SJSU Online Launches Program to Prepare the Next Generation of Health Care Leaders

by | Jun 6, 2024 | Academics, Featured

SJSU Online’s new Health Care Leadership program places flexibility and practical skills at its core. Photo courtesy of Brandon Chew.

Employment opportunities in medical and health services management professions are projected to grow 28% from 2022 to 2032, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To address this demand, SJSU Online has launched a new bachelor’s degree-completion program in Health Care Leadership.

The innovative, unique curriculum places flexibility and practical skills at the core of the program, while weaving together health care leadership skills, financial principles, management strategies and standards to improve patient care.

“Our college spent a couple of years developing this program,” said Audrey Shillington, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at San José State. “We examined market analysis data to determine the skill sets and knowledge bases in demand by employers in the health professions. Additionally, we gathered input from our college’s faculty chairs and directors as well as our executive advisory board, which is made up of industry leaders in our community.”

The program has also been designed so that students can transfer their new knowledge and skills into a wide range of graduate programs or diverse health care careers. Graduates will be prepared to apply their experience into roles in clinical data development, health product management, health care research finance management, rare disease patient access management or workplace health specialist roles.


Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences Audrey Shillington and Associate Dean Matt Masucci discuss the benefits of our online Health Care Leadership degree program.

“We have intentionally designed the program so that students can ladder up into graduate programs like public health, social work, audiology, occupational therapy, nutrition or kinesiology,” said Matthew Masucci, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. “The skills and topics that we include in our courses such as ‘Introduction to Exercise Technology,’ ‘Introduction to Health Policy,’ ‘Introduction to Public Health,’ and ‘Leadership and Marketing in the Non-Profit Sector’ will also equip students to excel in their professional roles.”

SJSU Online’s programs create opportunities for adult learners with some previous college credit to earn the same bachelor’s degree as SJSU on-campus students with the same faculty, curriculum and accreditation. With three rolling application cycles and five eight-week terms each year, students are able to begin when it’s most convenient for them and make continuous progress towards their degree. Students can also maximize the number of credits they transfer to minimize their overall cost and time to completion.

Visit the Health Care Leadership program webpage to get started. Apply by July 15 to begin in August 2024 or from August 1 to November 15 to begin in January 2025.