Welcome to the Health Services FAQ Page

For your convenience, we have compiled the most frequently asked questions for prospective students that are making a decision about graduate programs in health care leadership and public health.

What’s the difference between a Public Service and Health Services Administration degree?

The Public Service and Health Services Administration degrees focus on two different career directions and areas of expertise:

Public Service degrees prepare students for careers in government and civil service administration.

Health Services Administration degrees prepare students for careers as healthcare administrators, healthcare managers, hospital directors, physicians’ office managers, group practice managers, and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Medical and Health Services Managers/Administrators (also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators) plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or manage a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to revisions in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.

What’s the difference between an MBA and Health Services Administration degree?

The MBA program focuses primarily on general business management and offers fewer courses/credits related to health administration.

By design, the Health Services Administration (HSA) program offers strong business components, with the goal to specifically prepare students for careers in the field of health administration. Therefore, the HSA degree has a great deal of focus on areas of study related to health care.

Who is best suited for the Dual Degree Program (MS, Health Services Administration and Public Health) and why?

The Dual Degree programs is ideal for students interested in both a public health career and a career as a health care administrator within the traditional health care settings. Examples of job opportunities range from employment in the private sector or government agencies, as well as leadership roles in health care organizations such as hospitals, health insurance companies, clinics, and medical offices, to name a few.

What are the job opportunities and associated salaries?

Public Service Work involving a public entity, such as a local municipality, federal or state agency. Some jobs include city planning or service managers. You could also work for a non-profit focused on work for the betterment of society. According to Payscale.com, the average salary for a city planner is $56, 190 annually.

Health Services Administration Work involving the health care industry such as health care managers, directors, executives, consultants and analysts. You could also work for a non-profit focused on public health. According to Payscale.com, the average salary for a health care manager is $82,657 annually.

Both the public health fields and health care organizations offer enormous job opportunities in addition to extensive professional development.

Tell me about the job market if I pursue the...

MS, Health Services Administration

Presently, health administration is one the fastest growing sectors of the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical and Health Services Managers/Administrators is projected to grow 20 percent in the next five years, much faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, as the population of baby-boomers ages, this will increase demand for health care services.

MS, HSA and Public Health (Dual Degree)

There is a great deal of opportunity for graduates with the MS, HSA and Public Health (Dual Degree). Presently the market is experiencing a significant increase of employment opportunities in the clinical and epidemiological areas. Research, public health policy, hospitals, insurers and managed care organizations, health care technology and consulting industries, government, private sector, and others are expanding and increasingly recruiting professionals with training in the healthcare and public health areas.

Have more questions? Speak to the program director.