BPHM Curriculum

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) includes 120 credit hours of required and elective courses, consisting of general education, health science technical requirements and electives, major core requirements, and advanced (restricted) electives. 

Students will earn 60 transferable credits for the degree within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) or other comparable system and complete their remaining credits at the University of Virginia as third- and fourth-year students. Please consult the Summary of VCCS Transfer Courses.  

60 Transfer Credits Include:

General Education
Students will complete 23 of their 38 general education requirements as community college students. They will completely fulfill the requirements in English composition (6 credits) as well as in the natural sciences and math (11 credits). Precalculus does not satisfy the math requirement. They are also expected to have completed 3 credits in the humanities/fine arts and 3 credits in social sciences/history. 

Health Sciences Technical Requirements & Electives
Students will complete the requirement for their allied health major as community college students. Please consult the following sample degree maps:

Transfer Map A.A.S. in Emergency Medical Services
Transfer Map A.A.S. in Health Information Management
Transfer Map A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology
Transfer Map A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assistant
Transfer Map A.A.S. in Physical Therapy Assistant

Transfer Map A.A.S. in Radiology
Transfer Map A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy
Transfer Map A.A.S. in Sonography

Students may also complete the requirement for their allied health field through an approved certificate program. These students must also have a transferable degree, i.e. Associates of Arts, Associates of Arts and Sciences, or Associates of Sciences. Please consult the following sample degree map: 

Transfer Map - VCCS to BPHM - Transferable Degrees

60 Credits Earned at UVa Include:

General Education
Students will complete 6 credits in humanities/fine arts and 9 in social sciences/history.  At least 3 credits for the general education requirement must deal substantially with a non-Western culture.

Major Core Requirements
Students will complete 33 credits of major core requirements at UVa. The core requirements focus on competencies required for success in health care: communication, relationship management, professionalism, knowledge of heath care and business skills, and business principles and leadership.

PSHM 3010Introduction to Health Care Management: Applying Concepts to Practice*
PSHM 3080Legal & Ethical Decision-Making in Health Care
PSHM 3805Application of Health Informatics
PSHM 4300 Public Health: Populations, Policy & Epidemiology
PSHM 4400 Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences 
PSHM 4500Service Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement & Customer Service*
PSHM 4650American Health Care: Challenges & Opportunities*
PSHM 4700Economics & Finance of Health Care
PSHM 4800Health Sciences Management Internship & Career Development+
PSHM 4900Capstone Course I: Introduction to Health Care Project*+
PSHM 4950 Capstone Course II: Health Sciences Management Project: Implementation+
HR 4010Management of Organizations


*Limited on-Grounds experience in Charlottesville; remainder of course completed online.
+Two-credit course.

Advanced (Restricted) Electives
Students will earn 12 credits from the University. Students can take additional courses in the PSHM 3051-59 and 4051-59 series as electives as long as the course numbers and topics are different. 

PSHM 3050Current Issues in Health Care (1 credit) - Recommended for first semester
PSHM 3051-3059Current Issues in Health Care (1 credit) - May repeat as an elective
PSHM 4050Understanding Diversity in Health Care+
PSHM 4051-4059Current Issues in the Management of Health Care
PSHM 4200Women's Health Issues: Access, Treatment & Policy
ACCT 2010Introductory Accounting
HR 4020Human Resources Management
HR 4030Organizational Change & Development
IT 3220Strategic Business Value of Information Technology


+Two-credit course.

The information contained on this web site is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements