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Health Services Administration Concentration

The Health Services Administration (HSA) concentration offers students a specialized public management degree designed for a career in the U.S. healthcare system.

Complexity, quality and effect of health care systems

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.

NASPAA requirements

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the HSA concentration is part of the MPA Program, in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration (PNA) of the School of Management.

The NASPAA requires that the students pursuing the MPA degree with the HSA concentration be 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 requirements are embodied in students’ MPA curriculum through the specialized HSA courses:

  • Health Management (PA 617)
  • Policy Analysis (PA 632)
  • Health Law (PA 660)
  • Program and Policy Evaluation (PA 680)

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. The specialized HSA courses amount to a total of 12 credits.