Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration

Department Chair:
Catherine Horiuchi, DPA

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the MPA with an emphasis in Health Services Administration (MPA/HSA) programs provide mid-career and aspiring professionals with an opportunity to obtain advanced managerial education applicable to a broad range of public sector, nonprofit, and health care organizations.

The programs cover all the significant content areas identified by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in its Standards for Professional Master's Degree Programs in Public Affairs/Policy.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide students with knowledge of how to apply management theory and research to common operational, functional, and resource issues in the public sector.
  • To expand and deepen knowledge and appreciation of the health care sector and administration.
  • To develop managerial skills necessary for the provision of services to the public.
  • To examine ethical implications and responsibilities of public managers as a foundation for understanding managerial actions.
  • To learn techniques used in planning, organizing, staffing, and evaluating the work of public agencies and to develop the necessary skills.
  • To enable students to engage in self-assessment and goal setting for lifelong learning and continued professional growth.

Program Learning Outcomes

Professional level oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate and facilitate work processes effectively on-line

  • Knowledge of techniques to plan, evaluate and manage programs and related skills
  • Increased knowledge of technology and how it impacts the management of public organizations
  • Knowledge of various areas of and trends in public sector economics and finance
  • Knowledge and skill in various human resource management functions
  • Effective leadership and teamwork skills
  • Knowledge and ability to apply quantitative research and analytical skills
  • Ability to develop and analyze budgets and to manage organizational performance using a budget
  • Knowledge and broad-based understanding of the U.S. health care systems, legal policy, and managerial issues

Program Requirements

The MPA curriculum is comprised of 38 units.

The HSA Concentration in the MPA curriculum would be comprised of six courses of four units, and one course of two units for a total of 26 units with a health administration or health policy focus.

Public Administration Core – 12 UNITS

Health Services Administration Core – 26 UNITS

  • PA 717 – Healthcare Management
  • PA 760 – Health Law and Ethics
  • PA 761 – HSA-Navigating and Negotiating in Health Administration
  • PA 762 – HSA Intersectoral Leadership in in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
  • PA 763 – HSA: Quantitative Methods and Big Data in Health
  • PA 764 – Strategic Planning in Health
  • PA 765 – HSA: Health Program Evaluation and Monitoring

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of all coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Passing a comprehensive case analysis examination during the last course
  • Successful completion of all degree and concentration requirements

Contact Info

Graduate Recruiting and Admissions

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221