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
Describe the evolution of public health and its roles and issues across local, national and global health systems.
Demonstrate ability to use data to promote, protect, and assure improved population health outcomes and knowledge.
Explain the relationship between health leadership, management and policy.
Illustrate the importance of social, behavioral, cultural and environmental factors that impact community health.
Demonstrate professionalism and appraise public health ethics, stewardship, social justice and life-long learning.
Exhibit oral and written communication skills for diverse populations and environments.
|HP 203||Medical Terminology||2-3|
|or HP 303||Medical Terminology|
|HMCD 310||Introduction to the U.S. Health Services System||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Educational Statistics|
|Introductory Business Statistics|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Argumentation & Advocacy|
|Speaking in Business and the Professions|
|Teamwork, Leadership and Group Communication|
|Composition: Business, Professional and Technical Writing|
|Total Credit Hours||11-12|
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 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.
|HMCD Core Courses|
|HMCD 308||Leadership in Self and Society||3|
|or HMCD 333||Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations|
|HMCD 325||Introduction to Epidemiology||3|
|HMCD 330||Community Health and Development||3|
|HMCD 342||Introduction to Financing Health Care Systems||3|
|or HMCD 642||Financing Health Care Services|
|HMCD 344||The Role of Culture in Health Care||3|
|HMCD 356||Introduction to Health Care Administration and Policy||3|
|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|
|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 460||Public Health Sciences Practicum||3|
|HMCD 470||Capstone Seminar in Health Services Management and Community Development||3|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
Total Credit Hours Required for HSMCD major:
|Required Introductory Courses||18|
|Selected Upper-Division Program Courses||24|
|Total Credit Hours||48|
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.