Advance your career in the medical and health services field.
The Bachelor of Arts in Health Systems and Administration provides working professionals in health fields an opportunity to complete a meaningful, career-relevant bachelor’s degree that prepares them for leadership roles and career advancement in a high-demand field.
Students enrolled in the BA in Health Systems and Administration program will develop practical skills in data analysis, communication, management and more. In keeping with the Holy Cross mission of St. Edward’s, students will be prepared to approach issues within health care and health professions from an equity and social justice perspective.
The program builds on core courses such as Data Analysis for Health Professionals, Health Communication, Global Public Health, Health Care Management and Medical Ethics that establish a solid foundation for health services leadership. Students will also gain hands-on experience by participating in an internship directly related to their studies.
Required elective courses allow students to tailor their degree by choosing from classes in business, communications, leadership, social and natural sciences, and statistics and computing. The interdisciplinary design of this degree equips graduates for management in health care organizations that are continually changing and evolving to meet the challenges of health care services in the 21st century.
What are job opportunities for graduates?
Health care services are the largest sector of the U.S. economy, creating ongoing demand for health care administrators. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 32% growth in employment of medical and health services managers through 2030. Currently, the average entry-level salary for health managers and administrators is $65,000. Health Systems and Management majors can look forward a variety of career paths, including:
- Medical and Health Services Director/Assistant Director
- Medical Clinic Director
- Medical Systems Administrator
- Medical Operations Manager
- Medical Office Manager
- Medical Practice Manager
Who is an ideal candidate for this degree?
Working professionals in healthcare fields, particularly those with associate degrees or prior healthcare training are best suited for this major.
NOTE: This major is not intended to prepare students for graduate or professional school in health fields. Please see an advisor at St. Edward’s if you are considering a career in healthcare that requires postgraduate education, as other majors (for example, biology or kinesiology) may be more appropriate options.
Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts in Health Systems and Administration requires a total of 36–38 hours of major courses, which include seven core courses and five electives.
Required Courses: Students complete these seven required courses totaling 21 hours:
- Current Issues in Health Care
- Health Communication
- Issues in Global Public Health
- Data Analysis for Health Professionals
- Special Topics in Management (Health Care Management)
- Medical Ethics
- Health Systems and Administration Internship/Practicum
Required Electives: Students choose at least 15 hours from select courses in five areas. Courses can be chosen from one or more of these areas:
- Statistics, computing and data analysis
- Business, leadership and management
- Science, health and wellness
- Ethics, social issues and policy
- Up to the allowable 66 credits of the Associates degree for a health sciences program may transfer into the Health Systems and Administration program.
- Workforce courses will count for general elective credit.
- Candidates must still complete the entire major and general education requirements, even if doing so would put them above the 120 credits required for the degree.
“The BA in Health Systems and Administration builds on the knowledge and skills of health care professionals, preparing them to take leadership roles. This interdisciplinary program is designed for working professionals and includes options for tailoring the degree to fit the goals and interests of students.”