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Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

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Career Outlook and Growth

Careers for Medical and Health Services Managers, Public Health Professionals, and Clinical Data Managers are expected to grow 8 percent or higher, which is much faster than average, through the year 2029.1

Expanding Careers

With a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) from Bryan University, you’ll gain a unique competitive edge and prepare for a fulfilling career in one of the fastest-growing industries.

More than ever before, the healthcare and public health sectors need skilled administrators, managers, and analysts who have the right skills to improve the patient experience, enhance population health, and reduce healthcare costs.

Earning your bachelor’s degree now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

Attractive Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the bachelor’s degree program, you’ll have the advanced knowledge and skillset to be job-ready for a variety of career opportunities such as:

  • Healthcare Administrator/Manager
  • Health Information Management Systems (HIMS) Analyst
  • Public Health Specialist/Educator
  • Population Health Specialist/Coordinator
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Population Health Data Analyst
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health Policy/Process Analyst

Diverse Employers

Healthcare information systems managers and public health professionals have a range of career opportunities with employers who need college-educated professionals to manage operations, provide analysis, and improve health outcomes. Examples of these employers include:

  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Group medical and physicians’ practices
  • Insurance companies
  • Health information vendors
  • Nonprofits
  • College health settings

At Bryan University, we give you a clear pathway to these exciting career opportunities, so that you’re ready to make your next career move as soon as you graduate.

Program Overview

Designed by industry experts and developed in collaboration with our distinguished Board of Advisors, the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (BSHA) provides you a broad range of skills and focuses on connecting you to the industry with simulated real-world experiences. Your professors will include healthcare specialists, administrators, data analysts, public health experts, and industry professionals.

Additionally, since the Bryan University BSHA program is aligned with current competencies required by the modern healthcare marketplace and public health sector, you can be assured of learning the skills employers demand. Upon graduation, you’ll be immediately prepared for the job market.

Specialized Skills that Employers Want

In today’s data-driven healthcare and public health environment, college graduates must be equipped with the right technology skills, data analysis tools, and leadership knowledge. As a Bryan University BSHA student, you’ll learn from faculty who have real-world experience and build the vital skills that employers need such as:

  • Healthcare information systems and management
  • Population health principles and practices
  • Human resources management
  • Leadership and administration principles and practices
  • Healthcare policy and law
  • Quality and process improvement
  • Database management, including SQL
  • Data visualization, analysis, and displays
  • Clinical classification of data
  • Data quality and evaluation techniques
  • Communications and ethics
  • Research and effective writing
  • Statistical methods

All books and courseware are included in the program tuition!

Two Concentrations to Choose From With Industry Certification Preparation

In addition to the specialized skills noted above, students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration can choose from one of the following two concentrations to gain a deeper level of expertise:

Health Information Management Systems Concentration

  • Healthcare revenue cycle management
  • Federal, state, and local guidelines for healthcare claims processing
  • Healthcare information systems management
  • Healthcare data quality
  • Professional practicum project
  • Certification preparation for the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS™) exam – one exam attempt included in tuition!

Public Health Concentration

  • Public health planning, strategy, and evaluation
  • Epidemiology principles including epigenetics, infectious disease, and foodborne illness
  • Public health advocacy and social justice
  • Public health policy for federal, state, and local programs
  • Public health capstone project to gain real-world, practical experience in a public health setting
  • Certification preparation for the Certified Public Health© (CPH) exam2

Online Learning—Personalized to You

Our dynamic experiential learning model contains cutting-edge curriculum combined with computer-based learning tools, allowing you to learn smarter and retain more. You’ll receive a personalized learning experience, which includes:

  • Individual coaching meetings with instructors when you want them, and instructors who reach out to you if they see you need help
  • The flexibility to accelerate assignment due dates and select from a variety of assignment options to fit your schedule and learning style
  • A mastery-based learning environment giving you the option to improve grades by re-taking assignments based upon instructor feedback
  • Cutting-edge technologies that adapt to your current knowledge level and highlights only the information you need, saving you time and improving the learning experience
  • Meaningful, interactive conversations with your peers and faculty
  • Real-world practicum experience to prepare you for your career
  • Live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty coaching sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

Get Transfer Credit for Your Associate Degree

If you earned an associate degree from another school, we'll likely accept your degree for up to 60 semester credits towards the Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration at Bryan U, which is equivalent to completing half of the bachelor's degree. Also, Bryan U graduates of the Associate Degree in Health Information Management receive 60 semester credits towards the Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Contact us today and our registrar’s department can assist you.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.

