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Health Care Administration

Health Care Administration

Health care administration is one of the most important and exciting areas of business and public policy. California State University, Long Beach is one of fourteen U.S. universities with both accredited graduate and undergraduate health administration programs. Our graduate program holds a probationary accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Management Education (CAHME) and our undergraduate program is a fully certified member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

CSULB's Department of Health Care Administration is among the nation's top business graduate schools for physician executives as ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine (2016). We're pleased to report that our undergraduate team placed second in the 2015 and 2016 ACHE College Bowls. We also offer exciting study abroad opportunities in both Germany and Taiwan.

The CSULB Department of Health Care Administration's faculty includes both academic scholars and industry executives from leading Southern California organizations. We also have an active student health professional association (HCASF), an academic honor society (Upsilon Phi Delta), a dedicated HCA Alumni Network (HCAAN), and a dynamic and involved advisory board whose members represent many of the leading health care organizations in Southern California.

Watch HCA students partnering with Molina Healthcare to educate students about Obamacare

A Message from the Department Chair

I consider it a privilege to be Department Chair of Health Care Administration at California State University, Long Beach. We take pride in our diverse student body, relevant field research, excellence in teaching, and connectivity to local and regional organizations where our work makes a difference.

The health care industry is a rewarding field with great opportunities for growth and success, and it continues to thrive due to the many innovations and improvements introduced by creative organizations, by health care providers, and by the Affordable Care Act. With these new changes, there is no better time to begin a career in health care administration.

As a result of the health care industry expanding and creating more professional opportunities, our department has experienced great growth in recent years and has implemented changes in order to keep up with the industry trends. For example, in 2011, HCA had nearly two hundred undergraduate health care administration majors; for fall 2017, we expect over 446 declared BSHCA undergraduate majors, over ninety-five pre-majors, and twenty certificate students. Too, counting our incoming fall students, our department will have 115 students in our graduate degree programs (with sixty in our traditional and fifty-five students in our accelerated programs). Our overall program enrollment numbers have grown considerably over the years.

This growth would not have been possible without the efforts of our full-time core and executive faculty members who have been creatively and diligently improving our curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate programs. Their hard work and dedication to excellence have earned HCA not only a great reputation in Southern California, but also have resulted in the re-certification by AUPHA and probationary re-accreditation by CAHME for our undergraduate and graduate programs, respectively. Additionally, the success of HCA's alumni as they enter the workplace in health care organizations both near and far contributes to the growing reputation of our department as a place to go to for quality recruitment. Too, the integration of social media and online forums--as well as the establishment of our HCA Alumni Network of over one thousand graduates--helps to keep us in contact with our alumni and gives us the opportunity to hear and read about their accomplishments.

Our minor program with the CSULB College of Business Administration (CBA) has also been a great success for our undergraduate students, allowing HCA majors to minor in one of CBA's business programs--such as finance, information systems, human resource management, marketing, and entrepreneurship--while earning credit for select HCA courses, thus reducing the number of units required for the business minor. This agreement will help our students gain additional expertise in an area of great interest and strength in our industry, giving them additional competitive advantages in the employment market.

If you're a graduate of any of our health administration programs, we urge you to get involved with our HCA Alumni Network. We offer numerous ways for your organization to participate in our students' development such as involvement with both internship and mentoring opportunities as well as lending financial support to our organization. Your support will pay dividends both to your organization and to the health care industry as a whole, all while helping today's students become our industry leaders of tomorrow. Please be sure to check out our department’s Annual Report to catch up with the happenings in our department.

On behalf of our core and executive faculty and staff, thank you for your strong support of the CSULB Department of Health Care Administration.

Best regards,

Tony Sinay, PhD
Department Chair

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
  • Certificate in Health Care Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Care Administration
  • Accelerated Master of Science in HealthCare Administration

Professional Positions Held by Graduates

Provider Relations Director • Clinical Administrator • Financial Analyst • Director of Managed Care • Director of Nursing • Medical Facilities Section Director • Nursing Home Administrator
• Medical Records Administrator • Social Welfare Administrator•Emergency Medical Services Coordinator • Public HealthDirector • Community Organization Director • Various entry-
level trainee positions in business and industry are availablefor graduates with no work experience.


Graduate programs hold probationary accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and the under- graduate program is fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).