Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Health Services Administration
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program prepares individuals to plan, implement and evaluate programs for health and human services – including those offered by health departments, voluntary health agencies, clinics, hospitals and businesses and healthcare industries.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with Health Services Administration concentration is designed for students seeking to qualify for administrative/managerial positions in the rapidly expanding healthcare sector, in settings such as hospitals, clinics, managed care companies, health insurance companies, law offices or in the private and public sector. The role of individuals in health services administration generally includes skills in leadership, financial management, health informatics, marketing, and human resources.
In order to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program, prospective students must:
- Submit an application for admission with a non-refundable application fee
- Complete an admissions interview with a University Admissions Advisor
- Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
- Sign an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)
*Current undergraduate students must submit official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities to apply for transfer credit. All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a USU-approved agency.
10 semesters/40 months*
*Dependent on course load
*The courses listed below do not include the required 57 General Education credits.
Health Services Administration Concentration Requirements
General Education Requirements*
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Total
This course introduces the principles, methods, theories, and concepts of strategic management as it relates to health care organizations. Topics include: Strategic planning and management, strategic assessment, marketing, macroeconomics, and principles of quality.
The course provides an overview of the history of health promotion and disease prevention. The focus will be on the US Health Indicators described in Healthy People 2010. Healthy People in Healthy Communities will be discussed, and Healthy People 2020 will be framework settings, strategies, and model programs for promoting health. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with resources regarding the leading issues facing health educators, including physical activity, overweight and obesity, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, tobacco use, substance abuse, injury and violence, access to health care, immunization, and environment quality.
The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to key concepts of human nutrition. Emphasis is placed on macro and micronutrients as methods of assessing nutrient intake in the well client. Additional topics include digestive processes, food additives, safety and sanitation as well as factors that influence nutrient intake. Fundamentals of normal nutrition, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and their roles in human metabolism as well as nutrition and the life cycle are presented and explored. Prerequisites: HES256
This course is designed to enable healthcare professionals to deliver sensitive, humanistic and respectful care to clients and their families living in a global community. Emphasized is the valuing of differences to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Explored are the changing demographics, awareness and acknowledgement of various cultural beliefs which are vital to delivering quality healthcare
The course deals with the foundations, biological, safety and security needs of the aging population. Special issues discussed include healthcare systems, financial stability and end of life decisions. The course is an elective course for the BSHS specialization in Health Education.
This course explores the major elements of environmental health. This is a survey course and is intended to introduce the student to the field of environmental health in a manner which brings each topic to life. This course is essentially an assessment of health and safety issues in the home and community from a life cycle perspective. The role of the multidisciplinary team and the relationship between health, disease and society is explored. Risk and resilience are discussed as they apply to individuals and communities. Implications for family teaching and community health programs are inherent in the course. Environmental health is often thought of as the foundation of public health. You will find that environmental health in a broad sense affects almost every aspect of your life. It helps to control the food you eat and the water you drink; the home you live in and the places you go for recreation and entertainment; the condition of your schools; and of course, the air you breathe.
Introduction to the health care delivery system in the United States; overview of U.S. health care delivery, health care providers and professionals, technology and its effects, financing, outpatient services and primary care, healthcare delivery institutions, the role of federal government, methods of reimbursement and managed care, implications for the health care provider, professional practice, and for individuals, families and communities included. Emphasis is on access, cost, affordability and quality of care and the future of health services delivery.
The course introduces the principles used to assess and study the distribution and determining factors of disease, injuries, and death in human populations. Infectious diseases are studied in terms of transmission and control/prevention. Infectious diseases are presented from a public health perspective. Characteristics, risk and prevention of non-infectious diseases that are important to the public are also discussed. Implications for health education are presented.
Introduction to the biology of major groups of microorganism including their role in infectious diseases, their role in nature and their relationship to humankind. Prerequisites: BIO 150
Laboratory activities for BIO 251 Prerequisites: None
This course is an Introduction to microorganisms as biological entities. Topics include microscopy, cell structures and functions, metabolism, genetics, disease transmission, host response to microbial invasion, control of infectious disease, and impact of microbes on the environment and applications of microorganisms to industrial and environmental problems. Prerequisite: BIO 150A or equivalent.
Laboratory activities for BIO 252
Anatomy and histology of human organ systems including the muscle and skeletal systems, the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO 150
Laboratory activities for BIO 261 Prerequisites: None
This course provides a multidisciplinary approach to health informatics. The course explores the informatics in health care delivery and focuses on the clinical applications. The focus is on information technology including hardware, software, systems, and conceptual models of information. Different data types and data models are explored across various functional aspects of health care disciplines. Prerequisites: None
Analysis of major health problems affecting the life of the individual, the family and community at large. Evaluation, planning and implementation of approaches to meeting personal and societal health needs. Prerequisites: None
Basic concepts of probability and statistics. Includes sets and probability, random variables and probability distribution, sampling, estimation theories, tests of hypotheses. Prerequisites: Passing Math Assessment test
Examines the principles of ethics and how personal and professional values relate to ethics in Nursing. Recognize and analyze ethical principles in daily practice. Prerequisites: ENG130
The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to synthesize and integrate knowledge and skills acquired through academic studies and apply that knowledge to a current public health issue. Prerequisites: None
This course explores administration and organization of quality and patient safety definitions, practices, and processes within the healthcare system in the United States. It also examines the trends in health care quality and patient safety, measurement development, quality of practices in different healthcare environments, administrative responsibilities and structures regarding production and service quality, as well as the functions and roles of professional organizations, regulatory agencies and the federal government.
The course is to study the essential role of human resource management within healthcare organizations. The human problems involved in supervisory leadership, dealing with the human resource planning, development and administration vital to the human resource manager.
The course will address financial management issues of health care, which include the basic financial infrastructure, cost control, key ethical issues, and financial condition of a health care organization.
This course provides analysis, evaluation, and implementation of marketing strategies within health care and managed-care environments. Designed to develop skills in segmenting customer and medical markets, marketing research, market segmentation, target marketing and control marketing.