The undergraduate Health Administration Program prepares students for entry-level management positions in a variety of public and private health services organizations, such as hospitals, group practices, long-term care organizations, non-profit organizations, and health centers. Individuals interested in senior and executive leadership position in health administration will need a master’s degree.
This major requires a separate application and admission process apart from being admitted to the University. While students may be admitted to the university as a “Health Administration Intent” student, admission to the Health Administration Program is not guaranteed.
Students who pursue the undergraduate health administration program will be exposed to topics essential for their success as managers. These include (but are not limited to) an overview of the healthcare system, accounting, finance, legal issues and health care regulation, health care reform, human resource management, research methods, and internships. The underlying principles of the Health Administration Program are an emphasis on cultural competency, teamwork, effective communication, and a commitment to healthcare for low-income and underserved individuals
The Health Administration Program provides students with many opportunities to learn and interact with faculty, fellow students, and healthcare leaders, such as participating in the Health Administration Student Organization, required internships, and working with faculty. Career preparation includes required internships that are available in southeast Michigan, Ohio and other geographic areas. Student internships are often located in hospitals, health insurance administrative offices, primary care health centers, free clinics, community organizations, mental health agencies, and even in prison hospitals’ infirmaries. These internships provide an excellent opportunity for the students to connect with health care leaders in the community and to learn management skills that build on the theoretical knowledge obtained in the classroom. Many students who complete their internships at the end of their studies have been able to segue into full-time employment Participating in student organizations, such as the Health Administration Student Organization provides students with an opportunity to learn organizational and teamwork skills and to develop lifelong relationships that will be an asset in future careers. Interacting with faculty beyond the classroom provides students and faculty the opportunity to become better acquainted and potential to work on scholarly projects that could result in publications.
To qualify for admission to the program in Health Administration, students must have successfully completed 45 hours of undergraduate coursework at an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. In addition, the following courses must be completed with a minimum earned grade of C- (C required for transfer courses) in each:
Prospective majors in Health Administration who do not have the minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average may petition the program in writing, through the Program Director, to request probationary admission to the major. Such applications will be considered by the program’s faculty on a case-by-case basis and would be expected to include information explaining either disruption in the applicant’s higher education, personal experience, and achievements that counterbalance the grade point average, or other issues of relevance to the request.
The Health Administration program is closely affiliated with the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA) and the American College of Health Executives (ACHE). The Health Administration Student Organization is a student chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives. Internship opportunities are an essential component in the curriculum of the program. The following organizations are representative of those in which health administration majors acquire field experience:
A | Affiliated Medical of Dearborn, American Red Cross (Ann Arbor) B | Blue Care Network MI, Botsford Hospital (F. Hills), Brecon Village (Saline), Brighton Hospital C | Chelsea Retirement Community, Children’s Center (Detroit), Community Residence Corporation, Community Health & Social Services (Detroit)
D | Detroit Medical Center E | Eaglecare, Inc., Emanuel House (Ypsilanti), Evangelical Home (Saline) F | Fox Run Village, Inc., Friends Who Care-Home Care G | Gilbert Residence
H | Health Alliance Plan (Detroit), Heartland Health Care Center (Ann Arbor), Henry Ford Health System, Henry Ford Village Medical Center, Henry Ford Village, Inc., Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Hope Medical Clinic I I IHA (Ann Arbor) K | Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit), Kennedy Care-Home Care (Ann Arbor)
M | Masri Clinics Advanced Surgery Center , Metro Home Health Care, Michigan Heart P.C., Michigan Kidney Foundation, Monroe County Health Dept N | Naturopathic School of Healing Arts, North Ottawa Community Health System O | Oakland County Health, Oakland Physical Therapy, Inc. (Novi), Oakwood Healthcare System
P | Precise Home Healthcare, Providence Park Hospital R | Reproductive Medicine Assoc. of MI, Riverside Osteopathic Hospital S | St Joseph Health -Trinity (Ann Arbor), Silver Maples of Chelsea, Snow Health Center (Ypsilanti), St. Mary’s Health Care, St. Mary’s Medical Center (Livonia), Superior Woods Healthcare Center (Ypsilanti)
T | The Corner Health Center (Ypsilanti), Thomson Healthcare-Medstat, Tri-rehab Inc. U | University of Michigan, US Physical Therapy, Inc V | VA Healthcare System (Ann Arbor), VA-John Dingell (Detroit) W | Washtenaw Community Mental Health, Washtenaw County Community Support & Treatment Services , Wayne State University-Kressge Eye Inst., Wellness Homecare (Taylor), Wellsbrooke West Hickory Haven
Major Requirements: 69 hours
The curriculum concentrates on the principles and processes utilized in the field of health administration and management. The program is designed to prepare those seeking a career in the administrative sector of the health care delivery system in any of its forms. It also is appropriate for those already working in the healthcare field in some other capacity but wishing to redirect their career toward the area of health administration. Practicing health administrators without previous formal education in the field also may find this program beneficial for career advancement.
To graduate from this program students will need to have an overall GPA of 2.5 in the HLAD courses. If students earn below a c- in any HLAD course, they will need to repeat the course.
All students must take a one-semester internship during their junior or senior year unless waived by the program director due to significant administrative experience. No outside minor is required. However, many students elect the Aging Studies Minor. Other minors that fit well with the Health Administration Major include the Nonprofit Administration Minor, which can lead to a National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Foundational Requirements: 13 hours
Required Courses: 50 hours
Restricted Elective Courses: 6 hours
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 120 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling the requirements (or their equivalents) of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.
In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.
Minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University
Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
- Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
- At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details).
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used to calculate an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements - EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.