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What Is a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration?

by Kate Prudchenko, studioD

Universities offer undergraduate students who are interested in health care a number of degree options, one of which is the Bachelor of Science in health administration. This degree is intended for students who want to gain a strong foundation in the business of health care. Students can expect to take courses covering a various aspects of the health care industry such as leadership, personnel management, marketing and finance. Graduates of this degree program go on to graduate programs or into careers as managers and administrators.


A Bachelor of Science in health administration is an undergraduate degree program that is designed to give students an educational background in the business aspects of health care and to develop leadership and management skills. Students are required to take courses outside the major to fulfill their general education requirements. Some of these general courses are also prerequisites for upper-division classes in the health administration program. Overall, the degree requires the student complete 120 credit hours of coursework.

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for a Bachelor of Science in health administration may take up to half of the total credit hours required for the degree, or 60 hours. The specifics of general education requirements vary from program to program, but most allow students to select courses from a number of broad academic areas. These areas generally include English composition or writing, history, fine arts, social sciences, economics, mathematics such as college algebra and statistics and natural sciences such as biology and chemistry.

Health Administration Required Courses

The required courses within the major generally take up a little more than half of the remaining credit hours, between 32 and 38 units. The required courses are drawn from the health administration curriculum as well as related fields such as business administration, human resources and accounting. The courses are designed to give the student a broad background in the health care industry as well as a familiarity with general business principles, which are required for success as a health administrator.

Health Administration Electives

Elective courses allow students in the Bachelor of Science in health administration to focus their studies on areas in which they have a particular interest. The range of elective courses varies from program to program, but generally includes courses in health care law, marketing for health care companies, health care information systems and special problems in health care such as community health. These elective courses help students identify future career directions or possible advanced degrees in more specialized areas.

About the Author

Kate Prudchenko has been a writer and editor for five years, publishing peer-reviewed articles, essays, and book chapters in a variety of publications including Immersive Environments: Future Trends in Education and Contemporary Literary Review India. She has a BA and MS in Mathematics, MA in English/Writing, and is completing a PhD in Education.

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