Highly qualified health care leaders are always in demand – and Valparaiso University’s bachelor of science in health care leadership will prepare you for those rewarding and fulfilling positions. The degree is designed to prepare graduates for mid-level management positions by developing proficiencies in management, supervision, leadership, and education. Through instruction, mentoring from our dedicated professors, along with a rigorous practicum/internship experience, you will develop the skills to positively impact the way health care is delivered.

Unlike many economic sectors, health care shows continual growth, and exceptional leaders are needed to navigate a regulatory and business environment that grows increasingly complex.

Health care leaders are employable in many settings: hospitals, private practices, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and related industries such as pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

This program prepares students for further education in graduate programs in health care management and leadership, business administration, public health, and related fields.

The bachelor of science in health care leadership is ideal for professionals currently in the workforce who are seeking to advance into management and executive positions.

Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in leadership skills that focus on service, purpose, ethical decision-making, and empowering individuals, as well as knowledge of the impact that environmental influences of culture, economics, law, policy, and technology have on individuals within the health care industry.

The health care industry is seeking transformational and visionary leaders to meet the evolutionary challenges of today and tomorrow.

Course work includes focus on leadership fundamentals, communication, educational delivery, global systems, strategic planning, ethical and legal issues, management information systems, and much more. An upper-level practicum offers students the opportunity to explore leadership roles in a real-life organizational setting.

There are 124 total credit hours required to graduate with a bachelor of science in health care leadership. Fifty-two of those credit hours are in health care leadership courses.

Fall Semester

Course Credits
Core 110 The Human Experience I 5
Chemistry 111 or 121, or 131 General Chemistry 4
Biology 151 Anatomy & Physiology 4
Health Care Leadership 103 Historical Perspectives in Health Care 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
Core 115 The Human Experience II 5
Biology 152 Anatomy & Physiology 4
Psychology 110 General Psychology 3
Health Care Leadership 105 Fundamentals of Health Care Leadership 3
Kinesiology 100/101 Healthy Lifestyles/Wellness & Stress 1
Total 16

Fall Semester

Course Credits
Biology 210 Microbiology 4
Health Care Leadership 121 Environment and Health 3
Health Care Leadership 153 Communication Process in Health Care I 4
Health Care Leadership 211 Principles of Health Care Supervision 3
Open Elective 3
Total 17

Spring Semester

Course Credits
Biology 260 Human Nutrition 3
Health Care Leadership 213 Social, Behavioral, and Cultural Factors in Health Care 3
Health Care Leadership 233 Educational Delivery in Health Care 3
Health Care Leadership 255 Communication Process in Health Care II 4
Theology 200 The Christian Tradition 3
Total 16

Fall Semester

Course Credits
Guided Elective 3
Upper Level Theology 3
English 305 Writing in Health Sciences 3
Health Care Leadership 301 Health Care Strategic Planning 3
Health Care Leadership 302 Health Care Ethics and Legal Issues 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course Credits
Guided Elective 3
Psychology 315                            Lifespan Development 3
Psychology 201 Statistical Methods 3
Health Care Leadership 303 Health Care Management Information Systems 3
Health Care Leadership 304 Intro to Epidemiology 3
Total 15

Fall Semester

Course Credits
Humanities 3
Guided Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Health Care Leadership 415          Intro to Research in Health Care 3
Health Care Leadership 418          Global Health Issues 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course Credits
Open Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Health Care Leadership 470 Health Care Leadership Strategies 3
Health Care Leadership 480 Health Care Leadership Practicum 5
Total 14

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