Healthcare Admin

Healthcare Administration

Our Health Care Administration (HCA) Bridge Program is focused on helping you become career-ready. Our HCA bridge program was created to help you navigate and advance in your career through interaction and learning by doing. Taught entirely online by practicing health care managers, we are committed to preparing you to thrive in the ever-changing health care field. We will do this by delivering courses that can connect prior experiences with targeted learning to earn the skills and competencies required to progress in your career.

*This certification satisfies OHSU’s 15 upper-division non-nursing elective requirements.


HCA Core Courses

HCA 410 – Selected Topics in Healthcare (Credits: 3)

This course offers engaging and diverse special contemporary topics in health care that learners benefit from opportunities to hone skills, gain competence, and grow professionally in ways that may be immediately applied to individual practice and system improvement.

HCA 471 – Public Policy/Law in Healthcare (Credits: 3)

Employing real life scenarios, this course presents the ethical and legal challenges, precedence and implications of healthcare administration. The unique legal aspects encountered in the provision of health services are analyzed including access, affordability, health care interventions and human rights are interfaced with legal and ethical issues challenging the provision of health care services.

HCA 472 – Health Care Financial Management (Credits: 3)

This course is an application of financial management techniques to decision making for health care professionals. This course examines aspects of modern hospital and health care organizational financial management to prepare all students for supervisory and management roles in the future. This course addresses the systems and uses of accounting and financial planning in healthcare organizations; including planning and control or cost factors in the healthcare industry.

HCA 473 – Health Policy and Economics (Credits: 3)

This course examines the fragmented structure of the U.S. health care system and its economic implications. We will study how people make decisions regarding their health insurance and health care, and the relationship between these decisions and the structure of the insurance and health care delivery markets. We will also examine the theoretical reasons for government intervention in these markets and the effects of these policies on health insurance and health care delivery. The broad objectives of the class are to understand and appreciate the difficulties of making health insurance and health care decisions in the U.S. health care system, and how these decisions are impacted by insurance and health care provider market structure as well as government policy.

HCA 474 – Health Care Quality Management (Credits: 3)

A study of continuous quality improvement, utilization management, and risk management in health care. Also includes study of credentialing, accreditation standards, quality improvement organizations, and medical staff services. Selected management topics specific to health information departments will be covered. Web based instruction.

HCA 476 – Leadership in Health Services (Credits: 3)

Lecture, discussion, demonstrations, case analysis. Introduction to the basic principles of leadership and direction for those who are interested in supervision and management of health programs. In addition, a personal assessment of personality type will be conducted. Discussion will cover how this self-knowledge can help in developing leadership capabilities..

HCA 477 – Health Informatics (Credits: 3)

A course introducing healthcare professionals to the principles and use of information and communication systems. The student will gain an understanding of the challenges for a Healthcare Informatics professional to analyze and deliver usable and accurate systems and solutions.

Our Faculty

Our Teaching Professionals

Dr. John Vizzuso

  • Education & Certifications
    • Doctor of Business Administration Degree (D.B.A.) | Walden University 
    • Master of Science Degree (M.S.), Healthcare Management | California Coast University 
    • Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.), Allied Health | Hiram College
  • Experience
    • President & Chief Coaching Officer, Human Assets, LLC.
    • Vice-President of Operations & Integration, Radiology Partners, Inc.
    • Chief Executive Officer, Radiology Associates of Canton/Radiology Partners, Inc.
    • Senior Director-Ambulatory Services, Metro Health System.
    • Vice-President- Cardiovascular & Imaging Service Line, St. Vincent Charity Hospital/St. John Westshore Hospital.
    • Chief Executive Officer & Shareholder, Premier Medical Management Solutions.
  • Skills, Awards and Honors
    • Certified Executive Coach | Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
    • Associate Certified Coach | International Coaching Federation (ICF) | 
    • Quality Matters Certification | Quality Matters
    • Radiology Technologist Credential | The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART)
    • Quality Education System Instructor Credential | Philip Crosby Associates & Certifications

Jorge Meléndez, DBA, MBA, BBA, AAOD

  • Education & Certifications
    • DBA – Doctor George Fox University
    • MBA Eastern Oregon University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration Warner Pacific University 
  • Experience
    • OR Senior Clinic Manager III, PMG Infectious Disease East/West & Endocrinology, Providence Health System, Portland, OR
    • Clinic Manager II, PMG Gresham, OR
    • Office Staff Supervisor, PMG and Specialty Clinics
    • Lead Adjunct Instructor – Healthcare Administration Program, Warner Pacific University, 
  • Skills, Awards and Honors
    • Management/Leadership 
    • Facilitation and Training
    • Strategic Management 
    • Bilingual/Bi-literate
    • Finance 
    • Program Design & Development

