Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management (BS)

Program Overview

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 program in Health Systems Management will require students to complete general education requirements and complete 30 credit hours of study within the major. There are 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. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; and
  2. Good academic standing.

Students who wish to declare the major should complete this form.

Honors Program

For information about the Health Systems Management Honors Program, visit the program page.

We regret to inform you that the Health Systems Management (HSMT) Program is not accepting honors program applicants in Spring 2019.  Due to staffing constraints, implementation of the honors program is on hold until Spring 2020.  The next application deadline will be September 15th in Fall 2019.  Students applying in Fall 2019 will be considered for the honors program cohort starting in Spring 2020.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Applications to the Honors Program require the following:

(1) A personal statement (maximum: 500 words) that articulates how the Honors Program is relevant to your short-term and long-term academic goals and career interests; and

(2) Names and contact information for two faculty references at UNC Charlotte.

When you are ready to submit your application for admission to the Honors Program, please complete the application form.

Health Systems Management Association

Health Systems Management Association (HSMTA) is pre-professional, academic organization. We intend to improve our members' professional skills through workshops, guest speakers and study groups. Members are given the opportunity to work with those within the same major, who are in or have taken the same classes. There are also opportunities for members to have a mentor in the major or become a mentor. Health Systems Management Association promotes leadership as well through the various positions available on the Executive Council. Finally, upon graduation, members earn cords that recognize their work and service throughout their undergraduate career in the Health Systems Management Association.

If you have any questions regarding membership or HSMTA activities, feel free to contact Hayley Summerville, the HSMTA president at

contact for additional information

Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Tel: 704-687-1160
Fax: 704-687-1644