Health Care Management

Program Overview

The B.S.B.A. in Health Care Management allows students to learn the business of health care – and prepare for a career in America's fastest growing sector. This program allows students to earn a well-rounded business degree from Rider’s distinguished AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration, hone their business skills and focus on health care management studies, explore different roles in the complex issues facing health care and benefit from ongoing advice and support from professionally well-connected and experienced faculty.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum provides a core education in business combined with critical topics in health care management. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of both the business and health fields, including a deeper grasp of the legal, ethical, economic, social and managerial issues related to health care.

Faculty include professors with expertise in the economics, finance, information systems, law and marketing.

The course are designed to provide real world experiences and the program offers students the opportunity to learn through required participation in one of the following: a semester-long internship, large-data group project for a client and health care marketing courses where students design their own marketing plans. 

Degree Offered

B.S.B.A. in Health Care Management

Contact

Hope Corman, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Health Administration Program
Sweigart Hall 372
609-895-5559
corman@rider.edu

Program Website: http://www.rider.edu/hcm
Associated Department: Department of Finance and Economics
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Related Programs

Heath Care Management Major Requirements

HTH 205Introduction to Health Care3
ECO 336Economics of Health Care Sys3
BUS 315Healthcare Law,Ethics & Polcy3
HTH 215Population Healthcare Management3
HTH 225Health Care Financing3
HTH 365Health Care Information Systems3
One class from the following:3
Health Administration Intern
Seminar in Economic Research
Healthcare Marketing
Total Credits21

Academic Plan of Study

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 1 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 2 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 4 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 4 1
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
HTH 205 Introduction to Health Care 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
HTH 215 Population Healthcare Management 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 Social & Legal Environment Bus 3
BUS 315 Healthcare Law,Ethics & Polcy 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 4 1
HTH 225 Health Care Financing 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
ECO 336 Economics of Health Care Sys 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations (Free Elective) 3
International Business Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
HTH 365 Health Care Information Systems 3
Global/Cultural Liberal Arts Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Health Care Major Elective 5 3
International Business Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Credits120
1

CIS 185 can be taken in the Fall or Spring of Year 1.

2

Students may be required to take CMP 115 Intro to Expository Writing based on placement. CMP 115 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

3

Students may be required to take MSD 104 Intro to Quantitative Methods based on placement. MSD 104 counts as a 3-credit Free Elective.

4

Transfer students can take MGT 336 Career Management (3 credits) as a substitute for the Career Planning sequence.

5

Must complete one of the following Health Care Mgmt electives: ECO 450 Seminar in Economic Research, HTH 491 Health Management Internship, or MKT 380 Health Care Marketing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterCredits
CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MSD 105 Quantitative Methods for Business 3
Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
JTerm
MKT 200 Marketing Principles 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
CBA 102 Career Plan & Perspective I 1
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
HTH 205 Introduction to Health Care 3
MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3
Free Elective1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
ACC 210 Introduction to Accounting 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 2
Fall Semester
CBA 202 Career Plan & Perspect II 1
COM 290 Professional/Strategic Speech 3
FIN 220 Introduction to Finance 3
HTH 225 Health Care Financing 3
MGT 201 Fund Management & Org Behavior 3
MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours19
JTerm
Free Elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3
CBA 302 Career Plan & Perspect III 1
ECO 336 Economics of Health Care Sys 3
HTH 215 Population Health Care Management 3
Global/Cultural Elective 3
Leadership Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Summer Semester
Free Elective 3 3
Free Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year 3
Fall Semester
BUS 300 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 3
BUS 315 Health Care Law, Ethics & Policy 3
CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3
MSD 340 Production and Operations 3
Free Elective 5 3
Int'l Business Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
JTerm
Free Elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Spring Semester
BUS 400 Strategic Mgmt and Policy 3
ECO 450
Seminar in Economic Research
or Health Care Marketing
or Health Management Internship
3
HTH 365 Health Care Information Systems 3
Global/Cultural Elective 3
Int'l Business Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credits120

Notes:

  • Assumes no AP or other credits transferred into Rider University.
  • Students are required to take 6 credits of International Business Electives.
  • Business Honors students will have a different sequence.
  • Global/Cultural Liberal Arts electives can be satisfied by courses that are designated as global/cultural, including language courses at the 101-level or above.
  • For the Leadership Elective, choose from LDP 200 Foundations of Leadership, LDP 220 Service Learning Through Minding Our Bus, LDP 398 The Co-op Experience Seminar, MGT 355 Team Management, or MGT 363 Management Skills.

