Health Services Administration {17-18}

B.S. Degree in Health Services Administration

MSUM offers an on-campus/hybrid Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration program aimed at developing competencies in the field of health services administration. The program serves a variety of students including traditional students seeking a four year undergraduate degree, students who plan to take the Nursing Home Administrator examination to practice in Minnesota, and students seeking coursework to gain expertise in the broad field of health services administration. To receive the B.S. in Health Services Administration, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. The program is designed to prepare students to take a variety of positions in acute care organizations, clinics, long-term care, government and community health organizations. The program has been approved by the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) and meets the licensure requirements. Additionally, program is also a member of Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).

Student Learning Outcomes

The mission of the health services administration program is to prepare students for leadership positions in various healthcare settings. Our graduates are exposed to academic and experiential learning opportunities allowing them to explore the confluence of theory and practice.

The vision of the health services administration program is to transform students into culturally competent, innovative leaders who are prepared to serve in various positions in healthcare.


  • Excellence - the program sets the high standard for academic excellence by providing students an in-depth knowledge of the field of health administration. Partnership with industry leaders and experiential learning opportunities allow students to build administrative and functional skills needed to work in a variety of healthcare industry.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork - the program strives to offer a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of interprofessional collaboration and teamwork between students, faculty members, graduates of the program and leaders in the healthcare industry.
  • Diversity - the program guides the students in understanding and developing respect for people from all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.
  • Continuous Improvement - the program fosters a culture of continuous improvement to enhance student learning and development. The focus on continuous improvement guides exceptional educational opportunities to our traditional, non-traditional, and working students.
  • Lifelong Learning - the program encourages lifelong learning by providing opportunities that allow students to enhance their professional competencies and administrative capabilities.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Attain an academic and practical understanding of health services administration based on acquired knowledge of the principles of healthcare finance, management, strategic planning, policy and law. 
  • Identify the historical, political, and scientific foundations of health services management.
  • Understand the legal and ethical basis of professional behavior.
  • Exhibit leadership skills necessary for employment in a health care organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a clear, concise and professional manner both written and verbally. 
  • Acquire the ability to problem solve, plan and analyze at the leadership level necessary for employment in the healthcare industry.
  • Long term care students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure as defined by the Minnesota Board of Nursing Home Administrators (for student specializing in Long Term Care).

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 31 credits )

Students must earn eleven credits in HSAD 469.

HSAD 326 Epidemiology & Introductory Biostatistics (3)
HSAD 414 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing (3)
HSAD 416 Healthcare Leadership and Management (4) *was 3 credits, effective spring 2017 4 credits
HSAD 418 Healthcare Law and Ethics (3)
HSAD 419 Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement Methods (3)
HSAD 420 Health Policy and Economics (3)
HSAD 468 Internship Seminar (1)
HSAD 469 Internship (11)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
HSAD 420 - Health Policy and Economics PHIL 318 - Professional Ethics

Related Requirements ( 27 credits )

ACCT 230 Principles of Accounting I (3)
ACCT 231 Principles of Accounting II (3)
HSAD 403 Healthcare Informatics (3) *was COMH 403
ECON 202 Principles of Economics I: Micro (3)
MATH 234 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
MGMT 440 Human Resource Management (3)
MGMT 451 Organizational Behavior (3)
MKTG 270 Principles of Marketing (3) *was MKTG 310
PHIL 318 Professional Ethics (3)

Emphasis in Long Term Care Administration

Program Requirements ( 12 credits )

HSAD 401 Health Aspects of Aging (3) *was COMH 401
HSAD 421 Long Term Care Administration (3)
PARA 416 Elder Law (3)
SOC 308 Social Gerontology (3) or
SW 308 Social Gerontology (3)