Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Health Management

Campus Locations Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s) Bachelor of Science in Health Management
Credits Required for Graduation 80
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No

Overview

Improve Healthcare Delivery

Healthcare continues to be a growing industry and a leading employer in the Boston area. Projections for the healthcare industry state that job growth will remain above average into the next decade.  The needs of an aging population with the increased human life cycle are some major factors contributing to this growth.

The Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Health Management prepares students for a career in the healthcare industry by introducing analytical and conceptual skills for effective problem-solving along with the competence necessary to apply management concepts, functions, and principles within the industry.

This program is designed for students who have completed an associate degree or equivalent credits, who would like to complete their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace.

Formats: The Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Health Management is also available for students who would like to complete this degree at their own pace, visit our Bachelor of Science in Health Management  web page.

Career Outlook

An aging population has increased demand for healthcare professionals who can improve efficiency and enhance quality of care within healthcare service organizations. Robust growth for the field is expected, particularly for applicants with healthcare experience and strong business and management skills.

Interested in learning more?

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Curriculum

Required Courses


Quarter 1

ENG 3550 Writing for the Professions 6 q.h.
ENG 3551 Writing Lab for ENG 3550 1 q.h.
HMG 1103 Managing Health Services Organizations Intensive 6 q.h.
PHL  2160 Bioethics 3 q.h.

Quarter 2

ACC 1003 Financial Accounting (Intensive) 6 q.h.
HST 1003 The Civilizations of the Modern World        3 q.h.
HMG 1101 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3 q.h.

Quarter 3

HMG 3250 Healthcare Financial Management Intensive 6 q.h.
ECN 2050 Statistics Intensive 6 q.h.
HSC 2100 Public Health 3 q.h.

Quarter 4

HMG 2101 Principles and Practices of Community Health 1 3 q.h.
HMG 2166 Factors Affecting Health Service Management 6 q.h.
CMN 1010 Organizational Communication 3 q.h.

Quarter 5

HMG 3122 Quality Assurance in Healthcare Management 4 q.h.
HMG 1216 Health Law, Regulation, and Planning 6 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.

Quarter 6

HMG 3135 Healthcare Operations Management 3 q.h.
HMG 4995 Health Management Practicum 3 q.h.
BLW 2051 Employment Law- Employee Rights 6 q.h.

Total Quarter Hours: 80 q.h.

 

Quarter 1

Writing for the Professions (6 q.h.)

This course introduces the vocabulary and philosophy of business communications. Students practice planning, writing, and analyzing effective business letters and memoranda. Students learn the methods and principles of research and documentation of semi-technical analyses and business reports. The course allows practice in organizing and writing complex forms of business communications.

Writing Lab for ENG 3550 (1 q.h.)

Requires students to analyze and draft writing assignments from topics covered in ENG 3550.

Managing Health Services Organizations Intensive (6 q.h.)

This course examines the management of health services organizations (HSOs) and health systems from management functions, concepts, and principles to managerial roles, skills, and competencies within the context of HSOs and health systems and their external environment. A comprehensive model of managing in HSOs and health systems and the increasingly important role of technology are studied. The second half of this course emphasizes how health managers solve problems, make decisions, and conduct strategic planning. The roles played by quality and productivity in establishing and maintaining a competitive position and how managers seek to manage the complex human relationships that exist within HSOs and health systems as well as other agencies and external stakeholders will be studied.

Bioethics (3 q.h.)

The field of ethics in healthcare is interdisciplinary in character. While it remains anchored in philosophy, medical ethics intertwines the issues of politics, economic policy, sociology, and the law. Medicine is a fruitful area for philosophical exploration and application of basic theories that help to analyze practical problems and concrete moral dilemmas. The course addresses issues such as informed consent and whether patients have a “right to die.” The course covers the distribution of health services and the allocation of scarce resources. Students will become familiar with the complex issues and various possible responses.

Quarter 2

Financial Accounting (Intensive) (6 q.h.)

Examines the development of financial statements, including the underlying concepts and measurement theories. Emphasizes the analysis and use of these statements to make decisions. The second half emphasizes issues in financial reporting, valuation, and income measurement. Topics include inventories, plant and equipment, bonds, present value, and stockholders’ equity.

The Civilizations of the Modern World (3 q.h.)

This course studies the world from 1789 to the present. Topics include capitalism, industrialization, nationalism, imperialism, the clash of ideologies in the nineteenth century, and a study of total war in the present century. Students explore the prospects for the future.

Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 q.h.)

This course examines the social organization of healthcare in the United States, the changing role of government, the growth of health insurance, health agencies and programs, policies and regulations, diverse provider settings, funding sources, and trends related to national health policy issues.

Quarter 3

Healthcare Financial Management Intensive (6 q.h.)

This course provides an overview of basic financial and accounting principles as they relate to hospitals and healthcare facilities. Included are issues of fund accounting, control, and third party reimbursement.  The second half of the course introduces the various financial and organizational players responsible for ensuring the longevity and solvency of the healthcare facility. Interpretation of internal financial and organizational structures, the use of appropriate cost allocations, the financial role of government in healthcare, and the various financial tools in decision making will be discussed.

Statistics Intensive (6 q.h.)

The first half of this course introduces the collection and organization of data, including the measurement, presentation, and uses of elementary set theory; measures of central tendency and variability; basic probability; and probability distributions. The course continues with sampling and basic estimation techniques, “t” distribution, testing of statistical hypotheses, and analysis of variances.

