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Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree

Health services professionals


Why Enroll in the U of M Health Services Management Program?

As one of only two AUPHA certified Health Services Management programs in the state, the HSM program will prepare you to be a leader in the growing healthcare industry with a degree that will help you shape and manage health care policy, services, delivery, inclusion and equity.

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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
  • mental health providers
  • long-term care facilities
  • home health/hospice
  • managed care and health insurance companies
  • biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations
  • government and public health agencies
  • and many more!

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.

Requirements and Courses

You'll work with your program advisor to construct a plan with 120 semester credits, including 78-79 within the major.



Foundation Courses (19-21 credits)

Students can apply to the program after completing at least 30 transferable college credits. 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 (COMM 1101)*
  • Introduction to Statistics (EPSY 3264, STAT 3011, PSY 3801, or SOC 3811)**
  • Microeconomics (ECON 1101 or APEC 1101)***
  • Health Science Terminology (PHAR 1002)
  • Personal and Community Health (PUBH 3004 or 3001 and 3003)

*Fulfills Civic Life and Ethics Liberal Education requirement
** Fulfills Mathematical Thinking Liberal Education requirement
*** Fulfills Social Science and Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirements

Core Courses (36 credits)

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

Health Economics

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

  • Applied Health Economics (HSM 3101, 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

  • Inclusion and Equity in Health Care Management (HSM 4521, 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)**


The Health Services Management degree accepts applications from students with at least 30 transferable college credits. Find out more about how your credits might transfer below.

Fall Semester Application Deadlines: Priority: February  1 | Final: August 1
Spring Semester Application Deadlines: Priority: October 1 | Final: December 1

All applications received by the priority deadline for each term will be considered. Applications received after the priority deadline, up until the final deadline, will be considered on a space-availability basis.

Questions about admission requirements? Contact Enrollment Advisor Willie Wong.

Admission Criteria

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

Secondary Review Factors

  • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance
  • Nonacademic experience in a related field
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid
  • Extenuating circumstances

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 or the University's best interest.

How to Find Out if Your Credits Will Transfer

Current U of M Students: Run a "What if" APAS report to see how your coursework might meet the Health Services Management program requirements.

Non-U of M students from a local community college: Sometimes Construction Management foundation courses can be taken at a community college. To find out if your college’s courses transfer to the HSM major, consult the CCAPS Transfer Admissions Guides.

Non-U of M students from a four-year institution: Visit the Transferology website, a free, web-based system that provides access to up-to-date information about how your courses will transfer and apply to a degree program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. (You will need to create a free Transferology account.)

Additional Resources

Have a specific question? Contact enrollment advisor Willie Wong to talk about your individual coursework.


Career Outlook

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


  • 16% job growth for health service managers 2019–29
  • $77K median annual wage for Minnesota health service managers in 2019

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

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Program Insight™, accessed 8/10/21.

Career Resources

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

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!

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Meet Willie Wong

As an undergraduate enrollment advisor, I work with students who are interested in one of our applied undergraduate majors (Construction Management, Health Services Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure). I'm here to answer your questions about admission requirements, the application procedure, and choosing the right courses. My hobbies and interests revolve around sports, both as a participant and spectator. My family and I love to eat and travel.

Give me a call at 612-625-2529, email me, or schedule an appointment on my calendar below.