Health Administration (501)

The health administration major (501) prepares students with the skill set needed to enter an administrative career path in the healthcare sector. 

Students will receive fundamental training in a wide range of administrative areas including health care management, finance, marketing, operations, information systems and human resources designed to prepare them for working in the administrative setting. Students will grasp economic justifications for management decisions; understand the complexities of the health care system and its impact on patient care; and will study the policy and ethical contexts in which administrative decisions are made. They will learn to apply management theory and best practices to real life problems in long-term (nursing home and assisted living) and acute healthcare venues, as well as in third party payer and employment situations.

To pursue the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy by completing the Application for Admission form. Applicants must have a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses in order to declare the health administration major. Completion of the health administration major leads to a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I want to major in Health Administration (501). Should I choose admission to the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) or the EJB School of Planning and Public Policy (EJB)?

Q: What is the difference between pursing my Health Administration degree or getting a Public Health degree with a certificate in Health Administration?

Q: Can I be dual major in health administration and business, nursing, engineering or social work?


Q: Can I find a job in health administration with only my BS degree?

Q: Before I choose to accept admissions to EJB's BS in Health Administration, what career options are available to me in pursuing Health Administration?


Health Administration (501) Major Requirements 

Prerequisites for the Major in Health Administration (9-10 credits)

01:640:111 Precalculus or higher 3


Introduction to Microeconomics

Basic Statistical Methods (4) or equivalent 3-credit course in basic statistics


Major Requirements (46 credits)

10:501:203 Intro to Health Administration 3
One of the following:


10:501:260 Health Care Systems
10:832:338 Health & Public Policy

One of the following:


10:501:332 Healthcare Economics
10:220: 316 Health Economics

37:533:325 Human Resources and Health Administration 3
10:501:333 Finance for Health Administration 3

Epidemiology for Healthcare

10:501:354 Marketing for Healthcare Organizations
Open to 501 majors only
10:501:356 Healthcare Ethics/Law 3

Health Systems Operations
Open to 501 and 832 majors only

One of the following:


10:501:342 Long-term Care Management
10:501:360 Principles of Public Managment
10:833:361 Managing People/Organizations
10:501:362 Non-Profit Management

One of the following:

IDST 3400

Information Systems for Healthcare (3)
Prerequisites: 10:501:203 and 10:501:333
Applications for Computers in Health Care (3)



Research Methods
Open to 501 majors only

10:501:450 Leadership Seminar
Open to 501 majors only
10:832:499 Professional Practice Internship
Prerequisites: 10:832:395, 10:501:450 and 100 credits
Concentration in Long-term Care
Students interested in a career in long-term care should take the following courses and complete 10:501:499 Professional Practice Internship in a long-term care setting in preparation for taking the New Jersey State Nursing Home Administrator Licensing Exam: 10:501:260 Health Care Systems, 10:832:341 Public Health and Aging, 10:501:342 Long-term Care Management

Preparing for Careers in Health Administration

Medical and health services managers work in offices in healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and group medical practices. Medical and health services managers held about 315,500 jobs in 2012. Employment is expected to grow in offices of health practitioners. Many services previously provided in hospitals will shift to these settings, especially as medical technologies improve. Most Health Administration jobs are expected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

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The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy was established in 1992 to provide a focus for all of Rutgers' programs of instruction, research, and service in planning and public policy. Since its inception, the Bloustein School has emerged as one of the nation's key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. Edward J. Bloustein, Rutgers' former president, constitutional scholar, active citizen, philosopher and teacher, lived a life of civic engagement that the school seeks to perpetuate through the contributions of its faculty, staff and students.


For additional information about the Bloustein School's undergraduate programs, please contact either of our counselors:

Christina Miller
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Bloustein School Civic Square Building; Room 183
Phone: (848) 932-2726

LaToya Fendrick
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Phone: (848) 932-2701