Move into healthcare management - earn your Bachelor's in Health Services Management online
Do you see yourself leading, directing, or managing services at a healthcare facility? With the right Health Services Management degree online, you could join an administrative team in one of today’s most rewarding industries.
This online program covers a broad spectrum of medical, administrative, financial, and managerial knowledge to prepare you for work in the healthcare management field. As a graduate, you could seek entry- to mid-level employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, public health organizations, or the healthcare department of a local, state, or federal government agency.
- Hospital administrator
- Health services manager/director
- Healthcare facility operations manager
- Healthcare department director
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
IU's online degree in Health Services Management provides a solid foundation in both business and medical knowledge,1 including:
- Health communication
- Healthcare financial administration
- Healthcare economics and policy
- Health facility operations
- Long-term care administration
- Healthcare management
- Introductory pharmacology
- Healthcare marketing
Health Services Management
If you want to lead or manage services at a healthcare facility, a Health Services Management degree could be the right fit. Your experience could help in your career.
Accounting for Healthcare Professionals
This course provides an introduction to accounting principles and practices from a healthcare standpoint. Students will interpret and analyze financial statements, discuss the methods and concepts for financial reporting, and discuss techniques of current and long-term healthcare asset valuation. Topics include third-party payments, legal issues, reimbursement, fundraising; as well as managerial accounting concepts and their relevance to business decisions.
Administrative Skills for the Healthcare Provider
This course provides students with an introduction to the administrative activities of healthcare delivery. Students learn how to manage the business of healthcare. Students will learn typical management tasks and objectives resulting in effective management strategies for optimal healthcare delivery.
Anatomy & Physiology
This course explains the basic principles of anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function of the human body, as well as the integration of systems to maintain homeostasis. This information contributes to the effective interaction with healthcare professionals and patients. This course includes information on all body systems along with the common conditions that affect them. An overview of the most common procedures performed to treat injury and illness will be discussed.
Coding Applications in Healthcare Management
This course will expand understanding International Classification of Diseases ICD-CM codes (ICD-10), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT codes), current edition, Healthcare Common Procedure System (HCPCS codes) coding standards. Assignments and practical examples of patient records will provide practice in coding and sequencing of ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS codes. Students will analyze a patient medical record for the correct use of medical codes for reimbursement using software tools and also describe the reimbursement requirements for various insurance claims.
Computer Fundamentals for Healthcare Professionals
This course explores the introductory use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Students will learn computer skills, including document and spreadsheet creation and presentation techniques. Emphasis is on utilization of basic application skills to complete general business tasks, including the importance of Excel for healthcare professionals.
Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare
This course focuses on application of evidence-based practice in improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes. Students will learn the processes, barriers, and strategies to implement evidence-based practice in healthcare setting. Students will examine current trends and challenges in the shift from traditional practice approaches to an evidence-based approach for patient care and healthcare decision making.
Financial Management in Healthcare
This course provides an overview of the accounting, management, acquisition, and allocation of the healthcare organizations? financial resources. Topics covered in this course are discuss economic, accounting practices, budget administration, cost analysis, financial strategies, and internal controls. Students will examine financial information, regulatory requirements, policies; identify issues and solve problems, and make guide and make sound financial decisions in the health care field.
Prerequisites: HSM200 or with the consent of the Dean
Students will complete a comprehensive project that reflects mastery over the program outcomes for health services management. The student will prepare a formal proposal in the area of health services management that is an original paper of research and analysis utilizing appropriate APA format. The student will then present findings and conclusions to an approved audience.
Healthcare Documentation in Technology Management
This course focuses on current role of health informatics, documentation management systems, standards, electronic health records (EHR) in healthcare; issues and barriers to their implementation in hospitals, ambulatory care, home health and long-term care. Course topics also cover privacy, confidentiality, protection, and standardization as relates to the role of the Health Information Manager.
Healthcare Economics and Policy
This course analyzes the economic models controlling healthcare markets with the subsequent investigation of the complex federal, state, and local policies and policymaking processes which result from those models in the U.S. healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on how to influence policy decisions and lead improvements in healthcare through analysis of population and patient care delivery care metrics, health economics data, fact, and reference tables.
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the principles and concepts of marketing as they apply to healthcare organizations. Students gain a working knowledge of marketing tools and how to use them in the context of healthcare. Students build practical applied skills in analyzing healthcare marketing problems and developing healthcare marketing programs and strategies. Students will expand their understanding of the differences and similarities between health services marketing and social marketing.
Healthcare Professional Practice Standards
This course presents an overview of healthcare practice policies, regulatory statutes, licensure requirements, accreditation, and other professional practice standards that affect healthcare organizations. In this course, students will examine issues that have significant impact on health administration, teamwork, employee performance, effective communication, and implementation and management of medical and health services.
Human Resources in Healthcare
This course examines the role of the health service management professional as a strategic partner in managing healthcare organizations. Management and leadership functions such as recruitment, selection, development, appraisal, retention, and compensation are addressed. Current issues such as diversity training and sexual harassment policies are analyzed within the course.
