Master of Science in Health Services Administration

The UE’s Master of Science in HSA is designed for those who want to assume health care management positions in public and private health service organizations. The multidisciplinary approach to the program is enhanced by the utilization of University of Evansville full-time faculty in addition to adjunct faculty from the business community and health care organizations.

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The University of Evansville offers a combined bachelors and masters degree in Health Services Administration or a masters degree.

Graduate students may enroll in the program as a full-time or part-time student. Most part-time graduates are working adults in the community. They typically take one or two evening courses a semester and graduate within three to four years. As a full-time graduate student, 9 - 12 credit hours are traditionally taken each semester. These students graduate within 14 - 18 months by taking both day and evening classes.

Graduate Program Advantages

  • Benefit from a program designed for working adults and full time students
  • Select from a large number of evening classes
  • Begin classes any semester
  • Receive quality instruction from full-time UE faculty in addition to experienced part-time faculty within the business community and health care organizations
  • Gain close relationships to students and faculty through small class sizes
  • Obtain global health care knowledge through the optional 10-day study abroad program
  • Graduate with a minimum of 36 semester hours

Admission Requirements


Overview of the health care system. Reviews the history and current status of various segments of health care. Includes analysis of the impact of socioeconomic and political factors, as well as current health care issues and trends.

Emphasizes legal and ethical processes and their application to the health care organization, administrator, staff, employees, and patients. Includes ethical dimensions of the decision-making process and current ethical issues in health care.

Examines research principles and methods as they contribute to health care organizations and the delivery system. Provides experience in developing a research proposal and formal critique of research literature.

Uses various organizational, managerial, and behavioral theories, concepts, and principles to analyze, diagnose, predict, and guide human behavior within health care organizations. Emphasis on motivation, leadership, change, communication, personality, group dynamics, decision making, and organizational development. Stresses the importance of understanding professional roles within health care organizations.

Includes the study of management theory and practice as applied by managers of health services. Emphasizes analysis of the manager's role, interactions with people, the organization, and the environment. Special emphasis on human resource issues.

Provides an understanding of the concepts and applications of information systems used in the management of health care systems.

Integrates long-range goal planning with dimensions of marketing for health care services. Concepts, techniques, and theories used in the planning and management of marketing in the health care industry.

A study of health promotion, specific diseases, and health problems throughout the life cycle. Includes communicable and chronic diseases and conditions that affect the individual, the family, and the community. Explores role of health care system in dealing with these problems through prevention and treatment.

Focuses on the acquisition, allocation, and management control of financial resources within health care organizations. Includes cost analysis, financial position analysis and strategies, reimbursement, pricing policies, budgeting, capital expenditure, analysis of financial reports, and informal and external controls.

Provides field experience within a selected health care organization with the supervision of an agency preceptor and faculty member. Design of course dependent upon the individual student's past and present work experiences in health care organizations as well as future goals. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Examines the changing role of managed care organizations in the health care system. Discusses the history, basic structure of managed care firms, the interrelationships among providers, and their evolving role. Their impact on health care economics discussed in detail.

Focuses on the analysis of data common to health care. Includes data description, elements of probability, distribution of random variables, estimation and confidence intervals, binomial and normal distributions, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, regression analysis, and ANOVA.

Examines decision making in health services administration by extensive use of case studies. Material from other HSA courses integrated into the study of decisions facing all types of health care organizations.

Independent research in health care management conducted under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Structured assignment which allows student to gain practical experience in a health care management position related to an area of career interest. Student is directed by the internship director and supervised by a member of the cooperating organization. Prerequisite: Permission of the health services administration program director.

Lectures and discussion of topics not covered in regular course offerings. Provides greater depth to topics of special interest or explores rapidly changing areas in health services administration.