Bachelor of Health Science | Online

Advance your career in healthcare management with an online degree-completion program designed for working adults.

The Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree-completion program at Pacific University is designed for the working adult. Program coursework is delivered online with live, weekly interactive sessions between instructors and students built into each course. Cohorts are small and select, and the content in the program is highly applicable as it is developed by both faculty and practitioners in healthcare.

Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to advance their careers in healthcare management, gain entry into positions with a variety of healthcare organizations, or pursue graduate education programs in the field of healthcare.

The ideal student will hold an associate degree with at least two years of full-time work experience in a healthcare organization. They are self-motivated and technologically capable of completing a degree program online.

Applications are now being accepted and will be reviewed as they are received until the Fall, 2015 cohort is full. To submit your application now, you may download it on the Admission Requirement page. 

Complete your degree in eleven months and prepare for a new career or graduate program.

Prospective graduates of the BHS program will use their experiences in healthcare management or administrative positions with:

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare systems
  • Health insurance companies
  • Nursing facilities
  • Hospice organizations
  • Public health agencies
  • Dental and medical practices

The degree-completion program is a cohort model consisting of the following:

  • Three semesters (in one calendar year)
  • 40 credits
  • Completely online with two 2-day residencies on campus.

To sign up for an online information session or to get a free evaluation of your unofficial transcripts, contact:

Deon Logan | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions | 503.352.7218


The curriculum is designed to provide working healthcare professionals an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Health Science degree, focusing in healthcare management.

Pacific's BHS program is a degree-completion program. Students in the BHS program will have already have at least two years of experience in healthcare and completed an Associate's degree or have completed 114-120 quarter credits (76-80 semester credits) toward a bachelor's degree.

Fall 2014

Course Credits
Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare 2

Comparative Healthcare Delivery Systems and Global Health

Information Management Systems in Healthcare 2
Healthcare Finance and Accounting I 4
Senior Thesis/Capstone: Research Methods 1
Internship 1

Spring 2015

Course Credits
Healthcare Accounting II 2
Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing 4
Healthcare Management and Governance 2
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management in Healthcare Organizations 4
Internship 1

Summer 2015

Course Credits
Health Policy and Law 2
Healthcare Operations Management and Quality Improvement 4
Statistical Analysis and Decision Making 2
Healthcare Economics 4
Senior Thesis/Capstone: Synthesis and Presentation 1

Total Credits: 40

Bachelor of Health Science Course Descriptions

HSC 401 Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare, 2 credits
This course provides students with the foundation needed to develop skills to become better healthcare leaders. Becoming a leader is a process that involves building self-awareness and self confidence, and engaging in self-assessment and self-reflection. As each individual learns to trust their own ability to make choices, to analyze their current situation, and to understand how they can influence other people and their environment, they become more prepared to effectively undertake leadership roles. The ethical and values foundation of leadership can inform a focus on organizational and social change as well. Students will learn through theory, practice, and reflection about different forms of leadership and how to evaluate their individual strengths and weaknesses, taking steps to develop and implement an individualized leadership development plan for professional development and career advancement.

HSC 405 Comparative Healthcare Delivery Systems and Global Health, 4 credits
This course describes variations in healthcare delivery systems locally, nationally, and globally as they relate to policy, structure, and finance. Comparisons of systems are made relative to expenditure of resources and outcomes. Students learn about healthcare coverage, access to care, healthcare rationing, provider manpower distribution, and seeking healthcare in foreign countries (medical tourism). The discrepancy between the desirable and the practical is explored, and students are asked to outline and defend a system that they believe is both desirable and practical, based on evidence from the literature.

HSC 420 Environmental Health and Managerial Epidemiology, 4 credits

Based on epidemiological principles, this course provides an understanding of how major environmental factors contribute to adverse health affects in various populations. Students learn to understand disease patterns associated with environmental contaminants and the impact these have on population health and the cost of delivering healthcare services. The course introduces core epidemiological principles and the essential application of these in planning, evaluating, and managing healthcare planning and public health. The course also emphasizes a wide variety of local, regional, and global health issues impacted by the environment and affecting public health.

HSC 435 Statistical Analysis and Decision-Making, 2 credits
All segments of healthcare rely on data provided by government, insurance companies, consultants, research firms, academic institutions, and their own internal databases to make accurate decisions regarding the delivery of healthcare services. All health professionals rely on good data to help guide their decisions. In this course, students will learn to understand the assumptions behind the formulas generating the numbers, and question the validity of apparently inaccurate, misleading or dangerous statistics. This course explains the fundamental concepts of statistics, as well as common uses and misuses. Through a conceptual understanding, students also will learn how to apply various analytical tools, and critically evaluate and analyze data for accurate and enhanced decision making.

