Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree

Health services professionals

Make a direct contribution as a knowledgeable leader who advances the health of individuals, organizations, and communities by managing, planning, communicating, and coordinating medical and health services.

With a Health Services Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree, you can find a career in many health care settings, including:

  • hospitals or health systems
  • physician's/therapist's/practitioner's offices
  • clinics and other medical or mental health facilities
  • long-term care facilities
  • managed-care and health insurance companies
  • biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations
  • government and public health agencies
  • associations
     

Admission

Fall Semester Application Deadline | August 1

Spring Semester Application Deadline | December 1

The Health Services Management degree accepts applications from students with some college credits. You may apply at either Premajor (30+ transferable credits amassed) or Major (45+ transferable credits amassed) status.

Premajor Admission Criteria

Major-status Admission Criteria

Secondary Review Factors

  • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance
  • Nonacademic experience in a related field
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid
  • Extenuating circumstances

In addition to meeting specific college admission requirements, transfer students must be eligible to return to their previous colleges or universities. The University also reserves the right to deny admission to an otherwise admissible applicant if the University determines that the applicant's enrollment would not be in the applicant's and/or the University's best interest.

Requirements and Courses

Current U of M Students: You can run a "what if" APAS report to see how your coursework might meet the health services management program requirements.

Transfer Students: Sometimes foundation courses can be taken at community colleges. Visit the Transfer Guide related to your college to see how your coursework might transfer. 

In addition, an adviser would be happy to analyze your transcript and send you a report of what transfers.

Students can apply to the program after completing some college credits (at least 30 for “premajor” and 45 for “major" status). These count toward your 120 credit total. When taken at the University, these foundation courses include:

  • Introduction to Financial Reporting (Acct 2050 or ApEc 1251)
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication (Civic Life & Ethics LE) (COMM 1101)
  • Introduction to Statistics (Mathematical Thinking LE) (STAT 3011, PSY 3801, SOC 3811, or SCO 2550)
  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2050 or APEC 1251)
  • Microeconomics (SOC SCI & GP LEs) (ECON 1101 or APEC 1101)
  • Health Science Terminology (PHAR 1002)
  • Personal and Community Health (PUBH 3004 or 3001 and 3003)

All courses should be completed or in progress prior to major status admission.

Students should consult with their adviser about which core classes to take before others.

Core Requirements

Course Name Course Number Credits Offered
Career Skills in the Professional Environment for Juniors and Seniors 
or
Career and Internship Preparation
ABUS 3051
or
ICP/CFAN 3201
2

1
every semester

fall and spring
Health Economics and Policy PUBH 3801 3 fall and spring
Dynamics of Leadership ABUS 4041 3 every semester
Health Care Delivery Systems HSM 3521 3 fall and spring
Health Care Administration and Management HSM 4561 3 fall and spring
Health Care Finance (prereq accounting knowledge; Microsoft Excel) HSM 4541 3 fall and spring
Health Care Quality and Patient Safety HSM 4301 3 fall and spring
Health Informatics I HINF 5430 3 fall
Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers ABUS 4013W 3 fall and spring
Health Care Law and Ethics HSM 4591 3 fall and spring
Human Resources in Health Care Settings HSM 4531 3 fall and spring
Health Services Management Internship HSM 4596 3 spring
Leadership and Business Planning in Health Care: Capstone HSM 4861 3 fall and spring

To view the program's course descriptions, visit the University Catalog. 
To view course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), use the Class Search

Students can customize their education by selecting at least 23 credits from many elective options in such areas as health and wellness, health system administration, health care information management, health care interpreting, public health, addiction studies, and private practice management.

Qualified students can complete the coursework required by the State of Minnesota to become licensed as a Long-Term Care Administrator through the University's Center for Aging Services Management as part of this major.

Your plan will also include Liberal Education and Writing Intensive requirements, plus lower division foundation coursework in statistics, oral communication, personal and community health, economics, accounting, and health sciences terminology.

While you can transfer credits from other institutions, 30+ of your 120 credits (at a GPA of 2.0+) must be at the U of M, including 24 after admission.

First Year, Fall Semester

  • Microeconomics (APEC 1101 or ECON 1101, 4 cr)*
  • Medical Terminology (PHAR 1002, 2 cr)
  • Intro to Public Speaking (COMM 1101, 3 cr)*
  • Lower Division Writing Intensive (3 cr)*
  • Literature LE Requirement (3 cr)*

First Year, Spring Semester

  • Statistics (STAT 3011 or SOC 3811 or PSY 3801, 3 cr)*
  • Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health (PUBH 3004, 4 cr)
  • Freshman Composition (WRIT 1301, 1401, or equiv, 4 cr)*
  • Physical Science Liberal Education Requirement w/lab (4 cr)*

Second Year, Fall Semester

  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Approved HSM major elective (2 cr)
  • Accounting (APEC 1251 or ACCT 2050, 4 cr)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HSM 3521, 3 cr) 
  • Legal, Ethical, & Risk Issues for Managers (ABUS 4013W, 3 cr)*

Second Year, Spring Semester

  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Human Resources in Health Care Settings (HSM 4531, 3 cr)
  • Health Care Administration (HSM 4561, 3 cr)
  • Arts/Humanities LE Requirement (3 cr)*

Third Year, Fall Semester

  • Health Informatics (HINF 5430, 3 cr)
  • Career Skills in the Professional Environment for Juniors & Seniors (ABUS 3051, 2 cr)
  • Health Care Finance (HSM 4541, 3 cr)
  • Biological Sciences LE Requirement w/lab (4 cr)*

Third Year, Spring Semester

  • Health Economics & Policy (PUBH 3801, 3 cr)
  • Health Care Quality & Patient Safety (HSM 4301, 3 cr)
  • Health Services Management Internship (HSM 4596, 3 cr)
  • Health Care Law & Ethics (HSM 4591, 3 cr)
  • Historical Perspectives LE Requirement (3 cr)*

Third Year, Summer Term

  • Internship

Fourth Year, Fall Semester

  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Dynamics of Leadership (ABUS 4041, 3 cr)
  • Leadership & Business Planning in Health Care − Capstone (HSM 4861, 3 cr)
  • Upper Division Writing Intensive (3 cr)*
  • Technology & Society LE Requirement (3 cr)*

Fourth Year, Spring Semester

  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Approved HSM major elective (2 cr)
  • Upper Division Writing Intensive (3 cr)*
  • Managerial Psychology (MGMT 4002, 4 cr)**
  • Diversity & Social Justice LE Requirement (3 cr)*

* Fulfills a Liberal Education requirement 

**Recommended elective

Career Outlook

Health care continues to be one of the largest areas of growth in the United States 

  • 13% of US jobs are
    in health care
  • 5.6 million health care jobs added between 2010−20 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 23% of health care employers report openings for which they cannot find qualified talent (CareerBuilder, 2013)

An undergraduate degree in Health Services Management prepares students for entry-level positions and opportunities in:

  • medical office and clinic management;
  • health system management;
  • patient accounting and billing systems;
  • facility and supply chain management;
  • long-term care and managed facility administration;
  • medical and pharmaceutical sales;
  • human resources;
  • care coordination, quality and patient safety
  • marketing and community relations.

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