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Health Services Management B.S.

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Health Services Management, B.S.


Program Contents and Requirements

The health services management program is designed to provide a strong liberal arts and science background for students at the undergraduate level who wish to enter the health services job market directly after graduation. It is also designed to prepare students to continue graduate work in health services administration and other health-related fields. The program provides application to the clinical management sides of healthcare.

The program's first two years are devoted primarily to the study of the arts, humanities and sciences, which satisfy general education core requirements of the college's baccalaureate degree and other prerequisite requirements specified by the program curriculum. The remaining time is designed to provide a common body of health-related knowledge and concepts which serve as a foundation for integrating the clinical and administrative sides of healthcare. Courses in management and operations round out the liberal arts based education.

Within the program there are two tracks: health education and operations and health sciences. The health science track is required for students who are pursuing the doctorate in physical therapy. (See the physical therapy section of the catalog.)

Health Education and Operations Track

Students will be conferred a bachelor of science in health services management. Students in the education and operations track may enter the workforce as entry-level health care employees in hospitals, HMOs, long term care facilities, home care agencies and community care organizations. They may coordinate activities and communicate with diverse groups within the organizations and communities, and focus on achieving specific group, organizational and community health goals.

Two internships highlight the program. Internships introduce students to diverse professionals in a variety of healthcare settings. Examples of student placements are The Community Health Center of Buffalo, The March of Dimes, the American Red Cross, Erie County Medical Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Veterans Administration, to name a few.


Course Requirements

Health Services Management
Degree: B.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:
Course Number Course Name Credits

Two Natural Science courses and a corresponding Lab

Choose two Natural Science course electives and one corresponding lab. 

One level 100 CSC elective

Choose one elective from CSC 100 level 
ENG 111

Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing

This course is an introduction to literature and the fundamentals of academic writing. Students learn the skills essential to college success:critical reading and analytical thinking, interpretation, scholarly discussion and collaboration, effective oral presentation, composition of writing for both readers and listeners.

Prequisites: None

ENG 112

Liberal Arts Seminar: Research Writing

This course teaches academic research skills and writing based on a liberal arts topic. Topics vary by instructor.

Prequisites: None


One HIS Elective

Choose one HIS elective

One level 100 MAT; not 101

Choose one level 100 MAT elective

PHI 201 or RS 201

Choose one elective from PHI 201 or RS 201

PSC 201 or ECO 201 or ECO 202

Choose one elective from PSC 201, ECO 201, or ECO 202

PSY 101 or PSY 203

Choose one elective from PSY 101 or PSY 201

SOC 101 or SOC 102

Choose one elective from SOC 101 or SOC 102
Humanity Electives

Five Humanity Electives

Choose five Humanity electives

Three Electives

Choose three electives

Subtotal: 57

Other to meet degree conferral credit minimum:

Course Number Course Name Credits

Five Electives

Choose five free electives

Subtotal: 15

Prerequisite for HSM program may be fufilled by meeting College requirements above:

Course Number Course Name Credits

One Accounting elective

Choose one elective from ACC (ACC 211 or higher)

One Statistics elective

Choose one elective from MAT (MAT 120 or higher)

One Macro or Microeconomics elective

Choose one elective from ECO (ECO 201 or 202 or higher) 


Course Number Course Name Credits
HSM 210

Delivering Health Services

This course presents a systems approach to the delivery of health services. Students will develop an understanding of the basic structures and operations of health care systems. The course examines resources, processes and outcomes of health systems.

Prequisites: None

HSM 200

Professionalisim in Hlth Care

Healthcare managers must demonstrate professional behaviors and be able to navigate the professional culture of healthcare. In particular healthcare managers must be able to demonstrate: 1)culturally competent interpersonal interactions,2)appropriate dress and personal presentation in healthcare settings,and 3)the ability to plan for and obtain ongoing professional development to meet the changing requirements of healthcare settings.

Prequisites: None

HSM 306

Population Health

This course explores the social determinants of health,as well as the public health vs.clinical

Prequisites: None

HSM 314

Max Health Org Assets of Coord & Comm

This course presents coordination and communication as closely related strategies through which managers in HSMO and communities link together the various people and units within their systems to other organizations and agencies. Central to communication is an understanding of the interdependencies that exist in both internal structures and external relationships. Students will explore challenges associated with coordination and communication, and examine effective strategies for meeting these challenges.

Prequisites: None

HSM 325

Management in Healthcare

This course introduces student to the principles of management applied to healthcare organizations. Topics include problem solving and decision making in the current health service marketplace; the ability to develop the skills, terminology and personal ethics/values to manage in a healthcare setting, as well as comprehending the leadership structure that guides the institutions to successful delivery of care.

Prequisites: None

HSM 308

Research Method for HealthcareAdministrators

This course will introduce students to research processes and methodologies. Students will review and critically analyze research designs with a focus on those used in healthcare organizations. The interpretation of the statistical findings will be emphasized to ensure a literate workforce. The instructor will expose the student to research proposal creation. Emphasis is on the professional as a consumer of research.

