BS in Health Management

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in health management establishes a professional degree program that prepares graduates for employment in health care, public health organizations and aging programs/services. Individuals interested in applying the social and business sciences to a career in the health care sector are well-suited for this program. Students complete a health management core curriculum that serves as the foundation and skill set basic to health services delivery, population health assessment and leadership. Additional elective courses in areas related to aging studies, clinical health care management or public health is required. A capstone seminar and health-related practicum (educational work experience) is required. Students are strongly encouraged to choose a minor to complement their career choice. Graduates go on to manage health clinics, senior living communities, quality improvement departments, infectious disease control programs or community health organizations. The BS in health management also prepares students for graduate education in health care administration, public health or aging studies. Qualified students have the option to advance their education through the dual/accelerated master's degree programs in health administration or aging studies. These programs allow you to use 9 specified credit hours towards both your bachelor's and master's degree.

BS in health management concentrations:

  • The aging studies (AGE) concentration prepares students for a variety of entry level positions in senior centers, senior living communities and nonprofit or for-profit aging organizations and prepares students for graduate education in aging studies.
  • The public health (PH) concentration prepares students for a variety of entry level positions in state and local health departments or health-related nonprofit and for-profit organizations and graduate education in public health.
  • The health administration (HCA) concentration prepares students for a variety of entry level management positions in nonprofit and for-profit clinical health care organizations and graduate education in health administration.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences.
  2. Locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information.
  3. Exhibit understanding of the evolution of public health and the health care system and their roles and issues across local, national and global health systems.
  4. Demonstrate ability to locate, evaluate, synthesize, generate, connect and use data to promote, protect and assure improved health outcomes and knowledge.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of health leadership, management and policy using systems thinking.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of social, behavioral, cultural and environmental factors that impact health.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism and understanding of health ethics, stewardship, social justice and life-long learning.