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Graduate Programs: Health Services Administration, MS

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    Prepare for Leadership Positions in the Ever-Changing Health Services Environment

    Pursue courses designed to provide you with marketable skills in human resources, health care delivery, and health care administration that will lead you into leadership positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, health organizations (nonprofit and for-profit), etc.

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

    Program Draws 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, the Department of Employment and Labor Relations will offer 15, and students would also 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. These requirements meet the minimum master’s degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

    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.

    • Rolling admission

    • Two-year, 36-credit, part-time program

    • Blended format: Face-to-face and online combination

    • Classes at Northpointe near Pittsburgh

    • Program designed for students from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds

    • Coursework delivered by doctoral-level IUP faculty members and practitioners from two departments: Nursing and Allied Health Professions and Employment and Labor Relations