Health Services Management

About the health services management major

The health services management major gives you a foundation in business while sharpening your expertise in the growing health care industry. You'll be trained to balance priorities and budgets, to solve fiscal and managerial problems, and to meet legal mandates, all while upholding the highest standards of public health and health care. You'll also be immersed and challenged in courses in health care finance and budgeting, management, managed care, health care law, marketing and communications, human resources, organizational leadership, strategic planning, and U.S. health policy.

Studies and abilities this major develops: prioritizing, leadership and management, health care law and policy, communication skills, knowledge of health care systems, and principles of business.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Health care delivery in the United States
  • Health care marketing
  • Health care organizational behavior
  • Health finance and budgeting 
  • Health systems administration
  • Strategic planning for health care organizations

Possible careers

  • Continuous improvement specialist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Long-term care administrator
  • Medical staffing coordinator
  • Patient access specialist
  • Physician recruiter

Where could I work?

  • Health departments
  • Health-related nonprofits 
  • Home health companies
  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Insurance companies
  • Medical practices or outpatient clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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