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Online Healthcare Management Degree Courses

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

The comprehensive curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program is taught by experienced healthcare management professionals who prepare you to be a leader. We accept up to 90 transfer credits, allowing some students to earn their degree in as few as 30 credit hours. Carlow’s management and healthcare classes emphasize career readiness and hands-on learning experiences while helping you approach your chosen field of study with an ethical mindset.

You will be able to take core healthcare management degree courses right away, including health services, medical terminology, finance and healthcare communications. This allows you to get a feel for the field early in your academic career.

Consisting of approximately 19 business and healthcare classes, the degree program shares a common core curriculum with the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Data Analytics program, allowing students the opportunity to adjust their focus without losing time.

Core Courses


This is an introduction to management in health services. This course will integrate the concepts taught in business management with those in health services. This course will also examine relevant legislation including HIPPA.

An introduction to the basics of human resource management. The student will analyze the functions of human resource planning, employment planning, equal employment opportunity, workplace diversity, recruitment, selection, appraisal, development, compensation, employee relations, and labor relations within the context of organizational objectives and the legal environment.

An introductory study of the principles and functions of marketing. Topics include product development, market research, channels of distribution, and pricing and promotion. Students will analyze cases dealing with current marketing successes and failures.

An overview of the essential elements of health care finance processes and financial management concepts. Topics will include billing and coding for services provided, financial environment of health care organizations, legal and regulatory influences on health care, revenue from health care services, managed care organizations, financial reporting, and analyses processes in different health care entities.

A concentration in the financial management aspects of health care organizations. This course will cover the following topics for students interested in the health care administration arena: strategic financial planning concepts and processes, costing processes in health care organizations, control functions of health care managers, capital project analysis, consolidations and mergers in health care organizations, capital formation, and cash management.

A study of effective organizational planning which includes an understanding and application of strategic planning processes and how they translate to tactical and operational endeavors. Students will examine several strategic planning models and apply concepts learned in an organizational case study. Also discussed is the importance of environmental monitoring, teamwork, corporate culture, and dissemination of information. The course will culminate in the team writing of an actual strategic plan.

A course that builds on basic knowledge of management functions, particularly planning at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels. The course focuses on project accomplishment. Students will learn to identify, allocate, and coordinate human, financial, and technical resources to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. Communication and schedule adherence are essential themes throughout the course. Students will be asked to identify an actual work project and complete both a project analysis and a project outline using MS Project as the final assignments in the course.

This course will review fundamental issues surrounding information management in the ever-changing health care environment, and the regulatory requirements guiding decision makers. The concepts relative to health care informatics and information systems – as well as their application to support clinical and administrative decision-making – will be examined.

This course reviews the many issues and challenges related to the current EHR landscape. Content includes current and planned activities an evidence based in quality, information technology design, and development opportunities, clinical terminologies, EHR and analytics platforms and security concerns. There is also a focus on the use of information assets and best practices related to data analytics as it relates to health services and health and wellness.

An introductory course to human resource information systems management (HRIS). The student will be given an overview of all functional areas in an HRIS system and become familiar with the most widely used HR management software in the marketplace. Students will learn how each area of an HRIS system interrelates with others and how crucial proper design and management are to the success of the system. Students will experience the design and planning phases of an HRIS system with the aid of Microsoft Project.

A course designed to complement and build upon HRIS Management I. The student will begin implementing the plan created in the previous course. The focus will be on the recruitment, selection/assessment, and employee tracking areas of an HRIS system. The student will learn how to customize these areas to “fit” an organizational environment. Once implementation is complete, information management strategies will be discussed and students will identify a strategy that addresses the needs of an organization.

A hands-on introductory course that will provide the student with fundamental knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Access. The student will learn how to perform basic file management operations within the relational database of Microsoft Access. Key concepts and terminology will be discussed in order to reinforce the hands-on practice. Hands-on instruction, practice, and assignments are given to assess the student’s technological skills. This course is designed for students in all majors to enhance their technology skills and knowledge but is particularly important for students interested in IT 242 and the database management track.

A first course in information systems that introduces students to the fundamental concepts related to the use of IT in organizations from a managerial perspective. Students will learn to recognize the strategic value of IT and will become familiar with the different ways in which IT is used in organizations (e.g. enterprise systems, business intelligence). Students will also learn IT skills to improve their personal productivity. The course has been designed to also include hands-on activities, mainly in the areas of databases, Web design, and e-commerce. Students will prepare a business case to propose and justify an IT initiative in a real organization. This course has been designed as a stand-alone portal course in IT for majors in all disciplines.

A hands-on progressive course that will provide the student with basic to advanced skills to create/modify Excel worksheets in order to meet the fundamental needs of an organization. The student will learn how to perform basic, intermediate and advanced formulas and create a Web page using Excel. Key concepts and terminology will be discussed in order to reinforce the hands-on practice. Hands-on instruction, practice, and assignments are given to assess the student’s technological skills. This course is designed for students in all majors to enhance their technology skills and knowledge.

An overview of database management theory and practice. Students will learn the fundamentals of database application development and how database technologies can be used for competitive advantage in organizations. Topics to be covered will include database theory, normalization, entity relationships, and SQL queries. MS Access will be used for in-class demonstrations and projects.

An overview of information security topics from a managerial perspective. Topics include hacker techniques, legal issues of information security including Pennsylvania’s data breach security act, typical corporate security and privacy policies, firewalls, virtual private networks, encryption, identity theft, intrusion protection, desktop protection, windows security, e-commerce, and wireless security. The concepts within this course are beneficial to all students who intend to work with technology or manage technology within an organization.

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