B.S. in Health Administration

Managing the country’s health care system offers not only new employment prospects, but also provides challenges given the transformative changes occurring in the industry. Health administration and health services management are two of the fastest growing fields with employment growth projected at 32% through 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook. Career choices are both exciting and broadly ranging, including hospital administration, long-term care management, consulting firms, managed care organizations (HMOs), hospices, home health organizations, pharmaceuticals, insurance, medical group practices, marketing, and more.

The major in Health Administration (501, 501D), which leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, provides students with the skills, competencies, and relationships to become highly-effective supervisors and managers. Graduates of this program will have secured competencies in general management, a strong and effective set of communication skills, an understanding of the importance of ethical business conduct, as well as participation in an intense professional internship.

501 curriculum sheet | 501D curriculum sheet

501 curriculum sheet | 501D curriculum sheet (Spring 2021 and later)

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Health Administration Suggested Course Sequence

Health Administration Suggested Course Sequence (Spring 2021 and later)

SAS and SEBS Students (501)

Students in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and students in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) who wish to remain in their primary unit must apply for admission prior to declaring the major.

SAS students may pursue Health Administration as their first major and remain within SAS. SEBS students may pursue Health Administration as a second major in order to remain within SEBS. SAS and SEBS students can apply for the Health Administration major during one of our application cycles listed here. Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade of “C” or better in the pre-requisite course and be in good academic standing.

Students at SAS and SEBS are advised to declare the Health Administration major no later than their first semester of junior year to ensure completion of the major by their anticipated graduation date.

Only courses with “C” or better may be counted towards the health administration major, and students must complete the Core Curriculum requirements of their primary school.

Health Administration is a credit-intensive major so the minor requirement is waived by SAS. However, students are encouraged to complete a minor, even though they are not required to do so.

Prerequisites (6-7 cr)

  • 355:101 Expository Writing (3)
  • 775:205 Basic Statistical Methods (4) or 200-level of higher equivalent (3-4) (see approved equivalent statistics courses in Degree Navigator)

Transfer (Direct Admit) Students (501D)

Students seeking the Health Administration major must have at least 30 credits before applying to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Successful applicants will have completed the prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better, and have achieved an overall GPA of at least 2.50. Rutgers students seeking a school-to-school transfer can apply here. Non-Rutgers students can apply here. Contact ugadmissions@ejb.rutgers.edu for more information.

Transfer students from New Jersey community colleges are encouraged to complete the prerequisite courses and the associate’s degree in order to benefit from the NJ Statewide Transfer Agreement.

This program is designed to accommodate the needs of transfer, adult and nontraditional students. For more information, please visit https://bloustein.rutgers.edu/undergraduate/nts/

Only courses with “C” or better may be counted towards major requirements. Upon completing the major, all General Education requirements, and a minimum of 30 credits at Rutgers (12 within the Bloustein School) with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA, the student will receive the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the Bloustein School.

Prerequisites (6-7 cr)

  • 355:101 Expository Writing (3)
  • 775:205 Basic Statistical Methods (4) or 200-level of higher equivalent (3-4) 

Health Administration (501) Major Requirements (51 cr) 

  • 501:203 Introduction to Health Administration (3)
  • 501:207 Accounting for Supervisors/Managers (open to declared 501 majors and 843 minors only) or Intro to Financial Accounting (33:010:272) (3)
  • 501:260 Health Care Systems (3)
  • One of the following:
    • 775:300 Writing for Professionals (3)
    • 355:302 Scientific and Technical Writing (3)
    • 355:303 Writing for Business and the Professions (3)
    • 355:315 Writing Grant Proposals (3)
  • One of the following:
    • 501:310 Administrative Issues for Health Care Managers (3)
    • 501:483 Special Topics: HRM and Health Administration (3)
  • 501:332 Health Care Economics (3)
  • 501:333 Financial Aspects of Health Administration (3)
  • 501:335 Population Health (3) – Prerequisite: 501:203
  • 501:354 Marketing for Health Care Organizations (3)
  • 501:356 Health Care Ethics and Law(3)
  • 501:363 Health Systems Operations (3) –Prerequisite: 501:203
  • 501:395 Data Management for Healthcare (3) – Open to majors only; 775:205 or equivalent statistics
  • 501:410 Information Systems for Health Care (3) – Prerequisites: 501:203 and 501:333
  • 501:425 Financial Management (3) – Prerequisite 501:333
  • 775:450 Leadership Seminar (3) – Prerequisites: Open to majors only; min. 85 credits; Pre- or Co-requisite Data Management for Healthcare (10:501:395)
  • 775:499 Professional Practice Internship (6) – Open to majors only; Prerequisites: 775:300 or 355:303,  501:395,  775:450 and min. 100 credits


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