Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Students must complete 121 credit hours, including the freshman seminar, university Core, Health Systems Management core courses, electives and an internship. The program is designed so that students may minor in areas such as marketing, bioinformatics or other related areas.

Health Systems Management Courses

  • Biological Basis of Health and Illness
  • Individual, Family, Community Wellness and Health
  • Introduction to Health Care Management
  • Introduction to Information Systems for Health Care
  • Microbiology
  • Organizational Communication
  • Statistics
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Health Care in America
  • Organization Development and Change
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Finance
  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Health Care of Vulnerable Populations
  • Health Care Quality and Performance Improvement
  • Health Care Fiscal Management
  • Introduction to Health Care Marketing
  • Health Care Leadership and Policy
  • Health Care Workforce Environment
  • Aging in America
  • Health Care Legal and Regulatory Environment
  • Continuum of Care (capstone course)


The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s extensive relationships with health-care providers and organizations facilitate career and internship opportunities, which are designed to provide students with field-based experiences under the supervision of a preceptor. Objectives and learning outcomes are developed and agreed to by the student, faculty member and preceptor.

University Core Curriculum

  • Focuses on desired skills and values in addition to academic disciplines. 

    Includes 45 credit hours of coursework, developing important skills through 10 required areas of knowledge, including: communication, critical thinking, ethical awareness, information literacy, quantitative and qualitative analysis, research methods and technological literacy

    Required areas include: college writing seminar, artistic knowledge and experience, historical knowledge, literary knowledge, scientific literacy, societal and cultural knowledge, philosophical knowledge, theological and religious studies, and ethics.

  • “Values Across the Curriculum” requirements -- 12 credit hours completed through the Core, major or electives, focusing on: 

    - Understanding and promoting justice 
    - Understanding diversity in the United States and the world 
    - Understanding spirituality or faith in action in the world 
    - Promoting civic engagement or leadership 

  • Makes up about one-third of a student’s Loyola academic experience, complemented by the major and electives. 

  • Incorporates great flexibility with myriad courses from which to choose for each required area. Courses may be completed at any time during a student’s Loyola education.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer appropriate credits for courses taken outside of Loyola subject to achievement of a minimum C grade for each course, and upon approval of the program advisor. External students wishing to transfer into Loyola and the program must provide official transcripts indicating a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a four-point scale. Transfer courses are not credited to the university or major core courses. Internal students wishing to transfer to a major in health systems management must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.