B.S. in Allied Healthcare Management

The B.S. in Allied Healthcare Management program is no longer accepting applications. The program has been cancelled and is in a teach-out phase.

The newly developed B.S. in Healthcare and Human Services Management program is designed for individuals who want to advance in the health or human services field or to continue on to graduate studies.

For Previously Enrolled Students

Below is a listing of degree requirements for the B.S. in Allied Healthcare Management program. We will continue to honor these requirements until the last previously enrolled student has completed the program.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 122 credits is required for graduation with a bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary's University. All students must meet the general education credit requirements. A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the B.S. in Allied Healthcare Management.

Required Communication Core Courses 6 cr.
Required Allied Healthcare Management Courses 24 cr.
Required Capstone 3 cr.
Recommended Electives 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.

Required Communication Core Courses: 6 cr.

HHSM302 Writing in the Health Professions (3 cr.)

This course provides strategies for developing academic and professional writing skills relevant to professions in health and human services. Topics include effective written communication in the workplace and appropriate communication styles based on audience. Academic writing is addressed, including use of American Psychological Association (APA) formatting, and library and web research resources. The skills learned prepare the student for written communications in other courses and in multiple occupational settings. 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify a research topic and develop a thesis statement.
  2. Demonstrate academic integrity and the ethical use of sources in written and oral communication.
  3. Locate and evaluate relevant academic and scholarly sources on a research topic, using library databases and technology resources.
  4. Write and organize a variety of written reports and annotated documents.
  5. Apply APA formatting to documentation.
  6. Organize and manage ideas and sources for research topics.

HHSM303 Communicating in the Health Professions (3 cr.)

This course builds upon the work in HHSM302, with a focus on accountability via planning, organizing, and tailoring messages for a variety of internal and external audiences; responsibility for information literacy; and honing the communication and presentation skills necessary in dynamic and diverse workplaces. Technology is utilized to effectively create and deliver these messages.

Upon completing this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate effective organizational communication skills in a variety of contexts and with a variety of audiences, including those with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  2. Analyze, integrate, and apply interpersonal communication and small group dynamics related to health and human services.
  3. Create and deliver organized, professional, informative, and persuasive presentations on specific field related topics, using appropriate technology, media, graphics, and APA documentation.
  4. Write and revise presentation materials to meet the audience at the appropriate level of literacy and understanding. 

Required Allied Healthcare Management Courses: 24 cr.

HHSM315 Healthcare Communication and Team Strategies (3 cr.)

This course examines principles and skills for choosing appropriate and effective communication among healthcare individuals, teams and patient/clients using verbal and written skills. Verbal and non-verbal channels, listening, person perception, conflict resolution, and communication barriers are explored to encourage the development of communication skills necessary for success in healthcare settings.


Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate effective and objective written communication appropriate for the audience.
  2. Determine the most effective means to communicate information in various healthcare situations.
  3. Recognize various individual communication styles of members within a health team.
  4. Apply verbal communication skills focused on speaking, listening, and interpreting verbal/nonverbal language ensuring mutual understanding.
  5. Identify and mediate team behaviors impeding effective teamwork among healthcare teams.
  6. Apply strategies to identify, intervene, and prevent collegial conflict.

HHSM330 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health and Human Services (3 cr.)

In this course, ethical reasoning and ethical frameworks are applied to health care and human service practice. An awareness of one's own values related to these areas as well as legal standards and professional codes of ethics are explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the ethical standards and principles of human service and healthcare professions.
  2. Analyze values as they relate to professional ethical standards.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant laws and professional codes of ethics.
  4. Apply critical reasoning to complex ethical and legal issues relating to current events.

HHSM400 Workplace Training Strategies in Healthcare (3 cr.)

This course examines how to facilitate concepts of training in the development of professionals in healthcare using adult learning strategies. The course includes assessing learning needs, designing and facilitating training and measuring learning effectiveness. 

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able do to the following:

  1. Apply a training model for delivering work-place learning.
  2. Incorporate learning needs of adult learners into instructional design.
  3. Create measurable learning outcomes.
  4. Explore available technology to deliver effective instructional strategies.

HHSM405 Healthcare Information Management (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of information management in health and human service organizations. It examines the evolution of informatics, the rules, regulations, and ethical concerns that impact the health and human service practitioner. An analysis of the principles and processes of information management tools for healthcare and human service systems is included.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze overall trends and direct practice decisions in healthcare and human services utilizing information systems and electronic medical records.

  2. Apply the federal, state, and local statutes that address compliance, confidentiality, privacy protection, ethical concerns, and dissemination of electronic health and human service records.

