Health Care Management


Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management presents a comprehensive management curriculum that equips students with the skills necessary to work as managers in health care institutions. This curriculum is aligned with the practical and operational needs of today’s health care institutions. Cambridge College students learn directly from practicing scholar-professionals, many of whom are distinguished health care business leaders. This gives students the best way to learn management theory and effective, practical management operations, financial theory, tools and techniques, enabling decision making based on sound financial and managerial principles. By combining research, theory and practice, graduates will be prepared with the skills that will enable them to manage people and complex issues in health care.

Concentrations

A concentration can be a key element in your bachelor's degree, providing unique perspectives and skills that can enrich your career.

Program Outcomes

Successful graduates will have demonstrated understanding of:

  • Critical thinking skills and problem-solving to benefit patients and health care organizations.
  • Effective written and oral communication with medical personnel, policy makers, and other colleagues in the health care environment and the public.
  • Leadership and management skills required to lead effectively in 21st century health care settings.
  • Informed planning and decision making.
  • Ethical, legal, social, political and economic forces affecting the health care industry.
  • Health-related issues, disease and public health.
  • Health care policies and economics and systems in the U.S. and elsewhere.
  • Computer and technology applications to improve efficiency and quality of care.
  • Financial operations such as medical insurance, coding, billing, and accounting systems.
  • Human resource management needs specific to health care.
  • Statistical analysis.

Careers and Further Study

Graduates will be prepared for supervisory positions in health care organizations as team members, managers and administrators. The program also prepares students for graduate study in health care management.

Curriculum


General Education
42
Credits

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
Information Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Information literacy is necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement. It is the ability to analyze problems, research and select relevant information, create an effective presentation from that information, and, when appropriate, publish it in print or electronic formats. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply principles of information literacy to their academic and professional lives. A problem-centered approach is used. Students use the Internet and e-mail news groups, file transfer and Netscape, and search engines. They learn to evaluate the credibility of information and use problem-solving paradigms.
Distribution Requirements

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Open Electives
36
Credits

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Recommended Electives:

Organizational Theory & Behavior
BSM 310 3 credit(s)
This course examines the factors which influence individual, group and firm behavior in the work place. Topics include communication, motivation, group dynamics, leadership, power, and organizational design and development. Theories and frameworks, case discussions and skill-building exercises are used to understand and apply each topic. Class sessions and assignments help participants acquire the skills that managers need to improve organizational relationships and performance.
Diversity in the Workplace
BSM 315 3 credit(s)
This course looks at the significance of diversity in management and the implications of diversity for how organizations are organized and how they function. The changing demographics of the workplace are examined and the significance of diversity for domestic and international business are discussed. Organizational approaches to diversity are examined and analyzed. The course attempts to engage differences within the class and help students develop leadership skills for managing diversity, including consensus building, conflict resolution and talking through differences.
Health Care Management Major
42
Credits
Principles of Managing Organizations
BSM 305 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on the evolution of traditional and modern management theories, practices and behaviors for planning, organizing, leading and controlling in organizations, and considers the contemporary and changing forces that challenge the practice of management. It helps students understand the importance of the environment in which managers function, and explores the processes of strategic, operational and tactical planning. It considers various organizational structures, the contexts for which they are best suited, and the role of communication, decision-making and leadership in managing organizations. It also discusses the principles of organizational control and the role of control systems in improving organizational productivity and efficiency.
Financial Accounting
BSM 330 3 credit(s)
This course introduces the principles that govern financial accounting systems and the income statement and balance sheet that are the principal end products. Students learn how accounting information is used to evaluate the performance and financial status of private, non-profit and public organizations. The course emphasizes the use of accounting information by managers within the organization and by shareholders, lenders, and other outside parties. Basic accounting terms and concepts, and the language of financial management are presented as well as the essentials of the accounting process. The course also builds an awareness of the ethical, information and regulatory environment of accounting.
Financial Management
BSM 332 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: BSM330. This course provides tools for managing business funds and making decisions that will affect the financial position of an organization. Students gain an understanding of financial analysis and its use in planning and control functions. Capital budgeting, discounted cash flow, and present/future value techniques are presented as well as the capital formation process, the advantages and disadvantages of various capital structures, and the long and short term uses of capital. Students gain an understanding of the workings of financial markets and institutions, financial instruments, and the domestic and international financial environment.
Statistics for Business
BSM 333 3 credit(s)
Business Statistics presents the use of quantitative methods to define, analyze and choose among business alternatives. The scientific method of problem solving is presented to provide systematic analysis, selection and evaluation of business alternatives. Various statistical tools are introduced to collect, study and use information in support of rational business decision-making. Topics include decision-making under uncertainty, evaluating independent and dependent alternatives, selection of alternatives given limited resources, forecasting and simulation modeling.
Managing Information Systems and Databases
BSM 340 3 credit(s)
This course presents the fundamentals of information management and provides an overview of the issues managers face in the selection, use, and management of information technologies. As economies have become globalized and competition has increased, organizations have turned with increasing frequency to information technology (IT) to help them deal with data processing and information management constraints. The first part of the course covers the basics of designing databases to serve the information needs of the enterprise. Relational database concepts are presented and students build a working database. In the second part of the course, a case study approach is used to cover topics related to the overall management of information systems such as system acquisition, requirements analysis, make-or-buy decisions, decision support systems, and the management of end-user computing.
Effective Oral Presentations
COM 322 3 credit(s)
Through practical study and experience preparing and giving presentations, learners develop expertise and gain confidence in speaking before groups. Students gain competency in preparation, organization, time management, voice projection, enunciation, appearance, posture and body language in order to expand their professional communication skills.
Comparative Health Care Systems
BSM 350 3 credit(s)
This course surveys the historic development, organization and unique characteristics of the health care delivery system in the US. We explore the history and functions of health care providers in America; contrast that history and structure with those of other developed nations, discuss organizational patterns of health care facilities, current payment and reimbursement systems, external accrediting agencies, governmental regulation, and medical staff organization.
Human Resource Management in Health Care
BSM 351 3 credit(s)
This course provides an essential overview of policies, practices and organizational structures within human resources management in health care settings. Students will compare and contrast the relationship between human resources management and general management; explore the roles, responsibilities, requirements and expectations of human resource management in health care organizations; review compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection and retention of staff, training and development, and other topics in the field of human resources management in health care.
Health Care Economics
BSM 352 3 credit(s)
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental characteristics, structures, policies and practices of healthcare economics in the United States. Students will develop an understanding of health care markets; including supply and demand, delivery, production, services, and costs. Additionally, this course explores practical economic analysis, a survey of insurance policies and programs, and a review of current regulations in healthcare.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
BSM 354 3 credit(s)
This health law course surveys current federal and state regulatory structures and policies governing the provision of healthcare. Students will learn about professional licensure, malpractice, the provider-patient relationship, informed consent, the regulation of healthcare facilities, the organization of healthcare entities (such as integrated delivery systems), the regulation of health insurers and managed care providers, managed care liability, Medicare/Medicaid, federal self-referral and "anti-kickback" prohibitions, and other ethical topics.
Epidemiology and Public Health
SCI 339 3 credit(s)
Epidemiology and Public Health introduces the foundations of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to the study, monitoring and maintenance of public health. This course focuses on the foundations and methods of epidemiologic investigation; accurate sampling, analysis and presentation of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behavior of disease; outbreaks, spread, epidemics, pandemics, and control strategies. Additionally, this course discusses and reviews epidemiologic study designs, cause and effect, treatment efficacy, and ethical and legal issues in epidemiology.
Health Care Policy and Reform
HCM 301 3 credit(s)

This course examines the structure of the health system, current topics in health care reform, the policy process, and advocacy for public health. Attention will be given to disparities in access to care, the quality of care, the structure of the delivery system, the challenges of long term care and the aging population, and the drivers of cost growth.

Health Insurance and Reimbursement
HCM 300 3 credit(s)

This course investigates health insurance models and the financing and delivery of healthcare services. Students explore reimbursement and payment structures, and examine insurance practices as they have evolved over time. Students discuss concepts in insurance, third-party and prospective payments, and managed care organizations.

Health Care Management Capstone Project
HCM 490 3 credit(s)

The Capstone is a comprehensive research project related to current issues within the health care industry. This project is the culminating academic activity that helps to synthesize students’ learning. It is an opportunity to explore a topic of personal or professional interest and to create an original project or piece of research that contributes to the field. The Capstone is 25-30 pages in length and follows a research paper format appropriate to the field of study. Students work together in class and meet or communicate individually with the instructor as needed.

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No SAT or ACT tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Undergraduate Studies

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

Tuition

  • Cost per credit hour:
    $415
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,730 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2017, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

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