Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

In this specialized curriculum, students explore a comprehensive core of knowledge about the U.S. healthcare system, including its structure, operations, regulations and management, with a focus on administrative roles in healthcare services. The Bachelor of Healthcare Management provides students with an opportunity to study healthcare directly across many disciplines in order to help prepare students for a career in healthcare management.

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree with a Specialization in Health Services Administration Management can provide students with a strong foundation of healthcare administration and practical, career focused skills.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Interpret and explain concepts effectively in various healthcare organizations and situations
  • Apply principles of economics and finance to make effective decisions in various healthcare settings for various contemporary healthcare practices and functions
  • Analyze the relationships between costs, quality, and access to healthcare in the U.S.
  • Formulate current operation’s management practices and principles used in the current healthcare environment
  • Evaluate the types of information and information systems capabilities/technology needed by healthcare organizations
  • Evaluate potential ethical and legal conflicts in healthcare related to legislative and regulatory issues affecting healthcare

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Degree Requirements

General Education
BUSN125Applied Business Mathematics4.5
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program
Total Credit Hours:36

Lower Division Core
ACCT205Principles of Accounting I4.5
BUSN150Legal and Ethical Environment of Business4.5
HLTH215Introduction to Healthcare4.5
HLTH225Health/Public Policy4.5
Total Credit Hours:18
Upper Division Core
FINA310Financial Management4.5
HLTH310Survey of Healthcare Management4.5
HLTH315Risk Management in Healthcare4.5
HLTH325Quality in Healthcare4.5
HLTH330Healthcare and Human Resources4.5
HLTH335Research Methods for Healthcare4.5
Total Credit Hours:27

Specialization Options

Health Services Administration Management
HLTH320Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare4.5
HLTH337Healthcare Organization4.5
HLTH339Marketing a Healthcare Perspective4.5
HLTH405Advanced Healthcare Management4.5
HLTH415Leadership in Healthcare Organizations4.5
HLTH420Healthcare Finance4.5
HLTH430Healthcare Information Systems4.5
HLTH440Healthcare Resource Allocation and Policy Making4.5
HLTH499Program Capstone4.5
Total Credit Hours:40.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

AIU's Bachelor of Healthcare Management (BHCM), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other, similar schools. For a Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree with a specialization in Health Services Administration Management, your classes can include:

Healthcare Organization

This course introduces organizational theory and structure. It addresses performance and issues related to change management and interoperability of organizations as well as demonstrating upstream and downstream actions and their implications to the success of the organizational goals and objectives. Theories related to proper organizational design and change are discussed throughout.

Marketing a Healthcare Perspective

This course introduces various marketing strategies and how they apply to the healthcare industry. Media types, internal and external marketing strategies, feedback streams and assessment measures as well as legal and ethical practices in marketing as they relate to healthcare are discussed.

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare

This course provides a working knowledge of law and ethics in a wide variety of healthcare topics, enabling students to deal with common legal and practical problems facing patients, their families, practitioners, caregivers, and society within the healthcare industry. Students must possess a basic knowledge of ethics and the law as it applies to their areas of responsibility.

Advanced Healthcare Management

This course investigates contemporary challenges in healthcare management and includes examination and application of data analytics and tools used in monitoring, assessing, and evaluating performance of healthcare organizations, approaches to problem identification and assessment, identification of alternative solutions and development of recommendations to address operational challenges and achieve performance improvement.

Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

This course exposes the student to organizational leadership strategies and tactics as they apply to the healthcare organizations. Leadership methods are explained and explored with a focus on communications, delegation, perceptions of power, collaboration, oversight, mentoring, coaching, and tracking of performance, as well as session planning. Matrix management, ad-hoc teams and cross boundary controls are also considered.

Healthcare Information Systems

This course is designed to assist healthcare students in understanding principles of analysis, design, evaluation, selection, acquisition, and utilization of information systems in the healthcare organization. Sufficient technical detail on computer hardware, software, networks, and data management is included to enable the student to become conversant with modern information technology and its use in healthcare organizations.

Healthcare Finance

This course covers an analysis and evaluation of the economic, financial and payment environment of the healthcare consumer, provider, institution and the different organizations found in the healthcare industry. These areas will be integrated to provide a complete understanding of the managed care organization's economic, financial and payment objectives to provide health services to all healthcare clients.

Healthcare Resource Allocation and Policy Making

This course focuses on the impact healthcare policy has on resource allocation. Students will achieve a better understanding of the public policy formulation and modification processes in addition to an awareness of critical issues in American health policy impacting healthcare managers to balance costs, quality, and access to care in various settings.

Program Capstone

The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous health specialization courses. This course provides an opportunity for the student to use the assimilated materials in a cohesive approach through challenges that reflect situations they may address in actual practice.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a degree in Health Services Administration Management?

Working in the healthcare sector can be extremely rewarding, using valued professional qualifications to help to make a difference in the smooth running of operations around the management of hospitals, clinics and other health-related organizations. The healthcare industry is experiencing rapid change, driven by the aging population, evolving technologies and new laws. In fact, jobs for medical and health-services managers are expected to grow by 17% through 2024—much faster than average.1


Nearly three out of four jobs for medical and health-services managers occur in these five industries:

  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Offices of physicians
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government
  • Home healthcare services2

The Day-to-Day Role

Typically, healthcare managers work closely with physicians, nurses, and laboratory technologists and technicians. Typical duties include:

  • Conducting and administering fiscal operations, including accounting, planning budgets, authorizing expenditures, establishing rates for services and coordinating financial reporting
  • Directing, supervising and evaluating work activities of medical, nursing, technical, clerical, service, maintenance, and other personnel
  • Maintaining communication between governing boards, medical staff and department heads
  • Reviewing and analyzing facility activities and data to aid planning and cash and risk management and to improve service utilization
  • Planning, implementing and administering programs and services
  • Directing or conducting recruitment, hiring and training of personnel
  • Establishing work schedules and assignments for staff, according to workload, space and equipment availability
  • Monitoring the use of diagnostic services, in-patient beds, facilities, and staff to ensure effective use of resources and assess the need for additional staff, equipment and services
  • Developing and maintaining computerized record-management systems to store and process data (such as personnel activities and information), and producing reports2

Key Areas of Expertise

Working in healthcare management often involves:

  • Case management
  • Decision making
  • Process improvement
  • Collaboration
  • Business development
  • Staff development

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at (visited October 21, 2016).


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