B.S. Health Sciences, Healthcare Administration Specialization

Healthcare administrators work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, mental health organizations, and insurance companies. Demographic pressures, advances in medicine and technology, and increased health regulations have led to a rapid increase in the demand for this field. The online curriculum is designed to provide the necessary knowledge for students pursuing careers in healthcare administration.

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare qualified individuals for various administrative and leadership positions in the healthcare industry. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare administrators held nearly 300,180 jobs in 2013 with an additional 73,000 workers needed by 2022. Nationally, healthcare administrators earn a median annual wage of $88,580. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, workforce projections for medical and health services managers in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties are expected to increase by 17% from 235 to 268 by 2022.

The program strives to develop engaged, early careerists to use evidence-based strategies and applied skills to improve healthcare operations, quality of care, affordability, and access. The program includes instruction in administration, healthcare financial accounting, health economics, human resources, systems operation, quality improvement, and health policy.

Admissions Requirements/Disclaimers

Acceptance to the University does not constitute admission to the upper division Health Science Program. Students entering UWF or declaring a major in Health Sciences will automatically be placed in a pending status until they meet the requirements for admission.

  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all previously attempted college work.
  • Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students will not be admitted to the program less than one week before the beginning of the term in which they have applied.
  • Students must complete the Health Sciences Application form.

Not all states authorize online programs, if you are residing outside of Florida you will want to check the status of your state's acceptance of this program.

Federal and state regulations as well as most healthcare organization policies require employees to undergo a background check before hire.  Background checking is also required prior to placement in an internship. Please consider this when deciding on a major and career path.

Degree Requirements and Courses:

Common Prerequisites

BSC 1005+L General Biology for Non-Majors (+Lab) ** 4
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
PSY 2012 General Psychology 3
STA 2023 Elements of Statistics 3
Total Hours 13


Upper Division Requirements  
HSC 3034 Current Issues in the Health Sciences + 3
HSA 3111 Understanding U.S. Health Care + 3
BUL 4602 Legal Fundamentals of Healthcare and Public Health + 3
HSA 4002 Healthcare Administration + 3
Choose one 3
Introduction to Global Health Sciences +  
Essentials of Public Health +  
HSC 3535 Medical Terminology + 3
HSA 4340 Personnel Administration in Healthcare + 3
HSA 4430 Health Economics + 3
HSA 3170 Principles of Healthcare Finance + 3
HSA 3551 Health Ethics and Professionalism + 3
HSA 3140 Strategic Planning in Healthcare + 3
MAR 3023 Marketing Fundamentals + 3
HSA 4383 Quality Improvement in Healthcare + 3
HSA 4192 Current Topics in Health Informatics + 3
HSA 4941 Internship + 3
HSC 4050 Health Sciences Research Seminar + 3
Approved Electives* + 12
Total Hours 60