The following goals and objectives drive the Health Services Administration program:
Goal 1: To provide students with thorough, challenging, and integrative learning experiences in the classroom that enhances their ability to become successful and productive graduates in health services administration.
- Objective 1a: To educate students about the key stakeholders within the healthcare system.
- Objective 1b: To educate students about healthcare cost, quality, and access issues and the interrelationships between these three important health system variables.
- Objective 1c: To educate students about significant laws and regulations that impact the healthcare system and its components.
- Objective 1d: To educate students on the theory and practice of healthcare organization and management.
- Objective 1e: To educate students on the theory and practice of healthcare finance.
Goal 2: To provide students with instructional opportunities for the development and enhancement of communication skills and abilities.
- Objective 2a: To educate students on the importance of writing clearly and effectively within professional environments.
- Objective 2b: To educate students on the importance of speaking clearly and professionally before individuals and groups in formal and informal settings.
Goal 3: To provide students with experiential and professional opportunities in healthcare organizations that allow for the application of program acquired knowledge and the further development of student skills and abilities.
- Objective 3a: To educate students on strategies and approaches for identifying and crafting solutions to problems in healthcare organizations.
- Objective 3b: To educate students on the importance of being accountable/responsible for personal and team commitments within a professional environment.
- Objective 3c: To provide students with meaningful internship experiences that contribute to their personal and professional growth.
The Health Services Administration (HSA) program follows the general education requirements as stipulated by the university. This accounts for 30 hours and includes Tier 1 (English, quantitative skills, and writing intensive courses), Tier 2 (selection of several courses across six broad areas, including applied science/mathematics, cross-cultural perspectives, fine arts, humanities/literature, natural sciences, and social sciences), and Tier 3, which includes the selection of one synthesis course. Programs are given the option of developing a discipline specific synthesis course, also known as a “Tier 3 Equivalent,” and the HSA program has done this with the creation of HLTH 4665 (Administrative Applications in Healthcare Organizations).
The HSA program requires the completion of 11 professional or foundational courses (a total of 34 hours) that provide students with a fundamental understanding of issues in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, statistics and public speaking.
The HSA program builds upon this foundation by providing a specific focus on healthcare organizations and systems. The health services administration core consists of 14 courses (a total of 45 hours), including a 400-hour (6 semester hours) internship requirement in a student’s senior year.
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.
The HLTH 4910 internship is intended to represent the final “capstone” experience for undergraduate health services administration majors, and is a requirement for graduation. This internship was created to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in the professional environment of health care administration. By the end of the internship, students will have gained a better understanding of working in health care administration. It will also provide students with better personal insight into their own working preferences as well as their personal strengths and weaknesses in a professional environment. The final report submitted for the internship will be a professional portfolio designed to showcase the internship experience.
In recent years, OHIO asked all programs to develop an assessment strategy that revolves around program learning outcomes. Previously, the HSA program used a less formal assessment strategy in which feedback from course syllabi, course evaluations, internship preceptor evaluations, external constituencies and program faculty served as the primary assessment vehicle. HSA students are now assessed based upon a specific set of program learning outcomes, which can be viewed here.
For more information on the program requirements, visit the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog.