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Build Cross-Functional Skills for a Healthcare Management Career

When you think of healthcare, you likely think about doctors, nurses, and other professionals who work directly with patients. But there is another group of people who play a major role in this industry: the management professionals who help keep healthcare organizations running efficiently.

Medical and health service managers (also known as healthcare administrators) plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the daily delivery of healthcare. In this Bachelor of Science in Health Management degree program, you'll prepare for these vital roles by building a solid foundation of health services management, business management, project management, and IT knowledge.

Program Highlights

At Carlow, we emphasize career-readiness coupled with hands-on learning experiences, all while helping students approach their chosen field of study with an ethical mind-set. Here, you'll enjoy the benefits of:

  • Flexibility, with the option to complete courses online, in a hybrid format, or in person
  • Close collaboration with respected faculty who are experts in their field
  • Core classes allow you to explore healthcare data analytics

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Career Opportunities in Health Services Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% between 2016 and 2026. Here, you can gain the educational background you need to be competitive in today's growing healthcare market.

Median annual salary (2017)


Potential job roles

Carlow is located in Pittsburgh, the heart of Western Pennsylvania's "Eds, Meds, and Tech" economy. Our proximity to leading healthcare organizations has made us an ideal place to earn a degree in this field. Our students have moved into internships and even accepted employment opportunities at UPMC, Highmark, UPMC Physician Practice Group, Carnegie Mellon University, and many more organizations.

With a degree in this field, you could move into healthcare management jobs within:

  • Healthcare advocacy
  • Long-term care
  • Healthcare institutions
  • Health insurance
  • Physicians' practices

Ready to take the next step and further your education at Carlow University? Apply for free online.

What you'll learn

In this program, you'll complete undergraduate general education requirements, which we refer to as the "Carlow Compass." This curriculum allows you to design, navigate, and explore your own field of study while establishing a knowledge base for career-readiness and ethical leadership.

Health Management major courses

Required courses in the Health Management program provide a holistic learning experience ranging from foundational courses in Biology and Health Services to Project Management and IT courses. The core courses allow students to explore the health management major and the healthcare data analytics major simultaneously.

Examples of core courses include:

  • Chemistry in Everyday Life
  • Intro to Management in Health Services
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Concepts in Healthcare Finance
  • Database Management Systems
  • Biomedical Ethics

Health Management major electives

BSM 203: Global Management & Organizational Behavior

This course explores domestic and global management principles and the managerial applications of behavioral sciences as related to modern organizations. You'll study the dynamics of interpersonal relations for individual and group productivity, motivation, organizational design, leadership effectiveness, and the management of diverse groups. You'll also critically examine research processes related to behavioral science in organizations.

BSM 404: Consumer Behavior

Study human behavior as it affects buying decisions. In this course, you'll cover topics like perception, learning, motivation, social and cultural factors, and comprehensive models of buyer behavior. Also included are selected applications involving opinion leadership, brand loyalty, reference groups, and marketing communications as well as the application of these topics in nonprofit marketing.

SW 303: Social Welfare Policy

Examine the historical, economic, social, and political facets of policies from the social work practitioner perspective. This course analyzes and discusses policies as society's response to human social problems as well as their immediate and long-range implications. Special attention is given to governmental entities and nonprofit organizations that address social problems through service provisions. In this class, each student will analyze in-depth one social welfare policy.

Note: This is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. For details about these classes and more, review the Health Management Curriculum Guide or the Course Catalog.

How to apply

First-year students looking to major in health management must first submit the following materials for application. You can do so when you apply for free online:

  • A completed application form
  • Official high school transcripts (ask your guidance counselor to forward this to Carlow's Office of Admissions)
  • SAT or ACT test scores (if applicable)
  • Personal essay and/or recommendation from your secondary school principal, teacher, or guidance counselor. These are optional, but in some instances may be required.
Also available:

Accelerated options for undergraduate health management students who want to get a head start on a master's degree in the following fields:

Have questions or want more details? See how to apply for first-time students, transfer students, or adult degree completers.

Michelle Adkins, Health Management major
Michelle Adkins, health management major. Read her story.