Courses and Course Descriptions

BUS 315 Health Care Law, Ethics & Policy 3 Credits

This course analyzes the role of the law in promoting the quality of health care, organizing the delivery of health care, assuring adequate access to health care, and protecting the rights of those who are provided care within the health care system. It will also examine the public policy, economic, and ethical issues raised by the health care system.

Prerequisite(s): 24 credits.

ECO 336 Economics of Health Care Sys 3 Credits

This course presents ways in which economic analysis can be used to explain issues in the health care industry. Microeconomic tools will be used to describe the behavior of consumers, producers, and third parties of the health care sector. The course also investigates the role of government in regulating the health care sector, and in providing services to the poor and elderly. Finally, we will use this foundation to examine some recent changes in this industry, and to analyze the most recent proposals for further changes.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 201 or HTH 205.

HTH 205 Introduction to Health Care 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the components of the health care industry in the United States and to the interactions of these components in producing and supplying health care. We examine the nature of health, and the various institutions and personnel which seek to provide health services; we explore the means by which we pay for these services; we assess the relationship of technology to provision of health care services; we study the various ways that our government interacts with the providers of health care services; we investigate the ethical implications of issues in health care; and we explore health care sectors from an international perspective.

HTH 215 Population Health Care Management 3 Credits

In this course, we study how disease is distributed in populations and of the factors that influence or determine this distribution. This course introduces the basic methods and tools epidemiologists use to study the origin and control of non-communicable and communicable diseases so that policies and mechanisms to enhance the health of populations can be developed.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 201 or MTH 120 or ENV 200 or PSY 201.

HTH 225 Health Care Financing 3 Credits

The goals of this course are: (1) to provide a description of how Americans pay for health care; (2) to explain how payment arrangements affect the health care system; and (3) to evaluate newly emerging arrangements. Specifically, we will focus on insurance (both public and private) in the United States, provider payment reform, the incentives of the parties in these arrangements and how these incentives impact cost containment in health care.

Prerequisite(s): HTH 205 and sophomore standing.

HTH 365 Health Care Information Systems 3 Credits

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is one of the most complex technological projects ever undertaken. EHR involves the shared management, potentially on a global scale, of a variety of private, time-sensitive, multimedia data across activities including capture, processing, storage and access. The purpose of this course is to provide the future Health Administration professional with specifics of the socio-technical issues involved in this effort. The goals of this course are to study data standards used in modern EHR systems, technology platforms used to implement EHR in various types of organizations, data governance and regulations associated with health data, analytics that support quality of care and evidence-based practice.

Prerequisite(s): HTH 205; CIS 385 or GSC 385; HTH 215 or CIS 360; and junior standing.

HTH 491 Health Management Internship 3 Credits

This course provides students minoring in health administration an opportunity to supplement and apply their classroom work in a supervised employment setting with participating firms in the health care sector. Requirements include: a log of daily activities, oral and written reports to the faculty supervisor and a term paper. In addition, the employer will also submit an evaluation of the student’s performance.

Prerequisite(s): HTH 205; junior or senior standing; and permission of faculty supervisor.

MKT 380 Health Care Marketing 3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the role, functions and tasks of healthcare marketing. Attention is devoted to applying basic marketing principles to the healthcare sector. Marketing decision making and analysis will be emphasized through the use of cases and current readings that focus on a variety of healthcare organizations, including hospitals, assisted living facilities, MCOs, and pharmaceutical companies.

Prerequisite(s): MKT 200 or permission of instructor.

ECO 450 Seminar in Economic Research 3 Credits

Students in the course learn to conduct economic research by engaging in an actual community-based research project. At the beginning of the semester, students are assigned to a community-based organization. As a team, students meet with the client, devise a plan of action, collect and analyze data and other information, and write a report to the client. At the end of the semester, students present their findings to the client. Students are permitted to take EC0 450 up to two times for credit.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

ECO 490 Independent Research and Study 3 Credits

Topic to be approved by professor and chairperson. Available for juniors and seniors. No more than 12 credits allowed toward graduation.