Building on Juniata’s outstanding reputation as liberal arts college with strengths in the sciences, health professions, and business, the Health Care Administration Program of Emphasis (POE) combines coursework from several fields including accounting, finance, organizational leadership, and healthcare-specific topics like genomics. Students in this program learn about the health care industry and the challenges it faces while studying management. Opportunities for research and internships help students put their knowledge into action and gain marketable experience to launch their health care administration careers.

Why Study Health Care Administration at Juniata?

Understand Health Care Ethics: Healthcare Ethics is one of the courses you will take as part of your program, but it isn’t the only part of the curriculum that addresses ethical issues in healthcare provision. Multiple courses in business and the natural sciences take a deep look at the ethical ramifications of healthcare and business decisions more generally, which means you’ll graduate with a strong understanding of the ethical dimensions of decisions that healthcare organizations sometimes must make.

Gain Marketable Experience: At Juniata, you’ll gain comprehensive knowledge in business and health care subject matter, but you can also complete case studies and an internship that will give you the experience you need, before you graduate. Juniata is located only blocks from J.C. Blair Health System, a four-star regional healthcare network, and is less than an hour from several other healthcare facilities and networks. 

Be Informed by Many Points of View: In addition to studying health care administration from business and science experts, you’ll be able to learn from hundreds of health care leaders thanks to Juniata’s alumni network, featuring many graduate who’ve become leaders in health care. For instance, our alumni include the Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Association, the president of the largest organ donation organization in the U.S., and entrepreneurial alumni who own their own genetics and bioinformatics companies.



The Health Care Administration curriculum is comprised of three areas. Study management theory, concepts, and skills related to leadership, financial management, economics, law, organizational behavior, quantitative methods, and planning. Study the health care industry including epidemiology, health and human behavior, and medical care organization.  And, apply your knowledge of the healthcare industry in an internship, or a capstone project.

A Sampling of Courses

Behavior Analysis of Organizations
Business Statistics
Marketing Management
Business Writing
Medical Writing
Ethics of Health Care
Infectious Disease and Society
Business Law
Health Care Fiscal Management
Health Economics


Pick one course from among the electives for the Genomics Certificate, a program that Juniata created with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes:

  • The Social History of Modern Medicine
  • Medieval Medicine: Health and Disease in the Middle Ages
  • Doctors, Medicine and Literature
  • Science and Human Values
  • Moral Judgment


After You Graduate

In addition to alumni who’ve become leaders in the health care administration field, our graduates pursue graduate study at prestigious graduate schools and work in a physician’s offices, manage clinics, and become CEOs of hospitals.