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B.S. Healthcare Management

Healthcare Management Bachelor's Degree Program

It’s a fact: The population of older Americans is growing. A recent report from the Population Reference Bureau says that the number of U.S. adults age 65+ will double to more than 98 million by 2060. What does that mean for you? Plenty -- if you’re looking for a career in the explosive-growth industry of healthcare. Healthcare jobs are increasing far faster than the national average, and the need for healthcare management professions is just as great.

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Growing Field, Hot Career

Healthcare management jobs are expected to grow by 18%.

Relevant Curriculum

Keep up -- and stay ahead -- of an evolving industry.

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Learn from case studies, field interviews, hospital visits and more.

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Healthcare Management Degree Overview

Better the well-being of others in this fast-growing field

Whether you have little to no healthcare education or experience, or you're a healthcare professional looking for an edge, our transfer-friendly Healthcare Management bachelor's degree program is for you. (Already have previous healthcare experience or technical credits? Franklin's Allied Healthcare Management Major may offer the fastest way to finish your degree.)

Earn the degree that puts you on the fast-track to healthcare management

Our online Healthcare Management degree program will equip you to take on management roles in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician practices, ambulatory centers, insurance, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.

To prepare you for management in this fast-growing industry, you’ll gain the pivotal skills employers are looking for in the areas of healthcare leadership, healthcare quality management, healthcare informatics, community health, and healthcare systems. And because you can further enrich the program by choosing electives in your areas of interest, such as Healthcare Information Management, you’ll receive a highly relevant education in your chosen career path.

Keep up with trends in healthcare reform while you learn

Throughout your Healthcare Management courses, you’ll acquire up-to-date knowledge that’s applicable now (and later) to an evolving industry. Our curriculum incorporates a thorough understanding of healthcare reform initiatives, including changes in healthcare delivery systems, future of healthcare financing, and legislative healthcare policy proposals.

Get hands-on experience and learn from working professionals

At Franklin, you’re taught by experienced practitioners, such as Jamie Phillips, Senior Vice President of Operations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kent Holloway, CEO of Lifeline of Ohio, so you’ll directly benefit from relevant, up-to-date industry knowledge and experience.

To further prepare you to put your skills immediately into practice and make yourself more marketable to employers, Franklin’s Healthcare Management bachelor's program also features a practical curriculum with hands-on assignments that include case studies, simulations, and application of quality and performance measurement tools.

You’ll participate in field assignments, too, conducting interviews or visiting hospitals, medical offices, or other healthcare organizations, exposing you to actual healthcare management situations while expanding your professional networking opportunities and building important stepping stones for your future.

Earn your healthcare degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your Healthcare Management degree online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

*Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

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B.S. Healthcare Management Graduate

"Going to Franklin was a no-brainer. I could still work, not worry about a babysitter and do it in my own time. It was difficult to balance, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Had it not been for Franklin, there's no way I could be where I am right now."

Healthcare Management Courses & Curriculum

120 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)
English Composition (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

ENG 120 - College Writing (4)
In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

*If the course does not have a research paper component, ENG 130 Research Paper, two semester credits, is also required.

Mathematics (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:

MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)
This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.

Choose either MATH 140 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite. Both can count as a general education or University elective.

*At least one mathematics or statistics course beyond the level of intermediate algebra.

Sciences (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

SCIE 210 - Understanding Science: Principles, Practice, & Theory (2)
Understanding Science: Principles, Practice & Theory is a two credit hour course that introduces students to the major themes, processes, and methods common to all scientific disciplines. Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate all kinds of phenomena, scientific, pseudoscientific, and other. The focus is on the nature of science so students will develop an understanding of how science works and develop an appreciation for the process by which we gain scientific knowledge.
SCIE 211 - Introduction to Scientific Analysis & Reasoning (4)
Introduction to Scientific Analysis and Reasoning is a four credit hour course consisting of three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of laboratory. This course is an introduction to critical thinking on statistical and scientific claims. The student will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate popular sources of (mis)information and to better understand and evaluate all sorts of scientific claims and arguments. The focus of the course is on students developing thoughtful and critical use of scientific information and research to be able to separate truth from deception and make decisions that affect their personal lives and roles as informed and engaged citizens.

