Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management

A new degree program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to begin Fall 2017

The Department of Public Health Sciences will launch a new undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management degree program in fall 2017. The bachelor’s program in Health Systems Management can meet the 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.

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. The average annual salary for entry-level medical and health services managers is $35,530.

The program in Health Systems Management will require students to complete general education requirements and complete 30 credit hours of study within the major. There will be no pre-requisites beyond those courses required for general education. The curriculum is informed by the skills desired in all health care managers outlined by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Students will complete courses in leadership, health care accounting and finance, organization development and behavior, information technology management, health policy and law, and quality management and improvement. The Department of Public Health Sciences will offer outstanding students the opportunity to earn Honors in Health Systems Management

UNC Charlotte offers a wide range of minors - although not required for the major - to 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 would serve to complement the Health Systems Management major including: biology, communication studies, gerontology, international studies, management information systems, political science, and public health. Continued study in the Department of Public Health Sciences is also an option for those interested in graduate degrees in Public Health or Health Administration. The department also offers early-entry programs for exceptional students to both the MPH and MHA programs.

Requirements for Declaring the Health Systems Management Major

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)

(Both HSMT2101 and HSMT2103 count as courses in the major.)

Students who wish to begin the program should enroll in HSMT 2101 and HSMT 2103 fall 2017.