Health Care Policy and Management Curriculum


The interdisciplinary online BS in Health Care Policy and Management curriculum is designed to help you prepare for a career as a health care manager or administrator. Through core and elective courses and practical experiences, you will develop a deep understanding of health care systems and delivery structures. You will learn how to use business knowledge, systems thinking, and cultural humility to change health care organizations for the better. As you gain knowledge and skills specific to the business of health care, you will also prepare to be an empathetic and effective leader — focusing on vital topics such as communication, cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Key Content Areas

A Simmons education will prepare you to think and lead within your area of focus and beyond. Our undergraduate experience includes courses in a variety of key content areas — such as science, culture, social history, and the arts — that represent different ways of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics. These learning opportunities within and across disciplines prepare our graduates to solve a wide range of challenges in their lives, careers, and communities.

Like many of our students who are continuing their academic journey with Simmons, you may have transferable credits that fulfill key content area requirements. Be sure to submit all academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.

Program Requirements

Below are the required health care policy and management courses. Some courses in this program may have prerequisites.

Health Care Policy and Management Major Courses

Course #Title Credits
BUS 100
Introduction to Business and Management
BUS 239
Health Care Finance
COMM 312
Health Communications
PH 101
Introduction to Public Health
PH 201
Introduction to Epidemiology
PH 345
Health Care Systems and Policy
PH 241
Health, Illness, and Society
STAT 118
Introduction to Statistics


You will choose two elective courses from the list below.

Course #TitleCredits
BUS 234
Organizational Communication & Behavior
BUS 270
Business Analytics
PH 261
Health Promotion
PH 245
Global Health
SW 200
Social Welfare Policy
SOCI 239
Introduction to Social Research


During the capstone experience, you will put your newly attained knowledge and skills to work as you complete an internship, write a research paper, and give a presentation.

Course #TitleCredits
PH 370
Internship Seminar (capstone course: internship with research paper and presentation)