Health Administration

Like the idea of managing an organization that really helps people? Are you up for the challenge of helping hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations work effectively?

If so, Health Administration is the major for you.

The Health Administration emphasis (PHHA) at WSU is designed for students who are preparing for entry-level careers as public health administrators and managers in health departments, hospitals, and clinics.

Think of Health Administration as a healthcare-focused business administration field. You’ll be helping to manage the business-side of hospitals and clinics so that patients can get the care they need.

This emphasis is also a good foundation for students who want to attend graduate school. You’ll also be prepared to start your own business or non-profit one day.

Either way, earning a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration will set you up well for bigger and better things in your career.

What You’ll Learn

The physical, social and economic environments all affect our health and choices. You’ll learn how these factors are related and apply this knowledge through class projects and real-world experiences to promote the health of communities.

In the Health Administration emphasis, you will learn the ins and out of effectively managing a healthcare organization. You’ll gain skills and experience in managing staff, overseeing finances, and navigating the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding healthcare practices.

Check out the Course Catalog for more on PHHA requirements.

View the Major Map (PDF) to see how you can complete this degree in four years.

Careers & Job Growth

As a Health Administration major, you can build a career as a

  • Manager of non-profit organization
  • Entrepreneur of health-related business
  • Health Administrator & Manager in a hospital or clinic
  • Manager of a district, state, or federal Public Health agency or department

These careers play important roles in the healthcare industry. Health administrators manage and coordinate the business-side of hospitals and clinics, so medical professionals can focus on their patients.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupational outlook for Medical and Health Services Managers is projected to have exponential growth and thousands of new jobs in the next decade:

  • 2019 Median Pay: $100,980 per year
  • Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • Number of Jobs in 2019: 422,300
  • Job Outlook for 2019-29: 32% (much faster than average)

If this sounds like the career path for you, talk to Public Health faculty to learn more about the Health Administration major!