Why is the College of Health and Human Services offering a new degree program?
UNC Charlotte is the fastest growing university within the UNC system and resides in the largest metropolitan area in North Carolina, which is surrounded by major healthcare providers. However, UNC Charlotte has lacked an undergraduate program to prepare the workforce to manage different health systems within the region. The bachelor’s program in Health Systems Management can meet the regional demands in educating entry level health systems managers as well as provide a degree for students who seek related positions in the health and human services sectors.
What are the aims of the new program?
The Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management will prepare students as entry-level generalists in the health systems management field through interdisciplinary approaches guided by culturally relevant perspectives. Medical and health systems manager positions entail planning, directing, or coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, non-profit agencies, or similar organizations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, for example, the health and human services industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services including medical and health services managers. Medical and health services managers must be adaptable to changes in healthcare laws, regulations and technology.
What can I do with a degree in health systems management?
Potential employment opportunities include: health care recruiter; healthcare project manager; sales management; managing director; relationship manager; healthcare representative (medical device or pharmaceutical sales); health insurance; assistant administrator; business office manager; health navigator; billing manager; case manager, and practice manager. The average annual salary for entry-level medical and health services managers is $35,530.
Does the new major require a separate application process like other majors in the College?
No – any student who is interested in the program can plan to complete the major. To declare the major, however, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Completion of at least 45 hours of college course work (including HSMT 2101 & HSMT 2103)
2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all college course work
3. Good Academic Standing
4. Successful completion of the following two courses with “Cs” or better:
HSMT 2101-Introduction to the Health Professions (3)
HSMT 2103-Introduction to Human Resources Management (3)
Does the program require a minor or involve other requirements?
No – the major only requires 30 hours of core courses. However, UNC Charlotte offers a wide range of minors that could enrich student readiness for workplace settings that demand effective communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills, digital literacy, and effective teamwork. Students are encouraged to consider completing a minor and a large number of options exist on campus that complement the major including: biology, communication studies, gerontology, international studies, management information systems, political science, and public health.
Will courses be offered online or in the summer?
No – courses will be offered only in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting during fall or spring semesters.
How quickly can I complete a degree in health systems management?
With good planning, you should be able to complete the program in two years (four semesters).
How does the new program compare with other programs in the College?
A comparison of the new program with existing degree programs is provided on the other side of this page.
This new program sounds right for me – how do I get started?
Plan to register for both HSMT 2101 and HSMT 2103 for Fall 2017.
Who do I contact for additional information?
The CHHS Advising Center will host an information session for all interested students in early April. Look for an announcement soon about the place, date, and time!