Bachelor Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business


Program Description

You’ll graduate with the unique ability to bridge two worlds – ready to help physicians, hospitals, biotech firms, pharmaceutical companies and more operate effectively.

With this major, you’ll split your time between health science courses in the Getty College of Arts & Sciences, courses delivered by the Raabe College of Pharmacy, and business courses in the Dicke College of Business Administration. You’ll choose from five areas of concentration: accounting, business analytics, human resource management, manufacturing management, and marketing.

With our small class sizes, you’ll get to know your professors, and they will get to know you. In fact, you’ll be assigned a faculty advisor who will mentor you from day one until graduation. You’ll also interact with and learn from business leaders, entrepreneurs, and ONU alumni who’ve forged amazing careers in the biotechnology, health care, and pharmaceutical fields. All of these people will open doors for you.

After graduation, you’ll possess a rare blend of skills – expertise in the health sciences and business – that are sure to get you noticed by companies in fast-growing health care industries.

There's a whole science behind the business of health care

Your pharmaceutical and healthcare business education will blend rigorous coursework with real-world learning. You’ll work with actual companies to solve problems and devise strategies. You’ll hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity, and entrepreneurship.


Health Care Business Professionals Club

Health Care Business Professionals Club (HBPC) is open to any student on campus who wants a better understanding of the health care industry (with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry) and its impact on our society. The group’s main purpose is to provide networking and learning opportunities for students interested in working in the health care field. Although not affiliated with a national organization, HBPC members create signature activities on ONU’s campus. Each winter, the club gathers donations and toys to make Christmas a little brighter for sick children at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima, Ohio. And in the spring, the club hosts Polar RX, a prescription drug-abuse awareness event.


Your internship gives you a chance to work in the field and build your résumé. We connect you with an internship that matches your interests and career aspirations. While many students intern in Ohio, others choose to complete an internship in another state or even internationally. Most internships are paid, and many results in offers of full-time employment upon graduation.

Our graduates are making a difference all over the world. Check out where our graduates have ended up.



Student Organizations

In the College of Business, we have a variety of active and award-winning student organizations. Through participation in one or more of these groups, you’ll have the opportunity to network, be a leader, make lifelong friends, gain knowledge about your chosen profession, volunteer, travel to regional and national conferences, and more. Click on the headlines below to learn more.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Beta Gamma Sigma

The mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society and to serve its lifelong members.

Northern Entrepreneurship Organization

This association is a collegiate chapter of NEO. Over the last decade, NEO has helped thousands of student entrepreneurs gain the opportunities and resources to inform, support and inspire them in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

DCBA Dean's Advisory Council

The Dean’s Advisory Council is a group of student representatives who strive to improve the Dicke College of Business Administration through proactive leadership, organized teamwork, and dynamic communication with students and faculty in a manner that reflects the integrity of the college and Ohio Northern University. The council consists of four DCBA students from each undergraduate class.

Dean of the DCBA: Dr. John C. Navin

Selection of new members. All freshmen are encouraged to apply for four open spots through an application and interview process. Candidates are elected by the Dicke College of Business Administration majors. Once selected, members remain on the board for their four years at ONU.

ONU Healthcare Business Professionals

The Healthcare Business Professionals serves to help members explore all aspects of business in the healthcare sector with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry. Students of any major are welcome to be a member of the organization. We seek to provide members with knowledge of various aspects and career opportunities in healthcare as well as to maintain working relationships with professionals in the industry.

Polar Merchandise

Polar Merchandise is Ohio Northern's first and only entirely student-run business. Polar has resided in the Dicke College providing promotional products and custom merchandise to both Ohio Northern Organizations and businesses in the Midwest since 2010.

Recently Polar has totally renovated its business model significantly reducing price and improving customer service. As of April 2014, Polar Merchandise became an authorized dealer of Kaeser and Blair which has allowed us to reduce pricing to at or below the industry standard.

Society for Advancement of Management

The mission of SAM is to provide an opportunity for the members to increase management skills and expertise through participation in programs and services designed to improve the professional quality of their knowledge, performance and leadership ability. SAM is open to all ONU students.

