By combining Business Administration with Health Science, students will gain the knowledge and expertise needed to enter a multitude of health related careers upon graduation. The degree will allow students the unique opportunity to better understand the business side of the healthcare industry in Massachusetts, which is home to some of the best hospitals and medical research companies in the country. The field is compatible with all the undergraduate concentrations in D’Amore-McKim and prepares students to enter the workforce after graduation.

What is a Combined Major?

A combined major combines two majors in a way that allows a student to fulfill all requirements within the standard 8 academic semesters. For details, see the BS in Business Administration and Health Science program requirements.

This degree can be accomplished using either the four- or five-year co-op plan. There are also business concentrations and business minors to help you customize your unique Northeastern educational experience.

BS in Business Administration and Health Science Curriculum

The curriculum below is an abbreviated sample of the business administration academic requirements for the Business Administration and Health Science degree. Please refer to the program information in the Registrar’s Undergraduate Catalog for the full curriculum appropriate to your class year. Course numbers and titles are subject to change.

Required Courses

Complete one of the following introductory courses:

HSCI 1000. College: An Introduction. 1 Hour.

Provides an introduction to the University, college, and health professions to enhance students’ understanding of self and the decisions they make academically and socially as members of the University’s diverse, multicultural community. Group activities and individual assignments along with active participation in a learning community help students adjust to life on an urban campus, develop a better understanding of the learning process, acquire essential academic skills, and make connections with the faculty and students in the college.

BUSN 1102. Personal Skill Development for Business. 1 Hour.

Offers first-year students in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB) an opportunity to achieve a better understanding of themselves as students and as future professionals. Explores self-analysis, leadership traits and styles, diversity and cultural awareness, professionalism, emotional intelligence, and ethics. Encourages students to draw connections among classroom education, extracurricular activities, and practical experiences and to identify how each component fits into the pursuit of their individual goals.

Complete one of the following co-op preparation courses:

BUSN 1103. Professional Development for Business Co-op. 1 Hour.

Introduces students to the Cooperative Education Program and provides them with an opportunity to develop job-search and career-management skills. Offers students an opportunity to perform assessments of their workplace skills, interests, and values and discuss how they impact personal career choices. Students also have an opportunity to prepare a professional-style résumé, learn proper interviewing techniques, and gain an understanding of the opportunities available to them for co-op. Introduces career paths, choices, professional behaviors, work culture, and career decision making. Familiarizes students with workplace issues relative to their field of study and teaches them to use myNEU in the job-search and referral process. Presents co-op policies, procedures, and expectations of the Department of Cooperative Education and co-op employers.

HSCI 2000. Professional Development for Bouvé Co-op. 1 Hour.

Introduces students to the Bouvé Cooperative Education Program and provides them with the opportunity to develop job-search and career-management skills. Offers students an opportunity to perform assessments of their workplace skills, interests, and values and discuss how they impact personal career decisions. Students also have an opportunity to prepare a professional-style résumé, learn proper interviewing techniques, and gain an understanding of the opportunities available to them for co-op. Introduces career paths, choices, and career decision making. Familiarizes students with workplace issues relative to their field of study and teaches them to use myNEUCOOL database in the job-search and referral process. Presents and discusses co-op policies, procedures, and expectations of the Bouvé Cooperative Education Program and co-op employers.

Complete this integrative course:

MGMT 3340. Healthcare Management, Innovation, and Design. 4 Hours.

Offers an overview of key U.S. health system components and imperatives and how to manage and innovate within the system to improve performance and the customer experience. Designed for students interested in healthcare careers that may have meaningful managerial, analytical, or consulting-type responsibilities. Covers essential elements of how healthcare delivery is organized and delivered; how to implement change and innovation in healthcare organizations such as hospitals and physician offices; and the interrelationships between facets of the business such as the drive for value and efficiency, promoting high-quality care, and enhancing the patient experience. Analyzes and critiques cutting-edge changes in the industry. Offers students an opportunity to learn about and use skills in process improvement, performance management, talent management, quality improvement, and work redesign.

Complete one of the following capstone courses:

STRT 4501. Strategy in Action. 4 Hours.

Provides for the integration and application of administrative theory, knowledge, skills, and experiences for effective strategic performance in an organization. Offers students an opportunity to acquire a better understanding of the relevance and limitations of business and management concepts and techniques when making and implementing strategic decisions.

HSCI 4720. Health Science Capstone—Service. 4 Hours. (Prerequisite course HSCI 4700)

Offers students an opportunity to integrate their course work, knowledge, and experiences into a project that results in a written report and presentation regarding an issue within the field of health or healthcare. The project is a culminating experience in the health science program. Includes working with a mentor in a field experience in public health education or health policy, public affairs, social service, or other healthcare environment in which the student is qualified. Requires students to present their projects to the seminar class and possibly to the agency or group with which they are working.

