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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 health 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. 

Full-Time Faculty

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Carmela Dormani Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science
cdormani@mercy.edu
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Sarah Hahn Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science
shahn@mercy.edu

Part-Time Faculty

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Rudolph Aikens Adjunct Instructor
Behavioral Science
raikens1@mercy.edu
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Thomas Culhane Lecturer
Behavioral Science
tculhane@mercy.edu
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George D'Arbeau Adjunct Instructor
Behavioral Science
gdarbeau@mercy.edu
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Douglas Evans Adjunct Associate Professor
Behavioral Science
devans7@mercy.edu

Faculty Emeritae/i

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Hind Rassam Culhane Associate Professor Emerita
Behavioral Science
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Mary Kraetzer Professor Emerita
Behavioral Science
MKraetzer@mercy.edu

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?

Yes.

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

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.