Health Services ManagementAcademic Department
Equipped with real-world research projects, internships with industry-changing companies, you'll learn to apply business principles to the rapidly growing healthcare field and lead the charge into the future.
Welcome to the Division of Health Services Management
Health care is a growing field that shows no signs of slowing down. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to age and need more care, the demand for responsive, forward-thinking health care continues to increase.
At USD, our professors are industry experts with years of experience in the health care industry. For more than 50 years, students in the Division of Health Services Management have learned to combine business principles with health care-specific knowledge. You'll have the opportunity to get experience in global health care with faculty-led study abroad programs. This will prepare you to pursue a career in every kind of field, from hospital management to medical accounting and more.
Join our community of forward thinkers and health care leaders in the USD Division of Health Services Management.
Meet the Division
In the summer of 2022, the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, broke ground on a project that will build 25 tiny houses for homeless veterans. The idea for the venture -- called the Veterans Community Project -- began in an executive education program for senior staff members employed by the city and taught by Beacom School of Business faculty members.
Students from the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business recently embarked on the opportunity of a lifetime, traveling through three Southeast Asian countries to engage in transformative learning experiences and gain a practical understanding of global business concepts.
Known for Excellence
Our program is certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the premier certification in U.S. health care education.
Our program is over 50 years old with a proud history and has prepared hundreds of students for careers in health care administration.
Our program is housed in the Beacom School of Business, allowing students to gain a solid foundation of business knowledge that will prepare them for the big business of health care.
Our advisory council is filled with health care leaders in South Dakota, ensuring our students receive an education that will prepare them for careers with the top health care organizations in the state.
Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to health services management students.
Health Executives Advancing Leadership
(HEAL) is one of the fastest-growing student organizations at USD. Along with various speakers and resume and interview tips, HEAL also organizes fun projects, like creating an empathy escape room.
Beta Gamma Sigma
This academic honor society for business students has more than 600 chapters at schools around the U.S., including at USD. Members must be in the top 10 percent of their business school class.
Delta Sigma Pi
Founded in 1907, Delta Sigma Pi is the largest coed business fraternity in the U.S. Its members attend conferences and hear from influential speakers from the business world.
Coyote Business Consulting Group
Coyote Business Consulting Group is a student-centered initiative at the USD Beacom School of Business designed to help businesses stay competitive in the state of South Dakota and throughout the region. The program enables student-teams, with the guidance of faculty advisors, to help businesses solve a critical problem for their organization.
Coyote Business Consulting Group is intended to be mutually beneficial for both the students and the businesses. The consulting service will be offered at no charge to businesses and students will have the opportunity to receive academic credits, financial support, and real-world experience. This program is available to all businesses, but a special emphasis will be placed on small businesses, as they are the backbone of the economy.
Sioux Falls BEST
Beacom’s Business Engagement for Students (BEST)–Sioux Falls program was developed in collaboration with the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and the City of Sioux Falls. Every fall semester students are selected by Beacom faculty to participate and are broken into teams.
Each team is assigned a business and a specific project based on the needs of that business. The teams work with designated project managers in each business to identify problems, develop methodologies, collect and analyze data, and propose and implement solutions, including identifying potential benefits to the organization.The students designate eight hours toward their project. Each week, students travel to Sioux Falls on Fridays for in-person engagement. During this time, students meet with their project managers and others in the business to discuss their work and progress.
Coyote Alumni Mentoring Program
The Coyote Mentoring Program is designed to enhance the classroom experience by linking students with executives for one-on-one mentoring, offering students the opportunity to learn about the way business is practiced today, under the guidance of top executives. Mentors share career advice and valuable insight into the transition to the post–college world, while students build career networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.
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