MSUM’s Health Services Administration Programs

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Healthcare is one of today’s most dynamic and growing fields with a wide range of opportunities and challenges.  Healthcare executives work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, integrated delivery systems, managed care organizations, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and consulting firms.  The American College of Healthcare Executives wants to help you make a positive, informed decision about your career.  You can count on us as a resource for career advice, resume consultation, continuing education, and other career services.

– Thomas C. Colan, Ph.D., FACHE, CAE

President and Chief Executive Officer

American College of Healthcare Executives


Do you have what it takes?

What do employers look for in their entry-level managers?  Here are some of the criteria:

-Academic training/previous work experience

-A degree in health administration from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education or another degree may qualify you

-A commitment to professional development and continuing education

-Previous positions, internships, and fellowships in healthcare organizations or other business settings

-Communication skills

-Strong written and oral communication skills

-Ability to develop and present reports and proposals

-Adaptability/organizational fit

-Personal and career objectives that mesh with those of the organization

-Ability to work well with others, including superiors, subordinates, and peers

-Attitude and appearance that communicate confidence, maturity, and competence

-Dependability, judgment, character

-Maturity to make decisions and take responsibility for them

-Honest and ethical business conduct

-Willingness to make a commitment to the organization

-General management skills

-Leadership that inspires and motivates others

-Ability to train, delegate, evaluate, coordinate, and negotiate


Healthcare is currently growing faster than any other industry in America due to the increasing demands for long-term care made by the aging baby boomer population.  There are jobs available in a variety of health care fields.


MSUM’s program in Health Services Administration was established in 1998 and is structured as a comprehensive curriculum (science, business, social sciences, and health care management) that permits specialization in various domains of health care delivery.  The program prepares students to be a future health care leader eligible to practice in the field of health and aging services administration.


  • Students who complete the undergrad program can expect to go into a variety of health care jobs, such as entry level management.
  • Students who complete the graduate program can expect to become a more desirable candidate if already employed or to gain more credibility for their resume if just starting out in the field.


The MSUM Health Services Administration undergraduate program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) (

Additionally, the MHA and HSAD program coordinator, Lonni Schicker, is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) (


Masters of Healthcare Administration

The MHA program at MSUM provides students with skills and experiences to be competitive in a variety of professional settings.  Building on students’ existing leadership skills, management styles, and current understanding of healthcare policy in the highly regulated healthcare industry, students will be able to dynamically contribute to the delivery of services throughout the healthcare continuum.

Courses taken within this program include Health Information Systems, Health Care Economics, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management, Health Care Delivery Science, and Health Care Law & Ethical Decision Making.


Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

This program offers the undergraduate student an extensive educational experience focused on today’s issues, dedicated and committed faculty with real world experiences, and a commitment to the development of each student in reaching their fullest potential.  Our goals are to provide a learning experience that both prepares the healthcare leaders of tomorrow and develops the interpersonal skills of each individual student.  Graduates of our program will have an academic understanding of health services management coupled with practical experiences through an internship in a premier health care organization.

Courses taken within the program include Disease Prevention, Epidemiology, Health Services Planning & Evaluation, Health Services Management, Medical & Health Care Law, and Health Policy & Payment.


Minor in Health Services Administration

Courses taken as part of the minor include Principles of Accounting, Health Services Planning & Evaluation, Health Services Management, Medical & Health Care Law, and Principles of Management.


Long-Term Care Emphasis

Students who are enrolled in the Health Services Administration major may concentrate on an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration by completing 12 credits of approved course work in the field of health management and aging services.  Licensure is available to students completing the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree, completing a required internship, and passing state and national exams.

The required coursework for completing this emphasis is Health Aspects of Aging, Long Term Care Administration, Elder Law, and Social Gerontology.



More information about our programs can be found below:


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