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Degree Requirements

Health Systems Management Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.

This 39- to 45-credit program requires the following:

Management Core Courses (18 credits)

  • The Legal Environment of Health-Care Management (HSMG 630)
  • Health Systems Management: Organizational Design and Human Resources (HSMG 766)
  • Health-Care Systems, Organization and Management* (PUAD 750)
  • Policy Issues in Health Care (PUAD 751)
  • Health Administration (PUAD 755)
  • Strategic Management in Health Care (PUAD 757)

Epidemiology Core Course (3 credits)

Choose one.

  • Epidemiology (HSMG 640)
  • Cardiovascular Epidemiology (HSMG 641)
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology (HSMG 642)
  • Epidemiology of Health Services (HSMG 643)

Quantitative Core Courses (9 credits)

Three courses are required.

  • Biostatistics (HSMG 632)
    (This is a prerequisite for the following three courses.)
  • Quantitative Management Methods for Decisions in Health Systems (HSMG 650)

and either

  • Survey Research and Data Analysis for Health Administrators (HSMG 651)


  • Health Planning and Program Evaluation (HSMG 691)

Financial/Information Technology Core Courses (12 credits)

Four courses are required.

  • Health-Care Management Information Systems (HSMG 695)
  • Health Insurance and Prepaid Health Care (HSMG 697)

and two of the following:

  • Accounting for Health-Care Organizations (ACCT 761)
  • Health Finance (HSMG 699)
  • Health Economics (HSMG 701)

Additional Degree Requirement (3 credits)

  • Internship (HSMG 752)*
  • Health Ethics Colloquia (attendance at three sessions required before graduation)

* Students with relevant coursework and/or professional experience may petition a waiver of these course requirements, bringing the total number of credits required down to 39 from 45.

as of fall 2014