Footnotes
1Please visit www.onetonline.org (classification codes 11-9111.00, 21-1094.00 and 15-2051.02) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet at https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9111.00, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/21-1094.00, and https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-2051.02. Sites visited 1/19/2021.
2Note that applicant eligibility to take the CPH exam requires a school or program of public health that is accredited by, or in applicant status with, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and requires the applicant to have at least three subsequent years’ public health work experience. Bryan University is currently seeking accreditation through the CEPH.
3 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Program Details​

Objectives & Courses
Locations & Credits
Program Faculty
General Education Faculty
Admission Requirements
Affording College

Objectives

The Healthcare Administration Bachelor of Science completion program with concentrations in Health Information Management Systems and Public Health is designed to prepare students for positions that manage and use the release of protected healthcare data and the staff performing these functions in healthcare organizations. The program focuses on the skills related to health care administration, revenue cycle management, and data management which will prepare the student for employment in a variety of healthcare organizations. Bryan University delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and coaching. This program prepares students for a deeper understanding of the concepts and theories associated with Healthcare Administration and will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate data and data sources for a given healthcare problem or inquiry.
  • Apply quantitative research and reasoning and appropriate displays of data to satisfy a business need.
  • Analyze, present, and interpret health data in relation to organizational business practices and provide decision support.
  • Ensure data quality in healthcare organizations.
  • Ensure processes are inclusive, compliant with federal/state programs, statues, and organizational policies.
  • Apply study design, program evaluation, survey development, and participant sampling in public health.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams analyzing data to drive the organization’s strategic vision.

Students who successfully graduate from the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program and the Health Information Management Occupational Associate program may transfer all 60 credits of those programs into the Bachelor Science in Healthcare Administration completion program. Other applicable Associate degree programs may also be considered for a block transfer into this baccalaureate completion program.

Courses

BHA-315—Database Management Tools—3.0 credits

Increased regulatory and accrediting compliance, as well as a more competitive marketplace with demands for concomitant cost-control and improved outcomes, require robust methods of accessing, analyzing, and reporting. In this course, students examine the use of dedicated reporting applications as tools to produce sophisticated reports and data displays. Prerequisite: None.

BHA-325—Population Health—3.0 credits

Population health enables governments and organizations to increase access, decrease costs, and improve outcomes. The aging of populations, the rising costs of healthcare, and the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions requires such comprehensive approaches. This course provides a foundation in population health principles and practices, including the distribution of diseases in a population, interventions available to impact those diseases, and policies that enable population health. Prerequisite: None.

BHA-335—Data Management—3.0 credits

Healthcare data, both within an organization and in a multi-entity healthcare system, must be stored and organized in a structured environment that enables reliable access, analysis, and reporting. Students will learn the fundamentals of modern biomedical information and database systems. Prerequisite: None.

BHA-340—Clinical Classification of Data—3.0 credits

Clinical Classification of Data works through applying, interpreting and classifying clinical information and practice efficient communication through statistical analysis. Students assess the principles of classifiable data, effective data analysis strategies, and the benefits of clinical statistic research. Prerequisite: None.

BHA-345—Clinical Data Management—3.0 credits

Clinical Data Management highlights a crucial part of clinical research in which data components, such as integrity, accountability, and consistency, are vital in the collection and interpretation of statistics and clinical data. Students assess strategies for collecting data, resources and tools for maintaining and managing data, as well as effective handling of data and statistics. Prerequisite: BHA-335.

BHA-350—Health Information Systems—3.0 credits

Healthcare Information Systems dives into the wonders of technological systems developed to maintain, obtain, and uphold data. Students assess some of the many types of information systems and related principles, such as standards, regulations, and requirements. Prerequisite: None.

BHA-355—Healthcare Policy and Management—3.0 credits

As the United States Healthcare system has become increasingly regulated, centralized and overseen by accrediting agencies, the legal environment has become increasingly complex. Students in this course will learn the general structure of healthcare law in the United States, and how laws and regulation constrain the management and administration of healthcare entities. Co-requisite: BPH-420 or HIM-420.

BHA-430—Quality and Process Improvement—3.0 credits

Historically, the U.S. healthcare system comprised disparate components with minimal coordination and exchange; however, current regulatory and market changes require a realignment of these entities, frequently aligned with quality outcomes. In this course, students learn the characteristics of both operational and health outcomes quality, the variables that affect quality, and how process improvement can include outcomes. Prerequisite: BHA-335.

BHA-445—Leadership and Human Asset Management—3.0 credits

This course focuses on principles related to management and administration of health information services with emphasis on organizational culture, effective leadership and communication, and financial management. Students assess organizational and departmental needs, propose appropriate solutions, and apply project management techniques to foster efficient use of resources within health care organizations. Prerequisite: None.

BHA-450—Data Management II—3.0 credits

Data obtained within organizational departments and across the enterprise must be stored and organized in a structured environment that enables reliable access, analysis, and reporting. Prerequisite: BHA-315.

BHA-455—Applied Principles of HIMS—3.0 credits

Applied Principles of HIM zones in on principles of Information Governance and Health Information Management. Students will evaluate and identify data quality standards and apply standard analysis techniques. Prerequisite: BHA-315, BHA-340.

ENG-300S—Research and Writing II—3.0 credits

This upper-division course for research and writing prepares students with the ability to propose solutions to problems they encounter in their communities. This course focuses on the key skills of academic research and cohesively writing about them. Students use independent research to analyze a topic and formulate a position or thesis. Prerequisite: ENG-110S or equivalent transfer.

