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Health Services Management (BS), 4-Year

Professor Renee Cadzow, meeting with HSA students

Prepare yourself for a wide range of careers in healthcare administration with a BS in Health Services Management.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Rapid changes in the healthcare insurance industry coupled with an aging population in the US has created an unprecedented demand for healthcare services -- services which require qualified administrators and managers who have the skills and knowledge they need to improve both quality and efficiency of services.

A bachelor's degree in Health Services Management can give you the credential you need for an entry-level career in this rapidly growing profession.

What You'll Learn

As a Health Services Management major, you'll gain knowledge on healthcare systems, management principles, delivery of service, information technology and healthcare law.

Through internships and research opportunities, you'll gain the experience employers are looking for while allowing you to investigate a wide range of career experiences and build the kinds of professional contacts that often prove invaluable after graduation.

Once you graduate with your bachelor's degree in Health Services Management from D’Youville you’ll:

  • Understand the complex dynamics of the US healthcare system and its implications for management and administration;
  • Be adept at applying business skills in a healthcare environment;
  • Possess advanced skills in written and verbal communication that will allow you to collaborate with other professionals;
  • Be comfortable engaging in professional settings.

Choose one of two concentrations

As a health services management major, you’ll choose whether to concentrate in either the management or clinical aspects of health care.

Health Education and Operations Option

This option prepares you for the business and delivery of healthcare. You'll earn a bachelor's degree in health services management, which can lead to an entry-level career.

  • Career options include positions in hospitals, HMOs, long-term care and community health facilities.

Health Science Option

  • This track emphasizes classes in chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology and is designed to give you the undergraduate preparation you need to enter licensing programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic science
  • If you're planning to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy, the health sciences track moves you directly into the graduate portion of the program with no need to apply  - as long as your grades keep the requirements of the major. 

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • You’ll learn from a diverse range of professionals who bring their expertise in research, leadership, administration, and management to the classroom, combining their own deep knowledge with their extensive experience to help you not only acquire the knowledge you’ll need but also apply it to real-world issues.
  • By combining classroom instruction with internship experiences, our program will prepare you to enter a professional role in the sports/fitness and wellness industry as soon as you graduate.
  • D'Youville's commitment to a liberal education means that you'll learn how to solve problems, think critically, work well with others, and communicate effectively...all skills that today's employers are looking for.

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

 

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Curriculum

 

Core Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 107L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIO 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 108L Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1
CSC 110 Computers and Computing 3
  OR  
CSC 151 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
  OR  
CSC 161 Introduction to Multimedia 3
ENG 111 English Communication I 3
ENG 112 English Communication II 3
HIS History Elective 3
MAT 122 Algebra and Trigonometry 3
  OR  
MAT 125 Calculus I 4
MAT 123 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
PHI 201 Ethics in Theory and Action 3
  OR  
RS 201 Religion and Social Responsibility 3
PSC 201 American Government and Economics 3
  OR  
ECO 201 Principles of Economics – Macro 3
  OR  
ECO 202 Principles of Economics – Micro 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
SOC 101 Principles of Economics – Micro 3
  Six Free Electives 18
Subtotal 57

In other academic areas required for the major

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 218 Minority Voices in American Literature 3
  OR  
ENG 231 Advanced Writing I 3
PHI 204 Logic and Practical Reasoning 3
PHI 336 Problems in Professional Ethics 3
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 309 Sociology of Disability and Rehabilitation 3
  OR  
SOC 322 Health, Illness and Society 3
RS 214 The Challenges of Death 3
SPE 201 Public Speaking 3
Subtotal  21

Major

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSM 203 Medical Terminology 1
HSM 210 Delivering Health Services 3
MGT 305 Principles of Management 3
MGT 435 Health Care Management 3
HRM 309 Human Resource Management 3
HSM 220 Community Health 3
HSM 406 Information Technology in Health Care 3
HSM 408 Reimbursement Payment Systems 3
HSM 410 Health Care Law 3
MGT 318 Management Information Systems 3
Subtotal 28

Health Education and Operations Track

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSM 310 Quantitative Methods 3
HSM 312 Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HSM 314 Maximizing Health Organization Assets Coordination and Communication 2
HSM 320 Health Services Internship 2
HSM 414 Project Planning and Management 3
HSM 420 Advanced Health Services Internship 2
Subtotal 15

Health Sciences Track

See the physical therapy section of the catalog for specific requirements

Students in the health sciences track preparing for a career in P.T. also have the flexibility to take elective courses in exercise and sports studies, if interested.

