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Behavioral Science: Health Services Management Overview

With an aging population and evolving regulatory guidelines, career prospects are high for health care management professionals.

Few careers impact society as much as the delivery, organization and financing of heath care services. The Behavioral Science Major with Specialization in Health Services Management is a 36-credit major. Designed to broaden your skills and abilities, the specialization does not require more credits than the Behavioral Science major itself since the credits of the specialization are part of the 36 credits of the major. The Health Services Management specialization focuses your major and gives you knowledge and experiences that are directed toward an eventual goal of being a health services administrator.

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Career Opportunities

This is a very suitable program for students currently working or looking to advance their careers in hospitals, doctor's offices, and in a variety of positions in health centers.

What You'll Get

  • Flexibility - You are able to adjust your schedule so that it fits around your life. 

  • Faculty with practical experience and are leaders in their fields.

  • Internship opportunities so you can gain the hands-on knowledge that will set you apart from the competition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with a Behavioral Science major?

You’ll be prepared for employment in education, human services, business, government and law enforcement. A Behavioral Science major helps to prepare a person for any occupation involving people.

Who is the Behavioral Science with Specialization in Health Services Management major appropriate for?

Individuals working or pursuing work in the administrative side of health care.

I work in a medical billing office. Will this be an appropriate major for me?


I am a transfer student. Is the Behavioral Science major feasible for me?

Yes. The major has 4 required courses and 8 electives which means that courses that you have taken already may be evaluated and may be credited toward your major. Such courses may also be counted as electives.

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Does a specialization mean that I will need more credits?

No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.

I work, I have children. How can I fit the Behavioral Science major into my schedule?

Courses are offered often, so you’re not limited to just day classes. Also, the entire program is available online. A combination of online and campus courses has been a convenient arrangement for many students.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

Program Details & Curriculum


General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Behavioral Science: 36 Credits

Open Electives: 24 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.



Students who choose the major concentration in Behavioral Science with a Specialization in Health Services Management must complete:

  • BHSC 244 Social Psychology
  • BHSC 226 Computers Soc/Behv Sciences
  • BHSC 348 Methodology Soc/Beh Sciences
  • BHSC 426 Classics Soc/Beh Sciences
  • SOCL 271 Med Sociology: Hlth Care Modrn
  • SOCL 308 Hlth Care Organizat/Management
  • SOCL 366 Medical Ethics

and any two of the following:

  • ACCT 120 Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 121 Intro to Management Accounting
  • BHSC 370 Stats Socl/Behv Sciences
  • PSYN 345 Industrial Psychology
  • SOCL/ LAWS/ POLS/ PSYN 255 Managing Human Conflict I


three elective courses selected under advisement from the major courses in Psychology and/or Sociology numbered 200 or above. BHSC 370 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences is recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. BHSC/ PSYN/ SOCL 399 Internship is recommended.

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Behavioral Science.

PSYN 101 and SOCL 101 are prerequisites for the major courses in Psychology and Sociology and fulfill part of the General Education requirements.