  3. Identify how information management is applied in public healthcare and human service practices on both micro and macro levels.

  4. Illustrate how the roles found in healthcare settings interact and affect the roles found in human services and the importance of current and accurate data in fostering these relationships.

  5. Apply common terminology and acronyms related to health and human service informatics.

  6. Evaluate the current models used for informatics management and reporting, and address future trends within the industry.



HHSM410 Current Issues in Health: Research and Practice (3 cr.)

This course provides strategies needed to make informed decisions in the field of healthcare and human services. Emphasis is placed on gathering and evaluating research on one chosen critical global issue, and developing creative solutions to the topic. An issue chosen could be, but is not limited to, health disparities, aging, immigrant needs, and mental health.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Locate information and research focusing on a global critical issue, using relevant healthcare and human services databases.
  2. Evaluate literature for its quality, relevance, and application.
  3. Identify different research methodologies, including valid and reliable data collection and analysis for informed decision making in the health and human services sectors.
  4. Apply research findings in an evidence-based approach to solution development.

HR340 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 cr.)

This course examines strategic human resource functions performed in organizations.  It includes planning, job analysis and design, job description, recruiting and hiring, training, performance management, regulation, evaluation, benefits, and labor law. Trends impacting the field are examined, including the use of technology in managing human resource functions, and the role of human resources in a global business environment.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze human resource management and its component functions.
  2. Appraise human resource's organizational role in strategic planning.
  3. Develop a strategic plan that addresses a relevant human resource issue.
  4. Apply human resource management theories to practice in organizations.
  5. Analyze how social and cultural factors impact human resource strategy both domestically and in the global environment.
  6. Explain how technology is incorporated within human resource functions.


MG401 Principles of Management (3 cr.)

This course explores the concepts and theories of management and their application in today's managerial environment. It examines the essential functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the levels and types of management.
  2. Understand the different managerial roles and skills.
  3. Discuss the important issues facing managers today, such as global competition, workforce diversity, ethics, quality, and change.
  4. Understand the importance of planning and decision-making.
  5. Understand significance of organizational structure and culture.
  6. Understand the essentials of control.
  7. Identify approaches for addressing performance issues, criticism, discipline, and stress.

NUR330 Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of healthcare delivery systems and their interaction and influence on healthcare practices. An examination of health reimbursement systems, external regulatory bodies, and public policy are explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the processes/organizations associated with regulation of healthcare practice in the U.S.
  2. Identify and discuss current legal statutes defining healthcare practice and professional rights and responsibilities of nurses.
  3. Describe and compare how healthcare delivery systems are organized and financed.
  4. Discuss social and economic factors shaping healthcare policy and ways to effect policy change.
  5. Analyze the challenges associated with maintaining organizational compliance within a care setting.
  6. Evaluate health reimbursement systems and their impact on healthcare practices and cost containment.

Required Capstone Course: 3 cr.

HHSM490 Health and Human Services Capstone (3 cr.)

This capstone course integrates knowledge and skills developed in previous courses and provides an opportunity to apply them to a selected topic in an area of interest. Students select a topic currently confronting the field of study or profession, clearly define the topic using appropriate references and resources, and write and present their comprehensive project.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze ethical, legal, and professional implications of actions taken in the health and human services field.
  2. Develop strategies for continuing education and competence in their profession.
  3. Identify and analyze management principles relevant for health and human services professionals.
  4. Examine local and national trends in the health and human services field.
  5. Research and analyze an issue or problem which may be studied in partnership with an organization to examine community resources and how network formation assists clients and professionals.

Recommended Electives: 3 cr.

For professionals working in healthcare fields requiring advanced patient care knowledge, NUR310 is a recommended elective.

BU300 Accounting Principles (3 cr.)

This course is designed to give students the foundations of financial accounting and reporting practices used by decision makers in today's business environments. Financial accounting methods, the accounting cycle, internal controls, and accounting practices for different types of business entities are examined.  Also examined are Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) used in the preparation of financial statements.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Explain the basic Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  2. Analyze company transactions and prepare journal entries in accordance with GAAP.
  3. Prepare financial statements according to GAAP.
  4. Describe the different types of accounting systems.
  5. Evaluate the information generated by and obtained from company accounting records.
  6. Apply knowledge of accounting principles, theories, and concepts to company transactions.
  7. Analyze and explain the impact of a particular decision on the financial statements of an entity.
  8. Identify the various reporting requirements for different types of business entities.

HR370 Employee Rewards and Recognition Systems (3 cr.)

