Health Systems Management (Bachelor of Science)

This program is being taught out and is no longer open to new students.

Pursue a career in healthcare without getting a medical degree – an IT career, that is. From web design to security operations, Grantham University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management combines computer systems management coursework with healthcare applications.

What will I learn in this online Health Systems Management degree program?

This health systems management degree program gives you the skills to analyze information needs, design solutions and manage information storage, transfer and retrieval in healthcare environments.

What careers can I pursue with my Health Systems Management degree?

After completing the online health management courses in this program, you will be prepared for a number of IT careers in the healthcare industry, including data processing manager and information systems supervisor1.

How long is the online Health Systems Management degree program?

At 122 credit hours, the online Health Systems Management Bachelor of Science degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will my Health Systems Management degree online program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses typically begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management program, other accredited degree programs, opportunities financial assistance or if you have any questions about the enrollment process.

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Health Systems Management (Bachelor of Science)

Health Systems Management Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this healthcare management degree online program, you will be able to:

  • Utilize information system tools, techniques and methodologies applicable to healthcare systems
  • Apply project management principles to information systems development efforts in healthcare institutions
  • Structure information collection and presentation to facilitate executive-level planning and decision-making in healthcare environments
  • Apply fundamental systems analysis and design concepts and problem-solving strategies to information technology problems
  • Analyze, design and implement solutions to healthcare information problems
  • Develop reporting and support capabilities for healthcare decisions
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Health Systems Management (Bachelor of Science)

A Bachelor of Science in Health Management Systems from Grantham can prepare you for IT positions in a number of healthcare-related industries1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Data Processing Manager
  • Information Systems Supervisor
  • Computing Services Director
  • Technical Services Manager

Employers can include:

  • Hospital systems
  • Medical complexes
  • Healthcare services
  • Insurance firms
  • Doctor or Dental offices

Health Systems Management (Bachelor of Science)

