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 non-clinical side of health care. In this health care administration and policy 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:

Next start date: 03/11/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What is health care administration and policy?

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

The health care administration and policy 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 an online health care administration degree from ASU?

 

The need for a non-clinical professional workforce continues to grow due to an aging population, a rise in chronic conditions, changes in technology and increasingly complex regulations. As a student in this program, you’ll learn through a multidisciplinary approach taught by a diverse group of experienced faculty members. You’ll graduate prepared to become an administrative leader or team member in health care facilities, private practices, hospitals and more.

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

 

Through your health care administration and policy 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 administration and policy courses

Program courses cover a range of topics relating to health care administration and policy, 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. 


HCD 201: Economics for Health Majors


HCD 300: Biostatistics (CS)


HCD 302: Health Care Management


HCD 303: Global Health Care Systems (GCSI OR G)


HCD 304: Health Care Finance


HCD 330: Health Care Systems in the U.S. (CIVI)


HCD 332: Population Health Policy and Legislation


HCD 402: Health Economics (SOBE OR SB)


Health care administration and policy careers

With a health care administration and policy 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: 35.2 %
Salary: $103,500

Clinical Trial Manager


Growth: 4.8 %
Salary: $144,440

Community Health Worker


Growth: 14.1 %
Salary: $46,190

Human Resources Manager


Growth: 5.2 %
Salary: $130,000

Medical Social Worker


Growth: 9.6 %
Salary: $60,280

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 28.4 %
Salary: $104,830

Office Manager


Growth: 5.6 %
Salary: $103,330

Operations Research Analyst


Growth: 22.5 %
Salary: $85,720

Regulatory Affairs Specialist


Growth: 4.6 %
Salary: $71,690

Learn from professionals in health care administration

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.

Learn from professionals in health care administration

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’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

Learn how to apply.

Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Developing the health workforce of the future

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.

6,500+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$14.5


million in research expenditures.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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