BS in Health Management

The Bachelor of Science degree in health management establishes a 54-credit-hour 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 18 credit hours of health management core curriculum that serves as the foundation and skill set basic to health services delivery, population health assessment, and leadership. An additional 30 credit hours of 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 education programs. The BS in health management also prepares students for graduate education in health care administration, public health or aging studies.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the evolution of public health and its roles and issues across local, national and global health systems.

  2. Demonstrate ability to use data to promote, protect and assure improved population health outcomes and knowledge.

  3. Explain the relationship between health leadership, management and policy.

  4. Illustrate the importance of social, behavioral, cultural and environmental factors that impact community health.

  5. Demonstrate professionalism and appraise public health ethics, stewardship, social justice and life-long learning.

  6. Exhibit oral and written communication skills for diverse populations and environments.

Preprogram Preparatory Courses

HP 105Introduction to Public Health3
HP 203Medical Terminology2-3
or HP 303 Medical Terminology
HP 310Introduction to the U.S. Health Services System3
Total Credit Hours8-9

Program Requirements

Students choosing to study health management are admitted to the BS in health management. They are assigned a college advisor and a faculty advisor. Students should not select BS in health management elective coursework without input from their faculty advisors.

Students must have satisfied the health management core course requirements and must be health management majors to take either PHS 485 or PHS 495.

Students in the health management program are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.000, with no individual program course generating a grade less than 1.700 credit points per credit hour.

Health Management Core Courses
HP 408Leadership in Self and Society3
PHS 325Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHS 344The Role of Culture in Health and Health Care3
PHS 356Introduction to Health Administration and Policy3
PHS 410Health Communication3
PHS 642Financing Health Care Services3
Health Management Electives
Select 30 credit hour from the following:30
Aging Studies Recommended Courses
Psychology of Aging
Sociology of Aging
Biology of Aging
Introduction to Public Health and Aging
Women and Aging
Dying, Death and Bereavement
Health Management Recommended Courses
Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations
Health Care Organization
Health Economics
Supervisory Management in Health Care Organizations
Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations
Concepts of Quality in Health Care
Public Health Recommended Courses
Introduction to Global Health Issues
Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations
Introduction to Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Introduction to Environmental Health
Community Development Methods
Program Planning & Evaluation
Optional General Courses
Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Emerging Health Care Issues of the 21st Century
Culminating Experience
PHS 485Health Management Capstone3
PHS 495Health Management Practicum3
Total Credit Hours54

Total Credit Hours Required for health management major:

Required Introductory Courses18
Selected Upper-Division Program Courses30
Total Credit Hours54


Students entering the health management program will be required to complete a professional points component. Points may be earned in the following areas: research and service learning, volunteer participation, professional development and interprofessional education.

To be eligible for graduation from Wichita State University, students must have 120 acceptable credit hours toward their degree and a GPA in the major of 2.000. Students transferring from a two-year college must complete at least 60 credit hours of four-year college work and 45 credit hours of upper-division coursework to qualify for graduation. Departmental policy requires a program cumulative grade point average of 2.000 with no individual program course generating a grade less than 1.700 credit points per credit hour.

For the latest program information and a program handbook, contact the undergraduate coordinator by email:, by phone at 316-978-3060, or visit the department of public health sciences website (