Advance in one of the country's fastest-growing job sectors with a degree in health services management.

With the advent of electronic health records and the aging baby boomer demographic, the healthcare sector is growing rapidly and occupations related to healthcare are among the fastest growing in the country. The robust growth of positions in health services management will generate substantial opportunities for individuals with the right leadership skills.

A major in health services management can provide you with grounding in the core knowledge and competencies for effective management in the dynamic health care environment, teaching you to think comprehensively and strategically about healthcare trends so you can lead innovation. It is perfect for entry-level and midcareer professionals.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree

Through your health services management degree coursework, you'll examine all the various aspects of management—finance, economics, marketing, facilities management, and strategic planning—from a healthcare perspective. You'll also explore information systems, ethical issues, and data analysis.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Exercise sound business and financial management principles in healthcare settings through process mapping and strategic planning
  • Apply technological advances and emerging trends in the U.S. healthcare system to achieve organizational goals and practices
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate quantitative and qualitative healthcare data and information for effective decision making in various healthcare settings
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues associated with the planning and delivery of healthcare services
  • Analyze policies related to healthcare management

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Conduct a quantitative analysis project, which includes developing a hypothesis, conducting a literature review, developing a database description, and conducting data analysis, for a healthcare topic of the student's choice
  • Participate in a group project in which students assume the roles of key members of a healthcare management team (chief financial officer, chief of medical services, marketing manager, etc.) to manage a problem
  • Propose solutions to issues posed by case studies and present and defend these proposals in class
  • Analyze failures in preventative measures that might lead to critical problems for a healthcare team
  • Develop and write a research paper on such issues as mandatory reporting of child abuse or HIV or the proper treatment of environmental hazards

Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • HMGT 300
  • HMGT 307
  • HMGT 310
  • HMGT 320
  • HMGT 322
  • HMGT 335
  • HMGT 372
  • HMGT 400
  • HMGT 420
  • HMGT 435
  • HMGT 495

Related Required Courses

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • IFSM 305
  • STAT 200


This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework.

Research and Computing Literacy

  • PACE 111S or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or other general education elective
  • IFSM 305
    (related requirement for the major)


  • WRTG 111 or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 394 or other advanced upper-level writing course


  • STAT 200
    (related requirement for the major)

Arts and Humanities

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course

Biological and Physical Sciences

  • One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
    • NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
    • Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
  • GEOL 100 or other science lecture course

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor.
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMGC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include at least half of the credits required for the major. The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum.
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework.

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMGC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to work in the fast-growing field of health services management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is perfect for entry-level and midcareer professionals. We recommend you have an understanding of the healthcare system overall as well as knowledge of its specific functions and operations.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The mission of the UMGC Healthcare Community Hub is to encourage each member to sustain a philosophy of lifelong leadership development and increased knowledge, skills, and education, thereby ensuring the pursuit of quality healthcare in the community.

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Upsilon Phi Delta is the national academic honor society of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

    The purposes of Upsilon Phi Delta are to

    • Elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally educated women and men in health administration and leadership

    • Recognize and encourage scholarship in healthcare administration

    • Recognize students who achieve distinction in healthcare administration studies in universities and colleges

    • Provide financial assistance through scholarships to outstanding students pursuing a degrees in healthcare administration

    • Motivate academic excellence in students studying healthcare administration

Awards & Recognition