On the surface, the two fields may seem similar; however, there are some significant differences between the two.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management (BS) degree program is designed to prepare students as entry-level generalists in the health systems management field. Medical and health systems manager positions entail planning, directing, or coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, non-profit agencies, and many similar organizations.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) is a professional degree program that focuses on health and disease within populations, including prevention, education, surveillance, and policy. Public health professionals focus on describing and discovering new patterns of disease outbreaks, developing community health programs focused on treatment and prevention; and financing, operating, and evaluating programs that improve the health and well-being of communities or populations.
If you would like to discuss these degrees further, please schedule a meeting with your assigned academic advisor. With good planning, you could double major!
Potential employment opportunities include (but are not limited to): Healthcare Recruiting Associate, Research Associate or Associate, Healthcare Marketing Associate, Healthcare Digital Marketing Associate, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Healthcare Customer Service Representative, Project/Program Coordinator or Assistant (Healthcare), Project/Program Coordinator or Assistant (Non-Profit, Public Health), Registrar (Hospital/Medical), Quality Improvement Coordinator or Assistant (Healthcare), Human Resources Generalist (Healthcare), Materials Management Coordinator (Healthcare), Business Development Associate/Representative (Healthcare), Grants and Contracts Coordinator or Assistant, Patient Experience Coordinator, Healthcare Scheduler, Cultural Ambassador, Medical Office Coordinator, Compliance Analyst (Healthcare), and Account Coordinator or Assistant (Pharmaceutical/Medical Supplies/Medical Devices).
The average annual salary for entry-level medical and health services managers is $35,530.
For additional information, consult the Career Center’s What Can I do with a Major in (WCIDWAMI) series.
Declaring HSMT Major
Current UNC Charlotte students can declare the Health Systems Management (HSMT) major at any time, as long as they have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and are in good academic standing.
If you are a first-time freshman or a new transfer student and do not yet have a UNC Charlotte GPA, you can declare the major during your first semester at UNC Charlotte.