2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)
BS in Healthcare Management
The BS in Healthcare Management prepares students to effectively direct, manage, and evaluate health services, organizations, and programs within a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing and retirement communities, physician’s offices, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Students gain skills and competencies necessary to effectively lead healthcare organizations in the 21st century and to improve the quality, safety, and delivery of health services. Because of the evolving U.S. health system, the aging population, and the projected shortage of healthcare professionals, there is a growing need for healthcare administrators. Demand and opportunity for those with even bachelor’s-level training will crescendo over the next decade.
Note: The BS in Healthcare Management program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.
Roman numerals in parentheses at the end of each learning outcome indicate alignment to the Walden University outcomes.
At the end of this program, students will be able to:
- Critically appraise the context and quality of health care delivery inside and outside of the United States. (I, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX)
- Evaluate health-related research and research methods. (V, VI)
- Analyze how population health impacts health care (including behavioral, demographic, and cultural factors). (IV, V, VI)
- Explain how different factors impact the delivery of healthcare services (including technology, legal, and ethical factors). (IV, V, VII)
- Evaluate the inter-professional approach to health care delivery. (II, VIII)
- Articulate critical issues in acute and long-term care from the perspective of patient and practitioner. (IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX)
- Analyze evidence based factors that impact a health care organization’s performance, quality, and safety. (II, IV, V, VI)
- Apply foundational healthcare economic evaluation and financial management skills. (II, IV, V, VI)
- Apply strategic planning methods to healthcare organizations (including planning, implementing, and marketing). (II, III, IV, V, VI)
- Evaluate human resource methods of managing healthcare employees. (II, IV, V, VI, VII, IX)
- Demonstrate an understanding of healthcare financial issues (including insurance, reimbursement, and prospective payment). (II, IV, V, VI)
In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their BS in Healthcare Management through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the BS in Healthcare Management (Competency Based) page for program details.
- 181 total quarter credits
- General Education courses (46 cr.)
- Core courses (85 cr.)
- Elective courses (45 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
General Education Courses (46 cr.)
See the general education section of this Walden University Catalog.
Note: A minimum of 60 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000- or 4000-level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.
First Term Course (6 cr.)
Electives (45 cr.)
Choose eight courses from general education, BS in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Elective credits should total 45 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.
Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.
Note: RN-BSN courses are not available to students outside the RN-BSN program.