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

Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management | Non Clinical Degree in Health Care

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

Are you interested in earning a degree in health care or pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration? The non-clinical track of Ottawa University’s accelerated, online Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management helps 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.

View a compelling testimonial from one of OU’s Health Care Management graduates. 

Non-Clinical Track

Our accelerated, online Health Care Management Non-Clinical Track 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. Our students discover ways to meet the growing demand for affordable, efficient, responsible, and effective health care. Our highly esteemed faculty share their expertise and managerial insights for our students who desire leadership positions in health-related organizations. The program is particularly suitable for health care professionals with technical/clinical training.

Perspective on the Health Care Management Degree

“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.”


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Education and Qualifications

Some careers in healthcare administration require an advanced degree. As our students pursue their bachelor's degrees, they often consider earning a Master of Arts in Leadership or a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Population Health/Health Care Management.  

Coursework in the non-clinical track requires six foundation courses in business, along with the necessary core courses to earn the degree. Ottawa’s bachelor’s degree in health care management offers several concentrations that allow you to tailor your degree in an area of specialization.

Careers in Health Care Management

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 health care administration career options in settings such as hospitals, residential care facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies, group medical practices, community health manager, behavioral health organizations, consulting firms, government health care agencies, long term care facilities, and physician offices.

Health care management careers may include:

  • Health information manager
  • Community health manager
  • Health policy analyst
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Medical Services administrator
  • Health services manager

Foundation Courses

Accounting For Business Operations | ACC 20364 (4 credit hours) 

Macroeconomics | ECO 20163 (3 credit hours)

Microeconomics | ECO 20263 (3 credit hours)

College Algebra | MAT 10643 (3 credit hours)

OR

Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 (3 credit hours)

OR

Business Mathematics | MAT 20143 (3 credit hours)

Business Statistics | OAD 30763 (4 credit hours)

OR

Intoduction to Statistics | MAT 20044 (4 credit hours)

Business Ethics | OAD 31664 (3 credit hours)

***MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill the foundation requirement. 

Health Care Management Non-Clinical Major Courses

Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems | OAD 36010 (4 credits)
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 | OAD 36020 (4 credits)
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 | OAD 38663 (4 credits)
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 | OAD 40654 (4 credits)
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 | OAD 46000 (4 credits)
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 | OAD 48400 (4 credits)
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 | OAD 48563 (4 credits)
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 | OAD 49500 (4 credits)
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.

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

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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