The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health prepares students for entry-level managerial and administrative positions in health care organizations, including medical and dental practices, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, hospitals and health systems, insurance companies, and more.
Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management
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[Video: View of Indianapolis from the sky.]
Nir: People today are living longer and longer…
[Words appear: Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Indianapolis]
Nir: …and yet major chronic diseases are also on the rise. To face these challenges, tomorrow’s leaders need to be fluent in the languages of both business and healthcare.
[Words appear: Business, Healthcare]
[Video: People walking through an airport.]
[Words appear: Dr. Nir Menachemi; Health Policy and Management Department Chair]
[Video: Man in a shirt and tie speaks while sitting on a sofa, followed by a scene of a classroom, students going up and down escalators, and professors and students during a class.]
Nir: Our bachelor’s degree program in health services management prepares you for exciting career opportunities in such places as hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, just to name a few… In each of these settings you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact.
[Video: Man in a blue shirt begins speaking.]
[Words appear: Jerry, Student]
Jerry: Yeah, health services management is a backbone behind the scenes of health care.
[Video: A female professor talks with students during a class.]
Colleen: There’s so many things that you can do with this degree and that’s what really drew me into this.
[Words appear: Colleen, Student]
[Video: A male professor points to a whiteboard during a class.]
Abby: I really love the fact that I know health care more at a business level than as a clinical level.p>[Video: A female with shoulder length hair and a denim shirt begins speaking.]
[Words appear: Abby, BS 2015]
[Video: A female pulls a book off a shelf in a library setting.]
Ashley: I wasn’t very good around blood and clinical side so I decided to do the business side instead.
[Words appear: Ashley, Student]
[Video: Nir talks with students during a class, followed by woman with light brown hair talking in an office setting.]
Kara: Not only are you investing in yourself but you’re quickly seeing that you’re making an investment to other people.
[Video: A man in a gray suit sits in an office setting, followed by a female student talking with a professional in an office.]
Juan: The health service management degree really helps you prepare for that next step, which might be a graduate degree, which might be an entry level management role within a health care organization where you’ll be viewed as a leader.
[Words appear: Juan, BS 2014, MHA 2015]
[Video: A female student with black glasses and curly hair talks while sitting in an office.]
Jala: It’s making me a better person. It’s making me think other ways I’ve never thought before because I’ve never been this challenged to think that way.
[Words appear: Jala, Student]
[Video: Students chat in a classroom, a young lady talks with a professional, and Nir teaches in front of students.]
Jori: A lot of the classes are more so real life events, applying real-world issues to the classroom.
[Words appear: Jori, Student]
p>[Video: Kara speaking.]
Kara: And my professors that I had, they all were in the workforce.
p>[Video: Nir teaches students in a class, followed by other professors interacting with students in different environments.]
Kara: They were part of the everyday trends and things that were going on in the health care industry.
Juan: They can grant you opportunities outside of the four walls of the school and the program itself.
[Video: Students chatting in a variety of class environments, followed by the scene where Jala is speaking.]
Jala: Do you see yourself as a leader? Do you see yourself on the administration side? And if the answer is yes, than I would just recommend Health Services Management because of my experience and how I’ve grown in this program… I would love for someone else to grow the same amount that I’ve grown.
[Video: A female student, wearing a blue dress, stares into the distance and then walks on campus to different buildings and hospitals.]
[Words appear: Skyler, Student]
Kara: Seeing that you get to be a part of something larger than yourself is really rewarding and I think that being a part of this program helped you quickly see that the healthcare industry and all that it has to offer around us, could give that back to you.
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Juan: You will be a huge part of what health care looks like 10 to 15 to 20 years from now. If you go into health services management.
[Video: A collection of scenes where a professor teaches, a student writes in a notebook, a group of students high five each other in a class, and ends with Jala speaking.]
Jala: I’m excited for my future and to receive that degree in health service management and see what I can do with it because I’m ready.
[Words appear on white background: Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Indianapolis Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management | PBHEALTH.IUPUI.EDU]
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$100,980Median Salary for Experienced Health Managers in 2019
$30-40kTypical Starting Salary
Career Options and Internships
Employment opportunities for health services management graduates are projected to grow 20% between now and 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After gaining skills and experience in a health care internship, our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of health care settings.
I wish people knew the depth there is to health administration. There is so much you can do.Mitch Mastey, BS in HSM Class of '19
The Health Services Management program recently updated its curriculum to better meet the needs and demands of the current healthcare market.
To complete this degree, you will take a combination of general education courses and major courses that total at least 120 credits.
