Health Administration M.S.

Louis D. Horvath, MA
Graduate Director Campus and Online Programs
Department of Health Services

100 Post Hall

Program Description

The M.S. in Health Administration curriculum is designed to enhance knowledge, technical skills and professional competencies for those seeking advancement or entry into management of health care organizations. Program goals and objectives reflect the professional competencies defined by the American College of Healthcare Executives. The M.S. Health Administration offers concentrations in Health Informatics, and Organizational Development and Leadership.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Graduates of the HAD MS Program will understand and apply the principles of public policy, effective governance, management and leadership to healthcare systems.

Objective 1.1: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of healthcare systems and effective healthcare systems management, including the history, structuring, marketing, and positioning.

Objective 1.2: Graduates will adhere to sound financial principles of health organizations; will utilize data analysis to support decision-making; and will commit to the stability, health and well-being of an organization.

Objective 1.3: Graduates will be able to manage human resources in diverse environments such as hospitals, long term care institutions, behavioral health organizations, home care agencies, clinics, insurance companies, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

Objective 1.4: Graduates will be able to demonstrate conflict and change management in diverse communities by applying principles of the social and behavioral sciences.

Goal 2: Graduates of the HAD MS Program will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills (application).

Objective 2.1: Graduates will be able to develop and present reports and proposals using the medical, technical, and business language of the healthcare field.

Objective 2.2: Graduates will convey confidence, poise, presence, maturity and empathy in professional interactions with others.

Goal 3: Graduates of the HAD MS Program will critically evaluate health information in order to identify and apply best practices in health services administration.

Objective 3.1: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to manage information including the collection of data, qualitative and quantitative analysis, evaluation of the validity of data, and to summarize the information for effective decision making.

Objective 3.2: Graduates will understand, critically evaluate and apply current research in health services administration to professional practice.

Objective 3.3: Graduates will employ quality assessment of business practices and health care delivery focusing on outcomes measurement, processes, outcomes, and methods for process improvement.

Goal 4: Graduates of the HAD MS Program will understand the legal principles applicable to the US Health Care Delivery System, follow ethical codes of conduct of the health professions, and model Jesuit values serving those in need.

Objective 4.1:  Graduates will operationalize legal principles in health management, follow honest and ethical business conduct, and adhere to the best practices of the health professions.

Objective 4.2: Graduates will demonstrate the maturity to make decisions and to take responsibility for those decisions.

Objective 4.3:  Graduates will act as global citizens, holding personal and career objectives that honor and serve communities and people in need.

General Health Administration Curricular Requirements

12 courses

Core Courses
HAD 552Health Administration3
HAD 553Health Care Organization3
HAD 600Ethics of Health Care3
HSV 550Health Services Research3
HSV 551Managed Health Care3
HAD 554Health Care Law3
HAD 555Acc for Health Care Organiztns3
HAD 556Fin Manag of Health Care Org.3
HAD 560Health Care Informatics3
HSV 700Integ Capstne Crs in Hlth Serv3
Health Care Administration Electives
Select one of the following:3
Health Care Strat Plan & Mktg
Hospital Administration
Health Policy
Health Care and the Internet
Computer-Based Patient Record
Community Health Education Electives
Select one of the following:3
Psyc Aspects Chrnc Ill & Disb
Directed Resrch in Health Serv
Employee Asst & Occup Health
Epidemiology and Com Health
Stress and Crisis Management
Fieldwork in Health Admin

Other HAD/HED/GRG/ODL/SOC courses as approved by the Director

Health Informatics Concentration

The Informatics Concentration trains health care professionals in the strategic use of information technology (IT) so they may lead planning, design, integration, implementation, and evaluation of clinical, financial and administrative information systems in various healthcare organizations. The Informatics concentration consists of 14 courses (42 credits): the required courses from the HAD curriculum (10 courses) plus Health Informatics courses (4 courses). 

Health Informatics Courses

HAD 561Health Care and the Internet3
HAD 562Hlth Info Mgt Sys Data & Infra3
HAD 563Hlth Info Mgt Syst Appl3
HAD 564Computer-Based Patient Record3

Organization Development and Leadership Concentration

The concentration in Organization Development and Leadership (ODL) is designed to enhance skills in managing and developing healthy organizational culture. The Organization Development and Leadership Concentration requires completion of 14 courses (42 credits): the required courses from the HAD curriculum (10 courses) plus ODL courses (4 courses). .

Organization Development and Leadership Courses

ODL 650Organizational Leadership3
ODL 655Org Change & Culture3
ODL 665Leading Teams3
ODL 700Org Dev Theory & App3