Health Services Administration

Degrees and Certificates


HSA 520 : Marketing Health Care

This course seeks to leverage and deepen knowledge from the marketing core by addressing how standard marketing techniques do, and do not, apply within the health sector.  The course emphasizes health care consumption decisions which are subject to substantial ethical considerations and public policy scrutiny, and are made by multiple decision makers, often with competing economic interests.

HSA 525 : Long-Term Care Administration

This is a graduate level course that provides a comprehensive review of the activities and theory relating to the effective and ethical management of nursing homes and related long-term care facilities.  Issues relating to organizational management, resident care, personnel management, financial management, environmental management, compliance, and governance are presented to prepare the student for the nursing home administrator licensure examination.  Special attention is given to contemporary topics including enhancing quality of life, hospice care in nursing homes, stakeholder communication, board development, disaster planning, and transparency.

HSA 530 : Health Economics

This course examines economic models related to: the production of and demand for health; demand for medical care; uncertainty and health insurance; and physician and hospital behavior.  In addition, economic issues related to Medicare and Medicaid; health disparities; and health care reform will be discussed.  The course includes discussion of recent research on these topics as well as discussions of recent developments in health policy related to these topics.

HSA 553 : Health Systems & Policy

This course provides students with extensive knowledge of trends, issues, and systems of health care delivery in the United States.  Topics to include: historical development, the structure and function of different health care facility types, utilization of health care services, new patterns and trends in the cost and financing of health care, governmental responsibility for health care services, health care policy analysis, ethical issues, and quality assessment methods.

HSA 555 : Strategy in Healthcare

This course begins with the key decision-making area of strategy development.  The development of strategy is then connected to organizational performance.  Key areas covered include system analysis, modern strategy, concepts, and best practices applications through case analysis.


HSA 553 or permission of instructor

HSA 557 : Legal Aspects of Health Service Administration

This course introduces the student to the legal aspects of the U.S. health care system and the governmental structure responsible for administering health services.  It also provides an understanding of how current health care reform laws will affect health care administration, health care reimbursement, regulation of health care, and government policy.  This course focuses on evolving case law and its impact on the administration of health services in the United States.


HSA-553 or permission of instructor

HSA 558 : Budgeting and Finance for Government, Nonprofits, and Health Care

This course explores the development and application of budget theories and principles, examines and evaluates the formats used to create and present budgets, and considers cost analysis in a budgeting and program context with attention to the relevant accounting process.  Topics include planning, program design, taxation, health provider reimbursement, facilities and grants.

HSA 565 : Health Care Finance and Management Systems

An examination of systems and data needs for budget, financial and management operations, and decision making in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, and health and social agencies. Requirements of third-party payers and governments, cash-flow management, cost containment, provider and consumer relationships, quality care maintenance related to the needs of the patient and family, and interfaces with other human service delivery systems will also be covered.



HSA 572 : Program Planning, Analysis, & Evaluation

An orientation to the planning, analysis, design, implementation, evaluation and administrative control of government programs. Emphasis will be on integration of these phases, the role of information systems, use of analytic techniques, and accountability to policy makers and the public.

HSA 577 : Practicum in Health Srvc Admin

Designed for part-time students, the practicum provides an intensive research or analytic experience in an appropriate governmental or health service agency. In conjunction with the organization and instructor, the student will produce a research report or policy analysis.


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HSA 578 : Analytic Methods

This course is an introduction to the language and methodology of social science research in public, health and human service administration. Particular attention is given to the research process. The application of research methodology and statistical analysis will be examined. Topics include the nature of the scientific method, sampling theory, and a review of survey, field, experimental, and evaluation methods. The nature and character of scientific evidence, research design, statistical analysis interpretation, and data interpretation are also covered. Students will develop abilities as informed consumers and critics of the methods used to collect and interpret information about human activity and preferences.

HSA 587 : Internship-Health Srvcs Admin

The internship will provide a placement for half time for a term or full time for a summer in an administrative or analytical job in an appropriate agency for the student's concentration area. The student will prepare a written report describing and analyzing the experience in reference to relevant theory.


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HSA 596 : Seminar in Health Srvcs Admin

This course is designed as the capstone of the master's program in health services administration. Students are expected to deal with major issues of theory and practice in the field. The production and presentation of a major research paper is the key aspect of the course.


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HSA 605 : Comparative Health Care Delivery Systems

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of global health issues through critical comparative analyses and discussion of international health delivery systems.  Students study the attributes of effective and sustainable health care systems in addition to acquiring a greater knowledge of the decision-making processes for stakeholder service, accountability, coverage, payment methods, reimbursement, and pricing.