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Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management - Non-Clinical Track | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management - Non-Clinical Track


About OU's Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management (Non-Clinical Track)

The non-clinical track of Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management will help business professionals understand health management systems and gain the organizational insight and managerial ability needed to pursue positions of leadership or management of health care organizations, so they can continue helping people live better, healthier lives. Healthcare is a growing field, in every way. While there continues to be great demand for doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners, there is also a rising need for the office professionals and administrators that maintain health-care operations. You could fill these roles with OU’s health care management degree.

The Health Care Management program promotes an understanding of complex, evolving and integrated health care and reimbursement systems. Students analyze perspectives, methods and values associated with the delivery and financing of health services. They learn to evaluate client needs, fiscal constraints, management practices, ethical principles, public policies, and promotional strategies of the health care institution. System designs to discover ways to meet the growing demands for affordable, efficient, responsible, and effective health care are considered. This major promotes organizational insight and managerial ability for those who desire leadership positions in health-related organizations. It is especially suitable for health care professionals with technical/clinical training.

Coursework in the non-clinical track requires six foundation courses in business, along with the necessary core courses to earn the degree.

Four BAHCM Concentrations

Ottawa’s bachelor’s degree in health care management offers several concentrations that allow you to tailor your degree in an area of specialization, such as:

Career Outlook for the B.A. in Health Care Management (Non-Clinical)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of people employed as managers in the health service industry will increase by 32% through 2029. The median annual wage in health care management positions was $100,980 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $58,820, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $189,000.

The need for people with skills and expertise will increase as health care management systems become more complex. Graduates can pursue health care management and administration career options in settings such as hospitals, residential care facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies and group medical practices.

Perspective on the BAHCM

“Medical and health services managers plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. These works are either specialists in charge of a specific clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or system.”

Click here for a testimonial from one of OU’s Health Care Management graduates.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.

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Foundation Courses








MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill foundation requirement. 

Health Care Management Non-Clincal Major Courses

Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems |  
Introduction to the U.S. health care system, major components of the system, and historical development of current health care systems.

Planning and Budgeting in Health Care |  
Addresses basic budgeting and management systems applicable to various health care industries. Examines development of business budgets using tools and models such as balance sheets, income statements, cash flow analysis, time value of money concepts and project planning techniques specific to health care organizations.

Human Resources in Health Care Organizations |  
Examines relationships between employer and employee. Topics Includes development of appropriate and legally prescribed standards for measuring work performance, compensation, labor-employee relations, and recruitment, selection, training, development, and appraisal of employees.

Health Care Law and Ethics |  
Explores case law affecting health care administration. Includes subjects such as health care reimbursement, patient access to health care, organization and operation of the health care business and medical staff relations. Examines ethical issues such as defining death and harvesting organs, withholding or withdrawing medical care, surrogate motherhood and maternal-fetal conflict and patient confidentiality and AIDS.

Health Care Policy and Regulation |  
Examines the development of health care policy in the U.S. and the influences of societal, political, and economic environments on the health care industry. Explores the interaction of government and other regulatory agencies within the health care industries.

Quality in Health Care |   
Examines the various aspects of quality: measurement, management, and improvement and how these are conducted in health care organizations.  Describes the relationship between quality and reimbursement, particularly in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, as well as the growing linkage to commercial payers.  Focuses on the theory of quality as well as the process, including studying examples of quality initiativs and organizations that promote quality efforts in health care organizations.

Management of Health Care Organizations |   
Provides overview of management in health organizations with attention to management functions of planning, controlling and organizing. Emphasis on budgeting as application of planning and controlling. Covers setting of objectives, formulation of strategies, decision-making techniques of control, and different approaches to establishing authority and responsibility in organizations.

Seminar in Applied Health Care Management |  
Capstone course that guides students in integration of functional content areas in the field of health care management. Addresses health care management Issues and applies health care management theories and techniques to problems and cases through a process of decision-making.

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