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.
Goal 2: To provide students with instructional opportunities for the development and enhancement of communication skills and abilities.
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.
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 can be found here. 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.
In 2013-2014, the university 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.