Society for Human Resources Management

The Society for Human Resources Management is the largest organization in the world completely dedicated to Human Resources Management. SHRM was founded in 1948 and has over 275,000 members in 160 countries. SHRM is responsible for providing resources to HR professionals and developing their skills throughout their careers.

Student Investment Group

The Student Investment Group was created in 1989 to help students learn how to invest by managing a portfolio. The primary mission is to meet our benchmark, the Standard & Poor's 500. We attempt to achieve this goal by meeting two objectives: learning about stock investment through research/analysis/discussion and maintaining a diverse portfolio.

Selection of New Members – The Student Investment Group consists of nine to eleven members, all senior and junior business students. Each fall invitations to apply are sent to all juniors holding a 3.25 or above GPA. Members are then selected based on their application and an interview.



You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a BSBA with a major in pharmaceutical and healthcare business. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue courses or a minor that will make you more attractive to potential employers.

Here are some courses you'll take as a pharmaceutical and healthcare business major: Principles and Concepts in Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry for the Health Sciences, Introduction to the Health Care System 1 and 2, Intro to Health Sciences for Business Professionals, and Health Care Economics, Finance, and Regulation 1 and 2.

Year 1

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 1001 TREX for Business Students 3 BIZ 1201 Ethical Leadership 3
ABUS 2011 PC Applications 3 BIZ 2001 Principles of Business Analytics 3
STAT 1561 Statistics for Professionals 1 3 CAMS 1301 Presentational Speaking 3
ENGL 1221 Writing Seminar 3 BIOL 2331 Anatomy & Physiology 4
BIOL 1131 Principles of Human Biology 4 General Education Requirement 3
Total 16 Total 16

Year 2

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 2021 Principles of Microeconomics 3 BIZ 2031 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BIZ 2331 Principles of Management 3 BIZ 2131 Legal Environment 3
BIZ 2401 Information Systems 3 BIZ 2511 Principles of Marketing 3
BIZ 2101 Principles of Accounting 3 BIZ 2801 Career Planning 3
CHEM 1201 Chemistry for Health Sciences 5 PHBU 2011 Intro to Health Care Systems 3
Total 17 ENGL 2021 Business Writing 3
Total 18

Year 3

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 3631 Advanced Business Analytics; 3 BIZ 3621 Principles of Finance 3
BIZ 3641 Operations Management 3 BIZ 3XXX Strategic Management 3
Pharm BIZ concentration 3 PHBU 3051 Intro to Health Sciences for Business 3
General Education Requirement 3 Pharm BIZ concentration 3
Elective 3 General Education Requirement 3
Total 15 Total 15

Year 4

Fall Semester Credit Hours Spring Semester Credit Hours
BIZ 4XXX Capstone Project 3 PHBU 4021 Health Care Econ, Finance & Regs 1 3
PHBU 4011 Health Care Econ, Finance & Regs 1 3 Pharm BIZ concentration 3
Pharm BIZ concentration 3 Pharm BIZ concentration 3
Pharm BIZ concentration 3 Elective 3
Total 12 Total 12

BIZ 4961 Pharm Biz Internship 1


Think Success

Maegan Schnarre BSBA with a Major in Pharmaceutical Business with Marketing Concentration ’13

“My O.N.U. education has been a great advantage to me during my first few years at cardinal health. Not only do I have the marketing background, which is what my role requires, but I also have health care knowledge and the passion that makes coming to work here every day such an amazing experience. The pharmaceutical business major has definitely given me an edge in my career – to the point that I have been accepted into cardinal health’s emerging leadership development program for high-performing entry-level employees. Because of O.N.U., I have a very bright future in the business of health care.”

Maegan Schnarre graduated from ONU in 2013 with a pharmaceutical business degree and a concentration in marketing. Today, she’s a senior marketing specialist for Cardinal Health, implementing marketing programs and building and maintaining customized websites for independent retail pharmacies. She was offered her position at Cardinal after completing a full-year internship at the company, which was arranged through ONU’s internship program.

Last updated Nov 2019

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Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, E ... Read More

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level? in everything they do. Read less