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BBA in Healthcare Administration

Begin your management career in the fast-growing health care industry

The Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration is designed for students who want to pursue a business undergraduate degree with a specialization in management in health care-related occupations. The program is designed to provide students with the skills they need to succeed within the modern health care workforce. The curriculum is designed to increase and expand the knowledge needed for 21st-century health care.

Why Earn Your BBA in Healthcare Administration?

The health care sector accounts for nearly 20% of GDP and needs management knowledge just as desperately as it needs care providers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Medical and Health Service Managers is $104,830. Furthermore, with the increasing age of the Baby Boomer generation, the number of jobs in this type of role is expected to increase by 28% over the next 10 years -- much faster than the average growth rate of all occupations (3%).

Students who wish to pursue more senior roles in these areas may need to complete a Master of Healthcare Leadership or an MBA in Health Administration after obtaining some work experience. However, most roles in this area, including hospital administrator, health services manager, nursing home manager and health administrator, are accessible to students upon completion of a bachelor's degree, or with two or fewer years of employment.

Simply put, jobs in health care administration offer students the best possible combination of high salary, high demand, and the opportunity to make positive impacts, making it an ideal career choice for any interested student.

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About the Program

Our Healthcare Administration and Management major was developed with the support of Dr. Robert Hansen of Dartmouth College and strives to provide students with the skills they need to succeed within the modern health care workforce. Our curriculum was developed with three major priorities:

  • Project-Based Learning
  • Data-Driven Coursework
  • Operational Focus

As with most of our programs, Healthcare Administration and Management prioritizes project-based learning. Students will complete a strategy capstone that asks them to synthesize their knowledge and skills to plan a strategic transformation of a simulated health care system (a hospital network, for example). In addition, students will have a significant project in most of their classes, intended to allow them to practice the skills covered by that class.

Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Robert Hansen is a professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. There, he previously served as a senior associate dean, launching the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program. Dr. Hansen has a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of areas, including health economics and policy.

Curriculum Committee

The curriculum committee feedback has focused on enhancing the data analytics aspect of health care administration decision-making. These recommendations include increasing emphasis on data safety best practices, diversifying the data analytics tools used, and investigating the implications of advances in AI to the health care field. Additionally, the committee recommended broadening the scope of career path discussions to expose students to the wide range of opportunities. These recommendations have been integrated into the development of Health Law and Ethics and Healthcare Finance courses.

Curriculum Committee Membership




Dr. Valerie Conner

UnityPoint Health

Academic representative

Matthew Scott

NYU Langone Health

Industry representative

Dr. Linda Sacco

Phoenix Houses of NY|LI

Industry representative

Jill Hurson


Industry representative


With the rise of Big Data and Analytics across the health care ecosystem, it is increasingly important that health care administrators understand how to make use of the tremendous amount of information now at their fingertips. As such, this program not only features a class in Health Data and Analytics but also incorporates concepts learned in that class to later classes in the sequence to reinforce key skills.

Additionally, the program includes a dedicated course in Healthcare Service Operations, which was consistently flagged as an area of high priority in our conversations with health care administration professionals due to the increasing complexity of health care systems.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills with regards to a range of health care issues.
  • Students will be able to create and articulate clear plans for strategic change.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate robust quantitative decision-making skills.
  • Students will be able to describe and explain a wide range of concepts related to health care.
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Why should prospective students choose SXU for their degree?

  • The online courses, developed by top health care academics, deliver in-demand health care knowledge and skills.
  • Small class sizes allow for close interaction with your professors and student colleagues.
  • You will develop the habit of lifelong learning and be ready to manage in the growing health care industry.
  • Saint Xavier University's core values of service, integrity, and excellence, critically important in the health care industry, support your development as an asset to your employer and community.

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