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BPHM Curriculum

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 enter the program with 45-60 transferable credits. After admission students earn at least 60 credits for the degree at the University of Virginia (120 credits total).

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.

Core Requirements
Students will complete 34 credits of core requirements that 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 3805Health Information Systems & Applications
PSHM 4020Management of Health Care Organizations
PSHM 4300 Introduction to Population Health: Programs, Policy & Epidemiology
PSHM 4400 Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences 
PSHM 4600Service 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: Development of the Health Sciences Management Project*
PSHM 4950 Capstone Course II: Health Sciences Management Project: Implementation*

*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 4050Understanding Diversity in Health Care*
PSHM 4052Global Health Care*
PSHM 4750Organizational Behavior & Leadership in Health Care
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


* 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.

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