Online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Policy

The Bachelor of Science in health care administration and policy gives you the tools needed to understand the world of health care. In this health care policy and administration program, you’ll cover a wide range of topics, including law, policy analysis, data analysis and quality improvement. You’ll also gain a cross-cultural perspective by comparing the U.S. health care system to those in other countries.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours: 120

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What is health care policy and administration?

Health care policy and administration covers the policies and procedures that make up the U.S. health care system. A complex, multifaceted system, understanding all parts of health care policy and administration is critical for those interested in pursuing a career in health care.

The health policy and administration degree is ideal for students looking to:

  • Get involved in the health care system in a management or administrative role.
  • Work in local or federal government, crafting law and policy.
  • Advocate for health policy change working for a non-governmental organization.
  • Become practitioners managing their own practice.

In all clinical settings addressing mental and physical health, administrators are critical to ensure everything runs smoothly. Administrative work centers on meeting patient needs, evaluating key services, budgeting, improvement and daily oversight of operations. On the policy side of health care, the primary focus is working with leaders to set standards for the industry, creating standard operating procedures, engaging in advocacy or working with the government to create and amend regulations.

Why earn a health policy and administration degree from ASU Online?

 

Taught from a multidisciplinary approach and led by a diverse set of faculty members, the health policy and administration program provides you with the knowledge and experience needed to make a positive impact on the community.

Additionally, with an aging population, a rise in chronic conditions, changes in technology and increasingly complex regulations that demand greater accountability, the need for dedicated non-clinical professionals is increasing. These administrative workers help health care facilities, practices and hospitals keep their doors open and businesses functioning smoothly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health care-based careers is expected to grow by 16% from 2020 to 2030, which is much quicker than the average rate.

What will I learn in the health policy and administration degree program?

 

Through the health care policy and administration courses, you’ll learn about the history and current implementation of policies, as well as the organization of various parts of the U.S. health care delivery system. You’ll also gain specialized skills related to:

  • Budget and finance processes using Excel.
  • Communication.
  • Cultural humility.
  • Data analysis and visualization with Excel.
  • Economic analysis.
  • Ethical decision-making.
  • Leadership and professionalism.
  • Knowledge of U.S. health care system organization.
  • Management.
  • Policy analysis.
  • Population health management.
  • Process engineering/quality improvement.

Will my bachelor’s degree in health care administration and policy say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Health care policy and administration courses

Program courses cover a range of topics relating to health care policy and administration, giving you the versatility to enter a variety of positions after graduation. You’ll also have the opportunity to dive deeper into topics of interest through experiential learning projects, internships and research opportunities. Courses include:


HCD 201: Economics for Health Majors


HCD 300: Biostatistics (CS)


HCD 302: Health Care Management


HCD 303: Global Health Care Systems (G)


HCD 304: Health Care Finance


HCD 330: Health Care Systems in the U.S.


HCD 332: Population Health Policy and Legislation


HCD 402: Health Economics


What jobs can I pursue with a degree with a health care policy and administration degree?

With a health policy and administration degree, you’re prepared for entry-level jobs in health care administration, hospital administration, policy, advocacy and more. Program graduates may also choose to further their education through graduate programs in health care delivery, administration or management.

Clinical Data Manager


Growth: %
Salary:

Clinical Trial Manager


Growth: 4.8 %
Salary: $137,940

Community Health Worker


Growth: 15.2 %
Salary: $42,000

Health Care Support Worker (General)


Growth: 6.9 %
Salary: $39,530

Healthcare Professor


Growth: 20.5 %
Salary: $99,090

Human Resources Manager


Growth: 6.3 %
Salary: $121,220

Medical Social Worker


Growth: 14.4 %
Salary: $57,630

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 31.5 %
Salary: $104,280

Operations Research Analyst


Growth: 24.8 %
Salary: $86,200

Study with a college dedicated to creating a better future for all

Our faculty bring a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Study with a college dedicated to creating a better future for all

Our faculty bring a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Admission requirements

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Learn from professionals in health care policy and administration

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to pressing global health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future. Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more. In fall 2019, the College of Health Solutions had:

6,758


students.

289


Barrett honors scholars.

163


faculty members.

$14.5


million in research expenditures.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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