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  • B.S. in Behavioral Science: Health Services Management

    Become an expert in a changing and global health care environment
    With an aging population and evolving regulatory guidelines, career prospects are high for health care management professionals.
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx & Online

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Behavioral Science: Health Services Management B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration
Behavioral Science 36 Credits
Open Electives 24 Credits
Total 120 Credits

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.

How can the behavioral science major help me define my path?
Within the Behavioral Science, opportunities to help you decide what you want to do after college abound. A wide variety of courses such as Career and Life Planning Credit, and internships can help you decide. All courses in the Behavioral Sciences are taught by professors who have much experience in a variety of workplaces, schools, corporations, health centers, which they are ready to share with you.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
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.
Does a specialization mean that I will need more credits?
No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
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.
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.
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.
I work in a medical billing office. Will this be an appropriate major for me?
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
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.
Dorothy Cali Balancio Professor
Chelsea Yi-Hsuan Kuo Assistant Professor, Sociology
Sarah Hahn Assistant Professor Sociology/Behavioral Science (Healthcare)
Sara Martucci Assistant Professor

Behavioral Science: Health Services Management Overview

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.

Behavioral Science: Health Services Management FAQS

How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
I work in a medical billing office. Will this be an appropriate major for me?

Behavioral Science: Health Services Management Fast Facts

  • Flexible schedule
  • Study your specific interests
  • Experienced professors
  • Various internship opportunities

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.


Mercy College's Bachelor of Science program in Behavioral Science is designed for students who wish to broaden their major field to include both Psychology and Sociology. The Behavioral Science major provides a lifetime's worth of useful insights and information about how individuals behave at home, at school, in the workplace and in the community. This helps to prepare a student for any job and or occupation involving people, in multiple settings including education, human services, business, government and law enforcement. Mercy College offers a multidisciplinary major in Behavioral Science with a specialization in Health Services Management, ideal for students who work or would like to work in the field of health services management. The program will broaden your knowledge of how health care services are delivered, organized and financed in the United States. Classes are offered at the Bronx campus and entirely online. Mercy's faculty is comprised of highly qualified and professional instructors who bring many years of practical experience to the classroom, and are able to prepare you to succeed in the workplace.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Construct a coherent explanation of major theoretical paradigms and major concepts in psychology and sociology 
  • Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools during social research
  • Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies focusing on how the individual develops in family, school, work, and community
  • Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations