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Masters in Health Services Administration


Why Apply? | Courses | Requirements | Tuition & Aid 

Overview

Healthcare is an increasingly evolving and prominent local and global topic, and the managers and decision makers demanded in the industry must be properly educated and developed. FIU Master of Health Services Administration provides professional education for management careers in health services organizations. Graduates of this degree will learn the theories and issues of managing complex organizations in both public and private settings and will be prepared to serve in a variety of administrative roles in the healthcare industry.  

Offered in a convenient hybrid format, each course will have both an online and on-campus component. Fifty percent of the content of each course will be online, and the other fifty percent will be on-campus.

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Why Apply?

Healthcare professionals with the right blend of technical and management skills are among the most sought-after professionals in the field. Our master's program is geared towards healthcare administrators who wish to develop themselves in the management and administration of today’s healthcare organizations.  Graduates will emerge with the tools and knowledge necessary to manage teams and departments within the industry and strategically develop balanced solutions which benefit healthcare organizations and patient care and access.  

Industry Statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations and industries related to healthcare are projected to add the most new jobs, and the healthcare industry is expected to grow at an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent per year. Medical and health services managers in particular, hold a job outlook growth rate of 23 percent until 2022. 

In 2014, the median annual wages for medical and health services managers was $92,810, with the top 10 percent — those with the most experience and advance training — earning more than $161,150 (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Future of the Healthcare Industry

As the large baby-boomer population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This demand will result in an increase in the number of physicians, patients, and procedures, as well as in the number of facilities. There will be a high demand for managers and nursing care facility administrators that will be needed to organize and manage medical information and teams in the healthcare industry.

Program Curriculum

The hybrid Master of Health Services Administration consists of 48 credit hours.  Each course will have both an online and on-campus component. Fifty percent of the content of each course will be online, and the other fifty percent will be on-campus.

Foundation Courses

Introduction to Health Policy and Management HSA 5125
The American health care system is broadly analyzed in social, economic, and political terms, including examination of its major operational and programmatic components as they have evolved in their changing patterns and trends of organizational development.

Management and Organization in Healthcare HSA 6185
Fundamentals of management and organizational theory with focus on roles and functions of managers, and the influences of organizational structure and design in the dynamic environment of health care systems. 

Financial Management of Health Systems HSA 6175
Aspects of modern hospital and health care organization financial management are covered to prepare students for executive roles in policy planning and control responsibilities involving budgeting, auditing, investing, capital financing, etc. Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125 and HSA 6185. 

Marketing and Demographic Analysis in Healthcare HSA 6415
This course is designed to familiarize students with analytical procedures and empirical techniques of market analysis and to equip students for practical work in market analysis. Prerequisites or Corequisites: HSA 5125.

Core Courses:

Health Law and Legal Aspects of Management HSA 6426
The broad range of legal issues in health care and administrative aspects of law that concern health care managers are surveyed for implications concerning malpractice, patient rights, contracts, liability and immunity, taxation, surgical consent, etc. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125 and HSA 6185. 

HMO and Ambulatory Care Administration HSA 6215
Overview of the management process employed in health maintenance organizations (HMO’s) and other group medical practices operating under various financial arrangements, including prepayment. Prerequisites: HSA 5125, HSA 6185, or permission of the instructor.

Quality Assessment and Outcome in Healthcare HSA 6759
The concept of quality and quantity assessment are examined from multiple perspectives: patients, healthcare providers, payer's standard setting organization and healthcare policymakers. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125 and HSA 6185. 

Design and Management of Health Information Systems HSA 6197
The development and management of health information systems to support managerial decision-making. Emphasis is on the integration of clinical, personnel, and financial data.  Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125 and HSA 6185.

Strategic Planning and Marketing of Health Care Services HSA 6149
Principles, techniques, and case study applications of strategic planning and marketing in the context of changing environmental, policy, and competitive forces in the health services industry. Prerequisite: Completion of 36 credit hours in program coursework.

Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Systems HSA 6186
Examine leadership and organizational behavior in health care settings. Personal and profession growth are encouraged through integrative study of individual, group and organizations issues. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125 and HSA 6185.

Hospital and Health Facilities Organization HSA 6205
Administrative theory and management principles are examined in their application to the organizational analysis of hospitals and health care facilities. Prerequisites: HSA 5125, HSA 6185 or permission from the instructor.

