Health care administration major, Marque

Like all businesses, health care organizations need strong leadership to run smoothly. With a health care administration degree, your career could span the operation of a single department to executive leadership and management positions in which you’re responsible for millions of dollars of facilities and equipment as well as hundreds of employees.

In the BS Health Care Administration program, you will master the basic business principles and tools that you’ll need for effective decision-making when you enter this field: finance, information systems, strategic planning, human resource management and marketing. You’ll also develop strong leadership abilities — such as problem-solving, communication, relationship management, diplomacy, collaboration, teamwork, adaptability, change management and mentoring — that will be essential to your success.

Program Type

Major

Program Format

On Campus, Online
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Health Care Administrators…

are skilled professionals who manage hospitals, health care organizations and a variety of other services.

As a health care administrator, your potential responsibilities may include establishing and implementing the policies and objectives of a specific clinical area or department within a facility; training and evaluating personnel; developing reports and budgets; and coordinating activities with other managers. With experience and an advanced degree, you may move into executive management positions.

Your work will take you to a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, medical group practices, residential settings, insurance companies and medical supply companies.

  • We are the only health care administration degree program in Wisconsin that is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and are among only 45 AUPHA-certified undergraduate programs in the nation.
  • Our undergraduate program integrates a minor in business administration to reinforce the strong management skills for which our graduates are known.
  • All of our students complete a semester-long internship, which provides an integrative educational and fieldwork experience. Thanks to our urban location and strong community partnerships, you’ll have access to internships at leading local and national health care organizations.
  • As participants in the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network, our program and the Future Healthcare Executives student organization connect you with leaders and professionals in the field through educational and networking opportunities.

Employment Outlook

Salaries of New Graduates

Local health care employers and new graduates of the BS Health Care Administration program report starting salaries between $40,000 and $65,000 per year, depending on the position and type of employer, as well as years of experience and location. Most new graduates are employed within three to six months of graduation, many within one month, with an increasing number pursuing graduate studies.

Expected Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby boomer population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for health care services. This means greater needs for physicians and other health care workers, medical procedures and health care facilities, and therefore greater needs for managers who organize and manage medical information and health care staff. There should also be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as the population grows older.

Employment is projected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Demand in medical group practice management is expected to grow as medical group practices become larger and more complex.

Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median salary for all medical and health services managers in 2019 was greater than $100,980 per year, earnings vary by type and size of the facility and level of responsibility. Salaries differ for non-managerial entry level positions, with higher pay typically associated with positions requiring a master’s degree.

Successful Alumni

The College of Health Sciences has over 10,000 alumni. These alumni have taken their health sciences degrees and have excelled in their careers.

Visit our Alumni page and be inspired by where a health sciences degree can take you.

The health care administration degree program will consider applications to the major at the end of each semester, as long as your cumulative UWM GPA is 2.5 or above, you have completed the admission prerequisite courses, and you have met the grade requirements for required courses. You are encouraged to apply to the major as soon as you meet these requirements and have achieved sophomore status.

The following courses are prerequisites for admission to the major:

  • COMMUN 103: Public Speaking
  • ENGLISH 102: College Writing and Research or completion of the UWM English competency requirement
  • ECON 103: Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 104: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 105: Intermediate Algebra or a Math placement level C on the proficiency test
  • HS 102: Healthcare Delivery in the United States
  • HCA 220: Leading Healthcare Professionals

Fall 2021 to Present

This curriculum is for students beginning the health care administration degree program on or after Sept. 1, 2021.

You are required to earn a grade of “C+” or higher in all HCA and HS courses.

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all other courses included in the HCA major.

If you twice earn a grade lower than these requirements in any course required in the major, you will not be admitted to the major, and if previously admitted, will be dismissed from the major. A third attempt to take any of the required courses will not be allowed. You can submit an appeal to remain in the major.

*Courses that must be completed prior to admission to the major.

Download the curriculum (PDF)

General Education Requirements

CourseGERCredits
English
Must earn “C” or better in ENGLISH 102*
Prerequisite: placement test
OWCA3
Math
Must earn “C” or better in Math 105 or 108*
Prerequisite: placement test
QLA3
Foreign Language
Satisfied with 2 years of a single language in high school
FL0
Natural Science
Satisfied through HCA coursework in the major
GERN0
Social Science
Satisfied through HCA coursework in the major
GERS0
Cultural Diversity
Satisfied through HCA coursework in the major
GERC0
Arts
Select course from the approved GER Arts list
GERA3
Humanities
Select course from the approved GER Humanities list
GERH3
Total credits12

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

CourseSemester OfferedCredits
HS 101: Introduction to Health and DiseaseFall, Spring2
HS 105: Survey of the Health ProfessionsFall3
HS 222: Language of MedicineFall, Spring3
PSYCH 101: Introduction to PsychologyFall, Spring, Summer3
Elective: Recommend Math 105 or Humanities GER3
Elective: 1
Total credits15

