Master of Science in Health Services Administration

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MHSA) is designed to provide graduate level education to individuals who are capable of assuming leadership positions in a variety of health services organizations. The degree is designed for experienced healthcare managers seeking to further develop their administrative knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance their contributions to the healthcare industry.

Students will select either an Administrative Track or a Health Informatics Track. Students may also enroll only in the Graduate Certificate Program in Healthcare Informatics which includes 5 courses Completed in an accelerated format, a student may complete the certificate in as little as eight months.

All courses in the MHSA and the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics are offered in the accelerated format, which is a 7.5 week course online. Beginning Winter term, January 2016, selected health informatics courses will be offered in a weekend college format in Naples, Florida.

MHSA Graduates are Prepared to Advance Their Careers in a Variety of Healthcare Settings:

  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Community Health
  • Senior Housing and Managed Care Organizations
  • Physician Practices
  • Advocacy Organizations and Professional Associations
  • The Insurance Industry
  • Consultant Services


Is a Master of Science in Health Services Administration Right for Me?

If you are interested advancing your career in health services administration, possess the following qualities, and are ready to prepare yourself for the future in healthcare, than MHSA may be right for you!

Do you possess the following qualities?*

  • Analytical Skills - You must be able to understand and follow current regulations and be able to adapt to new laws.
  • Communication Skills - You must be able to communicate effectively with other health professionals.
  • Attention to Detail - You might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - You need to be able to discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives and be able to motivate and lead staff.
  • Problem-solving skills - You may be responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems.
  • Technical Skills - You must be able to follow advances in health care technology like Electronic Health Records (EHR).

Is a Certificate in Healthcare Informatics right for me?

Already have a Master’s degree, but think you need more knowledge in the rapidly growing field of healthcare informatics? Our graduate certificate in Healthcare Informatics provides you with the tools and skills to “talk the talk” with not only physicians and other providers, but with IT professionals as well.


What is the HSA Career Outlook?

Healthcare is an industry that is going through rapid change and growth; therefore, skillful executives are needed in a wide range of healthcare organizations.

Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations*.

*Source: 10/23/2013

Health Services Administration Careers*

  • Manage Nursing Department
  • Manage Surgery Department
  • Manage Physical Therapy Dept.
  • Set Policies
  • Develop Budgets
  • Evaluate Staff
  • Work for the Top Administrator
  • Handle Daily Operations
  • Direct Nursing Activities
  • Direct Medical Records
  • Direct Therapy Activities
  • Direct Health Information
  • Manage Patient Care
  • Supervise Staff
  • Manage Facility
  • Determine Budget
  • Manage Finances
  • Manage Patient Admissions
  • Clinical Systems Analyst
  • Clinical Informaticist
  • Healthcare IT Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Clinical Applications Analyst
  • Healthcare IT Sales
  • Population Health Manager

*Source: 10/23/2013

For more information on career opportunities in this field, visit the following sites:


What Will I Learn?

Students may select either an Administrative Track or a Health Informatics Track. A full time student, 9 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete the Master of Health Services Administration in 4 terms, or just over 1 year.

Students may also enroll only in the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics which includes 5 courses. All courses are offered in a 7.5 week format online. A student may complete the certificate program in as little as eight months.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I

Health Administration Component

Semester Hour Credit

HSA5205 Evaluation and Management of Healthcare

HSA5205 - Evaluation and Management of Healthcare - 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the structure and function of the healthcare industry.  Emphasis is on the various stakeholders in the system.

HSA6015 Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations

HSA6015 - Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations - 3 Credits

The focus of this course is a study of financial management in healthcare organizations. Topics include financial statement analysis, budgeting, capital management reimbursement mechanism as well as cost control in the healthcare arena.

HSA6030 Strategic Planning in Healthcare

HSA6030 - Strategic Planning in Healthcare - 3 Credits

This course focuses on the concepts, philosophies and techniques in strategic planning in healthcare organizations. The competitive and regulatory environment in healthcare necessitates good strategic planning for all healthcare managers.

HSA6040 Healthcare Leadership

HSA6040 - Healthcare Leadership - 3 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive study of the issues and problems faced by leaders in the rapidly changing health services delivery system. Emphasis will be placed on the natural conflict that occurs between leaders and practitioners and the best practices used to lead in the complex environment of healthcare.

HSA6211 Healthcare Informatics

HSA6211 - Healthcare Informatics - 3 Credits

This course examines, from a manager’s perspective, the clinical and administrative applications of information systems used to improve the delivery of healthcare. An overview of the various applications is provided. Managerial applications of production planning and control decisions are covered. Also discussed are the legal and ethical issues surrounding biomedical informatics.