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[Video: Opening Title: IUPUI, Indiana University, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health]
Sarah Johnson speaks: I think most people see healthcare as the clinical practicioner side – you’re a nurse, you’re a doctor…
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[Words appear: Health Services Management Curriculum Highlights]
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Sarah Speaks: but people don’t always think about what’s happening behind the scenes and that’s really what Health Services Management is all about…
[Video: people walking in the halls of a hospital]
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[Words appear: Sarah Johnson, HSM Program Director]
Sarah Speaks: Health Services Management curriculum really focuses on the core concepts of business:
[Video: Shows Dr. Nir Menachemi teaching in one of his classes.]
Sarah Speaks: management, strategic planning, leadership, ethics, but you learn about those business concepts through the lens of healthcare.
[Video: Shows Dr. Josh Vest in his classroom setting talking to his students]
[Words appear: What was your favorite Health Services Management course?]
[Video: Shows Jay Patel sitting on a couch talking]
[Words appear: Jay Patel, Student, Organizational Behavior and HR Course]
Jay speaks: Organizational Behavior dives into how to effectively manage individuals, teams, or the organization institute itself
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[Words appear: Dr. Olena Mazurenko, Instructor, Organizational Behavior and HR]
Olena Speaks: This course talks specifically about why people behave a certain way in their organization and what can we do about it.
[Video: Goes to Olena’s class and students are working at computers. Then we see them sitting at their desks taking notes.
Olena Speaks: We talk about teamwork, we talk about leadership, how to manage conflicts and be a good negotitator…
[Video: We see a student talking with someone in Student Services and they are laughing together.]
[Video: Pans back to Olena on the couch talking]
Olena Speaks: So I think those are all the skills that every single health care administrator needs to have.
[Video: Shows Dr. Johnston on a couch in a conference room speaking]
[Words appear: Dr. Ann Johnston, Instructor, Health Systems Administration]
Ann Speaks: It’s a foundational course at an upper level. So they’re had an introduction to the U.S. healthcare system, but we take a deeper dive into each of the components, but specifically with what’s going on with current events and the Affordable Healthcare Act.
[Video: Pans back to student, Jay Patel, sitting on a couch talking]
Jay Speaks: I like the hands-on learning piece, the experimental side of that. Um, every class session will do some kind of activity and then will tie that back into the real world.
[Video: Pans back to Dr. Josh Vest’s class and him teaching up at the front while pointing to the whiteboard]
[Words appear: What was our favorite Health Services Management course?]
Taylor speaks: Definitely Healthcare Information Technology course. I say that because…
[Video: Shows a conference room where Taylor is sitting talking to the camers]
[Words appear: Taylor Driver, Student, Healthcare Information Technology course]
Taylor speaks: healthcare is forever evolving and is changing.
[Video: Shows Dr. Nir Menachemi in his classroom teaching to students sitting at tables listening to him.]
Taylor speaks: I was not aware of, um, how big of an impact technology played in healthcare prior to taking this course
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[Words appear: Micah Fischer, Student, Practicum/Career Preparation Course]
Micah speaks: I would definitely say that my favorite class would be Sarah Johnson’s Practicum class. It put things into perspective for me.
[Video: pans to a classroom with students sitting at a computer talking with Rachel Forster, Associate Director of Undergraduate Education & Recruitment.]
Micah speaks: It allowed me to realize what this career really had to hold for my future.
Naqeeb speaks: If you’re a senior or even a junior, it gets you ready for the real world, like how to look for jobs…
[Video: shows a student in a room talking to the camera]
[Words appear: Naqeeb Rahman, student, Practicum/Career Preparation Course]
Naqeeb speaks: how to prepare your resume, and how to tailor it for the specific employer that you’re submitting it to.
[Video: pans back to Sarah Johnson in a conference room speaking to the camera]
[Words appear: Sarah Johnson, Instructor, Practicum/Career Preparation Course]
Sarah speaks: Students are exposed to a healthcare career explorations course early on in the curriculum that exposes them to all the different functional areas within healthcare that they might want to consider as a future career path.
[Video: Shows five students walking side-by-side down a hallway, talking, and laughing]
Sarah speaks: That’s done early because that then allows students to focus on their elective credits.
[Video: Pans to a student talking to Dr. Carole Kacius, Associate Dean for Education and Training in the School of Public Health]
Sarah speaks: So if you’re inspired by marketing, you can take the marketing class, if you’re inspired by long-term care, you can take that elective class.
[Video: Shows a student in a conference room sitting at a table talking to the camera]
[Words appear: Trevor Cunningham, Student]
Trevor speaks: Here at the school of public health, we actually have specialized programs in classes that are targeted towards health-related topics.
[Video: Pans back to Sarah Johnson in her office talking to the camera]
Sarah speaks: So we really do care about students figuring out what it is that they want to do early on, gaining the right experience for whatever that is in the middle of the program, and then making sure they are fully prepared to enter the workforce that final year.