HSC 425 Healthcare Finance and Accounting I, 4 credits
This course offers an overview of healthcare financial management to build competencies in business and analytical principles, and learn how to keep healthcare organizations financially viable. Basic financial accounting concepts will provide an organization-level understanding of the language, concepts, processes, and key functions of financial management. Managerial accounting principles also will be a focus of the course and include cost accounting, budgeting at the department level, and an understanding of the key role that budget development, budget management, and fiscal control play in ensuring the financial strength of healthcare organizations.

HSC 430 Healthcare Accounting II, 2 credits
This course offers an introduction and overview of selected accounting issues and will provide students with an understanding of the basics of financial and managerial accounting principles and their application to healthcare organizations. The course will build basic knowledge of cost accounting, including full and differential costing techniques, and will focus on management control structures and processes, also addressing topics such as budgeting, reporting, and variance analysis. Particular attention will be given to healthcare accounting practices. HSC 425 is a prerequisite for this course.

HSC 410 Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management in Healthcare Organizations, 4 credits
This course is an overview of organizational theory and the impact of decision-making on the behavior of people within healthcare organizations. Topics will include change management, leadership, motivation, group behavior, conflict management, decision-making, power, organizational structure, business ethics, team building, and communication within organizations. Students will examine the role of the human resources management functions in the maintenance of a productive workforce within the organization. Students also will engage in case study analysis, discussion and role playing as an application of learning.

HSC 445 Healthcare Management and Governance, 2 credits
This course provides an overview of the effective management strategies that are used by healthcare administrators in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students will examine the organizational and board governance structures of the various components of the healthcare delivery system including administrative processes such as planning, decision making, evidence-based practice, productivity processes, and continuous quality improvement.

HSC 455 Healthcare Economics, 4 credits
This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the economics of healthcare. In this course, students will explore healthcare markets including supply, demand, production, and costs. Students also will develop a thorough understanding of the relevance of economic concepts to make accurate decisions in the healthcare sector. By the end of the course, students will possess knowledge of health system financing and service delivery in the U.S. and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of economic factors in the development of public policy regarding public health and healthcare.

HSC 440 Health Policy & Law, 2 credits
This course is an overview of legal issues and policies related to healthcare management and compliance. The course provides students with an understanding of laws applicable to patient care delivery, management of employees, patient safety, health information, and HIPAA. Students also will be immersed in cases and issues to develop an indepth understanding about how policies, locally and nationally, affect the quality of healthcare.

HSC 450 Healthcare Operations Management and Quality Improvement, 4 credits
This course will explore the role of the operations manager within the framework of healthcare organizations. Focus will be on best practices for quality improvement and how to measure improvement in organizational systems and patient care. Students will learn about various assessment methods and outcomes measurements to determine quality improvement. Topics to be covered include: quality assurance, project management, facility location and design, health information management systems, LEAN, work design and productivity, forecasting, and simulation. Students will explore the transformative role of implementing quality improvement processes in management practices, and better understand the direct impact on patient outcomes, lower costs, and improved system performance.

HSC 460 Information Management Systems in Healthcare, 2 credits
This course is an overview of the importance of strategic planning, security, and project management of information technology systems in healthcare organizations. Understanding the critical role of information management systems in operational efficiencies of healthcare service delivery is essential. Students will learn about HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), patient confidentiality requirements, coding and informatics standards, patient safety, electronic medical records, and practices for keeping information secure.

HSC 415 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing, 4 credits
This course analyzes how strategic planning is implemented in a healthcare organization, including the challenges, necessity, and processes of strategic planning. In an organization, all stakeholders must be considered in any implementation of a plan; students will work on projects to learn how to develop and implement strategic plans and the application of effective marketing modalities. Students also will explore market research, product strategy, branding, pricing, placement, promotion, and competition, and learn to appreciate the relationship between service design and delivery, marketing, strategic planning, and budgeting.

HSC 470 Senior Thesis/Capstone I: Research Methods, 1 credit
This initial capstone course in the health science management curriculum will focus on the integration of knowledge and the application of research theories, models, methodology, and techniques to the field of healthcare management. The course will enable students to apply the skills of research to specific management issues and scenarios in both the public and private sectors of the healthcare delivery system. Students will learn to use research methods to analyze a problem and propose a potential intervention for their capstone project. Students also will be required to submit their research proposals to the university's IRB for approval.

HSC 471 Senior Thesis/Capstone II: Synthesis and Presentation, 1 credit
This final capstone course is the culminating course for the program, synthesizing the theories, models, and skills learned in the coursework, the experiential aspects of the internship, and the application of research methodology to support a presentation and paper synthesizing their capstone project. Capstone projects must represent applied research and be completed in partnership with a healthcare organization.

HSC 475 Internship, 1-9 credits
Internships must take place within a healthcare organization under the supervision of an onsite preceptor. The student, faculty advisor, and preceptor must agree on the selection of an appropriate project or projects, which the student must describe in writing and submit to the BHS Program Director, the faculty advisor, and the preceptor for approval. During the internship, students must demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the BHS coursework. A final paper analyzing the internship and the project(s) is required of the student, as well as routine time logs of completed project work within the healthcare organization and periodic evaluations.