Management 3
 HHSA 3225 Introduction to Long-term Care 3
 HSC 3931 Professional Development II 1
 HSA 4191 Information Systems Management in Health Care

 Summer Sem. Hrs.
 HSA 4850 Health Care Management Internship
Senior Year
Fall Semester
 Sem. Hrs.
 HSA 3430 Health Care Economics 3
 HSA 4700 Health Care Research 3
 HSA 4383 Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations 3
 HSC 4930 Professional Development III 1
HSC 3640 Health Law

 Spring SemesterSem. Hrs.
 HSC 4634 Critical Health Issues 3
 HSC 4202 Public and Community Health 3
 HSA 4150 Health Policy and Politics 3
 HSC 4931 Professional Development IV 1
MAN 4240 Organizational Behavior3
 HSA 4922 Capstone: Health Care Management

 Professional Curriculum Total Credit Hours67
 Total Semester Hours 120
*State common prerequisite. Substitutes indicated in the state Common Prerequisite Manual at www.facts.org will be accepted. Must successfully complete these courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

Foreign Language Requirement

Prior to graduation, all students must have documentation showing completion of the foreign language requirement: two (2) years in high school or eight semester hours (or the equivalent) at an accredited undergraduate institution ofone foreign language or American Sign Language prior to graduation.

Long-term Care Administration Concentration

In order to fulfill the requirements of the long-term care administration concentration and to qualify for certification to sit for the State of Florida nursing home administration licensure examination, a student majoring in Health Care Management must, in addition to completing the general curriculum, take the following courses:

HSA 3220 Long-term Care Management
HSA 4183 Applied Management in Long-term Care
SYP 4730 Aging America
SYO 3400 Medical Sociology

Rehabilitation Services Administration Concentration

In order to fulfill the requirements of the rehabilitation services administration, concentration, a student must complete all of the following courses with a minimum "C" grade:

RCS 3030 Introduction to Rehabilitation
RCS 3700 Disability and Society
RCS 4060 Psychological Aspects of Disability
RCS 4200 Intro. to Vocational Evaluation
RCS 4610 Supervision and Coordination of Vocational Rehabilitation

Approved Electives

Any course in either concentration will qualify for elective credit. In addition, the courses listed below are approved for elective credit:

MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing
MAN 3701 Business Ethics
MAN 4810 Systems Theory and Designs

Course Descriptions

HSA 3110 Organization and Administration of Health Care Facilities
(3)  An overview of the health care delivery systems in the United States.  Designed to acquaint beginning health care management students with social, political, economic, demographic, and technological forces that shape the structure, operation, and outcomes of the U.S. health care system.  Division approval required.

HSA 3141 Approaches to Healthcare Strategic Planning
(3) Prereq: MAN 3025; HSA 3110 and HSA 3170 or Coreq. - Theories, methodologies, practices in health planning, institutional strategic planning, and health marketing.  Division approval required.

HSA 3170 Financial Management in Health Care
(3) Prereq: ACG 2021; ACG 2071.  Managerial financial management of health care institutions relating to acquisition, planning, budgeting, and control of funds to meet organizational objectives.  Division approval required.

HSA 3180 Health Care Management Theory and Practice.
  Prereq: MAN 3025, HSA 3110. An in depth examination of the application of management and organizational theory and concepts in health care institutions. Division approval required.

HSA 3225 Introduction to Long-Term Care
(3) Provides a basic orientation to the long-term care continuum, including both nursing homes and non-institutional alternatives such as home health agencies, adult day care centers, and retirement homes.  It examines the long-term care needs of the elderly and the public policy responses to those needs.  Regulatory, environmental health and safety, and licensure requirements are discussed.

HSA 3430 Health Economics (3) Prereq: ECO 2013; HSA 3110.  Examinations of economic mechanisms of the health care industry, health policy, payment methods, national health insurance, economic efficiency, cost effectiveness, and benefit-cost analysis.  Division approval required.

HSA 4150 Health Policy and Politics
(3) Prereq: POS 2041; HSA 3110. Analytic and descriptive study of health policy and politics in the United States in terms of philosophy, history, economics, and administration of health care.  Emphasis on how policy affecting health care delivery is generated, promoted, opposed, adopted, and implemented.  Division approval required.

HSA 4191 Information Systems Management in Healthcare (3) Prereq: HSA 3110; CGS 2060. An introduction to the use of health information systems with a focus on technology and characteristics of information systems in health care settings. Various applications for information systems in health care management will be discussed.

HSA 4700 Health Care Research
(3) Prereq: MAN 2812; STA 2023; HSA 3110.  An introduction to research design with emphasis on application of techniques to address questions of concern to the health care systems and health care managers.  The design of a manageable research proposal is required.  Division approval required.

