Health Services and Senior Living Leadership

The mission of the Health Services and Senior Living Leadership Department is to prepare students for pursuing a wide range of rewarding career opportunities as leaders in the delivery of health services and senior living, or for continuing their formal education in graduate programs in business, communications, informatics, health sciences or public health.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the requirements for the B.A. in Health Services will:

  1. Analyze the historical context and current trends of the components, relationships and organizational principles that comprise the health services and senior living field.
  2. Synthesize contemporary best practices for including programmatic, financial, clinical, logistical, technological and social impact aspects in the developing and implementing an organization’s strategic plan.
  3. Synthesize principles of sound executive leadership and business operations to the health services and senior living field.
  4. Evaluate quality assurance and performance improvement opportunities and champion innovation in the field of health services and senior living.
  5. Evaluate ethical considerations to the operation of an organization providing health services and senior living programs.
  6. Integrate federal, state and local laws, regulations and standards to the provision of health services and senior living programs.

Career Opportunities

One of the most prominent demographic shifts anticipated across the United States – and throughout the industrialized world – over the next 25 years is an unprecedented growth in the number of older adults, both in pure number and percentage of the population. Organizations providing health and human services that address this demographic shift are expected to grow exponentially, as are companies that supply goods and services to those providers and public service agencies that regulate them. Each will require well-prepared leaders who can effectively plan, organize, and direct them to achieve their strategic goals and advance their respective missions.

  • Administrator: Institutional Post-Acute Care or Home-and-Community-Based Services, Housing, Transportation
  • Administrative Support: Finance, Human Resources, Marketing & Public Relations, Environmental & Risk Management, Health Informatics
  • Public Sector: Regulatory Agencies and Public Policy
  • Sales: Vendors of Goods and Services to Providers
  • Career Center Positions

Academic Pathway

The health services core consists of 9 courses (27 credit hours) offering a curricular framework of interdisciplinary courses in business, communications and informatics, health sciences, and public and global health policy that meets individual student learning needs and career interests. The Bachelor of Arts in Health Services builds on the health services core with at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) of electives within the major, and equips the student with a strong liberal arts undergraduate education as a life foundation, guided by ethics, critical thinking, and accountability. Students explore service delivery topics related to leadership, workforce, social justice and health care access disparities, technology, health care finance and service trends, and complete an experiential learning component (3 credit hour internship at an approved provider site).

Student Organizations

The groups have not been established yet, but we hope to start accepting memberships in the fall.

  • American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the professional membership association dedicated to administrative leadership and excellence in post-acute care and aging services.
  • Sigma Phi Omega is the international academic honor and professional society in Gerontology, recognizing excellence in aging services and promoting scholarship, professionalism, friendship and service to older persons. 

Study Abroad

Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options on 6 continents in over 50 countries and at over 150 partner campuses around the globe.


For more information, contact Dr. Keith Knapp, Department Chair, at 502.272.8468 or