Health Services Administration Program Overview
In today’s healthcare environment it’s important for leaders and managers to understand how to apply business skills and creative problem-solving approaches to resolve issues in important administrative areas. OHIO’s health services administration program, taught by expert faculty, will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to drive effective solutions in this dynamic and challenging field. You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the health care industry and its professional environment while exploring trends affecting health care in the United States. The managerial skills and principles obtained from the program, combined with a thorough understanding of the health care delivery system, will equip you with the solid foundation needed for future career success. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for entry level administrative, general staff, and other non-clinical positions in a variety of sectors within the health care industry.
This program provides a real-world internship where you’ll gain experience in the professional environment of health care administration. The capstone experience provided through the HLTH 4910 internship will equip you with a better understanding of professional health care administration setting as well as your own working preferences, personal strengths, and areas where there are opportunities for personal growth. The internship culminates in the creation of a professional portfolio designed to showcase your internship experience.
Receive thorough, challenging, and integrative learning experiences in the classroom that will enhance your ability to become successful and productive graduates in health services administration.
- Learn about key stakeholders within the healthcare system and gain valuable information about healthcare cost, quality and access issues as well as the interrelationships between these three important health system variables.
- Select a track that is right for you: Health Policy Management or Aging Health Services.
- Gain knowledge of significant laws and regulations that impact the healthcare system and its components.
- Expand your expertise in the theory and practice of healthcare organization and management and healthcare finance.
- Develop and enhance communication skills and abilities.
- Enhance written and verbal communication skills by learning to write clearly and effectively within professional environments. You’ll also sharpen your verbal communication skills, speaking clearly and confidently before individuals and groups in both formal and informal settings.
- Gain experiential and professional opportunities in healthcare organizations that allow for the application of program acquired knowledge and the further development of your skills and abilities.
- Learn strategies and approaches for identifying and crafting solutions to problems in healthcare organizations with a focus on accountability for personal and team commitments.
The HSA program requires the completion of core courses that provide students with a fundamental understanding of health systems organization, human resources, health care finance, law and ethics, strategic marketing, and leadership/management of health care organizations.
In addition, professional coursework includes preparation in public speaking, economics, decision-making with accounting, corporate finance, and statistics.
The HSA program allows students to select one of two tracks: Health Policy and Management OR Aging Health Services.
Elective course options provide opportunities for learn about medical terminology, healthcare advocacy, global health, and more.
A detailed listing of the curriculum is available online. All students must obtain a minimum of 120 semester hours in order to graduate. Upon graduation, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Health.
Health Services Administration students will be assessed based upon the program learning outcomes found in the academic catalog.