Health Services Leadership

Undergraduate Major - 42 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

The health services leadership major combines a knowledge base in management, psychology, social work and sociology so that students gain a broad understanding of the factors that affect everyday operations of care givers.

Program Description:

Health care is one of today's fastest changing industries – one that needs well-prepared leadership to keep up with changes in technology, insurance, medicine and patient care. If you have existing experience in health care as a nurse, or other practitioner, you can expect to find yourself moving into a management/leadership role within five years with this major. Internships in the field are advised, but are not required.

Employment opportunities in:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Public health departments
  • Governmental agencies
  • Medical group practices
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Online
  • Ottumwa
  • Sioux City
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Health Services Leadership Business Courses (choose 18 credit hours)

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • FNBK 322 Analysis of Financial Statement
  • FNBK 356 Financial Planning
  • MGMT 206 Management Science
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 316 Business Law II
  • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 375 Entrepreneurship/Small Business
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 492 Business Policy and Strategy
  • MIS 300 Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing

Health Services Leadership Communication and Behavior Courses (choose 12 credit hours)

  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 330 Messages, Meaning, and Society
  • COMM 355 Conflict Management
  • COMM 370 Leadership Communication
  • COMM 374 Interviewing
  • DIGI 230 Introduction to Integrated Communications
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
  • ENGL 450 Business and Technical Writing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior
  • PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
  • STPR 230 Public Relations Strategies

Health Services Leadership Institutions and Society Courses (choose 12 credit hours)

  • ARTD 304 Critical Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • ENGL 250 American Literature
  • ENVS 103 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVS 201 Conservation Ecology
  • ENVS 312 Environmental Chemistry
  • HIST 311 Problems in World History: The Vietnam Wars
  • HIST 358 Women Around the World
  • HIST 390 America and the World War
  • HIST 397 Recent American History
  • HMSV 351 Aging in American Society
  • PSCN 465 Civil Liberties
  • PSPA 320 State and Local Politics
  • PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PSYC 364 Industrial Psychology
  • PHIL 336 Professional Ethics
  • SOCI 302 Deviant Behavior
  • SOCI 361 Racism and Sexism in American Life
  • SCWK 255 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Admissions criteria for the Health Services Leadership program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Health Services Leadership program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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