Health Services Administration Department Health Services Administration Programs
The Master of Science programs in Health Services Administration are designed to meet the societal need for professionals in the healthcare industry to serve in a variety of leadership roles for organizations that provide health services. The programs prepare students to critically evaluate and apply theory and research in all specialty areas of healthcare and administration into their professional work. Graduates are taught to become informed, responsible, and ethical leaders in the community.
As future health care administrators, graduates will be responsible for daily operations, strategic planning, decision-making, policy development, and the administrative functions of an organization. They will contribute to the success of an organization and promote positive outcomes for the communities they serve.
Continued growth is projected for the employment of health care administrators, partly because of the aging population in America and the rising demand for health services. The Affordable Care Act has changed the health care marketplace as well, creating greater demand for health care professionals. Finally, the global pandemic has changed the direction and focus regarding the importance of leadership in healthcare institutions regarding this major crisis.
Health Services Administration programs support the need for transformational leaders in acute care settings, long-term care practices, home health care, managed care organizations, and health care practitioner group practices. Students are encouraged to explore the complex issues surrounding healthcare in a pluralistic society, applied ethics, and multicultural health. Additionally, they are provided with many opportunities to develop analytical and organizational skills and apply those skills through course assignments and internships. Specific areas of study include management, marketing, epidemiology, strategic planning, finance, and continuous quality improvement.
Graduates are taught to become informed, responsible, and ethical health care leaders for serving both the health care industry and the communities they serve.