Health Services (B.A.)
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Dr. Nicole Betschman, Program Chair
Dr. Mary Romanello
The Bachelor of Arts in Health Services is an interdisciplinary program designed to address the current and emerging needs in a changing health care landscape. The Health Services curriculum prepares students to promote delivery of efficient, quality driven health care through a core curriculum that includes a foundation in health care systems, health care policy, finance, and data management. The degree program offers students the option to complete the Core + 4 (core classes and 4 selective courses) which leaves the option for students to add a minor to their degree plan.
The Health Services major is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Professional Studies.
The Health Services minor is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Utilize effective written and oral communication when conveying a message about a current or emerging health care issue
- Apply evidence-based solutions to organizational and client issues within the contemporary health care arena
- Demonstrate critical thinking as evidenced by ethical and legal decision-making as a member of an interprofessional health care team
- Demonstrate leadership to meet a health care organization’s or client’s needs
Accelerated Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Degree Program
During senior year, health services majors have the unique opportunity to apply to the B.A. in Health Services to the Master of Public Health Program. The accelerated Master’s program allows select students to complete their undergraduate health services degree while also beginning graduate coursework towards a Master’s degree in public health. Click here to learn more.
Featured CoursesSNHP 220 Health Promotion, Policy and PoliticsThis course explores political factors that influence patient outcomes and health promotion strategies to enhance health and health care systems. Students are eng aged in understanding how health care policy shapes health care systems, determining accessibility, accountability and affordability. Students will evaluate how health care delivery systems are organized and financed, and the effect this has on patient care.
General Education Curriculum: Applications Area SNHP 224 Health Care Systems and Global HealthThis course provides an interdisciplinary overview of approaches to global public health. Students will interpret how issues related to public health can be understood from local, state, national, and international perspectives. Students will synthesize the evidence about leading and managing people in health care organizations and systems. Issues addressed included how health care systems are organized and administered in varying national and local contexts; the impact of cultural, economic and political factors on public health outcomes; and key policy and ethical debates related to the provision of global public health. Formerly Health Care Systems and Global Health
3 credits SNHP 342 Health Care FinanceThis course focuses on the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations within a performance improvement model. Students will explore problem solving and decision making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare system. Additionally, topics will include healthcare finance reimbursement, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefits analysis.
Prerequisites: None HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health PromotionThis course provides the foundation for an understanding of the relationships of nutrition and diet therapy to optimum health. It includes physiological, psychosocial and cultural influences on nutritional status. Students will explore their own nutritional status and values as they relate to health and wellness.
3 credits PEH 121 Nutrition & WellnessThis course will enable students to identify nutritional challenges affecting their overall health. The goal is to learn how to make conscious choices regarding nutrition and to utilize available resources in this process. Students will incorporate new food groups into their diets, identify signs of emotional eating, learn stress and time management, use online tools to evaluate one's food consumption and activity levels, and address body image issues. 2 credits SNHP 228 Patient AdvocacyThe focus of this course is on patient advocacy. The course considers patient advocacy within the background and development of the health care delivery system in the United States and the forces associate d with q uality of care. The course explores trends and issues impacting health care delivery and the role of the advocate in health promotion and health education in a complex health care delivery landscape.
Health Care Management
Health Project Management
Wellness Center Directorship
Managed Care Organizations
Research Assistants at local hospitals
County Health Departments
Centers for Aging
Carrie O'Reilly, Ph.D, RN, Director of Clinical Simulation and Laboratory Operations; Assistant Professor of Nursing