*Two science courses, with one having a laboratory component.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

ECON 210 - Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
An introduction to economic theory involving the examination of how decision making by firms and individuals is shaped by economic forces. Emphasis is placed on demand, supply, market equilibrium analysis, and basic market structure models. The invisible hand as the driving force for economic decisions as well as market externalities are discussed. The class concentrates on providing a balanced approach to studying economic agents' behavior and the global implications and outcomes.
OR ECON 220 - Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
An introduction to economic theory involving the basic underlying causes and principles of the operation of an economic system. Emphasis is placed on studying the economy as a whole. Issues of inflation, unemployment, taxation, business cycles and growth are discussed in the context of the global economic system.
  • Choose additional coursework from the Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology discipline, or POSC 204 American Government.

*The six semester hours must come from at least two different disciplines

Arts and Humanities (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

HUMN 210 - Intro to Logic & Critical Thinking Skill (2)
The goal of this course is to help you improve as a critical, logical thinker. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. You will discover how to apply these valuable skills to your studies and everyday life, learning how to overcome obstacles to critical thinking, and how to avoid being deceived by means of misleading reasoning.
HUMN 211 - Intro to Ethical Analysis & Reasoning (2)
The goal of this course is to help you improve your ethical analysis and reasoning skills. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing ethical arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. In this course, you will discover how to apply the following questions to your job and everyday life. Why do we need ethics if we have laws to govern our behavior' Does the majority view determine what is ethical and what is not' Are feelings, desires, and preferences reliable ethical guides' Is it ever appropriate to criticize another individual's (or culture's) ethical judgment' Are people always responsible for their actions' Do human beings have a natural tendency to good, a natural tendency to evil' both' neither' Is there a single moral code that is binding on all people, at all times, and in all places'
HUMN 218 - World Religions (4)
A comparative study of the founders, sacred writings, beliefs and practices of some of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This course enables the student to study and compare the leading religions of the world in light of their historical and cultural backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore faith traditions other than their own. Common themes across religions, spiritual practice, and current related cultural and political issues will also be considered.
HUMN 232 - Introduction to Literature (4)
In this course, students will analyze works from the three major literary genres: poetry, drama, and fiction. Students will become familiar with standard vocabulary and approaches specific to the field of literary criticism and consider the importance of literature in contemporary society. The goal of this course is to encourage students to read for pleasure (engage with the text on an emotional level) while also moving towards a more objective consideration of literature by introducing the fundamentals of close reading and literary analysis.
HUMN 240 - Popular Culture (4)
An introductory course that examines basic concepts in popular culture studies and the role popular arts and artifacts play in shaping cultural values. The course covers basic theories and approaches to topics like best sellers, popular music, popular art forms, cultural heroes from the sports and entertainment worlds and other popular phenomena.
HUMN 246 - Film Appreciation (4)
This course is an introduction to the art of film intended to enable students to become more knowledgeable, appreciative and critical viewers. The course covers the major areas of film: narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. While some film history is covered, this course emphasizes understanding key elements in the filmmaking process: scripting, filming, editing, acting, directing, promoting and distributing. Students will be required to view and write critical reviews of films screened both in and out of class. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
Additional General Education Requirements (12 hours)
PF 106 - Introduction to Spreadsheets (1)
This course focuses on using spreadsheets to solve business applications.
PF 108 - Introduction to Databases (1)
This course focuses on using databases to solve business applications.
PF 321 - Learning Strategies (2)
This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
OR SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)
This public-speaking course emphasizes the fundamentals of extemporaneous speaking. Skill-building activities and assignments focus on research, organization, reasoning, style and delivery of presentations as well as listening and audience engagement.
ENG 320 - Business & Professional Writing (4)
This is an advanced composition course that focuses on writing for business and professional purposes. Students will review the writing conventions commonly expected within business and professional environments, as well as strategies for analyzing rhetorical situations within those environments. Coursework includes analysis, revision, and research exercises, as well as substantial practice in composing business correspondence. The final project is an extensive, researched business proposal developed in stages and presented to the class. Students will be encouraged to relate course materials to their major programs and workplace experiences.
Professional Core (16 hours)
ACCT 215 - Financial Accounting (4)
An introduction to accounting emphasizing how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for users external to management. Approximately one third of the course emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information and includes exposure to recording transactions, adjusting balances and preparing financial statements for service and merchandise firms according to established rules and procedures. The balance of the course examines major elements of the statements such as cash, receivables, inventory, long-lived assets, depreciation, payroll, bonds, and other liabilities and stocks. Concepts of this course are applied to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225). Students are advised to avoid any time lapse between these courses.
BSAD 320 - Quant & Qual Methods for Decision Making (4)
This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.
MGMT 312 - Principles of Management (4)
This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function that are required in today's competitive environment.
MGMT 325 - Organizational Behavior (4)
This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, motivation, conflict, diversity, and change. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
University Electives (30 hours)

The University Electives requirement allows students to select any undergraduate courses (except developmental general education courses) to meet the required degree hours. The Program Chair has provided the following suggested pathways to help guide course selection for these degree hours. Please note these are not required courses and students are not limited to these courses. The recommended focus areas are intended to assist with long term professional goals and provide elective options that align with industry specific interests.