SCI-300S—Environmental Science—3.0 credits

A course covering the history of environmental concerns and how species interact with their environment. Topics include environmental history, sustainability, ecosystems, and human population change. Prerequisite: None.

COM-315S—Communication Ethics—3.0 credits

Communication ethics covers an introduction to the ethical nature of communication as it relates to evolving systems of communication, public discourse, and intercultural dynamics. Topics for this course will include systems of ethical reasoning and how to effectively address current issues in various fields of the communication discipline. Prerequisite: None

MAT-320S—Applied Statistics—3.0 credits

Basic concepts of using statistical models to draw conclusions from experimental and survey data. The course is an introduction to mathematical probability theory and statistical inference. It balances theory and applications. The course also serves as a suitable background for further work in mathematical and applied probability and statistics. Prerequisite: MAT-110S or equivalent transfer.

SOC-300S—Social Psychology—3.0 credits

A course covering the fundamentals of social psychology and group behavior. The course focuses on how individuals are influenced by other people and situations. Prerequisite: None.

 

Health Information Management Systems Concentration Courses

HIM-400—Revenue Cycle Management—3.0 credits

Revenue Cycle Management unearths the structure and functions of general Healthcare delivery services payment and reimbursement systems. Students will analysis local, State, and Federal guidelines, review claims processing standards, and identify strategies for maintaining and managing the revenue cycle. Prerequisite: None.

HIM-420—Health Information Systems Management—3.0 credits

Health Information Systems Management takes a look inside operating, maintaining, and managing Health Information Systems. Students will interpret data, identify quality, and apply information system principles. Prerequisite: None.

HIM-450—Seminar in Health Information Management—3.0 credits

Seminar is a student-centered experience revolving around the practicum experience. Students discuss and present professional practice experiences, share learning experiences, and present project work. In addition, career readiness and professionalism are a focus. HIMs professionals are invited to interact with the students. Prerequisite: None.

HIM-499—HIM Independent Study—3.0 credits

Preparation for the credentialing examination is explored to help the student transition successfully into the professional world. Course includes a focus on a special need, interest or opportunity for the student. Prerequisite: None.

 

Public Health Concentration Courses

BPH-400—Principles of Epidemiology—3.0 credits

Students examine the influence of biological and social factors on population health, including epigenetics, infectious disease, and foodborne illnesses. Students evaluate epidemiologic study designs and apply measures of association as methods for determining relationships. Prerequisite: BHA-325.

BPH -420—Public Health Planning—3.0 credits

Community Assessment and Planning steps into strategic evaluation and theoretical models of planning. Students evaluate the makeup of Community Assessment and assess program management, goal setting, process evaluation, and change management. Prerequisite: BHA-325.

BPH -450— Public Health Advocacy and Policy —3.0 credits

Public Health Advocacy and Policy signifies professionalism and human rights in guided decisions resulting in respect and social justice. Students assess the development of public health policy and evaluate local, State, and Federal programs, policies, and laws. Prerequisite: BHA-325.

BPH -499—Public Health Capstone Project—3.0 credits

The Public Health Capstone Project applies knowledge to real-world experience. Students will reflect their comprehension through a developed project. Students will gain practical experience in the public health field as they apply their skills to solving real-world problems designated by an external healthcare organization. Students will present their results for students and the external stakeholder to review. Prerequisite: None.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 120 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

Marjorie Rosen
Marjorie Rosen

Program Director, Bryan University
Email: marjorie.rosen@bryanuniversity.edu

  • 20 years in Health Information Management leadership
  • M.B.A. in Mediation and Dispute Resolution (Healthcare)
  • B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Gerontology
  • Registered Health Information Technician
  • Board of Director, Arizona Health Information Management Association
  • Past Board of Director, Missouri In-Home Services Alliance
  • AHIMA & IFHIMA member
Avalon Adams-Thames
Avalon Adams-Thames

Faculty, Bryan University
Email: avalon.adams-thames@bryanuniversity.edu

  • Over 15 years of experience in the field of Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Doctorate of Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health
  • B.S. in Health Science Education
Jasmine Agnew
Jasmine Agnew

Faculty, Bryan University
Email: jasmine.agnew@bryanuniversity.edu

  • 20 years of experience in health information management
  • H.I.I.M. in Health Informatics and Information Management
  • B.S. in Health Information Management
  • A.A.S. in Health Information Technology
  • RHIA Credentialed
  • AHIMA and AAHIM Member
  • Experienced in program and curriculum development
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Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

DeWayne Demland

Instructor, Bryan University

MBA, University of Phoenix; B.S. Business Administration, Arizona Christian College

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

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To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:
  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Students applying to healthcare programs must also identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.
  • For students applying to bachelor’s completion degree programs in Healthcare Administration, Paralegal Studies, or Exercise Science, Fitness, and Nutrition Management, students must provide official transcripts for an earned associate degree, or higher-level degree, from an accredited postsecondary educational institution that is related to the educational program objectives.
To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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