2021-2022 Course Catalog

Healthcare and Business Management - (BA)

The Healthcare and Business Management program is offered fully online, traditional and hybrid formats. Through this program, students may transfer previously earned credits from either a two year college or from a previous four-year academic program. Please review The Office Admission’s section of the catalog for specific admission’s requirements for this program.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the B.A. in Healthcare and Business Management Program:

  • Completed a minimum of 21 healthcare related post-secondary credits, earning a C or better.
  • Transfer students who have received college credit for college-level courses may receive credit for courses within the liberal arts tradition for which he or she has earned a minimum of C.
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities previously attended. Official high school transcripts may also be required.
  • Completed free online application at http://apply.chatham.edu

Application materials may be addressed to:

Chatham University
Berry Hall/CCPS Admissions
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Learning Outcomes

The goals of the B.A. in Healthcare and Business Management program are consistent with the program mission as well as the mission of Chatham University. The specific goals include:

  • Knowledge base in business and management;
  • Knowledge base of information systems;
  • Critical thinking skills in business and management;
  • Communication skills (Information Literacy, Writing, Oral communication);
  • Career planning and development.

Upon successful completion of the Healthcare and Business Management degree, students will be able to:

  • Apply standard business and management practices to a healthcare setting;
  • Apply information systems knowledge to improve healthcare business processes;
  • Apply principles and tools of rational decision making to management in healthcare settings;
  • Communicate professionally in written and oral formats;
  • Employ leadership skills in healthcare settings.


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