Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science (MS) in Health Services Administration program provides students with the necessary knowledge and decision-making skills needed for a career in the fast-paced field of employment relations and healthcare. This degree consists of 36 credits and offers flexible class options. Courses are offered full-time and part-time in the evenings and online, which makes this program perfect for working professionals. In addition to our main campus, students can also take classes at our Pittsburgh East, Northpointe, and Harrisburg locations.
This degree can be completed in one year when taken on a full-time basis. Part-time students who take one online and one evening course per semester can complete the program in two years. That being said, students have the option to take up to five years to finish their studies. IUP offers rolling admissions to this program and admits students from many different educational backgrounds.
Our health services degree is not just focused on health policy or health care administration, but rather it offers a unique combination of policy, health care administration, and employment relations all in a single program. Classes in this program include Human Resource Management, Health Law, Informatics in Health Care, and Nursing Administration.
Students that anticipate continuing their education in a doctoral program complete a thesis as part of the program. The thesis would require six credit hours, bringing their degree total to 39 credits. Students who do not plan to continue their graduate studies instead choose an elective course to bring them up to the 36-credit-hour mark. These requirements meet the minimum master’s degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
As part of this program, students take 18 credits from the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions and 15 credits from the Department of Employment and Labor Relations. Students then either choose to complete a thesis or take one three-credit elective from IUP courses that not only meet the program requirements, but are appropriate for their needs and interests. Courses offered by the Employment and Labor Relations, Sociology, and Psychology departments might be of particular interest to students for the elective.
Our courses are designed to teach students marketable skills in human resources, health care delivery, and health care administration that leads them into leadership positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, health organizations (nonprofit and for-profit), etc. These careers are not only financially rewarding, but they also allow for the improvement of both employee relations and quality of patient care.
The role of a health services administrator includes applying specialized knowledge of employment relations, improving individual and public health, and enhancing health delivery systems. Earning a health services degree from IUP provides students with a balance of skills in health services, employee relations, and research methodology that enables them to excel in this role.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Health Services Administration degree program provides flexibility through convenient class formats, offered at multiple campus locations and online. Interested in learning more? Request information today!
Health Services Administration Graduate Program Handbook
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