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Health Services Management and LeadershipMajor

Want to go on to get a master of health administration degree and work in a hospital system? This major is a perfect fit for you.

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Only program in West Virginia to be granted membership in the Association for University Programs in Health Administration


What is Health Services Management and Leadership at WVU like?


Health service managers are typically responsible for planning, coordinating and directing the delivery of quality service to those receiving services in hospitals, clinics and other health-related organizations. Their responsibilities include many of the operational duties, such as overseeing the training and recruitment of staff, following and maintaining budgetary and fiscal records, and managing daily operations.

Health Services Management and Leadership program highlights:

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What makes Health Services Management and Leadership at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Group is dedicated to helping undergraduate students find research mentors and connect with research going on in the School of Public Health.

All students complete field placement and capstone experiences as their culminating coursework. During their senior year, every undergraduate student is required to complete an internship of a minimum of 125 hours in a health agency where they can put their classroom lessons to work. All students engage with agency partners, gain experience in the workplace and demonstrate acquisition of competencies.

Partner organizations include:

  • Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia
  • WVU Injury Control Research Center
  • Monongalia County Health Department
  • Well WVU
  • Greater Morgantown Safe Communities
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC)
  • Drug Free Moms and Babies Project
  • WVU Medicine
  • West Virginia Bureau for Public Health

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Graduates of this program can find employment in areas such as clinical/administrative healthcare, health services and population settings such as health departments. Graduates are also strong candidates for master of public health and master of health administration programs.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Health Services Management and Leadership major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


What are the courses like in Health Services Management and Leadership at WVU?

PUBH 205:
Writing for Public Health Audiences

Students will develop original written materials pertaining to current public health issues that target specific populations. They will also gain a basic understanding of health, information and functional literacy; and evaluate existing materials for literacy levels and readability.

PUBH 230:
Introduction to Health Administration

Introduces core concepts in health administration, addressing the organization of health services, administrative theories and applications, performance improvement, decision-making, managing change, and professionalism/communication in healthcare and public health administration.

PUBH 233:
The US Healthcare System: Structures and Incentives

Exploration of the multifaceted US healthcare system, including its structure, delivery, and financing. Students will learn about key stakeholders within the healthcare system and how they interact with each other. Further, they will gain insight into how these interactions can inform health policy, within the state of WV and beyond.

PUBH 258:
Terminology and Communication for Health Professionals

Reviews essential skills needed for communicating with a variety of health-related professionals and lay persons, and applies these in professional, clinical, and administrative settings. The student will also become familiar with the basics of medical terminology and the fundamentals of pronunciation, and the structure of medical language and medical terms.

PUBH 360:
Health Navigation: Prevention and Community Health

Students will explore the relationship between psychosocial, behavioral and biological risk factors as they affect chronic conditions; learn about screening, prevention, diagnosis and treatment for the most common chronic diseases, and discuss proven methods and strategies (including immunizations, health screenings, educational programs, behavior change programs and health policies) to promote prevention among targeted communities.

Cost and Aid

How much does Health Services Management and Leadership at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $410
Per Semester $4,920
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,840
Per Credit $1,163
Per Semester $13,956
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,912
Per Credit $1,163
Per Semester $14,256
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,512
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

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What are the requirements to apply for Health Services Management and Leadership at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Health Services Management and Leadership major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

For admission to the Health Services Management and Leadership program:
  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Composite: 21
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 1080
  • ALEKS: 30
For admission to the Health Services Management and Leadership program:
  • GPA: 3.50
For admission to the Pre-Health Services Management and Leadership program:
  • GPA: 2.75

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