Interdisciplinary Healthcare Communication
This course examines theories of interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication relevant to the professional communicator in the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Students will review strategies of persuasion, the relationship between attitudes and behavior, and the changing nature of health and health delivery teams in the United States, and evaluates successful and unsuccessful health information campaigns.
Introduction to Healthcare and Healthcare Documentation
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of health records and documentation. Through a variety of activities, students will explore purpose of various types and sections of health records, techniques for proper documentation, management, and transmission of health records, and health setting in which each document is used. Students will be introduced to health record management and documentation applications.
Introduction to Healthcare Systems
This course provides an introduction to healthcare in the United States from a systems theory perspective. Students will evaluate various healthcare systems performance, health policies, healthcare funding programs, institutions that provide services across the care continuum, and the effects of internal and external environments on the healthcare delivery system. Developments in the evolution of healthcare in the U.S., and changes in the current healthcare environment are also examined.
Leadership Theory in Healthcare
This course focuses on both traditional and emerging leadership theories. Students learn to apply proven leadership techniques, principles, and procedures to motivate peers and employees, and empower patients while discussing relevant current and impending topics in healthcare, regulatory, monetary, and social issues.
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Administration
This course provides an overview of legal issues faced by healthcare managers and the consequences of those issues. Through various activities, students will learn to identify legal and ethical issues affecting different healthcare settings, regulatory and legal restrictions imposed on the healthcare industry, health care provider's liability, patients and employee rights, employment law and labor relations, and administrative law for health care organizations.
Management Issues in Healthcare Systems
This course provides an analysis of the health system and the information management professional's role within the healthcare environment. Students will explore current issues confronting healthcare management such as long wait times, cyber security, financial challenges/cost control, patient safety, accrediting body performance improvement/quality assurance initiatives, new government mandates, and talent shortages. Students will learn to apply current principles, concepts, models, strategic planning, forecasting, and change management to address those issues.
In this course, students will learn how to combine words to convey medical information effectively, utilize correct spelling as well as to comprehend a variety of definitions. This course provides specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Students will learn all major body systems including: musculoskeletal, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, reproductive and the urinary system essential for scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
Pharmacology in Healthcare Systems
This course exposes students to current controversial issues surrounding medications in the U.S. healthcare system and how to communicate their viewpoints and ideas for a potential solution in writing. Students will learn to draw comparisons between medication use systems around the world and analyze other controversies related to access, choice, and quality of healthcare. During this course, students will examine how their choices, ethics, and behavior affect societal decisions surrounding the availability of medications in the U.S.
Practicum: Fieldwork in Healthcare Management
This course examines the healthcare planning process. Topics including both strategic planning and long- and short-term operational planning. Students will explore differences in tactical and strategic planning and how the two complement each other. Students will examine concepts and procedures, strategies, problem solving, and decision-making for healthcare organizations.
Principles of Epidemiology
This course focuses on the principles governing the study and the practice of health and disease. Consideration is given to the various methods available to health professionals for selecting and measuring factors of interest, describing their distribution, detecting associations, and identifying populations at risk. The features, the advantages, and the limitations of common epidemiologic research designs are addressed. This course also examines the cultural and the behavioral issues that influence the management and the delivery of healthcare services and provides a framework for assessing the effect of culture and behavior in a variety of settings and situations.
Professional Development for Healthcare Professionals
In this course, students apply the techniques and strategies learned within the Psychology of Motivation for Healthcare Professionals course for more in-depth exploration of relevant employment resources. Students will explore the development of documents to submit in job application processes, including resumes, cover letters, reference letters, follow up correspondence, and other written communications. Through the course, students will enhance individual verbal communication and interview skills. Students will also learn how to prioritize job search activities, and to appropriately manage and organize relevant documents and records. Upon completion of this course, students will have completed a portfolio of resources and documents to support their current and future job searches as a healthcare professional and be more informed about the strategies and processes that can more effectively support such efforts.
Psychology of Motivation for Healthcare Professionals
This course introduces students to the skills, characteristics, and habits that will help them be successful in a college environment and future careers as healthcare professionals. Such a desire for goal-oriented behavior is commonly referred to as motivation, and such motivation can propel students toward accomplishing their academic and vocational goals. Course topics include time management, problem solving, goal setting, career planning and preparation, and a range of additional student success strategies. Upon course completion, students will be more academically prepared in knowledge and practical training within the healthcare field and also enhance their abilities to support their job searches and submit application documents.
Public Health Communication
This course introduces the use of health and communication theory and social marketing strategies to create useful, evidence-based, culturally appropriate health communication messages and campaigns. Students will learn how to design and disseminate health educational media, design social media and internet strategies to promote health initiatives or help influence public policy, and issue press releases about emergencies or crisis-related issues in the community health field.