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHE 111 Chemistry for the Health Sciences I 3
CHE 112 Chemistry for the Health Sciences II 2
CHE 113 Chemistry for the Health Sciences Lab 1
PHY 111 Introduction to Physics I 3
PHY 111L Introduction to Physics I Lab 1
PHY 112 Introduction to Physics II 3
PHY 112L Introduction to Physics II Lab 1
Subtotal 14

Totals

Requirement Credits
Core requirements 57
In other academic areas required for the major 21
In the specific area of concentration 28
Practice focus 14-15
Total 120-121

Careers

Careers

Your bachelor's degree in health services management can lead to an entry-level career in a variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals, to HMOs, to long-term care facilities.

The Role of a Health Services Administrator or manager

Because health services managers are responsible for hundreds of employees and very expensive equipment and facilities, they must be able to make effective decisions, interpret data, and understand information systems and finance. Strong leadership skills are necessary to motivate and execute their decisions. Communication skills, diplomacy, flexibility, and tact are crucial to success in management.

Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that demand for qualified managers and administrators is growing much faster than average for all occupations. And for good reason: rapid changes in the health insurance industry coupled with an aging population in the US has created an unprecedented demand for healthcare services, services which require qualified administrators and managers who have the skills and knowledge they need to improve both quality and efficiency of services.

Because of a growing health services industry, the employment of health services managers is projected to expand more than the average occupation through 2012. Increasing opportunities will be found in outpatient care centers, health practitioners and doctor's offices, and in home healthcare services.

Workers with good management and business skills as well as experience in the healthcare industry will have the greatest opportunities. Check out the Health Care Executives Forum of Western New York for more ideas and information.

Internships

Internships

If you're interested in beginning your professional career immediately after graduation, the numerous internship opportunities available to HSM students will allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom into practice through hands-on, real-world experiences. It will provide you with the valuable on-the-job experience employers are looking for while allowing you to investigate a wide range of career experiences and build the kinds of professional contacts that often prove invaluable after graduation.

Because we understand the importance of putting theory into practice, we've structured the HSM program to integrate internship experiences into the curriculum, allowing you to put what you learn in the classroom into practice immediately. This integration allows you to receive an education that emphasizes both academic rigor and practical experience in a supportive environment that recognizes the demands of sports and fitness practitioners.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the HSM degree, Health Education and Operations track, must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

Admission Criteria
A combined SAT score of 1080 (or ACT 21) and;
High school average of at least 85% and;

High school rank in the upper one half of the class, and;

Minimum of two years of high school math and three years of science.

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing in the Health Education and Operations track, student must:

Good Academic Standing
Achieve a semester GPA of 2.50, and;
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50, and;
Earn minimum grades of C in all courses required for the student's major.

Transfer Students

Transfer student applicants to the HSM degree, Health Education and Operations track, must meet these criteria for admission into the program:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

Note: Find out how many credits will transfer to D'Youville College by using our Course Equivalency Database

Health Sciences Track Applicants

Applicants to the HSM degree, Health Sciences track, should refer to the criteria for admission into the 6-Year bachelor's and doctor of physical therapy program.

 
Renee Cadzow, professor of HSA

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"What's most exciting about this field is the opportunity to effect positive change to improve the health and well-being of our communities."

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Kathleen Curtin, professor of HSA

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"I try to stay in touch with the realities of patient care and share those stories with students." 

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