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Healthcare Administration and Public Health

Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States, employing more than 16 million people. A career in healthcare allows you to serve people in every segment of our society by improving personal and population health.


Husson's Healthcare Administration and Public Health program provides you with the academic training necessary to become a leader, manager and professional in roles that are focused on the organization, structure and delivery of healthcare. You'll be prepared to pursue a career in healthcare management, marketing, research, quality improvement, public health, and public policy. 

Is a Healthcare Administration and Public Health Major Right For You?

Prepare to take a leadership role in the complex areas of healthcare delivery and healthcare management, population health or healthcare as a business. Through our Healthcare Administration and Public Health program, you'll learn the important social, cultural, and demographic factors that impact the structure of our healthcare system.

As a Healthcare Administration and Public Health student, you may choose any of several pathways depending on your career interests. If you're interested in a business career in healthcare, Husson offers a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Public Health - Master of Business Administration program that allows you to obtain your BS and MBA in five years. You'll have the option of completing either a broader MBA, or a more specialized MBA concentrating in Healthcare Management. You'll complete courses focused on understanding the structure of our current healthcare system, public health, business and healthcare management, and health policy. Upon completion of the degree, you'll be prepared for a career in public health administration, healthcare management, healthcare equipment and technology businesses, and health insurance.

A terminal bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and Public Health is also available in a more traditional four-year program. Students accepted to the MS in Occupational Therapy program complete a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration and Public Health as part of their overall curriculum, leading to the Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Completion of a Healthcare Administration and Public Health degree will enable you to:

  • Understand and describe the complex structure of the United States healthcare system, including the high value placed on individual choices about healthcare
  • Articulate the inherent tensions and difficulty in providing healthcare that is high quality, easily accessible, and at a reasonable cost.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how social issues, cultural context, and population demographics influence healthcare policy and the structure of healthcare delivery systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of economic principles and public health policy that shape our current healthcare system at different levels of analysis (national, organizational, provider).
  • Understand principles and practices of good healthcare management and leadership.
  • Apply principles of evidence-based practice, quantitative reasoning and objective measurement in the design and evaluation of healthcare delivery systems.
  • Apply health care research and evidence-based practices to the delivery of healthcare.
  • Acquire skills that allow for successful entry into graduate programs in a chosen healthcare profession.

For more information

Phone and Email Address
David Prescott, PhD David Prescott, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Healthcare Studies
224 Beardsley Meeting House
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401