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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management Program

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Dr. Amy Bufford, Program Coordinator


The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management (HSM) program is to prepare the graduate to:

  1. Understand healthcare industry trends and issues.
  2. Develop, communicate, and manage resources for healthcare systems.
  3. Improve overall quality and outcomes of healthcare systems and services.
  4. Succeed in a variety of mid-level work settings including hospitals, healthcare clinics, consulting companies, insurance providers, community facilities, and not-for-profit as well as managed care organizations.

Institutional Mission Reference

The Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management program supports McNeese State University’s mission as an institution dedicated to successful education of the undergraduate and graduate students and services to the employers and communities in the southwest Louisiana region. McNeese programs embrace a broad, general education foundation and foster studied acquisition of content knowledge and the demonstration of discipline-specific skills and dispositions. The McNeese mission specifies that among the programs and services are those in support of allied health fields and industries.

Program Objectives

The program objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management program are to:

  1. Ensure viable levels of student enrollment, retention, and completion appropriate to institutional resources and goals.
  2. Provide a comprehensive curriculum that reflects disciplinary foundations responsive to contemporary developments, student and workforce demand, and university needs and aspirations.
  3. Prepare the student for employment or graduate school in healthcare management, healthcare quality improvement, care coordination, or closely related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management program will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the impacts of historical, political, social, and cultural events on healthcare trends and healthcare systems.
  2. Incorporate scholarship, research, and analytic methods to lead evidence-based practice change and continuous quality improvement.
  3. Utilize healthcare management theory to design and improve healthcare management.
  4. Evaluate healthcare outcome data and make recommendations for healthcare delivery improvement.
  5. Serve as a resource in the work environment for individuals with acute and chronic health conditions.
  6. Utilize knowledge of health policy to facilitate advocacy initiatives, social justice, and ethical care.
  7. Assume mid-level leadership roles in organizations and systems which positively impact the health of individuals and populations.


The Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management program requires senior-level internships in each area of concentration. Internships provide students with career-related experiences prior to graduation and offer opportunities to network and build professional references for the future. A minimum of 320 field-based hours is required in the last semester of the program. Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to apply concepts, methods, and theories related to areas of concentration in a healthcare setting. The program coordinator reserves the right to limit the number of students for internships based on clinical resources.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management with concentrations in healthcare management, quality improvement, or care coordination must fulfill the requirements listed in the section entitled “Graduation Requirements” in the academic regulations section of this catalog.  In addition, candidates must successfully complete 320 field-based hours (concentration-specific) in a healthcare setting and receive a minimum grade of C in all courses credited toward the major.


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