Health Services (BA)

“Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups.”
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The health services major is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to prepare students to work in health care. The program analyzes the structure of the health care industry; identifies cultural, legal, and environmental factors that impact health; and provides students with communication and management skills.

Students choose one of two fields:

  • Managing Health Services Programs and Projects—gives students key administrative and business skills, with an emphasis on grant and research project management
  • Community Health Assessment—provides skills to assess the physical, social, and environmental factors influencing health behaviors

Requirements

A minimum total of 120 credits is required for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in health services. Of this total, the major consists of three credits of prerequisite course work and 33 credits of core and specialization courses. See our General Education program page for the remaining degree requirements.

Prerequisites and Courses

Prerequisites

This major has a computer competency requirement. Choose one of the following courses to fullfill the prerequisite coursework:

Catalog Number Title Credits
CS 0004 Introduction to Computer Programming-Basic 3
CS 0007 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
CS 0008 Introduction to Computer Programming with Python 3
INFSCI 0010 Introduction to Information, Systems, and Society 3
PUBSRV 0040 Public Service Technologies 3

Core Courses: (15 credits)

Catalog Number Title Credits
COMMRC 1730 Special Topics: Health Communication 3
HRS 1017 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
NUR 1829 Contemporary Issues in Cross-cultural Health Care 3
PUBSRV 1305 Health, Law, and Ethics 3
SOC 0477 Medical Sociology 3

Specialization Fields: (18 credits)

Students take a total of two required courses and four elective courses. Check with an academic advisor for course availability and additional elective options.

1. Managing Health Services Programs and Projects

Required Courses: (6 Credits)

Choose two of the following:

Catalog Number Title Credits
BUSERV 1915 Introduction to Management 3
*HRS 1009 or BUSORG 1020 or COMMRC 1102 or PSY 1635 Organizational Theory and Behavior or Organizational Behavior or Organizational Communication or Organizational Psychology 3
PUBSRV 1315 Managing Projects and Contracts 3

* If two organizational courses are taken, one will count as an MHSPP elective.

Electives: (12 Credits)

Catalog Number Title Credits
AFRCNA 1710 African American Health Issues 3
ANTH 1722 Culture and Politics of Mental Health 3
ANTH 1726 Global Pharmaceuticals (effective Fall 2019) 3
ANTH 1761 Patients and Healers 3
COMMRC 1106 Small Group Communication 3
ECON 0220 Introduction to Health Economics 3
ENGCMP 1400 Grant Writing 3
HIM 1455/1465 Quality Management and Lab 3
HIST 0709 History of Global Health 3
HIST 1090 History of Medicine and Health Care  3
HIST 1706 Global Pharmaceuticals (Drugs in Global History, effective Fall 2019) 3
HPS 0612 Mind and Medicine 3
HRS 1006 Introduction to Human Nutrition I 3
NROSCI 0081 Drugs and Behavior 3
PHIL 1360 Biomedical Ethics 3
PSY 1210 Intro to Clinical Psychology 3
PUBSRV 1110 Financial Management in the Public Sector 3
PUBSRV 1120 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector 3
SOC 0473 Sociology of Globalization and Health 3

2. Community Health Assessment

Required Courses: (6 Credits) 

Choose two of the following:

Catalog Number Title Credits
NUR 1765 Risk Factors and Health 3
PUBSRV 1310 Diversity Issues in Public Service 3
SOC 1450 Health and Illness 3

Electives: (12 Credits) 

Catalog Number Title Credits
AFRCNA 1710 African American Health Issues 3
ANTH 1722 Culture and Politics of Mental Health 3
ANTH 1726 Global Pharmaceuticals 3
ANTH 1727 Health and Environment in Pittsburgh 3
COMMRC 0530 Interpersonal Communication 3
ECON 0220 Introduction to Health Economics 3
HIST 0709 History of Global Health 3
HIST 1090 History of Medicine and Health Care 3
HIST 1706 Global Pharmaceuticals (Drugs in Global History, effective Fall 2019) 3
HPS 0613 Morality and Medicine 3
HRS 1006 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
NROSCI 0081 Drugs and Behavior 3
NUR 1634 International Health Care Field Study 3
PUBHLT 1001 Introduction to Global Health 3
PUBHLT 1002 Special Topics in Global Health 3
PUBSRV 1100 Practices in Public Administration 3
PUBSRV 1200 Practices of Nonprofit Organizations 3
PSY 1210 Intro to Clinical Psychology 3
PSY 1215 Health Psychology 3
PSY 1230 Psychology of Death and Dying 3
PSY 1235 Alcohol Use and Abuse 3
PSY 1635 Organizational Psychology 3
REHSCI 1018 Survey of Health and Rehabilitation Professions 3
REHSCI 1290 Practical Issues in Disability 3
SOC 0473 Sociology of Globalization and Health 3

Please Note: Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.


Pitt Business-Health Services Double Degree

The College of General Studies (CGS) and the College of Business Administration (CBA) offer a double degree program in which students earn both the BA in Health Services through CGS and the BS in Business Administration (BSBA) through CBA. The double degree program is designed for students who are interested in the intersection of health care management and business administration. Learn more.