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School of Public and Environmental Affairs

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management provides preparation for students interested primarily in careers in the health field.  Studenst will be prepared for management positions within hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare facilities or nonprofit agencies.

Degree Requirements

General Education

The General Education requirements are based on five (5) principles. These principles guide undergraduate students in their educational experience at Indiana University Northwest and the School of Public and Enviornmental Affairs. By fulfilling these requirements students will have an opportunity to develop effective learning and communication skills (Principle 1), a mastery of core concepts in a broad range of disciplines (Principle 2), the ability to analyze and synthesize information (Principle 3), an awareness of diversity (Principle 4), and ethical considerations (Principle 5). 

Principle 1 Foundations for Effective Learning and Communication (11 courses)

All students are required to take:
  • ENG W131   Elementary Composition (3 cr.)
  • SPCH S121   Public Speaking (3 cr.)

In addition, all students must complete the following requirements under Principle 1:

1. Mathematics (3 cr.)

One of the following courses:

  • MATH M118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • MATH M119 Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.)
  • MATH M125 Precalculus Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • MATH M215 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5 cr.)
2. Natural Science Class (4-6 cr.)

One course with a lab from biology or chemistry

3. Intensive Writing Courses (6 cr.)

Both of the following courses:

  • ENG W231 Professional Writing (3 cr.)
  • SPEA V450 Health Disparities (3 cr.)

4. Advanced Oral Communication Course (3 cr.)

One of the following courses:

  • SPCH S223 Business and Professional Speaking (3 cr.)
  • SPCH S229 Discussion and Group Methods (3 cr.)
  • SPEA V263 Public Management (3 cr.)

5. Advanced Math Reasoning Course (3 cr.)

  • SPEA K300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)

6. Advanced Scientific Reasoning Course (3 cr.)

  •   SPEA H322 Principles of Epidemiology (3 Cr.)

7. Information Literacy (3 cr.)

One of the following courses:

  • SPEA V450 Health Disparities (3 cr.)
  • Approved Research Methods class (3 cr.)

8. Learning Technologies course (3 cr.)

  • SPEA V261 Computers in Public Affairs (3 cr.)

Principle 2 Breadth of Learning

1. Arts & Humanities (6 cr.)

Both of the following:         

  • HIST H105 American History I (3 cr.)
  • HIST H106 American History II (3 cr.)

2. Cultural & Historical Studies (6 cr.)

*Two classes from approved College of Arts and Science list of classes, not including H105 and H106

3. Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 cr.)

Two of the following

  • POLS Y103 Introduction to American Politics
  • ECON E103 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON E104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
4. Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (3 cr.)

*One class from approved College of Arts and Sciences list of classes; in addition to the natural science class under Principle 1

Principle 3 Critical Thinking, Integration, and Application of Knowledge (One Course)

  • SPEA H474 Health Administration Seminar (3 cr.)

Principle 4 Diversity (One Course)

  • SPEA H320 Introduction to Health Administration (3 cr.)

Principle 5 Ethics & Citizenship (One Course)

One of the following courses:

  • SPEA V450 Administrative Ethics (3 cr.)
  • SPEA V450 Medical Ethics (3 cr.)
  • SPEA H441 Legal Aspects of Health Care

Management Core (4 courses)

The following courses:

  • SPEA V263 Public Management (3 cr.)
  • SPEA V346 Introduction to Government Accounting and Financial Reporting (3 cr.)
  • SPEA V348 Management Science (3 cr.)
  • SPEA V366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations (3 cr.)

Health Service Management Concentration (9 courses)

The following courses:

  •  SPEA H316 Environmental Health (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H320 Health Systems Administration (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H322 Principles of Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H352 Health Finance and Budgeting (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H371 Human Resource Management in Health Care Facilities (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H402 Hospital Administration (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H411 Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H441 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (3 cr.)
  •  SPEA H445 Topics in Public Health (3 cr.)

Electives:  Students must take additional courses beyond the requirements listed above to meet the minimum B.S. degree requirement of 120 credit hours.

*The College of Arts and Sciences list of classes can be obtained from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs or retrieved from the SPEA website.

For more information, visit the School of Public and Environmental Affairs page on the IU Northwest Bulletin.