Healthcare Management


major-health science administration

Chair: Frank Shepard, Associate Professor of Finance

The Healthcare Management (B.A.) degree is a program of study designed for individuals who seek to plan, direct, coordinate, and/or facilitate the organization and support of medical/health facilities or services.

Graduates of this program might assist in the management of a facility, specialize in the administration of a clinical area/department or supervise a medical practice for a group of physicians/healthcare professionals. Medical and health services managers must be able to adapt to changes in laws, regulations, and technology as the healthcare industry advances.

Student Learning Goals and Outcomes for the Major in Healthcare Management

Goal: It is our goal to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of human health and wellness as it relates to business administration. This degree takes an interdisciplinary and integrated learning approach. The study includes health sciences as well as business administration, regulation, financing, strategic planning, and policies. Students are exposed to healthcare business administration topics including finance, budgeting, billing, human resources management, facilities management, and marketing as well as quality measurement and improvement.

Outcome 1: Graduates will apply concepts from foundational sciences; applied sciences and other interdisciplinary sciences to evaluate healthcare industry issues.

Outcome 2: Graduates will develop policies and procedures to address healthcare challenges using science as well as business concepts and knowledge.

Outcome 3: Graduates will apply the principles of organizational management and strategic planning to facilitate successful administration of healthcare organizations.

Outcome 4: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical obligations and responsibilities of business and healthcare organizations.

Outcome 5: Graduates will analyze financial statements in health services organizations and apply standard accounting principles

Explore the Health Science Administration Program

The study of science is born from the conviction of the fundamental intelligibility of the world. Science at Ave Maria University testifies to the Catholic Church’s confidence in human reason’s ability to know the truth about God’s creation even apart from the illuminating power of grace. The natural sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts education in which we seek to know truth for its own sake. By enabling us to enter the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of physical reality, science instills within the students a deep sense of wonder at the natural universe.

  • AMU is home to a Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society chapter, which exceptional Biology majors students have the opportunity to join.
  • Student led organizations include the Biology club, Science Club, and pre-professional societies like the Ave Maria Pre-Dental Society.
  • The Department of Biology also offers degrees in Biology (B.S. or B.A.), Environmental Science (B.A.), Health Science (B.A.), Exercise Science (B.A.) and Health Science Administration (B.A.), and minors in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Health Science, and Exercise Science.
In addition to the core curriculum, health science administration majors take the following courses
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
BIOL 100 Medical Terminology
BIOL 250 Health and Wellness
BUSN 215 Spreadsheet Analysis
BUSN 303 Management and Ethics
BUSN 304 Marketing
BUSN 340 Business Law 1
BUSN 350 Health Care Administration
BUSN 351 Seminar in Healthcare Management
BUSN 490 Strategic Management
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FINC 301 Finance
STAT 230 Statistics
THEO 390 Catholic Bioethics
Science 1*
Science 2*

*Students must fulfill the two core science requirements.

A degree in Health Science Administration will prepare students for a wide range of important careers in the medical field related to managing health care facilities.

Jacob Blanchard, Ph.D. (candidate)

Instructor of Biology 
Education: B.A., Biology, Ave Maria University; Ph.D. (candidate), Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University
Office: Henkels 3034
Phone: (239) 304-7130

Stephen Cronin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Molecular & Cellular Biology, Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Biology, University of California, San Diego.
Office: Henkels 3051
Phone: (239) 280-1617

Nicholas Curtis, Ph.D.

Chair of the Biology Department, Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Marine Science & Biology, University of Miami; Ph.D., Cell & Molecular Biology, University of South Florida
Office: Henkels 2053
Phone: (239) 304-7132

Brett Feger, M.S.

Instructor of Biology
Education: B.A., Biology, Knox College; M.S., Zoology, Western Illinois University
Office: Henkels 1035
Phone: (239) 280-1637

Craig Flanagan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Miami; M.S., Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Miami; D.C., Chiropractic, Life University; Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Miami
Office: Canizaro Library 313
Phone: (239) 304-7367

Ernesto Quintero, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Marine Biology, California State University; Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Maryland
Office: Henkels 3050
Phone: (239) 280-1666

Ladislav Sallai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: M.S., Pharmacy, Comenius University; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of North Dakota
Office: Henkels 3028
Phone: (239) 280-2418

William Serson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Biology Millersville University, Ph.D., Plant Physiology, University of Kentucky
Office: Henkels 2045
Phone: (239) 280-2433

Thomas Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Education: B.S., Environmental Biology & Chemistry, Plymouth State University; M.S., Recreation, Western Kentucky University; M.S. Biology, Western Kentucky University, Ph.D., Environmental Biology, University of Louisville
Office: Henkels 3048
Phone: (239) 280-2536