Health Care Administration

It begins with a passion for helping others. Our bachelor of arts in Health Care Administration prepares students to be leaders of health care programs and organizations. Health Care Administration is also available as a minor. Apply Today

The Health Care Administration (HCA) major prepares students as administrators of health care programs and organizations. This program (the only endowed undergraduate program of its kind in the U.S.) is led by talented, experienced faculty and offers great networking opportunities.

Students can pursue a BA with a major in Health Care Administration. HCA majors can also add an emphasis in Public Health. Health Care Administration also is available as a minor.

Complete your Health Care Administration degree online.

Coursework for our HCA degree can be completed fully online through the university’s innovative Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. Just like in-person classes, the Blackboard-interface business program emphasizes the development of strong conceptual skills in tandem with practical applications. MBU helps you fast-track your path to a business degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 12 credits (4 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System as well as the ability to earn up to 6 credits for work experience.

Designed to equip students with hands-on career preparation, the Health Care Administration major requires an internship in addition to online coursework. Health Care Administration is also available as a minor.
Why study Health Care Administration at Mary Baldwin University?
  • only endowed undergraduate program of its type in the United States and Canada and one of only 46 programs fully certified by Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • an active student club for individuals interested in health care issues
  • a great variety in faculty (health care administration, political science, economics, business administration, sociology, strategic leadership, anthropology, biology), all well trained with a high level of experience in their respective fields
  • maintains an interdisciplinary nature while still having a “home” of its own
  • combines the best of a fine liberal arts education with a professional course of study and a required hands-on internship
  • strong and varied interdisciplinary curriculum with courses in health care administration, business administration, sociology, and anthropology — cross listed HCA courses with political science, philosophy, biology, and economics
  • courses stress development of analytical and problem-solving skills as well as research, oral, computational, and written skills
  • in-depth coverage of health care issues, policies, practices, settings, and those who deliver and manage the care
  • great networking through the Health Care Administration Advisory Council, guest speakers, conferences, the Carpenter Lecture, internships, and research projects with contacts at the local, state, national, and international levels
  • camaraderie with others with a passion for helping others and service to the community
  • appropriate internship in a long term care facility under a state approved preceptor means one can sit for the long term care administrator’s license in VA
Post-undergraduate benefits
  • excellent job prospects
  • more than 280 graduates at work in hospitals, nursing homes, government agencies, insurance companies, schools, etc.
  • excellent track record at entrance into top graduate and law schools, medical and nursing schools, health related programs, etc.
  • a springboard for graduate work in medical and allied health fields, health care, public or business administration, political science, or law
  • solid track record of employers contacting the program to recruit new hires and graduate programs contacting to recruit students

The Health Care Administration Program recognizes the value of a working experience internship and holds it as an integral part of an undergraduate liberal arts education.

The program stands committed to the principle that health care administration includes all those activities and people involved in the promotion of the physical, mental, and social well-being of individuals. All organizations and services on the broad continuum of health and medical care are to be included as appropriate areas in which students can do internships. This continuum includes, but is not limited to hospitals, clinics, managed care systems, long term care facilities, private practices, government agencies, and health related industries. All HCA majors are required to do an internship.

Placement of junior/senior-level undergraduate students in the Health Care Administration Program with a “hands-on” experience that is mutually beneficial to the student and to the organization where she is placed. Two types of internships exist: HCA 287 which is an optional, exploratory and pre-professional in nature (for sophomores) and HCA 387 the required, professional development-oriented internship (for juniors — completed one year prior to graduation). All internships involve a community service component.

There are five specific scholarships which apply solely to the Health Care Administration Program.

Carpenter Scholarships: A total of $10,000 is awarded annually to health care administration majors based upon academic merit and financial need. These are usually given in $2,000 amounts.

Wilkinson – Carpenter Scholarship: This $1,500 scholarship was established in 1999 in memory of Sue Wilkinson, R.N. It is intended to be a source of financial assistance for a selected health care administration major from either the College for Women or the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs.

Note: All declared majors in HCA are invited to apply for these awards. HCA faculty, working with representatives of the financial aid office, and the registrar’s office, gather the pertinent information necessary to make appropriate decisions. Decisions as to scholarship winners are made late in the spring semester of each academic year.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Augusta Health Care, Inc.: Kinnaird Scholarship awarded by AHC for a student to do an internship at the Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA (state-wide competition with other colleges/universities).

Note: For additional information on these scholarships and opportunities, please see a member of the HCA faculty before making application.

Carpenter Lecture

The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation have generously supported the HCA Program since its inception, and helped to endow the program in 1999. The endowment helps to support scholarships, as well as the Carpenter Lecture.

The Carpenter Lecture is a prestigious annual event. The lecture is the “continuation” of 10 Carpenter Conferences held at the college from 1990-1999. In recent years individuals have come to the campus to offer lectures on leading issues in the health care field. These speakers have included Pierre Duplessis, MD, Secretary General and CEO of the Red Cross of Canada; Robert Stroube, MD, Commissioner, Department of Health, Commonwealth of Virginia; Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Health, Research, and Quality; Kaveh Shojania, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and co-author of the book Internal Bleeding; Richard Heinzl, MD, founder of Doctors Without Borders, Canada; Shannon Brownlee, author of Overtreated; Drs. Nancy and Jerry Jaax, whose work inspired the movie Outbreak and was documented in the book The Hot Zone; Dr. Jeffrey Goldsmith, nationally recognized health care analyst and author; and Sarah Friebert, MD, director, Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Division, Akron Children’s Hospital. Each presentation focuses on a specific issue that is not only relevant to the moment, but has long term implications for health care decision makers.

American Public Health Association
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
American College of Healthcare Executives
Healthcare Financial Management Association
American College of Healthcare Administrators
Medical Group Mangement Association
World Health Organization

Contact Information


Eileen T. Hinks

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Donovan Branche

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