Ethical Decisions in Health Services Administration HSA 5455
This course will study ethical principles as they apply to areas of management, supervision and clinical practice in the delivery of health care. Emphasis is on managerial decision-making. Prerequisites: HSA 5125, HSA 6185.

Managing Human Resources and Health Professions HSA 6187
Study of human resource functions and activities necessary to enhance knowledge, competencies, skills, attitudes and behavior and to improve individual and organizational performance in health care organizations. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125 and HSA 6185.

Management of Long Term Care Systems HSA 5226
Organizational, financial, and policy issues in the management of long term care systems in the U.S. with special emphasis on the State of Florida.

Professional Seminar HSA 6930
A professional seminar to provide career development skills in preparation for residency or master's project.  Prerequisite: Completed 36 credit hours in the program coursework.

Integrative Coursework:

Advanced Health Services Management and Research Seminar HSA 6717   
Integrates the theoretical and practical knowledge of other courses and activities in the curriculum. Selected case studies and relevant research provide the substantives framework for seminar analysis of issues and policy questions. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Administrative Residency HSA 6875
Off-campus placement in residency with health care organizations under supervision of a managing preceptor at the site. Prerequisites: HSA 6930 and approval of the coordinator.

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Master's Research Project HSA 6977
The student will be field afforded the opportunity to conduct a research project on a specific health care management problem in a community or institutional setting. A formal proposal will be prepared and approved by faculty. Students will be expected to demonstrate during the course of this research project that they can implement theoretical knowledge and skills learned earlier in courses on research methods and design. Prerequisites: HSA 6930 and permission of advisor.

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Admissions Requirements

  • Meet the general University requirements for admission to graduate programs.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
  • Show promise of success in graduate studies as determined by the faculty.
  • All applicants must submit a professional writing sample in response to the two prompts below. The submission must be between 1 and 2 pages and must follow proper APA formatting. Please reference this site (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/) for guidelines on APA formatting (an abstract is not required).
    • Pick one of the values of the Health Services Administration Department and explain what that value means to you and how you will carry it with you into your future career as a healthcare administrator.
    • Values: Empathy, multicultural, contemporary, leadership, and integrity.
    • Present the two sides of what you believe to be an ethical dilemma healthcare administrators are faced with today.
    • You may reference the American College of Healthcare Executives Code of Ethics to help with identifying an ethical issue.
  • A GPA for the last 60 hours of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • International graduate student applicant whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 550 paper based and 80 internet based for the TOEFL and a score of 6.5 for the IELTS is required.
  • Entering students must demonstrate knowledge and ability in areas of accounting, micro-economics, quantitative analysis and basic computer skills as approved by the department.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be based on additional factors including compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with the programs objectives, relevance of work experience, etc. The Program Admissions Committee may require a personal interview as part of the application process.

For application inquiries, contact us: 

Phone: 305.348.3125 or 1-(855)-FIU-Online
E-mail: onlineprograms@fiu.edu

Admissions Documents

A student wishing to enroll in the graduate program must complete the following:

  • Complete the online graduate admissions application.
  • Have official transcripts of all previously earned college or university credits sent to the University Admissions Office.
  • Submit personal writing sample.
  • All applications for admission should be reviewed by the Department no later than two months preceding the semester in which the student wishes to commence the program. Admissions are accepted for Fall and Spring Semesters only. A maximum of 12 semester hours taken as an affiliated student can be used toward the degree. Affiliated status does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

International Students

Official TOEFL/IELTS passing scores, if required. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years.

Official transcript translation: If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU.

A copy of diploma (an official copy may be requested in certain cases).

Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to: 

FIU Online
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
Miami, FL 33199

Tuition & Aid Information

Pursuing your graduate degree is one of the best investments you can make -- one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support to help you reach your goals. The total cost of this online program is $31,200 for Florida residents and non-Florida residents. 

Academic Works

FIU offers Academic Works, a website that matches students with relevant scholarships opportunities.  Find the one that’s right for you!  Academic Works is an online scholarship application tool where FIU students can browse and apply for more than 100 scholarships, made possible by the generosity of FIU alumni and friends.  Students can apply after they are matriculated into one of our programs.  For more information visit https://give.fiu.edu/business-governance/scholarships/.

Other Resources

There are other third party resources that prospective students can access while researching on how to pay for school.  Below are various links that provide more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities:

Federal Financial Aid

For information on Federal Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please visit our financial aid page.