JoDee Read, BSBA, MBA

  • Education & Certifications
    • MBA Eastern Oregon University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration 
    • Society of Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional Certificate
    • Cultural competency and diversity trainer
    • Professional and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certifications
  • Experience
    • CEO Plumas District Hospital, Quincy, CA
    • CEO Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon, OR
    • Interim President, HR, Ancillary and Support Services Director, St. Charles Health System, Madras & Pineville, OR
    • Director of Community & HR, Mountain View Hospital District.
  • Skills, Awards and Honors
    • Board member – CA and Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Small & Rural Hospitals
    • Member,  American College of Healthcare Executives
    • Past President – OR Society of Healthcare HR Association

Dr. Todd Price

  • Education & Certifications
    • Ph.D. Management
    • MBA Ferris State University
    • MS in Education
    • BA Organizational Communication and PR
  • Experience
    • Senior Decision Support Analyst, Mt. Nittany Medical Center, PA
    • Project Manager, Surgical Directions, IL
    • Business Development Specialist, Spectrum Health Medical Group, MI
    • Marketing Manager, E-Videon and Elsevier Health Sciences, Retirement Community and Hospice all in Michigan.
  • Skills, Awards and Honors
    • Member,  American College of Healthcare Executives
    • Member, Society for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing Development and Planners and Marketers

Steven Carty, MS

  • Education & Certifications
    • MS Business Management & Marketing, U of Oregon
    • BS Licensed Social Work and LPN in Nursing
  • Experience
    • Associate Dean, Health Sciences, Independence University, UT
    • Practice Administrator, Olympus Clinic, UT
    • Administrator – Bee Hives assisted living Homes of Colorado
    • CEO Mineral Community Hospital, MT
    • CEO Keefe Memorial Hospital, CO
    • COO Kremmling Memorial Hospital, CO
  • Skills, Awards and Honors
    • Member, Medical Group Management Association of Utah (UMGMA)
    • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
    • Web design, IT Institute

Ken Hart, MS, CPA

  • Education & Certifications
    • Master of Arts, Political Science, The American University
    • BS – Business Administration:  Accounting, Portland State University
  • Experience
    • Chief Financial Officer, Valley Family Health Care Payette, Idaho
    • President & VP of Operations / Foundation, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario, OR
    • Chief Financial Officer, Gentry Auto Group and Edge Performance Sports, Ontario, OR
    • Comptroller, Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, OR
    • CFO, American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter, Portland, Oregon
    • Press Secretary / Legislative Assistant, U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield Washington, D.
    • CPA-Auditor, Deloitte & Touche, Portland, OR
  • Skills, Awards and Honors
    • Oregon Health Authority Healthcare Workforce Committee – appointed Member
    • Northwest Health Foundation (Portland) – past Board Member
    • Malheur County Poverty to Prosperity – Founding Member
    • Saint Alphonsus Health System – past Board Member and Finance Committee Chair

Jeremy Davis, MHA 

  • Education & Certifications
    • Master of Health Administration, The Ohio State University
    • BS Health Science, Public Health Emphasis, Clusters in Business Management & Spanish,

Brigham Young University-Idaho

  • Lean/Six Sigma Certification
  • Experience
    • Chief Executive Officer, Grande Ronde Hospital
    • Chief Executive Officer, Evanston Regional Hospital, WY
    • Associate Administrator and Certified Sutter Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt, Sutter Coast Hospital, CA
    • Administrative Fellow, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, CA
    • Administrative Resident, Ohio State University Hospital & Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, , OH
    • Management Specialist, Chalmers P. Wylie Outpatient Clinic, OH
  • Skills, Awards and Honors
    • American Hospital Association Foster G. McGaw Prize review panelist
    • Mass Casualty Training
    • Innovation and Design Training 
    • LEAN & Six Sigma Training
    • Bernard J. Lachner Fellowship Award Recipient Rotary International Member 
    • American College of Healthcare Executives, member
    • Ohio State University Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society member
    • Charter Member Rotaract Club, The Ohio State University
    • Association for Future Healthcare Executives, Ohio State University