As you consider your educational options for healthcare information systems degree program, keep in mind that Grantham’s coursework is 100% online to fit your busy schedule.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 62
General Education Core Credits: 27
Electives Credits: 33
Total Credit Hours: 122
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 62
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: AH111 Title: Healthcare Delivery Systems Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to different types of healthcare delivery systems and how to analyze the organization, financing, regulatory issues, and delivery of different healthcare services. Topics covered include the "continuum of care" concept, and methods and theories in healthcare delivery systems and computer applications in healthcare. Focus is placed on evolution and trends in managed healthcare, including research, statistics, quality management, and integrating information technologies into medical office practices. Other processes such as staffing, productivity, and improving quality are also discussed.
Course: AH112 Title: Introduction to Health Information Management Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to health information management in healthcare delivery settings in the U.S., including filing systems, storage, circulation and documentation issues. Topics also explored are the electronic health record (EHR), patient confidentiality, the impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) on medical practices and various career opportunities for health information management professionals. Students apply health information management concepts and skills to course exercises to demonstrate functional knowledge.
Course: AH356 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Organizations Credits: 3
  This course explores the regulatory issues associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the implications of this Act related to data security and privacy issues in healthcare organizations. Topics examined are identifying and prioritizing information assets and threats to those assets; defining information security strategy and architecture; planning responses to intruders in an information system; and identifying legal and ethical issues and implications of information security.
Course: AH432 Title: Healthcare Informatics Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the day-to-day requirements of healthcare systems in the processing and storing of patient information and the medical management systems to facilitate appropriate and safe care. Students examine a broad range of topics including: aspects of the healthcare delivery system in relation to overall management functions, institutional, social and political forces in healthcare, the role of IT in healthcare management and information security, and patient privacy.
Course: AH497 Title: Health Systems Management Capstone Project Credits: 3
  This course helps to develop and implement a unique project that demonstrates mastery of the program objectives. Program objectives include applying fundamental systems analysis and design concepts and program solving strategies to information technology problems; applying project management principles to information systems development efforts and analyzing, designing and implementing solutions to healthcare information challenges.
Course: CS106 Title: Introduction to Computer Systems Credits: 3
  This course covers basic computer concepts including binary logic, how computer hardware works, how programs are designed and written and advanced applications like artificial intelligence. This course introduces students to terminology and concepts they will see throughout the program.
Course: CS116 Title: Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic Credits: 3
  This course covers fundamental programming concepts. It develops programming skills and problem solving techniques. The course introduces the fundamentals of computer programming, using Visual Basic software. Skills learned can be applied to mastering any programming language. Detailed case studies reinforce application of the fundamental concepts.
Course: CS192 Title: Programming Essentials Credits: 3
  This course introduces problem-solving concepts needed for programming. It covers fundamental control structure such as the sequential structure, the selection structure and the repetition structure. The use of logic in designing programs has general application.
Course: CS205 Title: Computer Software Applications in Healthcare Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of commonly available software tools used in healthcare, including an introduction to encoding tools and computer-assisted coding software used in healthcare data processing. Focus is placed specifically on healthcare software and its many uses, functions and applications in the medical office. Other processes such as medical office billing and information technology are also discussed.
Course: IS211 Title: Introduction to Information Systems Security Credits: 3
  This course provides a broad overview of the principles, policies and technologies for securing computer and information systems. Topics include a survey of computer system vulnerabilities, cryptographic techniques, access control policies and mechanisms, qualitative and quantitative risk assessment and management, and the implications of security technology in the realm of risk management. Designing and implementing computer security policies and standards, formulating contingency plans and analyzing system security architectures, as well as compliance and ethics are examined.
Course: IS216 Title: Computer Networks Credits: 3
  This course covers fundamental, vendor-independent networking concepts. The course is aligned with the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Various tools are used to analyze networks.
Course: IS301 Title: Web Design I Credits: 4
  Students create a Web site using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Extensible HTML (XHTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Using popular Web design and development tools, students insert images, create links, and use tables in Web pages. Students learn and use "best practices" in Web site and Web page design and creation. This course is the first of two pertaining to Web site design.
Course: IS306 Title: Web Design II Credits: 4
  Students gain skills in interactive techniques that combine XHTML with CSS and JavaScript. Also emphasized is XML document creation. The course focuses on skill building for advanced web design. This is a continuation of IS301.
Course: IS311 Title: Security Operations Credits: 3
  This course covers the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
Course: IS320 Title: Database Applications Credits: 3
  This course presents the fundamental concepts of database systems. The course covers the relational model, structured query language (SQL), data modeling, database design and database administration.
Course: IS336 Title: Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to the tools and techniques used in systems analysis and design, including Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and Gantt charts, economic feasibility analysis, data flow diagramming, and other modeling techniques. The primary focus of the course is ascertaining the early phases of the Systems Development Life Cycle.
Course: IS351 Title: Information Systems Project Management Credits: 3
  Students analyze the technical and managerial aspects of project management as identified by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Emphasis is placed on defining project management and its relationship to other business disciplines. Topics include organizational structure and culture, network diagrams, critical chain scheduling, cost estimation and project control procedures.
Course: IS355 Title: Risk Management Credits: 3
  Students explore the application of risk management in business related information security situations. Topics include discussion of legal, ethical and professional issues in information security, analysis of firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and intrusion detection systems, and application of security plans and access control in order to secure information.
Course: IS376 Title: Advanced Database Systems Credits: 3
  In this course students apply design and development skills to client/server database applications. Students utilize the Database Life Cycle (DBLC), database management, distributed database systems and data warehousing concepts in building advanced database systems. Focus is placed on the role of the database administrator and the issues commonly faced by this position.
Course: IS481 Title: Database Security Credits: 3
  This course covers strategies and tactics for securing databases. It introduces the tools necessary to implement database security and auditing in order to protect data. Topics include basic data protection methods, secure database design, secure architectures, and secure transaction processing and auditing. Vulnerabilities and countermeasures are also covered.
General Education: 27
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization and speech delivery. Topics include how to outline speeches, create effective introductions and conclusions, use appropriate language and control nervousness. In addition, students examine guidelines for and practice delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Students will record themselves delivering speeches, thus they will need to know how to use a webcam and how to upload video files from their devices into the assignment dropbox in the Learning Management System.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course emphasizes the writing process. Students will apply principles of good writing practice through various genre (narrative, persuasive, expository writings). Additionally, students will analyze reading material as part of the critical and creative thinking processes associated with written communication.
Course: GP210 Title: American Government I Credits: 3
  This course provides an introduction to American government and politics. Topics include the concept of a constitutional democracy, federalism, amendment rights and equal rights under the law. Also covered are political culture, political ideology, interest groups, lobbying, and political campaigns and elections.
Course: GS102 Title: Introduction to Life Science Credits: 3
  This course provides a broad overview of biological processes. Topics include the anatomy of the cell, cell division, species diversity and species classification. This course relates the subject matter to everyday occurrences.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course examines critical thinking and the analysis of arguments in terms of premises, reasons, and conclusions. Course topics include obstacles to critical thinking, diagramming arguments, belief and doubt, logical fallacies, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, inferences, and judging scientific theories.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing and exponential and logarithmic functions. A new textbook may be required in order to ensure needed electronic codes are valid.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students' bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. Secondly, by highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.

Must have 3 credit hours of 300-499 electives