Quality Performance Management and Methods in Healthcare
This course focuses on process and methods of quality and performance improvement. Students will explore process improvement tools for healthcare organizations. The components of quality improvement programs in healthcare facilities will be discussed. Students will exhibit an understanding of applications in quality performance management for healthcare organizations.
Advanced Interpersonal Communication Strategies
This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on everyday communication strategies, including listening skills and conflict resolution. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.
College Algebra Fundamentals
This course covers math fundamentals including algebraic expressions, formulas, and solving equations. Students learn graphing, numerical sets, exponents, radicals, and inequalities.
Communication and Public Speaking Strategies
This course focuses on the principles of effective public speaking and presentation strategies within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on development, preparation, delivery, and persuasive speaking with appropriate audiovisual aids. Upon completion, students will demonstrate the speaking skills necessary to be effective communicators in academic and career settings.
English Writing & Composition
This course focuses on the principles of effective English writing and composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revision, and editing. Practice in research, argument, and critical thinking is incorporated throughout the course.
Logic & Critical Thinking
This course is designed as an interdisciplinary approach to logic and critical thinking in a modern world. This course will challenge students to learn how to reflect, identify previous assumptions, and be able to analyze and apply common problem-solving techniques associated with the task of thinking critically and challenging the everyday norms.
This course covers basic microeconomic principles and concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, the functions of markets in capitalism, and government interference in free markets. Emphasis is placed on students acquiring the critical thinking skills of economics.
Research Application Methodologies
This course explores real world applications in statistical methodologies. Topics covered will be analyzing and creating graphs, survey techniques, preparing surveys and analysis of data. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the use of graphs, surveys and the importance of statistical analysis in a business setting.
This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistical analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.
Prerequisites: MAT226 or with the consent of the Dean.
United States History
This course covers United States history from colonization to the present. Emphasis is on the relevance of cultural, economic, political, and social developments in the United States.
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Why Choose Independence University?
IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.
- Employment focused
- Path to a better career
Here’s what to expect in completing your degree online in Health Services Management:
Are you interested in working in a dynamic career field that requires both healthcare knowledge and managerial skills? Look no further. A career as a medical and health services manager may be right for you! You’ll be trained with a broad set of specialized skills to take on a variety of health service management jobs. Whether you manage an entire facility or a small clinic of physicians, you’ll feel confident in your abilities to plan, direct, and coordinate in the area of managed health services.
Earning your degree online offers you the flexibility to earn your healthcare degree while still meeting your work, family, and other personal commitments. And Independence University (IU) provides exceptional support and services that are designed for your success—in school and beyond—as a health services administrator.
Step by step, here’s what to expect when earning your degree online:
As an IU student, we start you with tools for success and personalized support from the very start, beginning with a new laptop to use in school and keep after graduation. We even provide IT support!
Here’s how your course structure works, and what you’ll learn:
You can expect to take one or two courses at a time depending upon how your program schedule is laid out. Course contents may vary, but typically your coursework will include one assignment, one assessment, and one discussion board per week. For the discussion board, you may be asked to write and post a 150-word essay on a topic, plus comment on fellow students’ posts as well. This is a great way to connect with other students in your program. It’s all about supporting each other.
To help keep you on track, you’ll have a daily checkpoint each day. For example, a checkpoint may be reading an article on long-term care administration, then answering one question. A minimum of four completed checkpoints are required per week to maintain an active status.
At Independence University, you will gain a broad range of medical, administrative, financial, and managerial knowledge to prepare you for work in health services asset management.
Your studies include the following courses:
- Medical Microbiology
- Health Facility Operations
- Medical Terminology
- Management in the Healthcare Industry
And much more! During your online studies, you will have access to no-cost tutoring as well as personal time with instructors should you need it. We are committed to providing all you need to succeed so you can feel confident in your abilities as a health services administrator.
But we don’t stop there. You will have your own “Success Team.” Your team includes your admissions consultant who helps you throughout the enrollment process and gets you off to a solid start. You’ll next be introduced to your student services adviser who will be there to assist you throughout your schooling for general issues and concerns. Next is your student services adviser who is typically an instructor in your degree program and can assist you in matters specific to your career focus. If you have financial aid, your active student planner will monitor and update any required paperwork to ensure you funds are received as scheduled. The final member of your team is your career services adviser who will be introduced to you during your fourth module. This adviser will assist in your career development early on so by the time you graduate, your will have the job search skills and confidence to find a rewarding position.
Now on to your health services management career—here’s what you can expect:
As a graduate, you could have the skills and knowledge to accept entry- to mid-level administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, public health organizations, and the healthcare department of local, state, and federal government agencies.
Potential careers include:
- Hospital administrator
- Health services manager/director
- Healthcare facility operations manager
- Healthcare department director
Never before has completing your Bachelor’s degree in health services management been so do-able for busy adults! As a nonprofit university that is 100% online, our focus is 100% on YOU! With degree in hand, you can feel confident in exploring new health services management job possibilities that could transform your life!