HSA6800 Capstone Course

HSA6800 - Capstone Course - 3 Credits

This course, taken in the student’s last semester, integrates the skills and knowledge from previous courses. Student will engage in both discussion and written assignments to demonstrate a thorough grasp of the evolving world of healthcare administration.


Total Health Administration Component

Area II

Program Track (Select one:)

Administrative Track

HSA6055 Quality Management

HSA6055 - Quality Management - 3 Credits

This course explores the principles and techniques of quality improvement and quality management as applied in healthcare organizations.  Topics include data collection, statistical tools and organizational accountability as related to quality improvement and management.

HSA6010 Public Health Interventions in the 21st Century

HSA6010 - Public Health Interventions in the 21st Century - 3 Credits

This course will focus on the study of basic population structure, composition, trends and their relationship to the delivery of healthcare services, including emergency preparedness and bioterrorism threats. A review of the methods and techniques used by epidemiologists investigating the distribution and causes of diseases are utilized in a holistic approach to principles of disease surveillance, control and prevention.

HSA6070 Healthcare and Organizational Behavior

HSA6070 - Healthcare and Organizational Behavior - 3 Credits

Healthcare organizations have unique behavior qualities.  In this course, power, influence, motivation, group dynamics, values and communication will be explored in the context of care giving.  Managing in an environment where credentialed professionals function under prescribed guidelines provides the healthcare manager with a variety of challenges.


MHSA Elective 3

Total Administrative Track

Health Informatics Track

HSA6222 Data Standards/HC Informatics

HSA6222 - Data Standards/HC Informatics - 3 Credits

This course will explore healthcare information technology (HIT) interoperability and standards. Integrating healthcare information systems across organizations, disciplines and technologies will be discussed. The course examines standards critical to HIT interoperability.

HSA6234 Clinical Data Support Systems

HSA6234 - Clinical Data Support Systems- 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the design, evaluation and application of clinical decision support systems. Topics include clinical vocabularies used, evidence based guidelines and performance measurement techniques.

HSA6246 Future Trends in HC Informatics

HSA6246 - Future Trends in HC Informatics - 3 Credits

This course explores the diverse definitions for informatics and the differences between public health, population health and clinical informatics. Industry-changing trends in healthcare informatics will be emphasized as well as regulatory initiatives.


MHSA Elective 3

Total Health Informatics Track
MHSA Electives Include:
HSA6020 Comparative Health Policy

HSA6020 - Comparative Health Policy- 3 Credits

This course will study U.S. healthcare policies from a political and economic perspective and explore the tools and mechanisms that have been used to manage cost, care, and the health of populations worldwide. Why many western countries other than the U.S. have better healthcare outcomes and less expensive systems will be investigated.

HSA6072 Long Term Care Administration

HSA6072 - Long Term Care Administration - 3 Credits

The growing aging population and its need for a continuum of healthcare services are explored in this course. The continuum includes home health, ambulatory care, extended care, long term care and hospice care. Financing, legal and ethical issues associated with long term care will also be covered.

HSA6074 Policy and Politics in Healthcare

HSA6074 - Policy and Politics in Healthcare - 3 Credits

This course is an analytical overview of the historic and contemporary involvement of government and politics in the development of the US healthcare system. The political dimensions that affect healthcare finance and delivery will also be covered.

HSA6096 Directed Study in Healthcare

HSA6096 - Directed Study in Healthcare - 3 Credits

The Directed study is intended to allow the student to pursue a specific topic in healthcare in detail culminating in a significant contextual essay on the topic of study. The study will be conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty member and may include a practice experience. Prerequisite: Advanced graduate standing and permission of Program Chair.


Total Semester Hours for Graduation Requirement



How is Hodges MHSA Program Different?

Our Program Can Be Completed Entirely Online

In addition to the traditional on campus format, Hodges University offers the Master of Science in Health Services Administration degree program entirely online! When you enroll in an online program at Hodges, you will not be compromising quality for convenience. Imagine completing your degree without commuting to classes!

Our Professors Have Real-World Experience

Our professors have worked in their field of expertise and bring that real-world experience to the classroom. The Dean of the School of Allied Health, Dr. Carlene Harrison, has spent the majority of her professional career in the outpatient setting. She has worked in for-profit, not-for-profit, and public health organizations managing everything from major research operations to day-to-day clinical operations.

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For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Graduate Bulletin.


What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all graduate credit hour courses is $660.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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