HSA 4850 Health Care Management Practicum
(5)  Prereq: All pre-professional courses as well: HSA 3110; HSA 3170; MAN 3025; HSC 3930; HSC 3931; HSA 3140; HSA 3180; HSA 3225 for students completing the long-term care concentration. A 13-week practicum designed to give students direct experience in various health care settings.  Criminarl background clearance is required.  Division approval required.

HSA 3220  Long Term Care Administration
(3) Prereq:  HSA 3110; HSA 3225.  Theory, philosophy and behavior of administration and management of long-term care facilities.  Emphasis placed on the role of long-term care administrators relative to general management, personnel management, financial management, marketing, laws and regulatory codes, and patient care.  Division approval required.

HSA 4183 Applied Management in Long-Term Care
(3).  Prereq: HSA 3225 HSA 3110, HSA 3180, HSA 3220.  Students take part in an in-depth discussion, research, and case studies of management, organizational, and operational problems in long-term care institutions. Division approval required.

HSC 1000 Orientation to Health Sciences
(1)  A survey of the health care professions and organizations.

HSC 3640 Health Law
(3) Prereq: HSA 3110.  Introduction to the legal system, specifics and legal implications of health related legislation and programs, and medical malpractice, labor law, and informed consent to treatment.  Division approval required.

HSC 3930 Professional Development I
(1)  This course is the first in a series of four professional development courses designed for Health Care Management majors. It is structured to familiarize students with the concept of professionalism, examine health care management career paths and professional associations. Additional topices of discussion include career success, ethics and judgement, resumes, business attire and appropriate behaviors.  This course will also introduce students to the FAMU Career Placement Center and its resources. Division approval required.

HSC 3931 Professional Development II
(1) Prereq: HSC 3930.  This course is the second in a series of four professional development courses designed for Health Care Management majors. The focus of this course is internship preparation and placement. Various topics relative to internship success will be discussed.  Division approval required.

HSC 4202 Public and Community Health
(3) Prereq: HSA 3110.  Study of the impact on the health status of individuals as a result of public health practices and services including topics in epidemiology.  Division approval required.

HSC  4500 Epidemiology
(3).  Study of epidemiology as a scientific discipline and its role in health service planning and administration. Emphasis on methods for studying chronic disease, public health, vital statistics, sanitation, and communicable disease. Division approval required.

HSC 4634 Critical Health Issues
(3) Prereq: HSA 3110.  An examination of current issues facing the health care industry including access, quality of care, end of life, health disparities, cultural competence, diversity, ethics, HIPAA and confidentiality.  Division approval required.

HSC 4930 Professional Development III
(1) Prereq: HSA 4850,  HSC 3931.  This course is the third in a sequence of four professional development courses for Health Care Management majors. The focus of this course is internship debriefing and discussion. In addition, there will be opportunities for students to strengthen their presentation and interview skills. Division approval required.

HSA 4931 Professional Development IV
(1) Prereq: HSA 4850, HSC 4930.  This course is the last in a series of four professional development courses for Health Care Management majors. The focus of this course is realistic career planning for employment or graduate education. Emphasis will be placed on identifying employment opportunities, job interviews, graduate school preparation and career success.  Division approval required.

HSA 4922 Capstone: Health Care Management (3) Prereq: All pre-professional courses and HSA 3110, HSA 3170, HSA 3140, HSA 3180, HSA 4191, HSA 4850 and MAN 3025. HSA 4850 may be a corequisite. This capstone course is designed to enable students to integrate knowledge and skills derived from prior coursework to address current management issues in health care. Division approval required.

HSA 4383 Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations
(3) Prereq.: HSA 3110. Foundations of quality focus on patient satisfaction and provision of quality care. Emphasis will be placed on the need for incremental measures of quality care. Additionally, formal quality assessment procedures, regulatory agencies and schools of thought on quality management will be reviewed. Division approval required.

RCS 4610 Supervision and Coordination in Rehabilitation
(3). Examines the roles, duties, and responsibilities of rehabilitation managers and the factors involved in the supervision and coordination of rehabilitation agencies.

RCS 4200 Introduction to Vocational Evaluation
(3). An overview of (a) types of and purposes of traditional vocational assessments, (b) the use of vocational assessment measures and assessment for supported employment services, (c) measures of physical capacities/functional limitations and independent living skills.

RCS 4060 Psychological Aspects of Disability
(3). An in depth study of the psychological and sociological aspects of disabilities, including adjustment factors in living with disabilities, community attitude toward individuals with disabilities, and strategies to change attitudes.

RCS 3700 Disability and Society
(3). Overview of the types of disabling conditions, myths about people with disabilities, societal attitudes facilitating and impeding opportunities for people with disabilities, and career opportunities in the field of rehabilitation.

RCS 3030 Introduction to Vocational Rehabilitation
(3). An overview of the history and philosophy of rehabilitation. Examines the organizational structure of public and private rehabilitation agencies.