Industry Focus Recommended Elective Pathways
Emergency Management & Homeland Security

SEMT 240 Disaster Planning & Response

SEMT 335 Introduction to Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Human Resource Management

HRM 300 Human Resources Management

HRM 301 Staffing

HRM 302 Training and Development

Operations & Supply Chain Management

OSCM 390 Operations Management

OSCM 491 Integrated Operations Management

Risk Management and Insurance

RMI 200 Interviewing Techniques

RMI 300 Principles of Risk Management

Public Health

PUBH 201 Introduction to Public Health

Public Administration

POSC 204 American Government

PUAD 305 Introduction to Public Administration

Major Area (30 hours)
HCM 200 - Healthcare Management Terminology (2)
This course is a primer for individuals with little or no healthcare experience. The course covers the broad range of topics discussed in public health policy and in the healthcare setting. Terminology is associated with finance and reimbursement, managed care, quality and patient safety, government regulations, legal issues and accreditation.
HCM 300 - Healthcare Management (4)
This course provides students with an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare leadership. It is generally a required course for any subsequent healthcare management courses. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare leadership, organizational design as it relates to the uniqueness of healthcare organizations, managing professionals, and diversity in the workplace.
HCM 320 - Healthcare Financial Management I (4)
This is the first of two healthcare finance courses. Healthcare Financial Management I begins with an introduction to healthcare finance and a description of the current financial environment in which healthcare organizations function. It then will explore the basics of financial and managerial accounting, presenting concepts that are critical to making sound financial decisions to better the cost-effectiveness of the organization.
HCM 340 - Community Health (4)
Declining reimbursement impacts the role healthcare organizations play in community health and disease prevention. This course focuses on specific strategies healthcare managers can use to benefit the health of communities. Topics include the role of healthcare stakeholders in promoting community health, connecting with the community, and community benefit standards.
HCM 422 - Healthcare Outcomes & Quality Management (4)
This course will explore the essential principles and techniques of quality improvement applied to patient care and the management of services in healthcare organizations. The importance of quality management in leadership of organizations will be emphasized. Topics include fundamentals of quality management, system thinking and goal setting, improvement theories, data collection, statistical tools, medical errors and reporting, public perceptions and organizational accountability.
HCM 442 - Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management (4)
Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
OR HCM 742 - Healthcare Laws and Ethics (4)
In this course the student will develop a strong foundation of health law, enabling them to deal with common legal and practical moral and ethical issues facing the healthcare organization on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory laws, rules and regulations, review of tort laws, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures and trial practice. The student will examine numerous legal, moral, and ethical issues.
HCM 495 - Healthcare Management Capstone (4)
The Healthcare Management Capstone is designed to assimilate and integrate knowledge and skills from previous coursework and field experiences. This class focuses on the key issues impacting the administration of today's healthcare organizations and explores how those issues impact the delivery of care. The Healthcare Management Capstone prepares students to enter management positions in a healthcare setting. The goals of the course are to provide a solid foundation of applying managerial knowledge within the healthcare industry. The students will demonstrate the knowledge in a professionally competent manner conducive to the advancement of healthcare in the local community. This will include: the ability to express state-of-art knowledge about current issues facing the healthcare industry; and the ability to analyze and synthesize solutions to pressing healthcare issues. This course is designed to meet the Healthcare Management Program outcomes.
HIM 350 - Health Informatics (4)
This course will cover the history of health informatics, design and challenges of informatics infrastructure, and current issues. Topics will include HIPAA and other legislation, application of electronic health records, and other clinical and administrative applications of health information systems.
Major Electives (8 hours)

Select 8 hours from:

HCM 410 - Healthcare Management Internship (1-4)
This course provides qualified students with an opportunity to receive academic credit for supervised professional training and experience in an actual work environment. This Internship is an ongoing seminar between the student, the faculty member and the employment supervisor. It involves an Internship Application and Learning Agreement, periodic meetings with the faculty representative, professional experience at a level equivalent to other senior-level courses and submission of material as established in the Internship Application and Learning Agreement. Participation cannot be guaranteed for all applicants.
HCM 472 - Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Mgmt (4)
This is an issues oriented course that examines the healthcare delivery system in the United States. The course examines the entire continuum of care and uses the construct of a fully integrated system as a means to evaluate the current system to develop recommendations for further developments. Our intent is to identify the key issues confronting healthcare today, examine the causes and develop reasonable solutions to the current set of problems.
HCM 499 - Independent Study - Healthcare Management (1-4)
Independent studies courses allow students in good academic standing to pursue learning in areas not covered by the regular curriculum or to extend study in areas presently taught. Study is under faculty supervision and graded on either a Pass/No Credit or a letter grade basis. (See the "Independent Studies" section of the Academic Bulletin for more details.)
SEMT 240 - Disaster Planning & Response (4)
Students will explore the nuances of planning for and responding to catastrophic disasters. The course will involve discussion of domestic and international approaches to planning and responding to such disasters. Students will view issues from the perspective of an Emergency Manager who spends most of their time in the field planning for critical incidents and disasters and who understands the key components to a good plan that involves many agencies at all levels of government and at different stages of the event. Students will explore the logistics of mass care, mass evacuation, and critical infrastructure damage.
SEMT 335 - Introduction to Emergency Management & Homeland Security (4)
This course analyzes emergency management from a historical perspective. Disaster planning and disaster management in the post 9-11 environment are analyzed. The impact of Homeland Security on local public safety agencies is examined as are selected Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD #5 and HSPD #11 in particular). The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan (NRP) are examined with regard to their impact on local public safety agencies. Finally, special challenges for emergency management and disaster response will be analyzed.
SEMT 432 - Homeland Security: Theory & Practice At The Local Level (4)
This course will study the impact of Department of Homeland Security requirements on local public safety agencies. Focus will be on interoperability as it relates to planning and responding to terrorist threats or actions at the local level.
SEMT 450 - Critical Incident Management (4)
The course will explore the NIMS, ICS, and other federally mandated systems in place for the management of critical incidents such as major fire scenes, major disasters, terrorist attacks, and other events that require a multi-agency response and recovery effort. The course discusses and evaluates the roles of high-level leadership in setting policy direction and planning as well as real-time management of the scene.
Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) and either Speech Communication (SPCH 100) or Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) prior to enrolling in any other course at the 200 level or above. Either PF 121 or PF 321 must be taken prior to the first BLF course, or it may be taken concurrently with the first 15-week BLF course. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) in place of Learning Strategies (PF 321). Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

Healthcare Management Degree Requirements & Outcomes

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Healthcare Management Jobs & Opportunities

Director of Nursing

Directors of Nursing oversee the performance of nurses and aides, while also implementing patient care services, and managing departmental reporting and budgets.

Health and Social Service Manager

Health and Social Service Managers ensure smooth, profitable operation of hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities by directing team functions for business units, including HR, marketing, and finance.

Health Services Manager

Health Services Managers plan, direct, and coordinate the delivery of quality healthcare while working with various facility staff to ensure effectiveness and profitability.

Healthcare Strategist

Healthcare Strategists define and develop actionable marketing strategies to represent the brand and influence patient perception of that brand.

Hospital Administrator

Hospital Administrators oversee day-to-day operations, including tracking operational services, resolving issues and complaints, and ensuring adequate resources and equipment

Medical Device Company Manager

Medical Device Company Managers oversee the production, marketing and/or sale of medical devices, such as instruments and implants, used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure medical conditions and diseases

Medical Insurance Company Manager

Medical Insurance Company Managers protect healthcare organizations from financial risk by handling claims, supervising investigations, reviewing policies, and implementing medical insurance procedures.

Medical Office Manager

Medical Office Managers manage the staff and daily activities of healthcare offices, working closely with leadership and employees to ensure success, patient satisfaction, and profitability.

Medical Practice Manager

Medical Practice Managers oversee the business end of a medical practice, including hiring, training, and supervising staff, managing finances, communicating practice policies, and ensuring facilities management.

Operations Administrator

Operations Administrators formulate policies, manage daily operations, plan the use of human resources and materials, and coordinate staff activities.

Program Manager

Program Managers ensure the successful management of programs and projects, interacting with team members and leadership, and effectively communicating program priorities and progress.

Strategic Healthcare Consultant

Strategic Healthcare Consultants give objective insight into operational and/or communication issues and provide leadership with improvement and policy recommendations.

Healthcare Management Employment Outlook


From 2015-2025 jobs in Healthcare Management are expected to increase by 18%

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