Called to Serve Through Dynamic Leadership
Samford’s healthcare administration major is designed to create dynamic leaders who pursue careers in healthcare. Using an innovative and dynamic curriculum, faculty equip students with competencies in communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare system, and business knowledge and skills.
This major combines my passion for healthcare and business. Throughout my classes, I discovered the best thing about healthcare administration—a career that allows you to be on the business side of helping people.Claire Dufresne ’19 healthcare administration
Healthcare administrators serve in dynamic roles, providing leadership, improving healthcare services, impacting change through policy, law and technology, and making decisions that impact the lives of patients and employees on a daily basis.
The program is uniquely focused on developing leaders who are prepared to immediately enter the workforce or pursue a graduate degree. Students will engage in service learning, team building, professional networking activities and internship experiences.
Objectives and Curriculum
Samford’s healthcare administration major provides students with a foundation in business, leadership and interpersonal skills. It is uniquely focused on nurturing servant leaders who have a global leadership perspective and a call to serve the community.
Students will graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to:
- Understand business principles and practices necessary to deliver quality healthcare
- Apply servant leadership characteristics and attributes
- Demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards
- Use communication, interpersonal problem solving and conflict resolution skills effectively in interprofessional teams
- Understand healthcare issues that affect different segments of the healthcare patient population
Is this Program for Me?
Healthcare administration is perfect for students who want to combine their interest in both healthcare and business. This major attracts students who are called to leadership; they enjoy building relationships, solving problems and analyzing the “big picture.” With our ever-changing healthcare landscape, students need to be dynamic and nimble, addressing present issues while always considering what comes next. Finally, healthcare administration is a pathway that allows graduates to care for patients beyond the bedside.
What Makes Us Different?
Samford’s healthcare administration major utilizes the expertise of all disciplines within the School of Public Health, including health information management and public health. This collaborative nature provides a diversity of discussion, faculty expertise and resources.
In addition, the School of Public Health is one of four schools that comprise Samford’s College of Health Sciences, and through interprofessional education, students are empowered to learn alongside their peers in a variety of programs. This commitment reflects today's team based approach to patient care, and ensures that students learn about, from and with the individuals who will one day be their colleagues.
A Commitment to Service
Students have opportunities to complete service projects together each semester. Student organizations, like the Samford Healthcare Administration Student Organization, are strongly committed to service, organizing and leading multiple service projects each year.
Samford’s Christian mission encourages students to consider the needs of the whole person—mind, body and spirit—in the work they do and accomplish. In the field of healthcare administration, this mindset elevates the need for professionals with strong ethical principles who value integrity, servant leadership and understanding.
At Samford, we know there is no substitute for experiential learning. Internships are a critical tool that combine what a student learns in the classroom with real-life experience. As a part of the curriculum, students are required to complete two internship placements, totaling at least 240 hours of field experience. Faculty work directly with students to ensure their internship placements align with their interests and career goals.
Opportunities for professional development and fellowship abound, including student membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives, attendance at conferences, case competitions, student organization leadership and service projects.
The healthcare administration major is designed to prepare students to serve in entry-level management positions in a diverse field of healthcare businesses and organizations, including:
- Hospitals and health systems
- Consulting firms
- Local, state and federal government agencies
- Long-term care
- Nonprofit organizations or foundations
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Small group practices
- Healthcare entrepreneurship
Accolades & Alumni
Samford’s healthcare administration major was named the 2018 New Program of the Year by the Association for University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
While the number of alumni is small for this new program, Samford’s healthcare administration alumni have graduated and begun careers with:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
- Brookdale Senior Living
- Dicerna Pharmaceuticals
- Emory Healthcare
- Grandview Medical Center
- Norwood Clinic
- R1 RCM
- Surgical Dermatology Group
- Urology Centers of Alabama
Our graduates have continued their education by completing Samford’s online Master in Healthcare Administration program or top residency-based healthcare administration programs across the country.
Mission, Vision and Values
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program is to train service-minded leaders who have a broad perspective by providing a foundation in healthcare executive competencies through an interprofessional curriculum for entry-level management positions.
The Department of Healthcare Administration and Informatics aspires to prepare practice-ready graduates through innovative and quality teaching and learning in local, national, and international populations with a commitment to service-minded leaders.
The Department of Healthcare Administration and Informatics values the following as central to our success:
- Christian-Based Education: We are committed to integrating our Christian faith and beliefs in our delivery of healthcare administration education.
- Excellence: We pursue excellence within the department through opportunities for achievement in scholarship, service and research.
- Practice-Ready: We are committed to preparing students who are ready to practice upon graduation.
- Respect for diversity: We are committed to respecting the differences in others by learning to appreciate the different cultures of the populations that we serve.
- Integrity: We are committed to operating in an environment that values honesty, fairness and the highest ethical standards to sustain a community of trust.
- Empowerment: We encourage personal accountability for success through shared governance in academic pursuits.
Competency Based Education
Healthcare administration education is a competency-based curriculum. The competency model is based upon the ACHE Healthcare Executive Competencies and Assessment Tool developed by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance and the American College of Healthcare Executives. The curriculum is designed to provide competency communication, leadership, professionalism, business knowledge and healthcare systems with unique specializations at the graduate level.