The 45-48 semester hour program is designed for aspiring and committed professionals who are interested in careers in health services administration in such settings as hospitals; managed care organizations; medical group practices; ambulatory, long-term care, and home health care facilities; insurance and pharmaceutical companies; consulting firms; voluntary and government agencies; and for-profit and non-profit sector organizations. Emphasis is placed on management theories and practices, policy strategies, and financial and other business considerations as they relate to administration in health care facilities. Effective communication skills and networking with established health professionals are incorporated throughout the program. Students complete an administrative internship at a regional health facility.
Conceptually, this program is built on the fundamental belief that the health of populations results from the interaction among many variables, including genetic, biological, psychological, emotional, behavioral, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors, while incorporating the presence and values of business principles. The goal of the program is to prepare practitioner-scholars who have the knowledge and resources to create and manage health services effectively, efficiently and ethically, in order to maximize healthy lifestyles and the health status of populations.
There are a number of core courses taken by all M.H.A. students, and beyond this students may tailor electives to their particular interests within the field.
Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 45-48
Required Core – Semester Hours: 36-39
Electives – Semester Hours: 9
For more information on the plan of study and course descriptions, please visit the Hofstra University Bulletin.