Major in Health Services Management

Students may seek either an academic major or minor in health services management.

The major in health services management helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for effective management and leadership in the changing health environment. The program is designed to prepare students to think comprehensively and strategically about health care trends and environments so that they have the tools to become leaders at the forefront of changes and innovations in this emerging field. The curriculum covers information systems, management and organization theory, economics, finance, law, ethics, policy, strategic planning, and leadership with an emphasis on their application to the health care field. Through elective coursework, students may focus their studies on health services for the aging, technology and data analysis in the health care environment, or management and leadership in specific types of health care organizations.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in health services management should be able to

  • Exercise sound business and financial management principles in health care settings through process mapping and strategic planning.
  • Apply technological advances and emerging trends in the U.S. health care system to achieve organizational goals and practices.
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate quantitative and qualitative health care data and information for effective decision making in various health care settings.
  • Identify and evaluate legal and ethical issues associated with the planning and delivery of health care services.
  • Identify and analyze policies related to health care management and the delivery of health services.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Update

Degree requirements are being updated for fall 2015. How does this affect you? Your degree requirements may vary depending on when you start your program.

A degree with a major in health services management requires the completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 43 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the Health Services Management Major

Coursework for a major in health services management also includes the following:

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BS in health services management. Coursework for the major is indicated byCoursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Health Services Management Degree Courses

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.

  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
    or a higher-level math course

Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)

  • ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course
  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course

Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)

  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • Coursework for the majorSTAT 230 Introductory Business Statistics (3)
  • NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture course
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 300 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Sector (3)
  • HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • CMIS 111 Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3)
    or other computing course
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 320 Management in Health Care Organizations (3)

Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)

  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 400 Research and Data Analysis in Health Care (3)
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 310 Health Care Policies (3)
  • WRTG 394 Advanced Business Writing (3)
    or other upper-level advanced writing course
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 372 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3)
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 322 Health Care Financial Management (3)
  • Coursework for the majorIFSM 305 Information Systems in Health Care Organizations (3)
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 335 Health Care Marketing (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 435 Health Care Economics (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 486A Workplace Learning in Health Care Services Management (3)
    or other supplemental major course

Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in last 15 credits)

  • Coursework for the majorHMGT 495 Strategic Planning and Leadership in Health Care (3)

Minor and/or Elective Courses (to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses) (43)

Total credits for BS in health services management: 120

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