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B.S./M.P.A. in Health Care Administration

Student smilingThe Department of Health Care and Public Administration offers an accelerated degree program that enables qualified students to complete requirements for both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Administration in Health Care Administration in an accelerated time frame. This 168-credit program allows the student to obtain both degrees in five years.

Successful completion of undergraduate and graduate work will qualify you for a career in the organization and management of health services. Our graduates are employed as supervisors and managers in hospitals, health care agencies, nursing homes, group medical practices, regulatory agencies, county health departments, ambulatory services and insurance companies.

The program is multidisciplinary and explores the sociological, political and economic issues of health care and public administration. Undergraduate courses include the “American Health System,” “Legal Aspects of Health and Public Administration” and “American National Government.” Graduate classes focus on “Statistics for the Administrator,” “Medical Ethics,” and “Foundations of Budgeting and Finance in Health Administration.”

Students participate in internships at health service organizations, such as hospitals, nursing homes and government agencies. The internship is an extremely valuable means to acquire administrative experience and to establish connections in the job market.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Program Goals

Students enrolled in the accelerated program in health care administration will:

  • have the ability to lead and manage in public governance
  • delineate the attributes of a successful leader
  • demonstrate knowledge of organizational theories
  • have the ability to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
  • demonstrate creative, thoughtful problem-solving abilities
  • amass information and synthesize it coherently
  • demonstrate creative, thoughtful problem-solving abilities and a heightened awareness of ethical considerations.