Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management (BS)

Mission, Vision, and Values:

Mission: The UNC Charlotte Health Systems Management Program develops future entry-level health services leaders to advance health equity and well-being in an urbanizing world.

We pursue our mission through education, research, and service that:

  1. Develops the knowledge, skills, and values that contribute to dynamic health services environments.
  2. Models the ethical application of management principles.
  3. Increases the diversity of health services leaders, with a special emphasis on historically underrepresented individuals and groups.

Vision: The UNC Charlotte Health Systems Management Program will be the premier program in developing future entry-level health services leaders who promote healthy communities partnered with responsive population health systems.

Values: Collaboration, community engagement, diversity, health equity, innovation, professionalism, social justice.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management will prepare students as entry-level generalists in the health systems management field through interdisciplinary approaches guided by culturally relevant perspectives. Medical and health systems manager positions entail planning, directing, or coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, non-profit agencies, or similar organizations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, for example, the health and human services industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services including medical and health services managers. Medical and health services managers must be adaptable to changes in healthcare laws, regulations and technology. The average annual salary for entry-level medical and health services managers is $35,530.

The program in Health Systems Management will require students to complete general education requirements, complete 33 credit hours of study within the major, and electives or minor courses to reach a total of 120 credits required for a baccalaureate degree. The carefully sequenced HSMT curriculum is informed by the skills desired in all health system managers outlined by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Students complete courses in the critical domains of communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the health system care environment, and business skills and knowledge.

UNC Charlotte offers a wide range of minors – although not required for the major – to enrich student readiness for workplace settings that demand effective communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, digital literacy, and effective teamwork. Students are encouraged to consider completing a minor and a large number of options exist on campus that would serve to complement the Health Systems Management major including: biology, communication studies, gerontology, international studies, management information systems, political science, and public health. Continued study in the Department of Public Health Sciences is also an option for those interested in graduate degrees in Public Health or Health Administration. The department also offers early-entry programs for exceptional students to both the MPH and MHA programs. For details on these programs, and other related graduate programs in health informatics, public administration, and public policy, see the UNC Charlotte Graduate Catalog.

Requirements for Declaring the Health Systems Management Major

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; and
  2. Good academic standing.

Students who wish to declare the major must attend the CHHS Change of Major Orientation.

Honors Program

For information about the Health Systems Management Honors Program, visit the program page.

The Health Systems Management (HSMT) Program is not accepting honors program applicants at this time. Students will be notified when applications will be accepted for the first class of honors students.

Applications to the Honors Program require the following:

(1) A personal statement (maximum: 500 words) that articulates how the Honors Program is relevant to your short-term and long-term academic goals and career interests; and

(2) Names and contact information for two faculty references at UNC Charlotte.

When you are ready to submit your application for admission to the Honors Program, please complete the application form.

contact for additional information

Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Tel: 704-687-1160
Fax: 704-687-1644