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Apply for Scholarships
If you are a Health Services Management major, you are eligible to apply to a variety of scholarships. The program offers scholarships for Freshmen, Sophomores and students completing internships.
Current IUPUI Students
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Direct Admissions Criteria
- Direct Admission With Test Scores
- 2.8 cumulative GPA and 1000 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT
- Direct Admission Without Test Scores
- 3.0 cumulative
- Must have earned a 2.5 undergraduate cumulative and previous semester GPA
- Must maintain at least a 2.5 semester and cumulative grade point average (GPA) to remain in good academic standing and graduate from this program
Ivy Tech Transfers
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Alumni Career Profiles
To help our prospective students understand the possibilities a degree in Health Services Management offers, we've asked several Health Services Management alumni to share the career opportunities they have had since graduating. Browse the alumni career profiles to see what our graduates are up to.Alumni Career Profiles
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I became appreciative of the environment and the professionalism of the staff and doctors there. <br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb sits behind large desk with a computer in the IUPUI Testing Center. A male student walks up, and Naqeeb greets him with a smile. The student brings Naqeeb a large, secure red bag, which Naqeeb unlocks. Then Naqeeb looks at some information on his computer screen.]<br/><br/>Naqeeb speaks: So I knew that I wanted a career in that kind of field. I realized that most of the professions, the careers, and the people that I needed to get to know, they were all in downtown Indianapolis, so I chose to go to IUPUI.<br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb leans back in his computer chair, smiling and speaking to someone off screen. We then see him sitting in the conference room again.]<br/><br/>Naqeeb speaks: One thing that I'm very proud of about IUPUI is the chance I had to make connections with some of the professors here. <br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb sits in a classroom, having a discussion with his instructor and classmates.]<br/><br/>Naqeeb speaks: When I first got to IUPUI, I wasn't a very outgoing person. I decided it can only be beneficial for me to talk to my professors and get to know them and let them know that I'm interested in the field that I'm in and I'm actually interested in what they're teaching.<br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb sits down in the classroom, picks up his mobile phone, and looks at something on his computer. He continues to work on his laptop during class.]<br/><br/>Naqeeb speaks: After I decided that I could talk to them, I created relationships with most if not all of my professors, and they helped me with my letters of recommendation, they helped me with internship searches, with job opportunities.<br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb walks across a skybridge with a group of his friends, one of whom is holding some pizza boxes. Naqeeb playfully tricks his friend into looking away so that he can take a piece of pizza as they walk, but his friend catches him and closes the box. The group is shown sitting down at a table inside and eating, and another friend arrives. Naqeeb offers her some of the pizza.]<br/><br/>Naqeeb speaks: Outside of the classroom, I attend events like the the ISCA, the Indian Student Cultural Association, the African-American Student Association, and Asian Heritage Student Association. <br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb and his friends eat pizza and play a card game. Then the group gathers together around the table so that one of Naqeeb's friends can take a selfie of the whole group.]<br/>Naqeeb speaks: With that I got a lot of different perspectives on different cultures and different religions. It made me feel at home because since I was exposed to all of the different religions and perspectives and cultures, I was able to connect with a lot more people on campus, and because of that, I felt, like, a strong, genuine connection.<br/><br/>[Video: We see the exterior of Lucas Oil Stadium. Naqeeb and his family pose for a photo outside of the stadium before the IUPUI Commencement ceremony begins. Then we see Naqeeb by himself in his cap and gown in front of the stadium, and then taking a selfie with some friends.]<br/><br/>Naqeeb speaks: After graduation, I plan on getting my master's in health administration. I'm interested in long-term care, so I would like to work in retirement facilities, nursing homes, assisted living homes.<br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb receives his diploma at the IUPUI Commencement ceremony. Then we see him playing cards with his friends, and then in class laughing with his instructor and classmates.]<br/><br/>Naqeeb speaks: IUPUI has helped me with preparing for my future in various ways. One of the best ways they've prepared me is learning how to connect with people. All of the professors actually encourage you to go out and talk to bosses and talk to your coworkers and form relationships with them.<br/><br/>[Video: Naqeeb turns the tassel on his cap from right to left. We see him walking into the stadium and observing the crowd.] <br/>Naqeeb speaks: Because of all of that, I can see myself excelling.<br/><br/>[Words appear: Indiana University]<br/>[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]<br/>[Words appear: iu.edu]<br/><br/>[END OF TRANSCRIPT]
The Health Policy and Management department is comprised of a renowned, award-winning and connected faculty. Faculty are researching how organizational strategies impact patient care, financial performance, and patient satisfaction. Faculty are experts in the health information exchange, health law, food deserts, mental health, homelessness and housing, and substance misuse.Health Policy & Management Faculty