The Master of Science in health systems administration provides strategic skills for today’s healthcare management professionals. Now, as never before, health care is rapidly transforming. The pace of technology and innovation are changing how, when, and where healthcare is provided, and who is providing it. Concurrently, healthcare consumers have high expectations for quality and responsiveness to their needs—delivered in a cost-effective manner. To provide these strategic skills, this post-graduate degree builds on a foundation of courses in policy and law formation, healthcare economics, finance, insurance reform, innovation, information technology, systems, operations and leadership. The course work is built on a foundation of skills and knowledge sets identified and endorsed by national healthcare leadership organizations. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume clinical and business leadership roles across the diverse healthcare industry.
The healthcare industry is changing rapidly due to healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act. The MS degree encompasses course work that provides the graduate with a breadth of knowledge in areas key required for effective management of healthcare organizations: research, governance and economics, finance, health insurance, process improvement, project management and informatics. The MS curriculum also provides graduates a broad view of healthcare issues that administrators and leaders must be prepared to deal with effectively: change and innovation, leadership theory and application, bioethics, and human resources. Finally, the curriculum prepares the graduate to develop and implement plans designed to create and steer healthcare organizations of the future. Health Systems Administration graduates will not only lead today’s healthcare organizations, they will create patient-centered facilities of the future.
The program is offered online, allowing students to pursue their degree while maintaining full-time employment in locations around the world. A distinct advantage of the program is the diversity of its student population, allowing for creative discussion and comprehension of global health care issues and how they relate to the standards and practices of the American health care system. The ability to share information and ideas, and to compare and contrast strategies, allows students a level of creativity and scope of practice not found in the traditional classroom.
A new accelerated format reduces the length of the program's courses to eight-week sessions, permitting students to complete their program in half the time of traditional semester-based programs.
International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) is required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum acceptable scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score for an unconditional acceptance is 6.5. It is recommended that international students begin the program in the fall semester.