About Health Management

Health Management Sciences Program Description

The Health Management Sciences Program, which was established in 1996, is located in the Department of Health Sciences and Management of the Division of Allied Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Howard University. The Program offers the Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences which is designed to prepare students to perform management roles and achieve lifelong career in a wide variety of organizations that deliver health care services, as well as  pursue graduate education nationally and internationally.

The Program's 4-year curriculum is made of 120 semester credit hours which are organized into  lower and upper divisions with concentration in health management sciences.  The Lower Division, consisting of the freshman and sophomore which covers liberal arts and sciences prerequisite and required coursework such as the general sciences, social sciences and psychology, human development,  humanities, African American history,  economics,   mathematics and others.  The Upper Division, consisting of the junior and senior years, covers multidisciplinary management concentration coursework in specialized areas such as health management systems, business administration, accounting, information systems, organization and  behavior management, human resources management,  community health, health care policies, finance and insurance, capstone seminar and management internship.
Graduates of the Program are prepared to assume management roles in such organizations as hospitals, long term care facilities, managed care organizations, health insurance agencies, and health departments. In addition, upon successful completion of the Program the graduates will be equipped to pursue graduate programs in health administration, public health, and other related graduate studies.


The Howard University Health Management Sciences Program has full certification and is a full member of the American University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). AUPHA is a non-profit organization that accredits and certifies Health Administration Programs located in Schools of Allied Health Sciences and the United States.

Management Internship

Students enrolled in the Health Management Sciences Program are expected to complete at least one required semester of internship in an appropriate health care setting.  The current required three (3) credit hours of 120 internship clock hours per semester for internship for students enrolled effective Fall 2012 will continue.  Additional three (3) credit hours of 120 internship clock hours for subsequently Spring semester each academic year will be offered as elective. The interns of both semesters will be able to rotate for 8 hours per day as divided by the number of semester weeks during which the student is enrolled in the Program.  The internship coordinator of Health Management Program, supervisors and preceptors of units and departments will determine the work schedules, hours and regular attendance of the interns at the internship settings.

The Society of Health Management Students

The purpose of the Society of Health Management Students [SHMS] of the Department of Health Sciences and Management of College   of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Howard University is to develop excellence in academic, professional and community services leadership in the real world.

SHMS Membership is open for students enrolled in the Department of Health Sciences and Management and other departments in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Howard University.  There are no dues or fees for enrolled and good standing students in the Program.  Moreover, the alumni of Health Management Sciences Program are eligible for membership in the Society of Health Management Students.  SHMS members are eligible for student privileges and reduced meeting dues granted for full-certified members of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration [AUPHA].   
All students enrolled in the Department of Health Sciences and Management are eligible for serving in SHMS governing body including and not limited to president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and at-large-members, ad-hoc and standing committees in order to oversee and participate in the leadership role and  professional growth and development in the University and real world.  Elected officers will hold their position for minimum of one year or two years academic years.  The elections will be done by secret ballot counted and verified by the designated academic advisor.  The advisor of SHMS assists the members to navigate through the University administration, schools and colleges and related student activities. Meetings of SHMS are required and regular as stated in the Society by-laws.  The SHMS adheres to all rules, policies, procedures, and regulations set forth by Howard University - Student Life & Activities - Student Activity and other rules of colleges and schools at Howard University and Professional membership of accredited programs. 

SHMS students, moreover, are eligible for student active and associate membership and reduced membership dues for the American College of Health care Executives and National Association of Health Service Executives, American Public Health Association, among other professional student chapters and regional affiliates.