Health Care Management Major, B.S.
Bachelor of Science
The U.S. population is growing. Baby boomers are aging. Laws, regulations and technology are changing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015), “Occupations and industries related to health care are projected to experience the fastest employment growth and add the most new jobs between 2014–2024.” Today’s health care industry needs professionals who not only have the knowledge and skills to deliver medical and health care services but can also address these demands using strategic planning, technology and collaboration. MSU Denver’s Health Care Management undergraduate degree helps fill this need.
MSU Denver prepares students for leadership roles in health care. In the Health Care Management bachelor’s degree program, you will learn the structure and function of the U.S. health care system while developing expertise in health care delivery for a variety of health care fields such as human resources, aging services, health information technology, health navigation, finance and public health.
Health Care Management majors have diverse backgrounds and interests, but they share a passion for improving the health outcomes of patients and communities. To help busy lives, MSU Denver’s undergraduate program in Health Care Management offers flexible, non-traditional class schedules, including online, hybrid and evening options.
Undergraduate program scholarships in Health Care Management provide financial support to help cover college tuition and fees.
MSU Denver’s Department of Health Professions offers three minors for students interested in leadership roles in health care:
Plan for the long term and learn more about MSU Denver’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) and post-baccalaureate Certificate in Health Data Science.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
Gain experience and insight first hand through internships and community service projects in health care organizations such as these:
- Kaiser Permanente
- Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
- Apria Healthcare
- Veterans Administration
- Someren Glen Retirement Community
- Vanguard Communications
- Integrative Health Inc.
- The Acupuncture Lounge
- Pinnacol Assurance
- Children’s Hospital Colorado
- Platte Valley Medical Center
Join MSU Denver Health Care Executives, a student club for Health Care Management majors, and participate in seminars, guest speaker series, community service projects and networking events to expand knowledge and raise awareness in community health. MSU Denver Heath Care Executives is also associated with the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), to help you connect with professional leaders in health care nationwide.
Take advantage of MSU Denver’s strong relationships with local health care organizations. The Health Care Management program at MSU Denver offers innovative educational experiences through its strong relationships with partners in the health care community including Denver Health Paramedic School, Community College of Denver, Pickens Technical College, Arapahoe Community College and Auraria Library Resources. Learn more about our educational partnerships.
Take advantage of a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), which is a way for you to obtain credit for previous academic experience. Typically, students who have a minimum of five years’ experience in the health care industry or a clinical setting with extensive experience may possess enough knowledge to be successful in the Health Care Management bachelor’s degree program at MSU Denver. Students entering the Health Care Management program can prepare to take exams in two courses: HCM 3010 Health Care Organizations and HCM 3600 Health Information Systems. The Center for Individualized Learning will work with you to navigate the process.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
Jobs in Health Care Management are expected to increase 17 percent by 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), and recent graduates from MSU Denver’s Health Care Management undergraduate degree program are finding jobs with starting salaries averaging between $50,000 and $60,000.
Earn a B.S. in Health Care Management and you will gain valuable experience to lead healthcare facilities, clinical departments, medical practices and private health care companies. Job positions are varied and could include working in one of these areas related to health care:
- Human resources
- Patient care
- Information systems
- Supply chain management
In addition to receiving full certification in 2016 through 2022 from AUPHA, MSU Denver’s Health Care Management undergraduate degree program continues to receive Exemplary Assessment Report standards from the College of Professional Studies Assessment Student Learning Committee.
MSU Denver’s Health Care Management program has been awarded the AUPHA Bugbee Falk Book Award, which bestows books important to the profession on students in winning programs.
Many of MSU Denver’s professors in the Health Care Management undergraduate degree program are alumni themselves. From Ph.D.s to D.H.A.s to J.D.s, their credentials represent real-life, high-level experience working in the health care industry.
Professor Carol Jensen developed the first-of-its-kind B.S. in Integrative Health Care program at MSU Denver and has won numerous awards for her commitment to and love for students and teaching. Starting her career as a Registered Nurse, Jensen transitioned to teaching nursing and holistic health after earning her master’s degree in education. Since then, she’s been helping students at MSU Denver find purpose and meaning on their way to successful careers in Integrative Health Care.
A naturopathic physician, Associate Professor Steve Rissman’s work focuses on improving quality of life for men and boys. Rissman developed MSU Denver’s Integrated Health Care degree program curriculum in men’s health and has had research published on topics such as men’s experience of disease, anger issues in men and anxiety in men. Raised on a farm in Illinois, today Rissman raises horses, chickens, ducks and dogs with his partner and their son.
“Choosing the Health Care Management program at MSU Denver as my undergrad major was the best decision I could have made. The program curriculum was diverse, offering a wide-range of courses specifically tailored to the challenges experienced in the health care industry both in the past and present day. The Health Care Management program offered me a well-rounded education with exceptional support from the highly knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate faculty. Through the internship component of the program, I was able to kick-start my career in health care, as this allowed me to gain the real-world experience needed to set me apart from the competition. The accessibility, quality and real-world applicability of the Health Care Management program make it a top choice for those who wish to develop a career in this industry.”
–Analicia B., MSU Denver ’12, works in nonprofit health care outreach.
Alumni at Work
After earning their bachelor’s degrees in Health Care Management, MSU Denver alumni have found employment at some of the most reputable health care organizations in the region including the following:
- University of Colorado Hospital
- Denver Health
- Kaiser Permanente
- Children’s Hospital Colorado
- Lutheran Medical Center
- Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
- Porter Adventist Hospital
- Swedish Medical Center
- Rose Medical Center
- Boulder Community Hospital
- Centura Health
- Veterans Hospital
- National Jewish Hospital
MSU Denver’s Health Care Management program curriculum is industry-focused and updated regularly with current topics, literature, textbooks and research to meet the changing needs in health care. Classes offer face time with and access to leaders in the health care community, and technology such as BlackBoard and Adobe Connect allow quicker and timely delivery of information — in the classroom or online.
Examples of the classes you will take as a Health Care Management major at MSU Denver:
These classes combined with related disciplines such as marketing, accounting and economics will help you build a solid foundation in management specifically as it applies to the health care industry.
Created in 1972, the undergraduate degree program in Health Care Management at MSU Denver is a fully certified member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Less than 50 programs currently hold this distinction. Equivalent to accreditation for other specialty programs, AUPHA’s certification recognizes MSU Denver’s Health Care Management program for the strength of its curricula, faculty and educational outcomes.