About the Program
This degree program is designed for professionals on the front lines of health care delivery wishing to earn baccalaureate level education to maintain professional certification in allied health professions. Allied health professions are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders, dietary and nutrition services, rehabilitation, and health systems management.
Students of this major acquire knowledge in health disparities, holistic health, health care systems, health care operation management, medical terminology, health care jurisprudence, health care quality, health care ethics, health care leadership, and public health.
Health Care Professional Services graduates have a variety of health care career opportunities as leaders in public and private sectors. Below are a few examples:
- Aging Services
- Physician Groups
- Emergency Medical Services
Health care is a growing field that enables people to make a good living. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports in May 2020 the median annual wage was $104,280. Employment is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Health Care Professional Services Major, B.S.
The Health Care Professional Services Major requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.
Summary of Major Requirements
Required Core Courses: 38 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 6 Credits
Total for Major: 44 Credits
- HCM 2010 – Global Health Systems (Credits: 3)
- HCM 2500 – Health Care Management Foundations, Professionalism, and Applications (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3150 – Health Care Organization and Management (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3700 – Health Disparities in the U.S. (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3800 – Long-Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum (Credits: 3)
- HCPS 3000 – Introduction to Patient Navigation (Credits: 3)
- HCPS 4000 – Health Care Operations (Credits: 3)
- HCPS 4010 – Evidence Based Health Care Delivery (Credits: 3)
- ITP 1700 – Medical Terminology (Credits: 2)
- ITP 2700 – Holistic Health (Credits: 3)
- ITP 3200 – Ethics in Health Care (Credits: 3)
- HCM 4610 HCM Internship II (Credits: 6)
Elective Courses – Part I (Choose one course from the following)
- ITP 1600 Herbal Medicine (Credits: 3)
- ITP 2500 Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies (Credits: 3)
- ITP 2810 Men Across Cultures (Credits: 3)
- ITP 2950 Wellness Coaching I (Credits: 3)
Elective Courses – Part 2 (3 Credits)
- ANT 3480 – Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3030 – Health Care Jurisprudence (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3100 – Entrepreneurship in Health (Credits: 1)
- HCM 3200 – Managing Quality in Health Care (Credits: 2)
- HCM 3400 – Human Resources Management in Health Care (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3500 – Health Care Research Methods (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3550 – Leadership in Health Care (Credits: 1)
- HCM 3600 – Health Information Systems (Credits: 3)
- PUB 3010 – Community Health Survey, Assessment and Health Improvement Planning (Credits: 3)
- PUB 3020 – Introduction to Epidemiology in Public Health (Credits: 3)
- PUB 3030 – Essentials of Environmental Health in Public Health Practices (Credits: 3)
- HCM 3750 – Professional Practice Management (Credits: 1)
- HSP 3460 – Addiction, Immunity, and Infectious Diseases (Credits: 2)
- ITP 3700 – Physiology of Aging (Credits: 3)
- ITP 3800 – Stress and Sleep: Impact on Health and Disease (Credits: 3)
- ITP 4100 – Women’s Holistic Health (Credits: 3)
- ITP 4400 – Wellness Coaching II (Credits: 3)
- PSY 3270 – Adulthood and Aging (Credits: 3)
- SOC 3800 – Health and Healers (Credits: 3)
Academic Accreditation is an assurance of the quality of an academic program. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, including Colorado and 18 other states. The mission of the HLC is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. For more information, please visit the Higher Learning Commission.
MSU Denver’s Health Care Management program is a program member and certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
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Department of Health Professions
Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80217-3362