Major in Health Care Management

The Health Care Management program is designed to prepare students for careers in administration of health care services. The curriculum provides an understanding of U.S. health care organizations, a population health orientation emphasizing health equity initiatives using financial and organizational metrics, and analytical and technology competencies for research development, organizational management and/or program evaluation. Depending on a student’s interest, graduate training in health administration is recommended after completing this course of study and after the student has worked in the field for 1–2 years. Students interested in post acute and long-term care service administration have the option of completing a specialized track in the major.

Students who major and minor in Health Care Management will adhere to the American College of Healthcare Executives Code of Ethics.

Internship/Capstone

The Health Care Management Internship is a supervised, integrative educational experience at a health care organization. It is the culmination of the student's plan of study. Interns commit to a 15-week, 12-unit, full-time (40-hour work week) placement in a health care organization supervised by a Site Preceptor, and academically, by a Health Care Management program Faculty Supervisor. The site is selected and approved with input from the student intern and the Health Care Management Internship Coordinator. No specific internship sites are guaranteed as the individual internship site has the right to accept or reject students based on a competitive interview. 

Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society

The purpose of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to recognize, reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of Health Care Management and policy. Members are selected on the basis of academic achievements, having a minimum overall GPA of 3.25 with a 3.50 GPA in the major, and service to the community and/or contributions to the health care management profession.

For information concerning the standards to join the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, contact the Program Director of the Health Care Management program at 410-704-3909.

Health Care Management majors are also strongly encouraged to participate in student-led associations such as the Health Care Leadership Academy or the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter at Towson University, which are important first steps in  professional development of students in the healthcare field.

Recognition Awards 

These awards are presented in the spring commencement ceremony to outstanding undergraduate Health Care Management majors.

The Healthcare Management Major has 48 required units, and a required 24-unit Business Administration (BUAD) minor for a total of 72 units. Students completing a double major in Business Administration, Business Systems & Processes or Accounting complete the BUAD minor requirements through their second major and are not required to declare the minor to fulfill the Healthcare Management major requirements. An optional 21-unit track in Long-Term Health Care is also available to majors.  The track is comprised of three didactic courses (9 units). In addition, students must complete the required 12-unit internship (HCMN 495) in a long-term care setting. 

Required Courses
COSC 111INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSINESS3
GERO 101INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY3
HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
LEGL 225LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS3
ENGL 317WRITING FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY3
HCMN 305HEALTH ADMINISTRATION3
AHLT 311HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS3
HCMN 413SERVICES AND HOUSING FOR THE LONG-TERM CARE CONSUMER3
HCMN 415FINANCING AND ORGANIZATION OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN THE U.S.3
HCMN 435HEALTH INFORMATION AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT3
HCMN 441LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION3
AHLT 445RESEARCH METHODS IN INTERPROFESSIONAL HEALTH STUDIES3
HCMN 495HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP 112
Required Business Administration (BUAD) Minor24
Total Units72
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Students must complete a hands-on, full-term, full-time (40 hour a week, 12 units) supervised Health Care Management internship. Students in the Long-Term Health Care Track must complete an internship in a long-term care setting. To be eligible for the internship, students must have senior status and must have successfully completed all course work for the degree prior to internship placement.

Long-Term Health Care Track (Optional)
GERO 350PHYSICAL HEALTH AND AGING3
HCMN 417LONG-TERM CARE ETHICAL PROBLEMS3
HCMN 419LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION3
Total Units9

Business Administration Minor 

This 24-unit minor is available to students who have a major other than Accounting, Business Administration, or Business Systems and Processes. Students electing a Business Administration minor are not formally admitted to nor graduates of the College of Business and Economics (CBE). Students must complete at least 12 units of CBE courses at Towson University in order to earn this minor.

All courses that count toward the minor must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.

ACCT 201PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING3
or ACCT 211 HONORS ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I
ACCT 202PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING3
or ACCT 212 HONORS ACCOUNTNG PRINCIPLES II
ECON 201MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
or ECON 203 HONORS MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
ECON 202MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES3
or ECON 204 HONORS MACROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES
ECON 205STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I3
or MATH 231 BASIC STATISTICS
MKTG 341PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING3
MNGT 361LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT3
FIN 330ESSENTIALS OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
Total Units24

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
COSC 1113ACCT 2013
GERO 101 (Core 6)3ECON 2013
LEGL 2253HLTH 207 (Core 11)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 53Core 74
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ACCT 2023AHLT 3113
ECON 2023ENGL 317 (Core 9)3
HCMN 3053MATH 231 or ECON 205 (Core 3)3
Core 83-4Core 123
Core 103Core 133
 Elective13
 15-16 18
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
AHLT 4453FIN 3303
HCMN 4133HCMN 419 (LTC track or recommended)3
MKTG 3413HCMN 441 (Core 14)3
MNGT 3613Elective13
Core 43Elective13
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GERO 350 (LTC track or recommended)3HCMN 49512
HCMN 4153 
HCMN 417 (LTC track or recommended)3 
HCMN 4353 
Elective13 
 15 12
Total Units 121-122
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Electives may be satisfied by taking another minor.

  1. Students identify, analyze, and evaluate, major macro influences (e.g., political, social, demographic, economic, technological and bio-medical) and using technological search strategies, assess how these affect setting-specific health care organizations (i.e., hospitals, outpatient services, long-term care facilities, health maintenance organizations, group practices, etc.).
  2. Students utilize problem solving skills and apply, in an ethically and in a socially responsible way, management theory and principles to the administration of a health care organizations increasingly diverse workforce and consumer populations.
  3. Students identify, describe and apply health information systems technology and decision support mechanisms and draw on relevant management theory and assumptions to solve organizational financial, material, problems with human resource implications to improve quality care.
  4. Students exhibit professional behaviors in healthcare environments including the ability to read and adapt to organizational cultures by exhibiting appropriate intrapersonal and interpersonal social skills; by communicating to management, staff, and clients (individually and in groups) in ways that build/maintain open, trusting, and effective work relationships.
  5. Students write clearly, logically and succinctly in standard business prose with well referenced developmental detail appropriately cited according to APA standards.