Public Health Hero
From teen volunteer to San Francisco’s director of public health, Barbara Garcia MPA ’01 embodies USF's spirit of service.
The Master of Public Administration, Health Services Administration (HSA) concentration offers students a specialized public management degree designed for a career in the U.S. healthcare system.
The HSA concentration prepares you for an impassioned career in public health with health services organizations. With the HSA concentration, you will learn the skills you need to plan, organize, administer, manage, evaluate and analyze public and personal health programs and policy.
Students will gain a thorough understanding of the dynamics affecting various healthcare delivery systems, as well as the complexities of the role of the state in public health, from both legal and ethical perspectives. They will be able to measure the quality and effectiveness of policy processes and program designs.
Our graduates find lifelong careers at governmental and non-governmental organizations, public and private hospitals, ambulatory care organizations, long-term care institutions, health maintenance organizations, and insurance companies.
The MPA with a concentration in Health Services Administration is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA - the Global Standard in Public Service Education).
The MPA/HSA degree resides in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration (PNA) within the School of Management.
NASPAA Standard 5.3 requires the USF MPA program demonstrate in its annual reporting that our students pursuing the HSA concentration are able to identify challenges and issues in the US health care sector in specific areas of policy, its contemporary legal framework, and management; describe and develop operational responses and managerial adaptations.
These courses will enable students to qualitatively analyze public policy and health programs, ensure quality control and improvement in health care delivery systems, and understand governmental power, duty and limits in community health.