The health services administration program prepares graduates for management positions in a variety of health care organizations and promotes interpersonal skills that help students become productive citizens. Our graduates possess and academic understanding of health services management coupled with practical experiences by participating in an internship at a premier health care organization.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration offers a comprehensive curriculum focused on today’s issues, including specialized health management courses. Elective courses allow students to specialize in various health care delivery fields, such as health services management, elder services management, ambulatory services management and community services management.
Students can select a long term care administration emphasis by completeing 11 credits of approved course work in the fields of gerontology and management. Licensure is available to students who earn a bachelor’s degree in health services management, complete a required internship and pass state and national examinations.
Healthcare executives plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of healthcare. They are either specialists in charge of a specific clinical department or generalists who manage an entire facility or system. Healthcare administrators may hold positions that include clinic manager, health planner, foundation director, hospice director, managed care plan manager or nursing home administrator, among many others.
Employment of health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent through 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The healthcare industry will continue to expand and diversify. Managers will need to improve quality and efficiency of healthcare, while controlling costs and overseeing computerization of patient records to ensure their security as required by law.
Industries that employ the largest numbers of health services managers include general medical and surgical hospitals, outpatient care centers, offices of physicians, home health care services and nursing care facilities.
Students in the MSUM Health Services Administration program complete a planned practicum which is related to their course of study. This 480-hour internship is designed to provide practical experience based upon the theoretical foundations learned in the classroom. Each student develops skills in the area of problem solving, strategic planning, financial analysis, human resource coordination, and leadership.
Students who are enrolled in Health Services Administration major may concentrate on an "emphasis" in Long Term Care Administration by completing 12 credits of approved course work in the field of health management and aging services. Licensure is available to students completing the requirements for a bachelor's degree, completing a required internship, and passing state and national examinations.