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Healthcare Administration

Agile leaders in healthcare delivery

The unsung heroes of health care, healthcare administrators play a vital role in the management of health delivery systems and services. In the constantly changing healthcare landscape, they are challenged to create unique solutions to some of health care's toughest problems. At Loyola, we educate the next generation of healthcare administrators with the values and understanding to be ethical leaders in the healthcare arena. In our department, we support our students on their pathway to success by offering opportunities to engage with faculty in experiential learning, community engagement, and interdisciplinary research.

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration or Master of Healthcare Administration positions you for success in one of today's fastest growing fields. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 17% growth rate for healthcare administrators through 2024. In 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Health Services Manager as the #1 Best Business Job. This comes as no surprise as a healthcare administration degree prepares you to shape tomorrow's health care, a rewarding, challenging, and exciting career.

Our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration is fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), and our Healthcare Administration program is guided by the External Advisory Board (EAB). 

Department Spotlight

Lifetime Achievement Award

For more than 40 years, Dan Swartzman has taught public policymaking, social justice, and health management. In October 2021, he was honored with one of the highest recognitions a public health professional can earn, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association. Read more

“Healthcare Administration is a tremendously creative field that combines art, science, and common sense to find workable solutions to extremely complex and important challenges.”
“Healthcare Administration is a tremendously creative field that combines art, science, and common sense to find workable solutions to extremely complex and important challenges.”

Our Community

Faculty earns national appointment

Maggie Ozan Rafferty joins 2021 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners.


National case competition win

Led by faculty coach Assistant Professor John Brady, Dana Varughese, Roksana Lech, and Megan Sturonas beat out 11 other undergraduate teams at the Penn State 2020 Case Competition.


Alumni Achievement

Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum recognizes Loyola alumna with leadership award.


Parkinson Voices

Student Voice
“As health care evolves into a politicized, technology-driven business and patients are relabeled consumers, Loyola has instilled the value of cura personalis in me to ensure I always remember each person’s humanity and the health of both spirit and body.” Peter Stein (BS ‘20)
Faculty Voice
“Our mission to structure and improve health systems has never been more important, relevant, and urgent. Healthcare administrators have been asked to do more, do differently, adapt, step up, and have done so with grace and humility. What a wonderful profession to be in at just the right time.”  MaryMargaret Sharp-Pucci, Chair of Healthcare Administration
Alumni Voice
“At first, I wanted to bring value to the medical field as a nurse or a doctor, but then I realized the importance of administration in the delivery of care.” Dana Varughese (BS ‘21)

Featured Faculty

From corporations to clinics, our faculty are established leaders in the healthcare field with a diverse background of experience including pharma and supply side, government, health advocacy, law, and the payer industry. In the classroom, they are dedicated to shaping future healthcare leaders with the skills to solve complex problems, operate a healthcare service line, and work with healthcare teams to deliver high-quality patient care.

Associate Professor Regina Conway-Phillips

Health Systems and Adult Health Nursing

Dr. Conway-Phillips

Dr. Conway-Phillips’ research focuses on breast cancer screening, health disparities, cancer disparities, and spirituality. She specializes in Qualitative Research Methodologies and Mixed-Methods approach.


Instructor Ishani Patel

Instructor and Alumna

Ishani Patel

An alumna of Loyola’s Healthcare Administration program, Patel is also a section administrator of cardiology and gastroenterology in the University of Chicago Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.


Associate Professor Daniel Swartzman

Healthcare Administration and Public Health

Daniel Swartzman

For more than 40 years, Swartzman has taught public policymaking, social justice, and health management to graduate and undergraduate students in public health and healthcare administration.