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“I had a terrific experience learning health administration at Linfield. This has been invaluable for my administrative work at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok.”

Ling Tang, Linfield College graduate

Linfield’s Health Administration Minor is an ideal minor for those students who want a deeper and more current understanding of the basic and pervasive changes that are transforming health and reforming health systems in the US and globally. Pre-med, nursing, business, psychology, information sciences, and other health sciences students increasingly need and benefit from a broader and deeper understanding of how public health and health systems work, as well as which directions they are headed. Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as ObamaCare) is changing the focus, the financial incentives, and the required core competencies and skills necessary to lead and manage people and projects, and improve quality outcomes. The Health Administration minor responds to these 21st Century challenges with a curriculum and set of experiences that are now critical for key health care staff and management.

Goals for the Minor

  • demonstrate an understanding of theories, concepts and practices of 21st Century Health Administration, including social determinants of health, population health, planning and policy, marketing, management, the use of digital information to improve prevention and health care delivery, leadership, integrated health systems, cultural and organizational behavior and how these concepts and theories are applied in various health and/or health care settings;
  • identify the basic principles of management and apply them in a health or health care setting;
  • examine the social and cultural significance of health in society, locally, in the US, and globally;
  • analyze both health policy and practical management issues related to the field of health administration; and
  • gain hands on practical experience through a health related internship or approved volunteer position.

This minor is offered exclusively online and is available to all Linfield students regardless of campus.

A Minor in Health Administration requires the completion of 8 courses and an internship, or an approved volunteer or paid experience, for a total of 26 credits.

Required courses:

HSCI 250 Introduction to Public and Community Health
HSCI 320 Health and Social Policy
HSCI 330 Global Health
HSCI 340 Health Care in America
HSCI 420 Health Administration
HSCI 485 Health Administration Senior Seminar Project
HSCI 487 Internship

And 2 courses from the following electives:

HHPA 422 Planning and Evaluation in Health Education
HSCI 410 Health Information and Quality Improvement
HSCI 450 Environmental Health (also listed as ENVS 450)
HSCI 398/498 Special Topics in Health Sciences

Curriculum Plan for Fall Entry
Health Administration Minor
Fall 2014 through Spring 2016

Fall Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
HSCI 250 HSCI 320 HSCI 487 HSCI 340 HSCI 410 HSCI 485
HHPA 422 HSCI 330 Internship HSCI 420   Project
6 credits 6 credits 2 credits 6 credits 3 credits 3 credits

Curriculum Plan for Spring Entry
Health Administration Minor
Spring 2015 through Fall 2016

Spring Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall
HSCI 320 HSCI 250 HSCI 410 HSCI 485 HSCI 487 HSCI 420
HSCI 330 HSCI 340   Project Internship HSCI 422
6 credits 6 credits 3 credits 3 credits 2 credits 6 credits

HSCI 250 Introduction to Public and Community Health
Introduction to the field of public health. Focus on human biology, environmental health, lifestyle factors, and health care organizations as these four factors relate to one another and to the overall concept of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S. 3 credits. (IS or US)

HSCI 320 Health and Social Policy
Examination of U.S. health and social policy. Analysis of the public policy process, major public social and health programs, special interests, and political differences. The role of federal, state, as well as local governments and the legal system in policy implementation. Understanding complex health and social problems as they are translated into standards of conduct. 3 credits. (MWI)

HSCI 330 Global Health
A multi-disciplinary introduction to key public health issues in the developed world, the emerging world, and developing world. Intended for students from any major who want a foundation in global health issues from a science, social, political, economic and business perspective. 3 credits. (IS or GP)

HSCI 340 Health Care in America
Exploration of the history, structure, economics, politics, and technology of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S. from the mid-1700s to the present. Co-requisite: 310. 3 credits. (MWI)

HSCI 398  Special Topics in Health Sciences
4 credits.

HSCI 410 Health Information and Quality Improvement
Theory course focusing on process management, systems improvement concepts, organizational research, objective decision making, problem solving, leadership for quality, program implementation and evaluation in health care organizations, and statistical process control (SPC) as an analysis tool. Prerequisite: 310. 3 credits.

HSCI 420 Health Administration
Introduction to concepts of health care administration. Focus on U.S. health care system, general concepts of health care management, and aspects of leadership as they apply to the health care system. Theories of motivation, budgeting concepts, strategic planning, quality improvement principles, control in health care service organization, health care reform, government regulations, and private, state, and local health care insurance structures. Offered fall. 3 credits.

HSCI 450 Environmental Health (also listed as ENVS 450)
Study of the effects of water and air pollution, food additives, pesticides, heavy metals, organic solvents, mycotoxins, and radiation. Examines concepts of toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, safety control, and environmental law. Prerequisites: ENVS 201 or BIOL 210. Offered fall of even-numbered years. 3 credits. (IS or GP)

HSCI 485 Senior Seminar in Health Sciences
Capstone course exploring issues related to health care in the United States and throughout the world. Topics include health care delivery, health care reform, and interdisciplinary exploration of global public health issues. Prerequisite: senior standing. 3 credits.

HSCI 487 Internship
Intensive learning experience on-site in health-related organization. Prerequisites: senior standing. 2-5 credits. May be repeated once. A total of 3 credits required for a major. (EL)

HHPA 422 Planning and Evaluation in Health Education
Principles of program planning, including needs assessment, health promotion planning models, intervention theories and approaches, elements of marketing, implementation strategies, and evaluation. Practical application of all aspects of the program planning process to address a selected health problem affecting groups. Prerequisites: 180, junior standing, Health major status, or consent of instructor. Offered fall. 3 credits