Pathway to Healthcare Administration

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Course Description

The Pathway to Healthcare Administration is a FREE online course designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge and understanding of the core principles of healthcare administration. Topics include the history of healthcare in America, healthcare finance, the ethics of healthcare, and current health policy and law.

1 Credit Equivalency

Each Pathways experience is equivalent to one academic credit hour. Students can choose to pay $499 to have the one credit transcripted, and they can apply it to a degree in any of our Adult Degree Programs, including Healthcare Administration. George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

If you're interested in purchasing credit for the course, you'll need to complete the course requirements by one of the following deadlines: August 18, December 15 or April 26.

All Pathways courses are self-directed, allowing you to complete the course on your own time — and at your own pace.

It's totally free!

Meet the Prof

Emily Swann

Emily Swann, MPH

“This is an exciting time to be working in healthcare, not just because of the lessons we’ve learned over the last year and a half responding to the pandemic, but because of all the incredible technology and innovations that have been developed recently to continue to take care of patients and address the health disparities in our communities. The healthcare pathway will explore how and why we got to where we are in the U.S. healthcare system, what healthcare policies and priorities are the most critical, and how we can influence the future of healthcare delivery.”

Learning Outcomes

Following this course, students will be able to:

What to Expect

The course includes videos, readings, quizzes, downloadable resources, short written assignments, forum discussions, video feedback, and optional Zoom sessions with our faculty experts.

Fully engaging with this course will take about 1.5–3 hours of your attention per week.
Not interested in credit? No sweat! Pathways are built for you to explore, meaning there's no expectation that you complete readings or submit assignments.

Online Textbooks or E-Resources

Free open-access articles and videos

General Assignments / Projects

Week 1 — The History of the U.S. Healthcare System

Theme: The History of the US Healthcare System

Assignment: Current event post with response

Optional Zoom time

Theme: Healthcare Finance

Assignment: Current event post with response, Health policy response

Theme: Healthcare Ethics/Health Equity

Assignment: Current event post with response

Theme: Healthcare Leadership

Assignment: Leadership Challenge post with response, Healthcare Infographic

Optional Zoom time

Get Started

All Pathways courses are self-directed, allowing you to complete the course on your own time — and at your own pace.

It's totally free!