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

A Bachelor of Science in health services management from University of Maryland Global Campus can provide you with the core knowledge and competencies for effective management in the dynamic healthcare environment, teaching you to think comprehensively and strategically about healthcare trends so you can lead innovation. It is perfect for entry-level and mid-career professionals.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. Read this year's program catalog to see our recommended course sequence for this program. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Health Services Management Bachelor's Degree

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

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • 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

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

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