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Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree

Health services professionals

What Is Health Services Management?

Health services managers make a direct contribution as leaders who advance the health of individuals, organizations, and communities by managing, planning, communicating, and coordinating medical and health services.

What can you do with a degree in Health Services Management? You can find a career in healthcare administration in:

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

This program is also offered as a minor and certificate.

Long Term Care Administration

Our Long Term Care (LTC) administration offerings provide experience and education to support Minnesota and Wisconsin licensure as a long term care (nursing home) administrator. We follow state licensing rules about the content to be covered, and our courses are approved by the state licensing boards.

Long Term Care Management Minor | for admitted HSM students 
Long Term Care Administration courses | for non-admitted students

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 another school, including community colleges. Consult Transferology to see how credits might transfer to the University of Minnesota.

Questions about requirements? Contact Enrollment Advisor Willie Wong.

 

 

Foundation Courses (20-21 credits)

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) (EPSY 3264, STAT 3011, PSY 3801, SOC 3811, or SCO 2550)
  • 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.

For more information about which courses might transfer, visit Transferology.

Core Courses (36 credits)

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

Leadership

Sample Four-Year Plan

* Fulfills a Liberal Education requirement 
** Fulfills a Writing Intensive requirement
*** Recommended HSM elective

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 Liberal Education Requirement (3 cr)*

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)*
     

Fall Semester

  • Accounting (APEC 1251 or ACCT 2050, 4 cr)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HSM 3521, 3 cr)
  • Arts/Humanities Liberal Education Requirement (3 cr)*
  • Diversity and Social Justice Liberal Education Requirement (3 cr)* 
  • Elective (2 cr)

Spring Semester

  • Health Care Administration (HSM 4561W, 3 cr)**
  • Career Skills in a Professional Health Services Environment (HSM 3051, 2 cr)
  • Biological Sciences Liberal Education Requirement (4 cr)*
  • Historical Perspectives Liberal Education Requirement (3 cr)*
  • Elective (3 cr)

Fall Semester

  • Health Care Finance (HSM 4541, 3 cr)
  • Project and Program Management in Health Services Management (HSM 4043, 3 cr)
  • Human Resources in Health Care Settings HSM 4531, 3 cr)
  • Health Care Law and Ethics (HSM 4591, 3 cr)
  • Foundations of Health Informatics I (HINF 5430, 3 cr)***

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)
  • Information Privacy and Security in Health Services Management HSM 4065, 3 cr)*
  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)

Fall Semester

  • Leadership in Health Services Management (HSM 4041, 3 cr)
  • Leadership & Business Planning in Health Care − Capstone (HSM 4861, 3 cr)
  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Elective, upper division Writing Intensive (3 cr)**

Spring Semester

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

Admission

Fall Semester Application Deadlines: Priority: February  1 | Final: August 1

Spring Semester Application Deadlines: Priority: October 1* | Final: 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.

* All spring applications received on or before October 1 will be considered; however, applications received after October 1 will be considered only as space is available. Strong candidates not admitted in the spring may be placed on a wait list.

Premajor Admission Criteria

  • 30 transferable credits
  • 2.8+ GPA
  • Demonstrated interest in field

Major-Status Admission Criteria

  • 45 transferable credits
  • 2.8+ GPA
  • Completion of six foundation courses listed above, each with a grade of C- or better

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.

Questions about admission? Contact Enrollment Advisor Willie Wong.

Career Outlook

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

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.

Career and Internship Services | Job search and internship resources, employment listings, and alumni data

Pre-Health Student Resource Center | Career options and skill-building to prepare for admission into health professional programs

GoldPASS | Job, internship, and volunteer information from other U of M students and alumni

Internships

The HSM internship allows students to augment what they’re learning in the classroom with real-world experiences in health services organizations. In addition to being an important requirement for graduation from the HSM program, the internship is designed to serve a mutual benefit for student and employer with goals to improve the business in tangible ways.

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Questions? Contact us at HSMInternships@umn.edu.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

Let's Connect

You can learn more about the Health Services Management program in a way that works for you. Enrollment Advisor, Willie Wong, is here to help. 

Willie Wong

Or, ask Willie a question at wkwong@umn.edu or 612-625-2529.

Meet Willie

Willie Wong works with students who are interested in one of our applied undergraduate majors (Construction Management, Health Services Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure). He is here to answer your questions about admission requirements, the application procedure, and choosing the right courses. His hobbies and interests revolve around sports, both as a participant and spectator. He and his family love to eat and travel.

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