Healthcare Management Program Curriculum

Students in the BS in Health Care Management Program complete specific courses according to a planned and structured program of study. Students fulfill both core degree requirements and major/professional curriculum requirements in a prescribed sequence. 

Please contact Susan Packa to determine specific additional required pre-requisites courses.  Susan Packa:  Academic Adviser and HCM Student Counselor, packa@uab.edu, (205) 934-5173

Health Care Management has Five Degree Options:

  • General Manager - Individuals who do not meet the requirements for the listed specialized tracks may apply to the General Manager track. Students in this track complete the professional curriculum courses and electives selected in collaboration with the HCM student adviser.
  • Clinical Manager - Admission to the Clinical Manager (CM) track is restricted to graduates of certificate and/or associate degree programs who are credentialed or licensed in a health professions discipline. Graduates of this track typically apply their management skills in facilities or organizational units that sponsor services in their clinical discipline.
  • Long-Term Care Administration - Undergraduate students whose academic goal is Long Term Care Administration will apply for admission to the Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) track. This option will benefit those students who plan to test for licensure as a nursing home administrator or who desire to manage an assisted living or other resident care facility.
  • Pre-Professional - Undergraduate students whose academic goal is completion of a master’s level graduate program such as health administration, health informatics, occupational therapy (traditional program), physical therapy, surgical physician assistant, medical school or other graduate level health professions programs may apply for admission to the Pre-Professional Degree (PD) track. Prerequisites for admission to identified graduate programs can be incorporated into the program of study for this track in the BS in Health Care Management degree curriculum.
  • 3:2 Health Care Management/Occupational Therapy Fast Track - Undergraduate student’s just entering college whose academic goal is Occupational Therapy will apply for admission to the 3:2 Health Care Management/Occupational Therapy Fast Track program. This option will benefit those students who plan to test for licensure as a occupational therapists.

UAB Core Curriculum Requirements for Health Care Management:

Area I. Written Composition (6 hours)

  • EH 101 - 3
  • EH 102 - 3

 Area II. Humanities & Fine Arts (12 hours)

  • Literature - 3
  • Arts - 3
  • Public Speaking - 3
  • Elective - 3 (must be literature unless 6 hour history sequence)

Area III. Natural Science & Mathematics (11 hours)

  • Pre-calculus (MA 105) or Finite Mathematics (MA 110)
  • Science Electives with Laboratory (8)

Area IV. History, Social, & Behavioral Science (12 hours)

  • History - 3
  • Electives - 9 (3 in history unless 6 hour literature sequence)

Area V.  Pre-Professional, Major, and Elective Courses  

  • Accounting I and Accounting II

Licensed or certified health professionals may apply up to 23 hours credit for technical health care professions courses.
NOTE: Students in the Pre-professional Degree Track should contact Susan Packa to determine specific additional required pre-requisites courses.  Susan Packa:  Academic Adviser and HCM Student Counselor, packa@uab.edu, (205) 934-5173.

BSHCM Professional Curriculum:

Health Care Organization, Financing, and Reimbursement

AHS 330        Health Care Systems (3, Smith, All Terms)

AHS 402        Economics for Healthcare Managers (3, Breland, Fall and Summer)

AHS 416        Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (3, Montgomery, Spring and Summer)

Management & Leadership

AHS 401        Organizational Studies in Health Care (4, Paustian, Spring)

AHS 403        Operations Management in Health Care Organizations (4, Paustian, Summer)

AHS 405        Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations (4, Paustian, Fall)

AHS 407        Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations (3, Trimm, Fall and Spring)

AHS 481        Management Internship (3 or 6, Trimm, All Terms)

Ethics, Law, Regulation, and Policy

AHS 318        Law for Health Care Professionals (3, Breland, All Terms)

AHS 411        Bio/Psycho/Social Issues of Aging (3, Williams, Fall)

AHS 415        Ethics for the Health Professional (3, Paustian, Summer and Fall)

AHS 480        Health Care Policy and Reform (3, Breland, Fall and Spring)

Evaluation and Outcomes

AHS 350        Medical Terminology (3, Slovensky, All Terms)

AHS 360        Statistics for Managers (3, Smith, All Terms)

AHS 375        Epidemiology (3, Williams, Spring and Summer)

AHS 460        Research Methods (3, Williams, Fall and Spring)

AHS 450        Quality Improvement for Health Professionals (3, Spath, Spring and Summer)

