Health Services Administration, M.S.
The master of science in health services administration program focuses on a systems approach for managing health care services including financial management, policy on economics, legal aspects of health care, quality improvement and epidemiology. This program serves professionals who seek to improve their skills and develop new strategies to meet the ever-changing health care environment. The minimum program requirement is 42 credit-hours. Part-time students (six credits per semester) can complete their coursework (not including HSA 610 or HSA 629) in seven semesters. Full-time students take nine to twelve credits per semester.
Health Services Administration
Required Core Courses:
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This course brings together students with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences
as consumers,providers within health care organizations and policy makers to critically
examine the organizational and management concepts that influence planning and decision
making. The emphasis is on studying the various forms of health organizations as well
as administrative behaviors used in adaptation and policy development.
The course will present the design of programs for the maximizing of employee and
institutional contributions in the health care service area. The course will address
the grouping of professionals,paraprofessionals and skilled and non-skilled workers
into an efficient and effective work group. The course will review labor relations
and union organizations in the health care area and review legal aspects of personnel
This course is designed to introduce the learner to a broad range of concepts and
skills involved in planning, budgeting and controlling in health care organizations.
The emphasis in this course is on managerial as opposed to financial accounting and
on issues carried out at the department or organizational level rather than the system
level. This course is required for the long-term care certificate.
This course builds on previous HSA core courses to prepare the learner to help position
and financially manage a health care organization. Application of concepts of financial
management within health care organizations, including financial planning principles,
reimbursement procedures, government regulations, analysis of financial statements
and principles of financial planning. The strategic planning process and principles
of marketing are covered. Emphasis is placed on issues related to integrated health
systems and managing the health of populations.
This course addresses legal and ethical issues frequently encountered by health care
managers. Topics include the constitutional basis for government support of health
care services and constraints that law and regulation impose on the health care industry.
Bioethical theory, policy formulation and decision making in the professional setting
are also included. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to
health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation, choices regarding
death, liability of health care providers and governing board and medical and health
care staff responsibilities.
The course has an emphasis on the application and interpretation of statistical tests
commonly employed in epidemiologic and health services research. This course will
emphasize statistical concepts and the application of statistical methods to test
hypothesis in data sets. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions,point
and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing for means,proportions, elementary
non-parametric techniques, tests for categorical data,ANOVA,correlations and introduction
to regression methods. Students will be introduced to SPSS in weekly laboratory sessions
to learn how to import and manipulate data sets and perform data analysis using statistical
methods covered in the course.
This course is designed specifically for managers in health care organizations who
want to develop knowledge and skills in planning, measurement and communicating the
performance of their organization. This course is targeted to those students who desire
a master’s degree in health services administration and have achieved the level of
knowledge and skill associated with understanding the structure and function of health
care systems as well as basics in measurement as applied to planning, budgeting and
controlling within organizations. Students will learn how to respond to the convergence
of forces driving the study of the performance of health care systems today. The emphasis
is on how to assess the performance of processes and outcomes of health care delivery
systems and what to assess.Students will learn how to design, implement and evaluate
the performance of their organization as well as how to contribute to and use uniform
This course introduces the learner to descriptive and exploratory health care economics
including the operation of health care markets, supply and demand issues in health
care, market competition, market power, and reform in the health care market. The
public policy making process in the United States will be explored on a national and
state level, along with health policy reform, current significant policy issues, development
of the U.S. health care system, and comparison with health care systems in other industrialized
countries. Participants in the course track and analyze public policy issues and explore
major health policy references and sites.
This course provides a review of clinical information,administrative information and
decision support information systems. Emphasis is placed on decision support,specifically
information and analytic tools to support managerial decision-making.
Epidemiology is the student of the distribution and determinants of disease in human
populations. Managerial epidemiology is the application of the principles and tools
of epidemiology to the practice of management. This course will introduce students
to the basic principles of epidemiology and demonstrate how these principles may be
applied to the various functions of health services administrators/managers, such
as planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling. Through these principles
students will learn how measurement of health-related outcomes and delivery of health
services is a critical component of each of these functions.
This course provides the opportunity for the application of theories and principles
of classroom learning in an area of the health care system. There is a requirement
of three credit-hours (120 clock hours) of field work under the supervision of a qualified
preceptor and program faculty. Students meet as a group periodically during the semester.
Attendance at these integrative seminars and completion of practicum objectives is
Required Research Component:
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This course reviews and critically analyzes components of research design, including
collection of data. Emphasis is placed on the professional as producer and consumer
of research. Course is only available to Long Term Care certificate students.
Students will identify a research topic of interest, delineate a research problem
in and develop a thesis proposal.
During this independent learning time, the student works directly with a faculty member who chairs the thesis committee. The student conducts a systematic investigation of the research problem with faculty guidance. Students register with their thesis director. Minimum of 3 credits.
Total minimum required for the M.S.: 42
* Students who need additional time to complete their thesis register for 1 credit.
To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.
To be considered for entrance into the HSA master's program, applicants must:
- Complete the online graduate application
- Submit and admissions statement/ essay specifically addressing how the program will be of benefit to you and the community that you serve.
- Provide official transcripts from ALL prior colleges.
- Submit two letters of recommendations from employers.
- Submit a current resume
- Possess relevant work experience and/ or a related degree.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Have successfully completed a three-credit, undergraduate statistics course ("C" or higher). Preference will be given to candidates with an established work history in the field.
Health Services Administration Department
The health services administration department offers a bachelor of science degree in health services management, health analytics, public health, as well as a master of science degree in health services administration, a doctorate in health administration, and three advanced certificates in health services administration, long-term care and clinical research associate. The undergraduate programs are described in the undergraduate catalog.
The health services administration department offers graduate courses in fall and spring semesters primarily with limited offerings in summer sessions. Graduate classes are delivered full on campus, fully online (distance learning) and hybrid ( a mix of on campus and distance learning). On campus courses are offered on Monday through Thursday nights from 5:30 - 8:15 PM.