University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

Health Care Administration


The UH West O‘ahu Health Care Administration curriculum is designed to further a student’s understanding of central concepts of health care systems as well as analyze and provide solutions to health care challenges. The program provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to work as health care administrators in hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and long term care facilities.

This concentration will also assist those who are already employed in the health care field to fully develop management, legal and behavioral skills for more effective job performance. UH West O‘ahu offers a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration, as well as a Health Care Administration certificate program. The UH West O‘ahu Health Care Administration program is the only undergraduate degree of its kind in the State and is offered in-class and through distance learning.


The Health Care Administration program at UH West O‘ahu was developed to meet the workforce and career development needs for the State of Hawai‘i and is aptly suited for positions including department heads or administrators of small hospitals, health or nursing care facilities, health information management personnel, executive assistants and assistant department managers of large hospitals and ambulatory care settings.

Many graduate programs are available for those interested in pursuing a master’s program in health policy, health care administration and public administration. Earnings of medical and health services managers vary by type and size of the facility and by level of responsibility. The middle 50 percent earned between $57,240 and $94,780, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $127,830, as of 2006. As the health care industry expands and diversifies, employment opportunities for health care managers are expected to grow faster than the average growth of all other occupations through 2016.


PUBA 302 Health Policy, Politics, and Law
This course examines the role of the United States government in health care; the formation of policy for the health care sector; health care interest groups; as well as political and legal issues for the administration of health care organizations.

PUBA 307 Community Health Analysis
This course examines health data, health information resources, and analytical techniques derived from epidemiology to improve the health of communities.

PUBA 318 Managed Care
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of managed care and integrated delivery systems, and emphasizes the various managed care models applicable to the changing health care market.

PUBA 446 Contemporary Issues in Health Care
This course provides an overview of the health care system including the growth and changes in the various health care providers, workforce, and settings in the delivery of care. This course also examines current and emerging management, behavioral and technological issues in the health care field.

PUBA 477 Ethics in Health Care Administration
This course examines global, organizational, and personal ethical issues that arise in the context of health care and introduces students to ethical principles, practices and professional codes of ethics relevant to understanding and resolving ethical problems and issues in health care.


A variety of internships are available at public, private and non-profit organizations including medical centers, ambulatory care settings, physicians’ offices, nursing facilities and managed care organizations. Health Care Administration students have completed administrative senior practicum projects at:

  • The Queen’s Medical Center
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kapi‘olani Medical Center
  • HMSA
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Health Care Association of Hawai‘i
  • Department of Health


Dr. Kristina Guo, Professor
Director of Health Care Administration Program
(808) 689-2361