The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) is an online program for working adults with allied healthcare backgrounds – like emergency medical services, medical laboratory technology, occupational and physical therapy assisting, radiography, respiratory therapy, and sonography – who want to advance into leadership roles.
Transfer to UVA as a third-year student and complete at least 60 credits to earn the BPHM degree.
|Start Dates||August, January|
|Estimated Cost||$31,560 (same in-state and out-of-state)|
|Duration||3.5 - 5 years|
|Format||Part-time: online, in-person orientation in Charlottesville, one day face-to-face immersion in the fall semester|
|Next Application Deadline|
November 1, 2019 for Spring 2020 term
The curriculum of the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) includes 120 credits 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.
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
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 3010||Introduction to Health Care Management: Applying Concepts to Practice*|
|PSHM 3080||Legal & Ethical Decision-Making in Health Care|
|PSHM 3805||Health Information Systems & Applications|
|PSHM 4200||Management of Health Care Organizations|
|PSHM 4300||Introduction to Population Health: Programs, Policy & Epidemiology|
|PSHM 4400||Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences|
|PSHM 4600||Service Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement & Customer Service*|
|PSHM 4650||American Health Care: Challenges & Opportunities*|
|PSHM 4700||Economics & Finance of Health Care|
|PSHM 4800||Health Sciences Management Internship & Career Development|
|PSHM 4900||Capstone Course I: Development of the Health Sciences Management Project*+|
|PSHM 4950||Capstone Course II: Health Sciences Management Project: Implementation+|
*Limited on-Grounds experience in Charlottesville; remainder of course completed online.
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 3050||Current Issues in Health Care (1 credit) - Recommended for first semester|
|PSHM 4050||Understanding Diversity in Health Care+|
|PSHM 4052||Global Health Care+|
|PSHM 4750||Organizational Behavior & Leadership in Health Care|
|HR 4020||Human Resources Management|
|HR 4030||Organizational Change & Development|
|IT 3220||Strategic Business Value of Information Technology|
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.
* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.
After 27 years spent working with the most vulnerable of patients as a pediatric nutritionist with the UVA Health System, Ana decided to pursue her lifelong goal of teaching. She earned her doctorate in higher education and adult learning, and is now program director and assistant professor for the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management and Certificate in Health Sciences Management programs.Read more
Like many SCPS students, Jackie saw her path to promotion blocked by the absence of a four-year degree on her resumé. As a licensed physical therapist assistant, she found that the health sciences program was a perfect fit for her interests and career aspirations. She was able to transfer credits earned in her applied science associate’s degree program, and is now well on her way to assuming a management role in her field.Read more