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Healthcare Administration (BA)

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The Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration is designed for working adults seeking to advance their careers in healthcare or those who desire to redirect their careers to the healthcare area. The degree advances the development of a student’s professional portfolio with further study in a range of sub fields associated with healthcare, business administration, and management. 

This degree emphasizes immediate practical application of academic knowledge and skills in the healthcare workplace. In this program, students examine their prior and current work experience in light of theory and principles, while applying their new learning to solve current workplace challenges. Details about the program can be found on the program description linked here.  For more information about BAHA program please contact transferadmissions@depaul.edu.
  

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) emphasizes a multidisciplinary understanding of health and the “business of health,” in preparation for further education and careers in the administration of health care services and delivery systems. The degree offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to students who are new to the  health care administration industry and those who are already working in this environment and  seek to advance their careers.

This major advances student's knowledge and professional skills related to health communications, biomedical ethics, global health issues, career planning, writing, critical thinking, research, community engagement in a variety of integrative formats. In addition to a core of health science subjects, students also study general business, management and leadership topics related to the health care industry including public health, health care administration, and eldercare all within a liberal arts framework.

This degree program offers the following features:

  • Designed for working adult students with flexible scheduling including online options
  • Financial Aid and flexible payment options available
  • Acceleration and affordability through transfer credit and prior learning assessment (PLA) credit
  • Opportunities to combine bachelor's and master’s programs and apply graduate courses to both programs
  • Individualized program planning, course selection and advising assistance provided
  • Enhanced career opportunities through professional portfolio development, and career placement services instruction from industry practitioners, and wide-ranging Career Services support
  • Degree granted by DePaul University, with its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to join its prestigious and extensive alumni network
Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Core Requirements 74
Major Requirements 84
Open Electives 34
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of health care management.
  • Explain legal and regulatory requirements applicable to health care organizations.
  • Apply skills for effective decision-making in health care organizations.
  • Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Apply ethical principles in context.
  • Apply methods of communication in multiple settings.
  • Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.

College Core (74 credits, 16 credits in residence)

Lifelong Learning Requirements (28 credits, 12 credits in residence)

Course Title Quarter Hours
LL 201REFLECTIVE LEARNING 12
or RPL 101 PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT
LL 305ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD4
MAT 130PRECALCULUS4
LL 261ESSAY WRITING4
LL 270CRITICAL THINKING4
LL 290RESEARCH WRITING 14
LL 301RESEARCH METHODS 16

Liberal Learning Requirements (46 credits, 4 credits in residence)

  • Liberal Arts in Action Requirement: CCA 281, CCH 281, CCS 281 or courses with LA1 designation, 6 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM ARTS & IDEAS, courses with the CCA, AL, PI, or RD requirement designations, or any Arts & Ideas competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM HUMAN COMMUNITY, courses with the CCH, SSMW, or UP requirement designations, or any Human Community competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM SCIENTIFIC WORLD, courses with the CCSW, SI, SILB, or SISK requirement designations, or any Scientific Word competencies, 12 credits
  • IN 307 INTEGRATIVE LEARNING, 4 credits 1

Major Requirements (84 credits) 

44 credit hours must be completed in residence in the major, including FA 199 and LL 303. 

Professional Studies Core (20 credits, 8 credits in residence)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING
FA 199CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING 12
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
CMNS 315HEALTH COMMUNICATION4
ETHICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS, Courses with the PSES requirement designation, choose one of the following:4
CCA 299
ETHICAL ISSUES IN BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTH
PHL 229
BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
HLTH 229
ETHICS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES
REL 229
MEDICINE, ETHICS AND SOCIETY
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, Courses with the PSGP requirement designation, choose one of the following:4
CCS 251
UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL HEALTH CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES
CCS 328
GLOBAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND HEALTH
ANT 362
GLOBAL HISTORY OF HEALTH
SOC 365
HEALTH AND GLOBALIZATION
HLTH 380
TOPICS IN HEALTH SCIENCES
CAPSTONE PROJECT
LL 303CAPSTONE PROJECT 16

Health Sciences Core (20 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
HLTH 201INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE4
HLTH 210INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH4
HLTH 250HEALTH CARE POLICY IN THE UNITED STATES4
or SOC 221 INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
DCM 308INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS4
or PSY 240 STATISTICS I
or SOC 279 INTRO STATS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
HLTH 310FUNDAMENTALS OF EPIDEMIOLOGY4

Leadership, Business, and Management Core (28 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
BADM 223ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PRINCIPLES4
DA 233APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS4
BADM 315ECONOMICS FOR DECISION-MAKING4
HLTH 330HEALTH LEADERSHIP4
DCM 302PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT4
BADM 334HUMAN RESOURCE AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR MANAGERS4
BADM 335RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE4

Major Elective Courses (16 credits, select from below)

Course Title Quarter Hours
HEALTH IN CULTURAL CONTEXT
ANT 361
GLOBAL ISSUES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
ANT 272
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HLTH 236
GAY MEN'S HEALTH MATTERS
PSY 213
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PSYCHOLOGY
HEALTH OPTIONS FOR FACILITIES, COMMUNITIES, AND WORKPLACES
CCA 396
INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY
CCH 367
LEISURE, RECREATION, AND HEALTH
CCH 383
PROMOTING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
BADM 340
IMPLEMENTING CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAMS
HLTH 335
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT
PSY 354
COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
ELDERCARE
CCS 219
NEUROPLASTICITY AND THE AGING BRAIN
DCM 323
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING AND THE AGED
HLTH 341
DEATH AND DYING
ADMINISTRATION
PRAD 338
HEALTH AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
HLTH 336
PROGRAM EVALUATION
MGT 398
SPECIAL TOPICS
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
CCH 334
THE BUSINESS OF US HEALTH CARE IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT
SOC 321
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
HLTH 194
HUMAN PATHOGENS AND DEFENSE
HLTH 202
HEALTH RESEARCH LITERACY
SOC 351
HEALTH DISPARITIES
ANT 361
GLOBAL ISSUES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
HLTH 335
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT
HLTH 336
PROGRAM EVALUATION
PSY 364
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
BIOSCIENCES
CCS 320
MAMMALOGY
HLTH 194
HUMAN PATHOGENS AND DEFENSE
HLTH 195
HUMAN FORM AND FUNCTION
BIO 110
EVOLUTION IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE

Open Electives (34 credits)

Open Electives can be fulfilled through courses taken in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and other DePaul colleges, transfer courses, assessment of prior learning (PLA), and independent studies.​​​​​


Questions? Email adultenrollment@depaul.edu or call (312) 362-5551 to meet with an admissions counselor.

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