HSCI 4730. Health Science Capstone—Research. 4 Hours. (Prerequisite course HSCI 4700)

Offers students an opportunity to integrate their course work, knowledge, and experiences into a project that results in a written report and presentation regarding an issue within the field of health or healthcare. The project is a culminating experience in the health science program. Students may choose to participate in an ongoing research project or create and implement their own research project as their capstone project. Requires students to present their projects to the seminar class and possibly to present a poster at a professional/research expo.

Business Administration Requirements

ACCT 1201. Financial Accounting and Reporting. 4 Hours.

Covers the basic concepts underlying financial statements and the accounting principles followed in the preparation of the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash flows. Offers students an opportunity to become familiar with accounting terminology and methods designed to enable them to interpret, analyze, and evaluate published corporate financial reports. Wherever appropriate, the course relates current economic, business, and global events to accounting issues. Analyzes how financial reporting concepts affect the behavior of investors, creditors, and other external users. Emphasizes the importance of ethics in financial reporting. Requires second-semester-freshman standing or above.

ACCT 2301. Managerial Accounting. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the development and use of information—especially financial information—for managerial decisions within the firm. Introduces managerial accounting concepts, analyses, and practices that support business decisions through class discussions, exercises, and case analysis. Topics include budgeting, cost management and behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, relevant costs for decision making, cost allocation issues, and performance evaluation. Emphasizes the importance of ethics.

FINA 2201. Financial Management. 4 Hours.

Designed to develop the financial skills and logical thought processes necessary to understand and discuss financial policy decisions in a global economy. Specific objectives include developing an understanding of the time value of money; using financial statements in decision making; and understanding the nature of financial markets, the cost of capital, valuation of stocks and bonds, management of short-term assets, short-term and long-term financing, capital markets, and multinational financial management. Addresses the impact of legal, social, technological, and ethical considerations on efficient economic outcomes. Requires a financial calculator and provides an opportunity to develop computer spreadsheet skills.

INTB 1203. International Business and Global Social Responsibility. 4 Hours.

Introduces the student to forces and issues confronted in our era of rapid globalization. Managers must understand forces from interconnected social, political, and economic national environments that affect their company’s operations. At the same time they need to draw on their ethical foundations to address and act on social responsibility imperatives across national borders.

Business Administration Electives

Complete two of the following:

MISM 2301. Management Information Systems. 4 Hours.

Explores how a wide range of enterprises around the world use information and information technology to create better-managed, more innovative, and successful organizations. The twenty-first-century enterprise runs on information, and every part of the business has been transformed by the use of information technology. Today’s business leaders, therefore, must have ready access to timely, accurate, and relevant information to manage effectively in the global economy.

MKTG 2201. Introduction to Marketing. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of the role of marketing in business and society. Considers the planning, implementation, and evaluation of marketing efforts in consumer and business-to-business companies, in service and goods companies, and in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Also examines contemporary issues in marketing that can affect organizational success. A term project is used to enable students to apply their learning about the fundamentals of marketing.

SCHM 2301. Supply Chain and Operations Management. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the integrative management of business activities intrinsic to the smooth flow of goods or services, information, and financial transactions across firms from raw materials to the end customer. This collaborative approach creates competitive advantages for all members of a supply chain. Emphasizes the responsibilities of managers regarding decisions concerning the design, operation, and control of supply chains and operations. Considers customers, globalization, corporate strategy, resources, sustainability, ethics, and diversity. Topics covered include customer-centric management; supply chain and operations strategies; process structure and control; and supply, inventory, and quality management. Emphasizes the key role of information technology, logistics network design, supply chain relationships, and process evolution.

ORGB 3201. Organizational Behavior. 4 Hours.

Provides an overview of the actions and behaviors of people in organizations. Uses case studies, videos, experiential exercises, lectures, and discussions to explore the effects of individual, interpersonal, group, organizational, and cross-cultural factors on human behavior. Topics include groups and teams, motivation, leadership, organizational change, organizational culture, structure, conflict resolution, and communication. Both the underlying theories and principles of these topics, as well as their practical applications and implications for organizations, are covered.

Example Health Science Courses

  • The American Healthcare System
  • Communication Skills for the Health Professions
  • Community and Public Health
  • Healthcare Policy and Administration
  • Healthcare Research

Choose a Business Concentration

Accounting is a dynamic profession that requires people to possess sound technical knowledge, critical thinking skills, superior interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.

Experiential Learning

A cooperative education experience, or Co-op, is the cornerstone experiential learning opportunity for D’Amore-McKim students.

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