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Healthcare management is a great fit for students who want to combine their interests in both healthcare and business. The major includes instruction in planning, business management, financial management, healthcare quality management, organizational behavior and leadership, health policy, health law and regulations, and management of health information systems. As a part of the curriculum, students are required to complete an experiential learning component (internship, co-op, or an independent study).

Undergraduate Major in Healthcare Management

For undergraduate curriculum in business, major in healthcare management.

The department of Management and Entrepreneurship offers a major in healthcare management. Students will complete the general education requirements (including business foundation courses), supporting courses/major prerequisites, business core requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, and 24 additional credits in the major.

The instructional objective of the Healthcare Management program is to provide a well-rounded professional education in healthcare management. Such an education should provide the student with:

  1. Foundational knowledge of the healthcare management field: insurance, current healthcare policy, policy development, economics of health and healthcare, patient safety, quality management, financing, payor mixture, healthcare-specific laws and regulations, and information systems as they relate to healthcare data.
  2. Comprehensive business skills: decision-making skills, relationship management skills, data interpretation and analytic skills, managerial professionalism, teamwork and collaboration skills related to various actors in healthcare (including practitioners), leadership skills, and strategy skills.
  3. Experiential learning: hands-on learning in a healthcare setting, application of HCM curriculum to real world experiences.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, undergraduate students majoring in Healthcare Management will:

  1. Be effective communicators.
  2. Be effective collaborators.
  3. Be problem solvers.
  4. Understand business concepts.
  5. Recognize ethical and legal responsibilities to organizations.


In addition to the basic business degree requirements (, healthcare management majors must also complete:

Required Courses:
HCM 3010Introduction to the US Healthcare Industry3
HCM 3020Economics for Healthcare Managers3
HCM 3030Healthcare Quality Management3
HCM 4010Financial Management for Healthcare Organizations3
HCM 4020Law and Regulatory Environment in Healthcare3
HCM 4030Healthcare Information Systems3
Experiential Learning (choose one):
HCM 3910Internship in Healthcare Management3
Cooperative Education *
HCM 4900Independent Study in Healthcare Management3
Elective Courses (choose one or two): *
HCM 4040Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Healthcare3
MGMT 4220Negotiation and Conflict Resolution3
MGMT 4710Introduction to Human Resource Management3
MGMT 4720Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations3
ENTSP 4100Social Entrepreneurship3
MKT 3510Services Marketing3
COMST 4500BSpecial Topics in Communication Studies: Health Communication3
GERON 5630Environments for the Aging3
GLOBE 3300Global Health Disparities3
HS 3100Community and Public Health3
PSYCH 4850Health Psychology3

If HCM 3980 is taken for your experiential learning component, you must choose TWO elective courses from the list to fulfill the requirements for the major.

Total Credits: 24

Students are limited to three business majors/degrees/minors within the Ivy College of Business. This limit is on business majors/degrees/minors only and does not apply to multiple majors/degrees/minors taken outside the Ivy College of Business. 

Healthcare Management, B.S.

Sample 4-Year Plan (Your plan may differ)

BUSAD 1020 or 10301ECON 10203
ECON 10103STAT 22603
ENGL 15003ACCT 28403
MATH 15003Global/International Perspective@3
LIB 16001BUSAD 20301
 14 16
ACCT 28503SPCM 31203
MKT 34003ACCT 21503
MATH 15103PHIL 23003
ENGL 25003MGMT 37103
Natural Science3ENTSP 31003
 15 15
ENGL 30203HCM 30303
FIN 30103HCM 40103
SCM 30103MIS 30103
HCM 30103MGMT 37203
HCM 30203US Diversity#3
 15 15
Global/International Perspective@3HUM/SOC SCI3
HCM 40203HCM 40303
HCM 39103HCM Elective3
General Elective5General Electives3
 17 15
Total Credits: 122

Courses in these requirements may also be used as Global Perspective.


US Diversity courses may be used to satisfy HUM/SOC SCI.


Must have credit or enrollment in all core courses listed above, except for MGMT 3720, plus senior standing, in order to enroll in MGMT 4780.

Graduation Requirements:

        1.  Grade of “C” or higher in at least 30 credits of Core and Major courses.

        2.  42 credits of 3000+ level courses from a four-year institution.

        3.  50% of required Business courses must be earned at ISU.

        4.  At least 32 credits and the LAST 32 credits must be earned at ISU (exceptions for study abroad and internship may be requested).

        5.  122 Credits minimum and a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 with no quality point deficiencies.

        6.  A grade of C or better in ENGL 2500 required, and also in one other required ENGL course.

        7.  All 3000-level and higher business credits must be earned at a four-year college.

        8.  Multiple business majors must have at least 15 distinct credits in each of the major requirements; when applicable, one course can be shared between business majors; see your advisor regarding multiple business degree requirements.