Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree Programs

Earning a bachelor's degree in health services management could lead to a career in health care or hospital administration. Get information about courses offered and the job titles often held by those with a bachelor's degree in this field. Schools offering Clinical Research Administration degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Major in Health Services Management?

Many schools offer bachelor's degree programs in health services management. You can acquire a foundational knowledge of administrative duties for hospitals and other medical facilities in a general health services management major. Some schools allow you to focus your studies on a particular type of institution or occupation, such as gerontology or nursing home administration, social work, human resources management or health care informatics. You could also choose to minor in a relevant field, such as business management or psychology, to supplement your education.

Online Degrees Bachelor's degrees available
Common Courses Ethics, finance, health care policy, insurance, anatomy
Concentrations Gerontology, social work, human resources management, health care informatics
Job Outlook 17% from 2014-2024* (for medical and health service managers)

Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Will I Take?

A health services management major gives you in-depth knowledge about health procedures, health care administration and medical terminology. You'll learn how to effectively interact with patients and medical professionals, organize institutional and home health care, work with insurance companies and ensure compliance with regional, state and federal regulations. Communication is often stressed as a vital component for a career in health services management. Some common core and elective courses include:

  • Finance and marketing
  • Health care terminology and policy
  • Insurance management
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Health care ethics
  • Technology use in health services
  • Pediatric and elder care
  • Community and public health policies

What Can I Do with the Degree?

With a bachelor's degree in health services management, you could qualify for entry-level management positions at smaller hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and medical offices. In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated that job prospects were fairly good for these professions, especially if you have strong business skills and knowledge (www.bls.gov). According to the BLS, demand for medical and health services managers was predicted to rise 17% from 2014-2024. To compete for management services positions in larger hospitals, your bachelor's degree allows you to segue into a graduate degree program that could increase your employment and earning potential.

Licensure for the health care management profession is usually only regulated if you choose to manage a nursing care facility. Graduation from a bachelor's degree program approved by the state could qualify you for the necessary testing to obtain a license. You'll usually need to complete some continuing education courses to renew your license, and several schools offer graduate-level certificate programs that can meet this state requirement.

Can I Earn the Degree Online?

Several schools offer a bachelor's degree program in health services management via the Internet. You can choose from programs offered entirely online or those provided in a mixed format that combine online and on-campus classes. Some schools also include evening or weekend courses.

Technology requirements vary, but you'll need Internet access and an updated Web browser. You could participate in real-time virtual classrooms that require a webcam and sound or view recorded lectures. You might need to install specific applications, such as document readers or presentation viewers, or browser plug-ins, such as Flash or Java.

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