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Bachelor of Healthcare Administration (BHA)

Mission, Vision, & Values


The mission of the BHA Program is to prepare ethical, entry-level healthcare administrators for careers in a variety of healthcare settings and to add to the body of knowledge in our fields.


The vision for the BHA program at Texas State University is to be the undergraduate health administration program of choice for students, faculty, alumni, and employers in the United States.


We value and, teach, model leadership, service, scholarship, professionalism, and lifelong learning.

Structure & Pace

Program Domains & Competencies


1. Communication Skills
2. Relationship Management
3. Leadership Skills & Behaviors
4. Organizational Climate & Culture
5. Managing Change

Knowledge of the HC Environment

6. Healthcare Systems & Organizations
7. Healthcare Personnel
8. The Community & Environment
9. The Legal Environment of HA

Business Knowledge & Skills

10. General Management
11. Financial Management
12. Strategic Planning & Marketing
13. Information Management
14. Quality Improvement

Program Pace

A screenshot of an Excel table showing the BHA course sequence by semester.
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Photo of BHA program director, Dr Jose Betancourt

For More Information Contact

Dr. Jose Betancourt
Associate Professor & BHA Program Coordinator
School of Health Administration
Encino Hall, 274

Main Office Phone: 512.245.3494
Office Fax: 512.245.8712


(WI) - Indicates the course is "Writing Intensive"
(MC) - Multicultural Content
(MP) - Multicultural Perspective

HA 3308 Healthcare Organization. (3-0) Overview of the healthcare system and the role hospitals have played and continue to play in the future. Analysis of organizational structure of a hospital and other healthcare agencies, administrative and management elements necessary for policy determination, decision making, and control to achieve institutional goals and objectives.

HA 3309 Ethics in the Health Professions. (3-0) This course introduces the student to a sound foundation in well-established ethical theories and a familiarity with terms, concepts and issues in ethics as applied to the health professions. Also provides practical methods for proceeding from considered reflection to informed action in solving ethical problems.

HA 3315 Healthcare Administration History, Culture, and Language. (3-0) An introduction to the historical and cultural development of modern healthcare administration in contemporary American society. Special attention is given to the mores of health services delivery including critiques and use of professional behavior and language. (MULT).

HA 3324 Supervisory Management for Healthcare Managers. (3-0) Introduction to the following functions of supervisory management: planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, and controlling; as well as the connective processes of decisionmaking, coordinating, and communicating in healthcare organizations. (WI).

HA 3329 Human Resources in Healthcare Management. (3-0) Human resource management as applicable to the healthcare field. Course will cover human resource planning, staffing, job requirements, job descriptions, sources of labor supply, training and education programs, salary administration, employee communications, legal considerations, union-management relations.

HA 3340 Management of Health Information Systems. (3-0) Provides an introduction to information systems for healthcare facilities and agencies. Covers determining what information is needed by whom; designing information flows, procurement of computer/telecommunication resources, assuring information security, and continuing management of information systems supporting healthcare delivery.

HA 3341 Training and Professional Development in Healthcare. (3-0) This course examines the professional development and project management processes as applied to the healthcare industry. Emphasis is placed on staff development, needs analysis, task analysis, development of training and continuing education programs for healthcare personnel. (WI).

HA 3344 Patient Care Management and Quality Improvement in Health Care Integrated Delivery Systems. (3-0) This course is an introduction of integrated delivery systems and their operations. It includes an examination of patient care management and the patient experience. A framework for understanding healthcare quality efforts is also an integral part of the course.

HA 4318 Employment Law in Healthcare Management. (3-0) This course examines the legal aspects of healthcare human resource management. Each of the major federal and state enactments impacting human resource management will be studied in depth. Prerequisite: HA 3329 with a grade of "D" or better.

HA 3375 Principles of Accounting for Healthcare Managers. (3-0) Provides an introduction to accounting useful in healthcare facilities and agencies, and demonstrates the application of accounting principles and techniques in the healthcare field. Prerequisite: HP 3325 and [ECO 2301 or ECO 2314] both with grades of "D" or better.

HA 3376 Financial Management for Healthcare Managers. (3-0) A concentration in the fundamentals of healthcare financial management including the financial organization of nonprofit facilities, sources of operating revenue, management of working capital, and the allocation, control and analysis of resources. Prerequisite: HA 3375 with a grade of "C" or better or instructor approval.

HA 4141 Healthcare Comprehensive Exam and Review. (1-0) A course in which each of the respective faculty will review their portion of the comprehensive examination that all HA majors are required to successfully pass during their final semester of study. The comprehensive exam will be administered at the conclusion of the course.

HA 4305 Healthcare Services Marketing. (3-0) The course applies the principles of services marketing to healthcare organizations. The course will present tools to identify and close the gaps that exist between customer expectation of services and the services provided and to ensure quality of health care.

HA 3347 Essentials of Healthcare Law. (3-0) This course includes a review of the laws pertaining to healthcare institutions, physicians, and other healthcare workers who contribute to patient care. Tort and contract law are emphasized. The course addresses policy issues and ethics through topics like patient rights, reproduction, and end of life decisions.

HA 4315 Health Services Problem Solving and Decision Making. (3-0) An introduction to methodologies used to seek solutions to health administration problems which affect technical and professional personnel. Designed to place emphasis on techniques most directly applicable to models of administration and management decision making.

HA 4322 Public Health Administration. (3-0) This course introduces the healthcare manager to public health and its role in preventing illnesses and improving the health of the community. Students will learn about the role of the manager in disease prevention and how to participate and lead community efforts for the wellness of the community.

HA 4325 Healthcare Strategic Management. (3-0) This capstone class integrates accounting, finance, marketing, MIS, and organizational behavior in the creation of sustainable competitive advantage. Health care case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts.

HA 4440 Practicum Internship A. (0-16) Students with specialization in management participate in a health services based practicum. Experiences in providing opportunities for observation, participation, and practical application of administrative or management skills in the institutional setting are required. Must have a 2.25 major GPA and have completed all junior year major courses.

HA 4848 Healthcare Administrative Residency. (0-40) Designed for students who have limited or no previous background in healthcare management/administration. Includes rotation through selected major departments, culminating in a major project. This course is taken in the final semester of study.


BHA Handbook (PDF, 583 KB)