Health Management | Undergraduate Program

The 2024 U.S. News and World Report has ranked Medical and Health Service Managers #2 in the Best Business Jobs in America, #6 in the 100 Best Jobs in America, and #5 in the Best STEM Jobs in America.

The Howard University Department of Health Management offers the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, which prepares students to perform executive management tasks with the goal of achieving a lifelong career in a wide variety of organizations that deliver health care services. Graduates of the Health Management Program are equally prepared to pursue advanced study in a myriad of disciplines and concentrations within and beyond the scope of health management.

Kyrone J. Davis, EdD, MHSA

(202) 250-6747

Program Concentration Areas

  • The U.S. Healthcare System
  • Population/Community Health
  • Cultural Competence/Diversity
  • Management of Healthcare Organizations
  • Operations Assessment and Improvement
  • Management of Human Resources and Health Professionals
  • Ethics in Business and Clinical Decision-Making
  • Governance
  • Health Policy
  • Leadership
  • Statistical Analysis and Application to Decision-Making
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Post-Acute Care
  • Quality Assessment for Patient Care Improvement
  • Healthcare Law
  • Information Systems Management and Assessment
  • Strategy Implementation and Formulation
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Organizational Development/Organizational Behavior Theory
  • Financial Analysis and Management

A Career with a Calling


The Health Management Program has maintained a Full Certified Undergraduate Program Membership with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) since 2003.

For additional information regarding certification:

Association of University Programs in Health Administration
1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW Suite 810 Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 763-7283

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Admission Requirements

For information on the admissions process,  please go to  Howard University Admissions for more details.

Career Paths

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of Medical and Health Services Managers has a projected growth potential of 32% from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the median of all professions in the U.S. Economy (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022). As of May 2021, the median annual wage for Medical and Health Services Managers is $101,340 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021). Potential career paths for graduates include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Hospital/Hospital System Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO) 
  • Practice Manager
  • Clinical Director
  • Long-Term Care Administrator
  • Admissions Coordinator or Director 
  • Health Services Manager 
  • Corporate Healthcare Manager 
  • Healthcare Consultant 
  • Health Insurance Administrator
  • Medical Records Manager 
  • Nursing Director 
  • Pharmaceutical Executive
  • Urgent Care Administrator

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO (1). Communication and Relationship Management - The ability to communicate clearly and concisely with internal and external customers, establish and maintain relationships and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups. This domain includes Relationship Management, Communication Skills, and Facilitation and Negotiation  

SLO (2). Leadership - The ability to inspire individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision and successfully manage change to attain the organization’s strategic ends and successful performance. Leadership intersects with each of the other four domains. This domain includes Leadership Skills and Behavior, Organizational Climate and Culture, Communicating Vision, and Managing Change.  

SLO (3). Professionalism - The ability to align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement. This domain includes Personal and Professional Accountability, Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, and Contributions to the Community and Profession.  

SLO (4). Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment - The understanding of the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare managers and providers function. This domain includes Healthcare Systems and Organizations, Healthcare Personnel, The Patient’s Perspective, and The Community and the Environment.  

SLO (5). Business Skills and Knowledge - The ability to apply business principles, including systems thinking, to the healthcare environment. This domain includes General Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Dynamics and Governance, Strategic Planning and Marketing, Information Management, Risk Management, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety.  

Internship Requirement

The Health Management Internship Course (HLMN 402) requires each student to complete a faculty-supervised internship of not less than 120 hours, or an alternative, applied learning experience that is equivalent to the 120 hours of faculty-supervised internship, in any field across health and social services. Note: The alternative, applied learning experience that is equivalent to the 120 hours of faculty-supervised internship is a temporary modification to account for the COVID-19 Pandemic.