Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Services Management and Leadership

Health service managers are typically responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the delivery of quality service to those receiving services in hospitals, clinics and other health-related organizations. They are responsible for many of the operational duties in these settings, including overseeing the training and recruitment of staff, following and maintaining budgetary and fiscal records, and managing daily operations of the facility.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management and Leadership program will typically be employed in clinical/administrative healthcare, health services or population health settings.

As the only program in West Virginia to be granted membership in the Association for University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), students and faculty in the Health Services Management and Leadership program have exclusive access to a resource-rich network, maintaining the program's delivery of cutting-edge health administration and policy education and training.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management and Leadership program requires completing 120 credit hours, including coursework for WVU general education foundations, the Health Services Management and Leadership major, including 22 credit hours of public health foundation courses.

This program will be certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in the future. Certified Undergraduate program members are recognized for having withstood the rigors of peer review in which curricula, faculty, and educational outcomes are critically examined by peer review. External stakeholders look at certification as a way to distinguish a program from its peers. Prospective students and their families seek out AUPHA Certification when searching for a program where they will invest in their future.

Field Placement and Community Service

All students complete field placement and capstone experiences as their culminating coursework. During their senior year, every undergraduate student is required to complete an internship of a minimum of 125 hours in a health agency where they can put their classroom lessons to work. All students engage with agency partners, gain experience in the workplace and demonstrate acquisition of competencies.

In addition to the field placements, all undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum 25 hours of community service by the start of their senior year, documented through iServe in the WVU Office of Service and Learning. Getting involved in the Student Association of Public Health is also a great way to get connected to service opportunities.

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Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate a strong foundational knowledge of the history, principles, theories, frameworks and current issues in public health.
  • Describe health and healthcare dynamics, including the structures, policies, processes and institutions that make up the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Manage the basic human, fiscal and physical resources needed for accomplishing organizational goals.
  • Articulate a personal management philosophy that integrates health services management and leadership concepts, knowledge and skills.
  • Apply principles and practices of health services management and leadership to identify and solve organizational problems.

Required Courses

Each student will have a Plan of Study (or course sequence) that he or she will develop with a faculty adviser, update every semester during the student’s advising appointment and follow to complete all degree requirements. It is important to follow this plan to graduate on time.

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Admissions Guidelines

The WVU School of Public Health admits undergraduate students in both fall and spring semesters. Interested students must apply and be accepted to West Virginia University. The School offers first-time freshmen direct admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management and Leadership program for those who meet the admission standards. Students who do not meet direct admit minimum standards, but are interested in pursuing a degree in Health Services Management and Leadership may elect to be admitted into the Pre-Health Services Management and Leadership program, if qualified.

WVU students who are undeclared or in other majors may apply to transfer into the Health Services Management and Leadership program via a WVU Academic Status Update form once the student meets the transfer guidelines. External transfer students who have completed undergraduate coursework at another institution of higher education prior to applying to the Health Services Management and Leadership major are eligible if they meet the minimum guidelines.

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