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Health Care Management - B.S.

The B.S. in Healthcare Management’s curriculum focuses on business fundamentals and the healthcare related foundational and skills based courses that touch on technology, healthcare finance and economics, managed care, quality standards, and foundations of management and business. Some sample courses are: Managed Care, Healthcare Finance, Healthcare Economics, Public Health, Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare, Quality and Patient Safety, Health Information Technology, and Healthcare Facility Administration.

Designed for

  • High school graduates
  • Working professionals and students interested in an online degree
  • Transfer students from the healthcare, business, and liberal arts programs

Gain Healthcare Industry Knowledge in the areas of:

  • U.S. healthcare system and its functions
  • Healthcare facility administration
  • Managed care
  • Healthcare finance
  • Public health
  • Information technology
  • Legal and ethical issues in healthcare
  • Business fields such as accounting, finance, HR, marketing, and economics
  • Internship experience

Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022-2032 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Job Opportunities

Healthcare Administrator:

Healthcare administrators, sometimes called executives or service managers, traditionally work in hospitals, clinics, or other healthcare facilities. They may manage the entire practice, a distinct clinical area, or a specific aspect of administration, such as finance and budgeting. A bachelor’s degree is usually the minimum qualification for entry into an administrative position, though master’s degrees are also common.

  • Median Annual Salary: $98,350
  • Projected Growth Rate: 20%

Human Resources Manager:

Working as a human resources manager in a hospital or clinic is an option for those with an online degree in healthcare management. These managers direct administrative duties, hire employees, review employment laws, and facilitate communication between management and staff.

  • Median Annual Salary: $110,120
  • Projected Growth Rate: 9%

Marketing Manager:

Students who earn their healthcare management degree online with a marketing specialization can work as marketing managers in healthcare facilities. Healthcare marketing encourages a conversation between patients and the facility, improving care and growing the client network. The manager gives a facility a trustworthy voice and a clear brand strategy.

  • Median Annual Salary: $129,380
  • Projected Growth Rate: 10%

Other Job Opportunities

  • Long-term care administration
  • Public and community health services
  • Health practitioner's offices
  • General and surgical hospitals
  • Home health care services
  • Outpatient care centers

Vicki Perrine works with a student in a hospital office.

Administrative Careers on the Rise

While medical personnel such as doctors, nurses, and other frontline staff continue to be in demand, health care administrators are equally needed to offer the behind-the-scenes support that will improve quality and efficiency of health care while controlling costs. Healthcare administrators coordinate, plan, and manage departments and facilities.

In-Demand Education for In-Demand Careers

Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to increase by 23 percent for all occupations by 2022, as the health care industry continues to expand and diversify, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some reasons for this expansion include the retiring "Baby Boomer" generation and the increase of the population's lifespan.

How is a B.S. Different from a B. Tech?

A B.S. degree is a Bachelor of Science degree that requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences. All other undergraduate baccalaureate degrees (BBA, BTech, etc.) only require 30 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences. By creating a focus in a particular field and thus, gaining a better understanding of that field, a student can develop skills necessary to separate themselves from the rest of candidates applying for the same job. Moreover, many employers do not fully understand the Bachelor of Technology degree as it relates to healthcare management skills. View more differences.

Why Graduates are in Such High Demand:

  • To comply with changing health regulations
  • To implement new technology
  • To help improve the health of communities by emphasizing preventive care

Faculty members Marela Fiacco and Vicki Perrine stand in a trio with a student.

Online Convenience

This four-year degree is offered completely online. Students also may choose to attend classes face to face, or some combination of online and face to face classes.

In the final semester of this program, students have an option to complete an internship, allowing them to build relationships and network with industry professionals while completing their education. There is also an internship alternative, meaning that students can take courses instead of the 12 credit internship or some combination of courses and internship.

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Already Working in a Health Care Field?

This major is designed for both traditional students, and students employed within the health fields. Health Care Management is flexible for returning students who want to advance within their chosen career fields. Students in this program increase their knowledge of management, as opposed to only growing a set of skills.

IACBE Accredited

The School of Business and Liberal Arts at The State University of New York - Canton has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS, 66213. Click here for a list of all accredited programs.

Marela Fiacco

Marela Fiacco

Dr. Fiacco is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor in the Health Care Management program. She graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee with a Bachelor of Business Administration and then, attended Middle Tennessee State University, graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration. She earned her Ph.D. in Business, with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.




Jennie Flanagan

Jennie Flanagan

Ms. Flanagan is a Health Care Management Lecturer at SUNY Canton, as well as the HSMB Internship Coordinator. Jennie started out at SUNY Canton in 1990 studying Hotel and Restaurant Management. She returned soon after to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Nursing which she received, along with the Virginia McAllister Nursing Award, in 1993. In 2006, Jennie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management, and her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Seton Hall University in 2011. Jennie continues to work in the healthcare field in various management/leadership positions throughout St. Lawrence County.


Tasia Hilton-Betton

Tasia Hilton-Betton

Dr. Hilton-Betton is a Health Care Management Lecturer at SUNY Canton. She is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Dr. Hilton-Betton earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She graduated from Ashford University with a Master of Arts degree in Healthcare Administration and also holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Grand Canyon University. Dr. Hilton-Betton earned her PhD in Health Services – Healthcare Administration from Walden University.


Vicki Perrine

Vicki PerrineMs. Perrine is an Assistant Professor in the Health Care Management Department at SUNY Canton. She has worked in healthcare for 39 years in various administrative positions. She has held such titles as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, VP for Business Development, VP for Behavioral Health Services, and VP for Patient Care Services. Ms. Perrine is also an Executive and Behavioral Health Consultant for various healthcare facilities. She is a Registered Nurse who holds Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a healthcare concentration. Ms. Perrine is a New York State Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.


Julie Zyzik

Julie ZyzikJulie Zyzik, MBA-HA, CHC, RHIT is a recently retired Vice President of Administrative Services from St. Lawrence Health Massena Hospital. Ms. Zyzik has nearly 4 decades of hospital operations and physician practice management professional experience. As a member of the executive team, she led various operational initiatives and served as the Hospital’s Corporate Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer for many years. The foundation of her professional experience is deeply rooted in Health Information Management (HIM) where she held Medical Coder, Director and Senior Director positions. As an AHIMA ICD-10 trainer, Ms. Zyzik provided consulting services for local HIM association professionals and hospitals. She has been a Healthcare Management adjunct instructor with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton since 2018.

» Program Description

Health Care Management
Marela Fiacco
Department Chair
MAC 322