The Health Systems Management major prepares students to be 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, public health agencies, or similar organizations. Health systems managers may be involved within an entire facility, or specialize in a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians and healthcare professionals. Medical and health services managers work within healthcare facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, and group practices and must be adaptable to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.
- Students will characterize the healthcare system and environment in which healthcare providers and professionals function.
- Students will apply healthcare technology applications and quality management within health and human services systems.
- Students will be able to communicate clearly through written and oral means to establish, maintain, and facilitate constructive interactions within the health and human services environment.
- Students will have foundational skills in leadership to promote organizational excellence, manage change within an organization, and understand the importance of a shared vision to meet an organization’s overall mission.
- Students will align their personal and professional conduct in accordance with ethical and professional standards.
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.
Freshmen and Transfers
- Minimum GPA: 2.0
- Declaration of Major: Students may declare the major at any time if they are in good academic standing
- Transferable Credit Hours: 24
Major Courses (30 credit hours)
Elective Courses (47-53 credit hours)
Students in the Health Systems Management major may wish to combine their major field of study with a related minor. UNC Charlotte offers a wide range of minors – although not required for the major – to complement and otherwise 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.
Unrestricted Elective Courses
As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
A grade of C or above in HSMT 2101 , HSMT 2103 , and HSMT 3103 is required to progress in the major. Furthermore, students are limited to two attempts* to achieve a grade of D or above in HSMT 3201 , HSMT 3203 , HSMT 4101 , HSMT 4103 , HSMT 4201 , HSMT 4202 , and HSMT 4400 . A minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the University are required in order to graduate. Health Systems Management majors who accumulate more than three grades of D, F, or W in required HSMT courses will be terminated from the program. Health Systems Management majors who fall below a GPA of 2.0 in the major will be placed on probation. A student on probation whose GPA in the major remains below 2.0 at the next evaluation will be terminated from the program.
*Each of the following is considered an attempt: Withdrawing from the course after the drop deadline (may be appealed); grade replacement; Incompletes that convert to grades of F; and grades of A, B, C, D, or F.
For details about the Honors Program in Health Systems Management, visit the program page .