Prequisites: None

HSM 349

Healthcare Finance

This course provides students with an overview of financial management functions at the departmental level of healthcare organizations including budgeting and cost analysis for department-level operations and capital expenditures.

Prequisites: None

HSM 382

Managerial Epidemiology

This course will introduce students to the basic principles of epidemiology and demonstrate how these principles may be applied to the various functions of health services administrators/managers, such as planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling. Through these principles students will learn how measurement of health related outcomes and delivery of health services is a critical component of each of these functions.

Prequisites: None

HSM 406

Health Informatics

This course provides an overview of clinical information, administrative information and decision support information systems. Emphasis is placed on decision support, specifically information and analytical tools to support managerial decision making.

Prequisites: MGT-318 HSM-210

HSM 408

Reimbursement Payment System

This course analyzes third-party payment programs and reimbursement practices in the health care sector.

Prequisites: HSM-310 MAT-123

HSM 410

Health Care Law

This course introduces students to the major legal issues and principles in the health care field and in the administration of health care services and examines the phases of project planning and management. Students will learn how to set reasonable goals and determine a time line and budget. They will also learn how to lead and facilitate teams through the work plan.

Prequisites: HSM-210

HSM 413

Performance Improvement Hlth Services

This course is designed to introduce the health analytics student to principals of clinical quality management and performance improvements in the health care setting. The course will focus on the definition and implementation of quality standards, as well as the methods used by health care delivery systems to better meet evidence-based and measurable standards. The course will also cover the relationships between health care quality.Utilization and risk management.

Prequisites: None

HSM 415

Healthcare Operations

This course introduces student to the operational functions of healthcare managers across the healthcare and public health continuum. Topics include design and structure of the healthcare continuum, planning for and managing patient flow, measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and improving clinical and non-clinical processes. Operations topics will include incorporating perspectives from clinical operations, business, operations, information management, patient safety and community impact.

Prequisites: None

HSM 420

Advanced Health Services Internship

This course provides the opportunity for the application of theories and principles of classroom learning. Under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty, students will complete approximately 80 hours of fieldwork in an area of the health care system. This course includes approximately one hour of weekly seminar.

Prequisites: HSM-320

HSM 472

Health Services Management Capstone

This course serves as a culminating capstone experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge and skills gained from their undergraduate experience as a whole and from the HSM program specifically to solve a current healthcare management problem. This course provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to think critically, to synthesize information from multiple areas of healthcare practice, to integrate content across the multiple skills and practices areas expected of healthcare managers, to work in a team, and to transition from student to practicing professional

Prequisites: None

HSM 473

Health Services Management Seminar

This course provides students with an opportunity to reflect on their managerial internship experience at a healthcare setting and to contextualize their experiences within the larger healthcare field. Students will work in small groups to help one another problem solve issues that occur during their internship experience by applying course work knowledge and skills. Students will also discuss the potential impact of current trends in healthcare practice on their current experience and on future experiences beyond their college experience. Students will prepare their program portfolio and will participate in mock experiences to prepare them of post-graduation work.

Prequisites: None


Subtotal: 49

Core Requirements: 57
Total: 121


Academic Requirements for the Health Services Management Program

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet these criteria for entrance into the health education and operations track of the health services management program:*

  1. A combined SAT score of 1000 (or ACT 21), and
  2. High school average of at least 85%, and
  3. High school rank in the upper one half of the class, and
  4. Minimum of two years of high school math and three years of science 5. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50

* Refer to the physical therapy section of the catalog for admissions requirements specific to the health sciences track.

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing for health education and operations track students must:*

  1. Achieve a semester GPA of 2.50, and
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50, and
  3. Earn minimum grades of C in all courses required for the student’s major.*

* Refer to the physical therapy section of the catalog for academic standing requirements specific to the Health Sciences track.

Academic Probation

Students who are not in good academic standing will be placed on academic probation for their next (non-summer) semester. Students on academic probation will be limited to 13 credit hours during the semester they are on academic probation.


Students will be dismissed from the HSM program** if they:

  1. Fail to remain in good academic standing while on academic probation or after having been on academic probation during a previous (non-summer) semester, or
  2. Fail to earn a minimum grade of C in a repeated course.

** Students dismissed from HSM/DPT program may be permitted to continue in health education and operations track if they otherwise meet all academic requirements of those tracks.



To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at


Health Services Administration Department

The health services administration department offers a bachelor of science degree in health services management, health analytics, public health, as well as a master of science degree in health services administration, a doctorate in health administration, and three advanced certificates in health services administration, long-term care and clinical research associate. The undergraduate programs are described in the undergraduate catalog.

The health services administration department offers graduate courses in fall and spring semesters primarily with limited offerings in summer sessions. Classes are delivered full on campus, fully online (distance learning) and hybrid ( a mix of on campus and distance learning). On campus courses are offered on Monday through Thursday nights from 5:30 - 8:15 PM.