Health Services Administration, MS

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    Prepare for Leadership Positions in Health Services

    In our master’s program in Health Services Administration, you’ll pursue courses designed to provide you with marketable skills in human resources, health care delivery, and health care administration. This degree can lead you into leadership positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, and health organizations (nonprofit and for-profit).

    Why a Master’s in Health Services Administration at IUP?

    The role of a health services administrator includes the specialized application of employment relations knowledge, the improvement of individual and public health, and the enhancement of health delivery systems. This program provides students with an effective balance of coursework in health services, employee relations, and research methodology that will enable them to excel in this role.

    • A one-of-a-kind program; our program is not a health policy nor a health care administration program, but rather it offers a unique combination of health policy, health care administration, and employment relations all in a single program.
    • Flexible delivery—our courses are offered part-time, weekday evenings, and online to accommodate working professionals.

    Program Outcomes

    • Use financial systems, organizational structures, and market strategies to achieve optimum performance in health care organizations.
    • Analyze legislative, regulatory, and political processes and their impact on health services.
    • Analyze ethical and legal imperatives influencing health care.
    • Exhibit leadership skills in conflict resolution, human resource management, change theory, interpersonal relations, and effective negotiations.
    • Manage information resources (statistical and nonstatistical analysis) to assist in effective decision making.
    • Conduct research addressing health care issues and focusing on outcome measurements.
    • Analyze the health of populations, determinants of health, health risks, and behaviors in diverse populations.

    Gain Academic Expertise from Two Departments

    The Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree consists of 36 credits. The Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions will offer 18 credits and the Department of Employment and Labor Relations will offer 15.

    Students choose one three-credit elective from IUP courses that are appropriate for their needs and interests and meet the program objectives. Courses offered by the Employment and Labor Relations, Sociology, and Psychology departments might be of particular interest to students for this elective.

    Students that anticipate continuing their education in a doctoral program could choose to complete a thesis instead of an elective course. The thesis would require six credit hours, bringing their degree total to 39 credits.

    Check Out Your Options: Four Campus Locations, Online Classes

    With four campus sites as well as online learning options, you can make academic arrangements that suit your situation. Our main campus is in Indiana, Pennsylvania. We also offer these degrees through three other campus locations in the state: Harrisburg, Pittsburgh East, and at our Northpointe campus (between Kittanning and Pittsburgh).

    Be Done in One, Take Two for Two, or More

    You can complete the master’s degree in one year full-time, take the option of one online course and one evening course over two years, or spread the courses out over as many as five years. Choose what works best for you.