In as little as two years, the Health Care Management Bachelor of Science degree at Mercyhurst allows you to build upon your previous education and allied health experience with the business and leadership training you need to move up in the discipline you already love.

The goal of this 2+2 program is to provide practitioners in the allied health fields, those with a health science or health studies degree, or individuals with at least 15 credits of science/health coursework with the knowledge, skills and degree needed to advance in their careers. After graduating with this degree, students will have the proficiencies to lead and supervise other employees, secure management positions, and teach “on the floor” and in the classroom.

Student can gain additional experience in an area of interest by taking coursework that focuses on Business Administration, Human Resources or Marketing. This degree can also prepare interested students with the skills and background needed to succeed in advanced professional or graduate schools. This program will also offer the opportunity for students to pursue graduate-level education opportunities.

Fast Facts

  • A 2+2 program, Health Care Management allows those with a completed associate degree in a relevant field to transfer most, if not all, of their credits toward a bachelor’s
  • This program’s flexibility allows students to take classes on campus or online, during the evening or daytime. Students can complete the program part time or full time and start any semester, including summer

  • Students in this program will develop skills in leadership, business ethics, supervision, employee management, critical thinking, employee training and education, financial operations, business writing and human resources

Career Outlook

Recently, the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics, noted that allied health disciplines comprise 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations. There is also a critical need for well-qualified practitioner-educators to prepare the next generation of allied health practitioners.

Most of the Health Care Management students who enter this educational path through a two-year allied health program will be pursuing the degree so that they can assume management positions and/or teach – either on the “floor” as employer-based training or in the classroom either as full-time faculty or adjuncts.

Demand for medical and health services managers is projected to increase nationally by 20 percent through 2026, much faster than average. More than 72,000 jobs are expected to become available in the next few years. 

Course Requirements

The Health Care Management program requires the following core classes

  • ACCT 101 Principles of Accounting I
  • BADM 310 Business Law I
  • ECON 106 Microeconomics
  • MGMT 120 Principles of Management
  • PUBH 211 Global Health
  • PUBH 290 Social Determinants of Health OR
  • NURS 402 Multicultural and Global Perspectives in Health Care
  • RIAP 250 Professional Communications
  • STAT 137 Biostatistics

In addition, students must choose a 15-credit concentration track; these include Business Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, or Pre-Professional.

All students must also fulfill Mercyhurst’s REACH Curriculum core classes.


Contact Us

Kari Dundore Shrout
Program Director, Health Care Management
Phone: 814-725-6258

Meet the Faculty

Dyan Jones, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences
Janice Haas, M.S.
Associate Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant, Assistant Professor