Master of Science in Health Sciences – Healthcare Administration
The Master of Science in Health Sciences – Healthcare Administration specialization prepares professionals to manage the critical aspects of US healthcare system. Students will learn to critically evaluate research findings in applicable fields of practice, and gain knowledge in ethical and legal decision making. Emphasis is placed on educational, interpersonal, community and legislative factors that promote successful administration. The curriculum teaches interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community and healthcare management. Courses are offered on-campus only. Graduates of this degree program may function as administrators in small clinics, and outpatient facilities in a variety of settings – both public and private.
- Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in health sciences must complete six prerequisite credits prior to starting the program
- Complete and submit an application for admission with a non-refundable application fee
- Admissions interview with a University Admissions Advisor
- Submitted documentation of a completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
- Complete an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)
4 semesters/16 months*
*Dependent on course load
Total Degree Requirements
Healthcare Administration Concentration Requirements
Master of Science in Health Sciences Total
The course provides an overview of human development and aging as normal part of the life cycle. Demographic and epidemiological trends with respect to the life course will be examined. Common diseases over the life course and their impact upon caregivers will be explored. Health behavior theory and health education planning models will be introduced and applied in the context of chronic disease prevention. The course provides a conceptual framework to understand the interrelationships among psychological, biological, and social factors and their influence on development and health. Prerequisites: None
The course provides students with the capacity to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in various community and health care settings. Needs assessment methods, planning models, goals and objectives setting, strategy selection, data collection, and quality and evaluation issues will be addressed. Prerequisites: None
The course provides an overview of essential concepts related to culture and cross-cultural perspectives in health and health care. The overarching goals of this course are to develop cultural awareness and an intercultural understanding of health, to provide the ability to function effectively in multicultural settings as health educators and health administrators, and to learn to identify social determinants of health to effectively address cultural factors related to individual and population health, health disparities, and health services. Prerequisites: None
The course is designed to provide students the capability to evaluate research findings in the field of health sciences in preparation for the Capstone course, and in addition to identify the relationship of conceptual models and theories to research (knowledge building). Quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis will be introduced as they are applied to performing scientific investigations.
This course is an overview of mental disorder in our society. Topics include biological, psychological, medical, legal, social, and health services issues related to mental health and wellness. Major legal cases, legislation, and governmental reports relevant to health care policies on mental health will be covered. Prerequisites: None
The course provides a full introduction to health care program administration and an overview of the skills and models commonly utilized by members of the profession. The main skills applied to managing health care programs are discussed. Prerequisites: MHS 502 Research in Health Sciences
Knowledge of the tenets of global health strategically addressing health inequities is introduced. Priority- setting and evidence-based health promotion on issues will be discussed.
The integrative Capstone course is for students completing their master studies in Health Sciences. The focus is on helping students to choose and define their research topic, to formulate the research question, and guiding them through research and writing process of their thesis. It also teaches how to effectively present the results of their work to the Graduate Committee. Prerequisites: MHS 508 Research in Health Care
*Non =-transferable must be taken in the last semester
Graduate Professional Symposium (Optional Internship Course)
1 credit course per semester that runs concurrently with the required course schedule
This course introduces students to policy analysis by examining issues in the health sector with a problem focused and multidisciplinary approach that builds on political science, public administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, public policy and political theory. It explores the complexity of health policy and provides the basic tools used in policy design, implementation and evaluation. Prerequisites: None
Overview of various health information systems with emphasis on case studies like patient-care, clinical decision-support, disease and demographic surveillance, imaging and simulation, and safety and environmental assessment. Fundamentals of proposing, reporting, and refereeing evaluation studies are covered. Legal and ethical issues related to training, security, confidentiality, and the use of informed consent are also addressed. Prerequisites: None
Operational knowledge of financial management theory and concepts adhering to Government Accounting Standards Board or the Financial Accounting Standards Board are presented. Understanding basic principles is vital for the economic well-being of the healthcare organization. Prerequisites: None
This course is designed for administrators and legal counsels in healthcare for keeping their organizations in compliance with federal and state regulations. Strategies for compliance plan development and implementation are discussed. The essential ingredients for an effective compliance program in agreement with key statutes, regulations, policy guidance, and enforcement initiatives are introduced.