BS in Health Services Management and Community Development

The Bachelor of Science degree in HSMCD develops leadership capacity for a healthy society through its undergraduate degree program. This curriculum establishes a 48-credit-hour professional degree program to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in the management, planning and assessment of health services delivery across the spectrum of health care, such as acute care medicine, public and community health, and long-term care.

This 48-credit-hour professional degree program is appropriate for individuals interested in applying the social and business sciences to a career in the health care sector. Students enrolled in this curriculum must complete 18 credit hours of HSMCD core coursework that provides the knowledge and skill sets that are basic to health services delivery and population health assessment.

Program majors complete 24 credit hours of elective courses beyond the core coursework. Elective courses are chosen, with the assistance of an assigned faculty advisor, based on a student’s career focus. In addition to didactic coursework, students must complete a 3-credit-hour practicum placement (educational work experience) in a local health care organization, as well as a 3-credit-hour capstone seminar at or near the end of their program of study.

For students with a health services management interest, elective courses are selected to provide the analytic, administrative and leadership skills necessary for entry level managerial positions in acute care medicine (medical group practices, health insurance corporations, medical product companies, hospital and ambulatory care clinics, and EMS systems management), long-term care (nursing homes, home health care agencies, continuing care facilities and hospice), and public and community health (state health agencies, local health departments and community-based health and wellness agencies).

For students with a community orientation, elective courses are selected to provide entry-level competencies in designing and implementing culturally sensitive health care services, planning and assessing health programs, developing strategies for health promotion, and building advocacy relationships with those who make health policy.

Both options allow students to gain first-hand experience with local community initiatives.

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in health services management are strongly encouraged to minor in business administration as an appropriate complement to this career choice. Additional information on this minor can be found in the Barton School of Business section of this catalog, or can be obtained through program advisors. Students who are interested in community development work are strongly encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor when selecting an appropriate minor.

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 Courses

Preprogram Courses
HP 203Medical Terminology2-3
or HP 303 Medical Terminology
HMCD 310Introduction to the U.S. Health Services System3
Statistics Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Educational Statistics
Introductory Business Statistics
Psychological Statistics
Sociological Statistics
Elementary Statistics
Communication Requirement
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Communication
Argumentation & Advocacy
Speaking in Business and the Professions
Teamwork, Leadership and Group Communication
Composition: Business, Professional and Technical Writing
Total Credit Hours11-12


Upon admission to the HSMCD program, a student will be assigned a faculty advisor with primary expertise in the student’s area of interest. Students should not select HSMCD elective coursework without input from their faculty advisors.

Students must have satisfied the HSMCD core course requirements and have been admitted to the HSMCD professional program to take either HMCD 460; or HMCD 470.

Students in the health services management and community development program are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.000, with no individual course in the major having a grade that generates less than 1.700 credit points per credit hour. Students failing to meet this requirement will have one semester to correct their GPA deficiencies. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

Professional Curriculum

HMCD Core Courses
HMCD 308Leadership in Self and Society3
or HMCD 333 Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations
HMCD 325Introduction to Epidemiology3
HMCD 330Community Health and Development3
HMCD 342Introduction to Financing Health Care Systems3
or HMCD 642 Financing Health Care Services
HMCD 344The Role of Culture in Health Care3
HMCD 356Introduction to Health Care Administration and Policy3
HMCD Electives
Select 24 credit hours from the following (no more than two from AGE):24
Psychology of Aging
Sociology of Aging
Biology of Aging
Diversity and Aging
Women and Aging
Age, Work and Retirement
Dying, Death and Bereavement
Introduction to Sexuality and Aging
Aging Network Seminar
Public Health and Aging
Systems in Long-Term Care
The Medicare System
Emerging Health Care Issues of the 21st Century
Introduction to Global Health Issues
Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Health Education and Health Promotion
Introduction to Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Health Care Organization
Health Economics
Introduction to Environmental Health
Supervisory Management in Health Care Organizations
Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations
Community Development Methods
Special Topics in Health Services
Princ of Leadership in Health
Financing Health Care Services
Program Planning and Evaluation
Concepts of Quality in Health Care
Required Before Graduation
HMCD 460Public Health Sciences Practicum3
HMCD 470Capstone Seminar in Health Services Management and Community Development3
Total Credit Hours48

Total Credit Hours Required for HSMCD major:

Required Introductory Courses18
Selected Upper-Division Program Courses24
Total Credit Hours48

Requirements for Graduation

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

To be eligible for graduation from Wichita State University, students must have credit for 124 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 hours of four-year college work and 45 hours of upper-division coursework in order to qualify for graduation.

For more information contact the undergraduate coordinator by email, by phone at (316) 978-3060, or visit the department of public health sciences website