Public Health (3 q.h.)

Study the principles of public health and current mental and physical health problems. Examine federal, state, and community resources mobilized to aid in education, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. Topics include communicable diseases, mental health, environmental health, and chronic diseases.

Quarter 4

Principles and Practices of Community Health (3 q.h.)

A survey of community healthcare activities including emerging needs and the implementation of available and developing resources will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on community health promotion and the coordination and integration of clinical and self-care activities for the prevention of communicable diseases and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle for the individual and the community. Specific community health problems will be discussed and analyzed from multiple perspectives.

Organizational Communication (3 q.h.)

This course introduces the theories and subtopics that are examined within the field of organizational communication. Analyzes why communication is important for organizations and how individuals within organizations can become effective communicators.

Factors Affecting Heath Service Management (6 q.h.)

This course focuses on understanding the issues and learning how to prevent and solve administrative and biomedical ethical problems in healthcare settings. Included are strategies for dealing with withdrawal and withholding of treatment, DNR orders, death and dying, HIV and AIDS, informed consent, and social responsibility, among other topics.

Quarter 5

Quality Assurance in Healthcare Management (4 q.h.)

This course is designed to study all aspects of quality management within the healthcare arena. Students will study legislative mandates, healthcare agencies’ requirements and methods of assessing and improving the quality of care. The procedures utilized to monitor physician and professional staff reappointment and credentialing will be emphasized. Utilization management, quality improvement, and risk management will also be studied. Students will learn how to carry out performance monitoring focusing on evaluation of patient care, physician, and provider performance.

Health Law, Regulation, and Planning (6 q.h.)

This course is structured to help students understand how to assess liability in the workplace, the impact of medical malpractice, risk management, and current ethical and legal dilemmas in the practice of medicine. How to manage risk of the employer and patient through the use of medical records and specific behavior patterns, how to determine personal risk, and how to recognize potential litigious issues in the practice of medicine will also be discussed.

Race and Ethnicity (3 q.h.)

Because human beings belong to different racial and ethnic groups, the study of these constructs is important to sociology. This course examines race and ethnicity as constructed differences and explores the reasons for their existence, the power dynamics behind constructions of difference, the impact of difference on identity, and ways that visual and other presentations influence perceptions of self and others. Students will explore the history of race and ethnicity and how history has influenced the study of these topics.

Quarter 6

Health Management Practicum (3 q.h.)

In this senior capstone course, working in conjunction with a preceptor, students will perform independent work within an administrative setting. Projects include problem identification, data gathering, analysis of alternatives, and implementation of a plan of action.

Healthcare Operations Management (3 q.h.)

This will focus on applications-oriented case studies relating to selected operations management planning, restructuring, and control problems common to hospitals and other health services organizations.

Employment Law- Employee Rights (6 q.h.)

This course focuses on fundamental concepts of the employment relationship and legal rights/duties of employer and employee. Risk management of various prevalent statutory claims of sex, age, or racial discrimination as well as sexual harassment will be covered. Wrongful termination, EEO, ADA, Family Medical Leave Act, and other emerging case law doctrines will be analyzed. National Labor Relations Act, wage and benefit legislation, and the Occupational Safety Act will be discussed. Current court rulings, case studies, and analysis will focus students on critical issues and challenges facing individuals, businesses, and society entering the 21st century.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Academic transcript(s): must submit one of the following
    • Official associate degree stating conferral and date
    Or
    • Official high school transcript or GED and
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended- must be equal to 80quarter hours (60 semester hours) for transfer credit evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $29,520.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2014-15 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be? 

This undergraduate program is designed for students who wish to work in non-clinical, managerial roles within healthcare organizations.

Careers to consider include:

  • Medical and health services manager
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Social or community service manager
  • Healthcare administrator

Program Format

 

This accelerated program is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or the equivalent number of credits (80 quarter hours or 60 semester hours) and are looking to earn their bachelor's degree at an accelerated pace. The Office of Admissions will work with applicants to evaluate and accept as many previously completed credits as possible.

Formats & Schedule

Online
Our online program offers flexibility and convenience for working professionals with demanding schedules across the world. Using Northeastern University’s state-of-the-art learning management system, your instructors will guide you through online coursework.

Online classes are asynchronous, so there is no designated meeting time. Also, all online Fast-Track courses are completed with the same group of students, allowing you to interact with familiar classmates over the six-term schedule.

Additional Benefits:

  • Complete your degree in 18 months
  • Know your six-term course plan when you begin your program
  • Receive advice from Fast-Track program managers throughout your entire academic program
  • Develop a valuable network of professional contacts
  • Learn from classmates and the various industries and professions they represent

 


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Students will have the opportunity to properly use financial and organizational management skills, as it relates to decision making, resource management, critical thinking, time management, communication, and teamwork, to effectively problem-solve management-level related issues in the workplace.

  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the competence necessary to apply management-level functions, concepts, and principles within the health industry.

  3. Intellectual Skills
    Students will have an opportunity to differentiate and evaluate theories and approaches to complex management-level problems in health care.

  4. Applied Learning
    Students will have an opportunity to formulate a response to a specific health management-related topic, problem, or issue at both the individual and collaborative levels.

  5. Civic Learning
    Students will have an opportunity to analyze and present the relevancy of various management-level approaches and techniques while taking into consideration local, national, and global health perspectives.

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