Make an impact on health care

Develop your research, data analysis, leadership and communication skills while preparing for a successful, in-demand career in health care.

The MS in Health Services Management is a 36 credit accelerated program of study designed to consolidate and strengthen the knowledge and abilities of the experienced healthcare manager. Electives provide flexibility so that one can tailor the program to his or her personal professional goals.

Program Information

Purpose

The master's programs in Health Services Management have been designed to prepare graduates for roles as healthcare managers in today's rapidly changing healthcare environment. The Master of Science in Health Services Management is a 36-credit program of study designed to consolidate and strengthen the knowledge and abilities of the working healthcare manager. The electives provide flexibility so that a person can tailor the program to his or her personal career goals.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the general requirements for admission and matriculation in the Graduate Admissions section of the course catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. Successful completion of full curriculum (36-M.S.; 48-M.P.A.)
  2. A 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Program Requirements

Each applicant must submit the following:

  1. Résumé with the names of two individuals who may be contacted as references.
  2. Interview with the program director or the associate director Students applying to enter the MS program must have worked in health care as a practitioner or a manager for eight years. Upon receipt of all transcripts and completion of all requirements and interviews, qualified applicants will be admitted and assigned an advisor.

Health Services Management Objectives

Graduates of the Health Services Management programs are expected to:

  • Know and be able to use the concepts, methods, procedures, and skills of healthcare economics, finance, accounting and quantitative analysis in healthcare management decision making and assessment of effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
  • Develop and use the leadership and communication skills needed by the healthcare manager.
  • Acquire knowledge of how healthcare organizations interface with political, economic, scientific, technological, and religious institutions as well as other healthcare facilities.
  • Have the ability to plan, organize, staff, direct, control and evaluate healthcare organizations and resources for optimal management and delivery of healthcare services.
  • Interact competently with colleagues, patients (clients) and associates of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Be aware of the technological advances to support health care operations and the impact on the delivery systems.
  • Identify ethical principles and challenges facing the health care manager in a variety of health care settings in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Be familiar with the issues and challenges facing the heath care manager in a variety of health care settings in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Able to manage effectively the uncertainty and change of the 21st century health care environment.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Formulate a plan to improve effective health care service delivery based on the analysis of organizational mission, vision, and data
  • Assess and apply ethical principles, financial, and human resource issues related to effective health facility operations
  • Utilize knowledge of health information systems to create a plan to facilitate the acquisition and implementation of these systems
  • Develop and present a professional training program

Fast Facts

  • Tailor to individual professional goals with specialized electives
  • Entire program offered online

Career Opportunities

The MS in Health Services Management enables an experienced health care manager to advance in the field of health services management. Such career paths/titles include: Health Services Administrator, Medical Center/Health Agency Director, Department Head/Coordinator, Manager, Registration and Scheduling, and Director, Planning and Assessment.

Program taught in:
  • English

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