The Health Services undergraduate program is designed for adult transfer students who already work or desire to work in the health care field, have earned some college credit and who wish to complete a baccalaureate degree. Classes are offered in a variety of formats including on-line, in the evening, and on weekends to accommodate working adults.
The Health Services program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to integrate service in selected areas of health care into the context of the health care delivery system. This program provides students with an opportunity to examine personal and professional values in rendering health services. It includes course work in community health, health promotion, disease prevention, the health care delivery system, lifespan psychology, health care economics and health policy. It provides current information about community-based health, managed care, quality improvement and an understanding of the health care consumers, payors and providers.
The Health Services program consists of two major components in addition to the UDM core curriculum: (1) the Health Services major—27 semester hours in required courses and (2) electives in an area of specialization—12 semester hours of elective courses with approval. Many allied health and nursing professionals can fulfill the area of specialization requirements through transfer credits
Examples of specializations include Addiction Studies, Business or Social Work. It is possible to earn a Certificate of Business Administration in conjunction with the Health Services degree by completing a 30-semester credit program in the College of Business Administration. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with an advisor.
The Health Services undergraduate degree provides a unique opportunity for students whose ultimate goal is admission to the graduate-level Physician Assistant program. They may earn an undergraduate degree while completing the pre-requisite courses for the PA program. An individual program of study that fulfills both sets of requirements is designed for the student by the Health Services academic advisor.
Students in the Health Services program must attain a minimum grade of "C" or better in all HS major courses. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. The academic policies in the Student Handbook govern academic conduct, progression, withdrawal and dismissal.
Degree Completion Program
The Health Services program provides an opportunity for those changing careers as well as health care personnel who have some college credits or a community college degree and who wish to complete the bachelor’s degree: for example, nurses, respiratory therapists, laboratory technicians, medical records personnel, dental hygienists and other certified health care personnel. This degree completion program has been designed specifically for persons who are qualified, certified, registered, or licensed as health professionals, who were educated through an accredited two-year college or community college program and who are at junior level.
In order to be admitted to the Health Services program, applicants must meet entrance requirements of the University. In addition, to gain acceptance to the program, students must fulfill the following criteria:
First-time college students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 and have completed two years of high school mathematics with a grade of C or higher. Scores on the College Entrance Examination Board (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) will also be examined. High school graduates who are properly prepared to undertake the Health Services program should have a college preparatory program as outlined in the Recommended High School Preparation section of this catalog under Admission to the University. The Health Services degree is not recommended for traditional freshmen.
Transfer students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.00 and must complete UDM placement tests in English composition and mathematics.
Conditional admission may be granted to those students whose academic achievement falls below the standards required for full-admission status. In such cases, the applicant may be required to fulfill course work and/or conditions before full-admission status is granted.
The Health Services program consists of two major components in addition to the UDM core curriculum: (1) the Health Services major—27 semester hours in required courses and (2) electives in an area of specialization—12 semester hours of elective courses with approval.
University Core Curriculum
All undergraduate degree students at University of Detroit Mercy are required to fulfill the objectives of the University’s Core Curriculum. The curriculum consists of courses designed to meet objectives which ensure that students receive an overall education consistent with the mission of the University.
All students will complete the following curriculum:
|Major Requirements (27 credits)
|HSA 101|| Introduction to the Health Care System|| ||3
|HSA 330|| Health in the Community|| ||3
|PYC 250|| Developmental Psychology || ||3
|HSA 345|| Health Promotion and Risk Reduction || ||3
|HSA 365|| Computer Applications in Health Services Administration || ||3
|HSA 375|| Management of Health Services Organizations|| ||3
|HSA 460|| Issues in Health Care Delivery|| ||3
|HUS 437|| Counseling Process in Human Services|| ||3
|HSA 461|| Health Economics || ||3
Specialization (12 cr.)
A plan of study for this 12 credit hour specialization is designed to enhance the student’s individual professional development. The proposed area of specialization will be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Examples of areas of specialization include Addiction Studies, Business and Social Work. Students completing the prerequisites for the Physician Assistant graduate program apply those courses to the area of specialization.
Not all professional schools of medicine or dentistry recommend specific additional biology courses. Those that do, suggest courses such as comparative anatomy, histology, embryology, or genetics.