This course presents an analysis of employee motivation, compensation, benefits, recognition, and reward systems. Topics include compensation theory and practices, equity and market factors, pay delivery systems, job analysis methods, and job evaluation techniques. Also covered are the theoretical, legal, and financial impact of benefit planning, design, and plan implementation.          

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and describe common employee compensation, benefits, recognition and reward systems used in organizations.
  2. Examine issues in designing and administering employee compensation, benefits, recognition, and reward systems.
  3. Evaluate the role of compensation, benefits, recognition, and reward systems in organizational planning.
  4. Examine motivational theories and methods for performance measurement.


HR440 Employee and Labor Relations (3 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to the practical aspects of employer and employee relationships from both union and non-union perspectives. It includes an overview of the basics of labor law and bargaining agreements, the role of the National Labor Relations Board and how each impacts performance among management, supervisors and employees in private, government and public organizations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the historical development of the union and non-union environments.
  2. Identify major labor relations legislation and the government agencies charged with enforcement of these laws.
  3. Analyze the collective bargaining process, including methods used for resolving impasses and reaching consensus.
  4. Understand and interpret various employment laws effecting employees in a business setting.
  5. Describe how to legally operate business within the context of employment laws.
  6. Devise strategies and techniques to successfully manage employees while avoiding legal liability arising out of various employment laws.


HR455 Human Resource Development (3 cr.)

This course explores performance improvement strategies used by business and industry, focusing on employee training and organizational development. It examines how organizations develop employees in alignment with organizational goals and objectives.  It explores several methods of measuring training and development.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describe approaches to training and development at the performer, process, and organizational levels.
  2. Identify employee assessment strategies aligned with organizational goals.
  3. Design programs to address development areas such as employee health and wellness, career management, and performance management.
  4. Evaluate and measure training and development programs.
  5. Assess the role of human resource development in organizational strategy.


MG405 Organizational Culture and Change (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the ability of leaders to understand and manage organizational change. It addresses a broad-based understanding of the nature, function, and complexities of organizations. Ways of dealing with change are developed from sometimes disparate views of organizations.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate the basic nature of organizations, organizational cultures, and organizational change.
  2. Understand the basic processes of organizational change and change interventions.
  3. Differentiate and apply change intervention methods.
  4. Understand the nature of organizational change in global settings.
  5. Articulate positions regarding the future or organizational culture and change.

MG415 Total Quality and Team Development (3 cr.)

The focus of this course is the development of total quality or continuous improvement in organizations. It reviews the phenomenon of quality, key theories and theorists, statistical process control, and quality programs. Effective team management is emphasized as one of the key components of quality.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the managerial and philosophical meanings of quality.
  2. Describe the continuous improvement process as it relates to manufacturing/service industries.
  3. Formulate basic problem solving approaches to implement short term solutions and eliminate the root causes of quality problems.
  4. Discuss quality program standards as they relate to the quality improvement process.
  5. Develop and analyze statistical process control charts used for monitoring processes.
  6. Discuss the different approaches to the use of teams in the quality process.

MK307 Social Marketing (3 cr.)

This course examines the use of marketing principles and concepts for the purpose of improving society. Societal issues ranging from health and safety to community involvement, which can benefit from social marketing efforts, are examined. Also examined is the concept of using marketing to encourage people to change behaviors to improve their lives and benefit society. Social marketing strategies for the 21st century are analyzed. Finally, emerging social marketing trends are examined.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describe social marketing and the implications for its use.
  2. Evaluate a variety of health, safety, environmental, and community-related issues that can be influenced by social marketing efforts.
  3. Analyze how the various components of marketing can be used to influence human behavior for the purpose of promoting social change.
  4. Assess the effectiveness of various social marketing campaigns that have been implemented by various organizations.
  5. Develop a social marketing strategy that addresses a specific societal issue.
  6. Analyze emerging trends in social marketing theory and practice.

NUR310 Pharmacology and Applied Mathematics (3 cr.)

This course focuses on general concepts in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics related to drug actions and interactions, metabolism and distribution, and adverse effects. Concepts in applied mathematics are applied to solution preparation, dosing, and various drug delivery systems.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the molecular basis that occurs in drug-receptor interactions along with the subsequent effect of body systems and cells. 
  2. Describe how the pharmacokinetic properties of a drug impacted toxic and therapeutic effects.
  3. Examine drug metabolic pathways and describe factors that will affect drug metabolism.
  4. Calculate the drug concentrations for commonly used solutions.
  5. Discuss drug distribution with regard to efficacy and toxicity of drugs.
  6. Apply the terms ED50, LD50, TD50, Therapeutic Window, and Therapeutic Index.