Healthcare Leadership (50 Credits)

Build on your allied health expertise* and take your career to the next level. Health care managers provide leadership in day-to-day operations.

They lead department and organizational change and growth while continuously improving quality for those who seek care and work within their organizations. 

A bachelor's degree is a very common requirement to become a medical or health services manager. Now is a great time to become qualified for this career path!

The combination of technological advancements, shifting patient and industry philosophies, and an aging baby boomer population will continue to increase healthcare service needs and the demand for health service managers.

In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted the field to grow "much faster than average" through 2028.

What You Will Learn

Explore the required coursework for this program option in the Undergraduate Catalog.

These five HLL learning domains align with the Healthcare Leadership Alliance Competency Directory.

  • Positively influence others through understanding human behavior
  • Build rapport and relationships among colleagues, stakeholders and customers
  • Develop strategies for successful negotiation, conflict resolution and developing teams
  • Gain a deeper and practical understanding of the organizational, political, social, economic, technological and ethical issues affecting healthcare organizations
  • Enhance core competencies to lead in times of significant change
  • Learn effective ways of communicating with others in management and leadership roles both inside and outside the healthcare system
  • Refine and sharpen a number of management-related skills, including performance of managerial and financial accounting practices
  • Identify and analyze appropriate management frameworks for solving specific organizational problems and strategically analyze the organizational environment

Understand and analyze the management and policy implications of the major issues related to the organization of healthcare systems (of the U.S. and other nations):

  • social values
  • assessment and regulation of healthcare system
  • analysis of need
  • access and use of services
  • current supply and distribution of health resources
  • current healthcare costs and expenditures and reasons for their rapid increase
  • private and public financing of health services
  • quality of care assessment
  • control of quality and costs of care through market-oriented strategies, professional self-regulation, managerial approaches and government regulations
  • health system reform issues
  • Seek awareness of the conduct, aims and qualities defining a given profession, familiarity with professional codes of ethics, and understanding of ethical schools of thought, patient professional interaction models and patient rights
  • Understand how the legal system in the U.S. operates and how the fundamental principles of law are applied to either the public health or health services sectors
  • Gain an appreciation for legal, ethical and policy issues pertaining to ones professional career

*Experience in healthcare and an earned associate degree are required to be considered for the Leadership track of the HLA program. If you do not have healthcare experience, you may be better suited for the Health & Wellness Management option