Do you have the ability to keep a business running smoothly, even amid change? Do you want to be a leader in a health-care setting?

The BS degree in health services management is designed to provide you with the skills and competencies to function as a supervisor or manager in healthcare settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, insurance companies, medical supply companies, public health departments, medical practices, and a variety of other health service delivery organizations. You might manage an entire facility, specialize in managing a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. As health care changes, medical and health services managers must be able to adapt to changes in laws, regulations, and technology.

You would enter the program as a junior and become skilled in business writing, ethics and health law, human diseases, health-care systems, leadership, interpersonal skills, health data management, healthcare operations management, finance and accounting, personnel management, medical practice management, and health services research. In addition, you would complete an internship during the last semester of your senior year. With some additional work, graduates are also prepared for entrance into master's programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy or the physician assistant studies program.

ECU Advantage

The College of Allied Health Sciences is the largest university-based allied-health provider in the state of North Carolina. The college has eight departments: Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, Biostatistics, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Services and Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies, and offers degrees on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Delivering a comprehensive professional education that will prepare allied health graduates to make a difference in the health of the region, state, and nation was the primary reason for the creation of the College of Allied Health Sciences and its departments. Fueled by the growth and aging of our population, the demand for these highly skilled specialists is expected to greatly increase as health care continues to be a priority for our citizens.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Leigh Cellucci (4340-T Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6072; celluccie@ecu.edu)

Admission to the BS in health services management program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and an application. Applications should be submitted when the student is nearing completion of general education requirements. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing master's level professional degrees in allied health disciplines are encouraged to seek academic advisement as freshmen.

Majors must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all general education, cognate and core courses before progressing on to subsequent courses in the HSMA curriculum. A student earning a grade below C (2.0) in any of these courses must petition the Department of Health Services and Information Management for probationary continuation. One grade below a C (2.0) will result in the students having to repeat the course. Two grades below C (2.0) will result in students being placed on program probation. Students on program probation in the major will not be able to take HSMA 4903, HSMA 4904, HSMA 4905, or HSMA 4906. Three grades below C (2.0) will result in dismissal from the HSMA program. Appeals of dismissals must be made in writing to the Student Affairs Committee of the Department of Health Services and Information Management.

Minimum degree requirement is 124 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • BIOL 2130 - Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • BIOL 2131 - Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra
  • Recommended:
    • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
2. Core - 56 s.h.*
  • HIMA 3120 - Health Care Delivery Systems
  • HIMA 4030 - Quality Management in Health Care
  • HIMA 4075 - Applied Health Services Research
  • HSMA 2000 - Professional Roles and Environments in Health Care
  • HSMA 3020 - Health Care Payment Systems
  • HSMA 3025 - Professional Ethical Codes and Law in Health Care
  • HSMA 3030 - Written Communication and Documentation in Health Care
  • HSMA 3040 - Managing the Health of Populations
  • HSMA 3045 - Health Data Management
  • HSMA 3050 - Leadership in Health Care
  • HSMA 4010 - Health Information Management
  • HSMA 4050 - Human Resource Management for Health Care Organizations
  • HSMA 4055 - Health Care Finance and Accounting
  • HSMA 4056 - Marketing for Health Care Organizations
  • HSMA 4060 - Medical Practice Management
  • HSMA 4065 - Management of Health Care Operations and Patient Flow
  • HSMA 4080 - Economics for Health Care Managers
  • HSMA 4904 - Allied Health Management Experience *
  • Note:

    * Students have the option of taking any combination of HSMA 4903, HSMA 4905, and HSMA 4906 for a total 3-6 semester hours of credit instead of taking HSMA 4904.

    3. Cognates - 3-4 s.h.
    • BIOS 1500 - Introduction to Biostatistics or
    • MATH 2228 - Elementary Statistical Methods I or
    • MATH 2283 - Statistics for Business or
    • PSYC 2101 - Psychological Statistics
    4. Concentrations - 6-11 s.h.

    (Choose one.)

      Allied health management concentration (8-11 s.h.)

      (Choose from the following.)

      • HPRO 2501 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2502 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2503 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2504 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2505 - Allied Health Practice
      Health services management concentration (6 s.h.)
      • HIMA 3000 - Medical Terminology for Health Professionals
      • HSMA 3115 - Human Diseases
    5. Restricted electives to complete requirements for graduation.

    (Choose from the following courses, prerequisites for allied health graduate programs, or others in consultation with advisor.)

    • BITE 2212 - Basic Programming for Business Applications
    • BITE 2311 - Financial Information Systems I
    • BIOS 5010 - Epidemiology for Health Professionals
    • GERO 2400 - Introduction to Gerontology
    • HIMA 4165 - Health Information Systems
    • HSMA 4015 - Health Care Records and Data: Maintenance and Analysis
    • HSMA 4020 - Health Care Reimbursement: Public
    • HSMA 4025 - Health Care Reimbursement: Private
    • HSMA 4028 - Health Care Reimbursement: Policy and Research
    • HSMA 4056 - Marketing for Health Care Organizations
    • HSMA 4057 - Introduction to Long Term Care
    • HSMA 4070 - Outcomes Assessment and Management in Health Care
    • HSMA 4075 - Managed Care in Health Systems
    • HSMA 4081 - Advanced Topics in Health Care Management and Service Delivery
    • HSMA 4082 - Advanced Topics in Health Care Management and Service Delivery
    • HSMA 4083 - Advanced Topics in Health Care Management and Service Delivery
    • Choose 19-22 s.h. from the following courses:
      • HPRO 2501 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2502 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2503 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2504 - Allied Health Practice
      • HPRO 2505 - Allied Health Practice
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
    • Medical and Health Services Managers
    • Health/Health Care Administration/Management

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.