Information Resources

AHS 320        Microcomputer Applications for Health Care Managers (3, Rollins-Kyle, All Terms)

AHS 435        Survey of Clinical & Administrative Information Systems (3, Garrie, Spring and Trimm, Summer)

Approved Electives

AHS 300        Survey of Health Professions (2, Paustian, All Terms - Elective)

AHS 302        Principles of Management in Health Care (3, Garrie, All Terms - Elective)

AHS 482        Current Issues Seminar (3, Paustian, Spring - Elective)

AHS 590        Leadership Skills for Health Professionals (3, Paustian – Elective)

 Health Care Management has Three Minors:

1)  Healthcare Management Minor:
The Minor in Healthcare Management is designed to allow students interested in the field of Healthcare Management to gain skills and knowledge that will prepare them with an understanding of the healthcare delivery system and management functions. The minor acknowledges completion of 21 semester hours of course work, including 15 hours of upper-level Healthcare Management courses. 

Required Courses:
AHS 330 Health Care Systems - 3 hrs.                                                                                           
AHS 401 Organizational Studies in Health Care - 4 hrs.                                                        
AHS 403 Operations Management in Health Care Organizations - 4 hrs.                          
AHS 405 Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations - 4 hrs.            
AHS 407 Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations - 3 hrs.                               
AHS 415 Ethics for the Health Professional - 3 hrs.                                                                   

2) Health Information Management Minor:
The Minor in Health Information Management is offered by the Healthcare Management program to provide students the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that will provide students with an understanding of managing health information and health technical and personnel resources to operate electronic health record systems. The minor acknowledges completion of 18 semester hours of course work.

Required Courses: 
AHS 318 Law for Health Care Professionals - 3 hrs.                                                                
AHS 330 Health Care Systems - 3 hrs.                                                                                            
AHS 435 Survey of Clinical and Administrative Systems - 3 hrs.                                         
HIM 418 Documentation Standard for Health Data  - 3 hrs.                                                  
AHS 425 Health care Reimbursement Methods - 3 hrs.                                                          
HIM 458 Clinical Terminologies and Vocabularies - 3 hrs.                                                      
HIM 475 Electronic Health Records - 3 hrs.                                                                                   

3) Coding and Reimbursement Minor:
The Minor in Clinical Coding and Reimbursement offered by the Healthcare Management program is designed to provide students with an understanding of healthcare financial and clinical coding and reimbursement systems and regulations. Completion of this minor qualifies students to sit for the Certified Coding Associate credential offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The minor acknowledges completion of 21 semester hours of course work.

Required Courses:
AHS 318 Law for Health Care Professionals - 3 hrs.                                                                  
AHS 350 Medical Terminology - 3 hrs.                                                                                    
HIM 318 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology for Coders - 3 hrs.                          
HIM 417 Pathology for Coders - 3 hrs.                                                                                          
HIM 455 Reimbursement and Regulatory Requirements for Coders - 3 hrs.                   
HIM 418 Documentation Standards for Health Data - 3 hrs.                                                 
HIM 441 Diagnostic Coding for Health Care Organizations - 3 hrs.                                     
HIM 460 Coding and Classification Systems 3 hrs.                                                                  

*NOTE: Students in the Pre-professional Degree Track should contact their adviser to determine recommended electives.

Upon acceptance into the BSHCM Program, students are provided with a course schedule that they are required to follow throughout the program.  Failure to follow the schedule provided will result in the revision of the student's schedule which may make the student ineligible to enroll in specified program courses and/or delay graduation from the program.  If a student is unable to follow the course schedule for any reason, please contact Susan Packa, BSHCM Program adviser, 934-5173, as soon as possible for advisement and schedule revision. 

Through the core curriculum, students develop global perspectives, acquire knowledge, and enhance cognitive skills that they apply in the professional curriculum and in their careers. Students develop their ability to acquire and evaluate new knowledge and perspectives critically, and to communicate their ideas to others effectively. The core curriculum enables students to learn about ethnic, cultural, and social groups other than their own. Exposure to diversity in the academic setting enhances performance in a multicultural work setting. Graduates should demonstrate achievement of the following professional curriculum goals:

  • Communicate effectively in speaking and writing
  • Solve problems by generating, evaluating, and selecting alternative solutions
  • Acquire and synthesize knowledge from diverse sources
  • Apply various analytical tools
  • Pursue knowledge throughout their careers
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning by analyzing, evaluating, and defending decisions regarding ethical issues