BS in Health Services Management

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management

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.

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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]

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[Words appear: Dr. Nir Menachemi; Health Policy and Management Department Chair]

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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.

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[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]

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Abby: I really love the fact that I know health care more at a business level than as a clinical level.

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[Words appear: Abby, BS 2015]

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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.

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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]

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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]

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Kara: And my professors that I had, they all were in the workforce.

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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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The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management features an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates management and financial skills with healthcare strategy. Through engaging classroom lectures, coursework, student research opportunities, and experiential learning, you will be trained in health care finance and budgeting, management, managed care, health care law, marketing and communications, human resources, organizational leadership, strategic planning, and U.S. health policy. You will be prepared to find work in a healthcare organization or to continue your education with graduate or professional studies.

17%Job Growth

$94,500Median Salary in 2015

$30-40kTypical Starting Salary

Mitch Mastey

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

Faculty

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

Curriculum

To complete this degree, you will take a combination of general education courses, equired and core courses, and a practicum that total at least 120 credits. 

Students who are interested in this degree are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Services at (317) 274-2000. Our advisors can answer questions about degree requirements, eligible classes, course substitutions, and course waivers. We’re here to help you. 

Competencies

Upon completing this degree, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, including public health and health care professionals, individually and in group settings using verbal, written, and electronic modes of communication.
  • Use statistical and other quantitative analysis tools and techniques to understand issues and problems in health care organizations and systems.
  • Use basic financial tools, principles and practices to review and analyze financial performance of organizations and implement controls as required.
  • Apply human resource best practices for management of human capital in an organization.
  • Use marketing concepts and skills to analyze markets, develop marketing plans, and measure the impact of marketing activities to raise awareness and increase growth of the organization’s market share.
  • Participate in developing and implementing plans and policies to improve the delivery of health services.
  • Work individually and within a team-setting by applying organizational knowledge and leadership skills.
  • Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse points of view.
  • Seek principled solutions to health services delivery issues.

Admissions Criteria

Direct Admissions Criteria

  • Must have an SAT score of at least 1000
  • Must have a high school GPA of at least 3.0

Intercampus Transfer

  • 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

  • Please e-mail Leah Hansen at lwissel@iupui.edu
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Career Options

Employment opportunities for BSPH graduates with a major in Community Health are projected to grow 17% between now and 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS notes that not only are jobs plentiful, but salaries are generous – the typical starting salary is $30-40k and the median annual wage for medical and health services managers is $94,500. Prospective employers, including healthcare systems, insurance companies, local and state health departments, and health-related agencies, are working to find ways to improve access to care, the quality of care, and health outcomes, while reducing costs. They hire health services administrators to develop goals and plans, improve efficiency and quality and ensure compliancy with laws and regulations.

  • Indiana Health Services Management Employers
    • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Community Health Network
    • Eskenazi Health
    • IU Health
    • St. Francis
    • St. Vincent
    • Eli Lilly and Company
    • Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman
    • Indiana Health and Hospital Association
    • Indiana State Department of Health
    • Marion County Health Department
  • Health Services Management Position Titles
    • Billing Analyst
    • Budget and Reimbursement Analyst
    • Group Practice Manager
    • Health Care Consultant
    • Home Health Care
    • Long-Term Care Administrator
    • Hospital Administrator
    • Hospital Marketing
    • Human Resources Specialist
    • Insurance Sales and Claims
    • Medical Staffing Coordinator
    • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    • Physician Recruiter
    • Provider Relations Representative
    • Public Health Consultant