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Health Services Administration (M.S.)

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Health Services Administration, M.S.


Master's Degree

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.


Course Requirements

Health Services Administration
Degree: M.S.

Required Core Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSA 615

Health Systems Organization & Management

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.

Prerequisites: None

HSA 616

HR Mgt in Health Care Organizations

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 management.

Prerequisites: HSA-613 (non-HSA majors) or HSA-615 (for HSA majors).

HSA 648

Introduction to Health Care Finance

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.

Prerequisites: HSA-615 or be in the Clinical Research Associate Certificate program.

HSA 649

Applications of Health Care Finance

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.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: HSA-648

HSA 653

Legal & Ethical Issues in HCO

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.

Prerequisites: HSA-615

HSA 660

Applied Biostatistics

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.

Prerequisites: None

HSA 669

Improving Performance of Health Systems

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 datasets.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: HSA-648

HSA 652

Healthcare Economics & Public Policy Making

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.

Prerequisites: HSA-615

HSA 671

Info Technology in Health Care

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.

Prerequisites: HSA-615

HSA 682

Managerial Epidemiology

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.

Prerequisites: HSA-608 and statistics requisite fulfilled.

HSA 672

HSA Practicum

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.

Prerequisites: HSA-608 HSA-615 HSA-616 HSA-648 HSA-649

Total 33

Total: 33

Required Research Component:

Course Number Course Name Credits
HSA 608

Research Methodology & Design

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.

Prerequisites: None

HSA 610

Thesis Seminar

Students will identify a research topic of interest, delineate a research problem in and develop a thesis proposal.

Prerequisites: Complete 30 hours or coursework including HSA-608 and HSA-682. Permission of instructor is required to register for this course.

*HSA 629

Thesis Advisement

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 9

Total: 9

Total minimum required for the M.S.: 42

* Students who need additional time to complete their thesis register for 1 credit.



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Admission Requirements

To be considered for entrance into the HSA master's program, applicants must:

  1. Complete the online graduate application
  2. Submit and admissions statement/ essay specifically addressing how the program will be of benefit to you and the community that you serve.
  3. Provide official transcripts from ALL prior colleges.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendations from employers.
  5. Submit a current resume
  6. Possess relevant work experience and/ or a related degree.
  7. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  8. 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.