Spring Semester

CourseSemester OfferedCredits
BIO SCI 201: Human Structure and FunctionSpring3
COMMUN 103: Public Speaking*Fall, Spring, Summer3
HS 102 Healthcare Delivery in the United States*Fall, Spring, Summer3
HS 224: Computational Tools for Healthcare ProfessionalsFall, Spring3
Elective: Recommend English 102 or Arts GER3
Total credits15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

CourseSemester OfferedCredits
ECON 103: Principles of Microeconomics*Fall, Spring, Summer3
HCA 203: Human Life CycleFall, Spring3
HCA 220: Leading Healthcare Professionals*Fall, Spring, Summer3
HCA 249: Writing for Professional Development in Health AdministrationFall, Spring3
KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions: Theory and PracticeFall, Spring3
Total credits15

Spring Semester

ECON 104: Principles of Macroeconomics*Fall, Spring, Summer3
HCA 245: Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary PerspectiveSpring3
HCA 307: Epidemiology for the Health SciencesSpring3
MATH 211: Survey in Calculus and Analytic GeometryFall, Spring, Summer4
Total credits13

Junior Year

Fall Semester

CourseSemester OfferedCredits
BUS ADM 201: Introduction to Financial AccountingFall, Spring, Summer4
BUS ADM 330: OrganizationsFall, Spring, Summer3
HCA 300: Professional Development Seminar for Health Administration StudentsFall1
HCA 450: Healthcare Quality ManagementFall3
HCA 361: Post-Acute Care and ManagementFall 3
HCA 537: Health Information Technology and ManagementFall3
Total credits17

Spring Semester

CourseSemester OfferedCredits
ECON 104: Principles of Macroeconomics*Fall, Spring, Summer3
ECON 450: Health EconomicsSpring3
HCA 333: Health Organizations Professional Practice StandardsSpring2
HCA 340: Healthcare Process MeasurementSpring3
HCA 541: Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and DesignSpring3
HS 311: Law and Ethics for Healthcare ProfessionalsSpring3
Total credits17

Senior Year

Fall Semester

CourseSemester OfferedCredits
BUS ADM 370: Introduction to Supply Chain ManagementFall, Spring, Summer3
HCA 400: Healthcare MarketingFall3
HCA 421: Operations Management in Healthcare OrganizationsFall3
HCA 422: Human Resource Management in Healthcare OrganizationsFall3
HCA 521: Advanced Systems Thinking and Strategy for Healthcare LeadersFall3
Total credits15

Spring Semester

CourseSemester OfferedCredits
BUS ADM 360 Principles of MarketingFall, Spring, Summer3
HCA 460: Healthcare Reimbursement Systems and PoliciesSpring3
HCA 502: Healthcare Delivery Systems: National & International PerspectivesSpring3
HCA 580: Health Care Administration InternshipFall, Spring, Summer4
Total credits13

To schedule an advising appointment, call 414-229-2758 or visit Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425.

If you are entering UWM with credits from another institution, you must schedule an advising appointment to plan your course of study. If you are unable to meet in person with your advisor, your non-UWM credits can be tentatively reviewed by sending a faxed or mailed copy of your transcript along with an explanatory cover letter to:

College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Fax: 414-229-3373

When should I meet with my advisor?

You are encouraged to meet with your advisor at least once per semester to ensure timely progress to graduation.

  • Enrolling for spring semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in October or November.
  • Enrolling for fall semester?
    Schedule an appointment with your advisor in March or April.

You are also welcome to schedule an appointment with your advisor at any time to discuss academic challenges, career opportunities or any other questions.

How can my advisor help me?

The College of Health Sciences boasts professional academic advisors who understand the challenges of balancing academics, work, family and the social aspects of college life. Advisors partner with you to:

  • Explore your academic and career interests
  • Plan the sequence of your courses
  • Prepare for course enrollment
  • Access tutoring and other academic support
  • Identify opportunities for campus involvement
  • Connect you to campus resources
  • Plan for graduation
Portrait of Jennifer Fink
  • Associate Professor, Master of Healthcare Administration Program Co-director, Health Informatics & Administration
Portrait of Kathleen Olewinski
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Health Care Administration Program Director/Educational Coordinator, Health Informatics & Administration
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Health Informatics & Administration
Portrait of Hanh Trinh
  • Associate Professor, Health Informatics & Administration
Portrait of Barbara Zabawa
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Master of Healthcare Administration Program Co-director, Health Informatics & Administration
Accreditation

The Health Care Administration (HCA) Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a full certified undergraduate program member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

We are proud to be one of only 45 AUPHA-certified undergraduate programs in the U.S., out of hundreds of programs nationally. Full certified undergraduate program membership in AUPHA represents programmatic accreditation for undergraduate health administration programs.

Contact

Angela Kowalski, MS
Academic Advisor
414-229-2758
angelak@uwm.edu

Kathleen M. Olewinski, MS, RHIA, NHA, FACHE, PhD (ABD)
Program Director/Educational Coordinator
414-229-7110
kmo@uwm.edu