Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree

Health services professionals

What Is Health Services Management?

Watch this short video featuring Health Services Management faculty director Susan McClernon and instructor Don Moschkau find out.

What Can I Do with a Degree in Health Services Management?

You can make a direct contribution as a knowledgeable leader who advances the health of individuals, organizations, and communities by managing, planning, communicating, and coordinating medical and health services.

With a Health Services Management degree, you can find a career in many different settings, including:

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

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 many foundation courses can be taken at community colleges. Visit the Transfer Guide related to your college to see how your coursework might transfer. 

For schools not listed in the Transfer Guide, visit Transferology.

Contact an adviser to learn more about the HSM major and transfer coursework.

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.

To learn which community college courses satisfy HSM foundation requirements, check the Transfer Guide.

For schools not listed in the Transfer Guide, visit Transferology.

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

Core Requirements

Course Name Course Number Credits Offered
Career Skills in a Professional Health Services Environment HSM 3051 2
fall and spring
Health Economics and Policy PUBH 3801 3 fall and spring
Dynamics of Leadership ABUS 4041 3 every semester
Health Care Delivery Systems HSM 3521 3 fall and spring
Health Care Administration and Management HSM 4561W 3 fall and spring
Health Care Finance (prereq accounting knowledge; Microsoft Excel) HSM 4541 3 fall and spring
Health Care Quality and Patient Safety HSM 4301 3 fall and spring
Foundations of Health Informatics I HINF 5430 3 fall
Health Care Law and Ethics HSM 4591 3 fall and spring
Human Resources in Health Care Settings HSM 4531 3 fall and spring
Basic Skills Options:
Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers OR
Project and Program Management in Health Services Management OR
Introduction to Grant Writing for Health Care and
Nonprofit Organizations

ABUS 4013W
HSM 4043

ABUS 4571W

3 fall and spring
Health Services Management Internship HSM 4596 3 spring
Leadership and Business Planning in Health Care: Capstone HSM 4861 3 fall and spring

To view the program's course descriptions, visit the University Catalog. 
To view course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), use the Class Search

Students can customize their education by selecting at least 22 credits from many elective options in such areas as health and wellness, health system administration, health care information management, health care interpreting, public health, addiction studies, and private practice management.

Students can complete the coursework required by the State of Minnesota to become licensed as an LTC Administrator as part of this major.

Your plan will also include Liberal Education and Writing Intensive requirements, plus lower division foundation coursework in statistics, oral communication, personal and community health, economics, accounting, and health sciences terminology.

While you can transfer credits from other institutions, 30+ of your 120 credits (at a GPA of 2.0+) must be at the U of M, including 24 after admission.

Our Long Term Care (LTC) administration courses offer 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.

First Year, 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 LE Requirement (3 cr)*

First Year, 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)*

Second Year, Fall Semester

  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Approved HSM major elective (2 cr)
  • Accounting (APEC 1251 or ACCT 2050, 4 cr)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HSM 3521, 3 cr) 
  • Legal, Ethical, & Risk Issues for Managers (ABUS 4013W, 3 cr)*

Second Year, Spring Semester

  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Human Resources in Health Care Settings (HSM 4531, 3 cr)
  • Health Care Administration (HSM 4561W, 3 cr)
  • Arts/Humanities LE Requirement (3 cr)*

Third Year, Fall Semester

  • Health Informatics (HINF 5430, 3 cr)
  • Career Skills in a Professional Health Services Environment (HSM 3051, 2 cr)
  • Health Care Finance (HSM 4541, 3 cr)
  • Biological Sciences LE Requirement w/lab (4 cr)*

Third Year, 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)
  • Health Care Law & Ethics (HSM 4591, 3 cr)
  • Historical Perspectives LE Requirement (3 cr)*

Fourth Year, Fall Semester

  • Approved HSM major elective (3 cr)
  • Dynamics of Leadership (ABUS 4041, 3 cr)
  • Leadership & Business Planning in Health Care − Capstone (HSM 4861, 3 cr)
  • Upper Division Writing Intensive (3 cr)*
  • Technology & Society LE Requirement (3 cr)*

Fourth Year, Spring Semester

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

* Fulfills a Liberal Education requirement 

**Recommended elective

You may have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree. Talk to adviser Jane Delehanty for more information.


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

Major-status Admission Criteria

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.


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.

Want to learn more? Read the HSM Internship Guide. Questions? Contact us at

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.

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