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Marywood University’s Health Services Administration Program provides both an undergraduate and graduate degree with an option to complete both in a five-year period of time through advanced standing into the graduate program.

The undergraduate Health Services Administration major prepares students for entry-level positions in health. The program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for administrative positions in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, managed care, and the many other organizations providing health care in American society. A special track focuses upon health care delivery to the elderly. This major integrates courses in the social sciences, business, health services administration, and cognate courses (63 credits), liberal arts (43-46 credits) and competencies and electives (21 credits). An important program component is an internship in a nursing home, hospital, managed care, public health agency, or other organization during the senior year. Advanced standing in Marywood University’s Graduate Program in Health Services Administration is available to qualified majors.

This program will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of health care and the current health care reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.


The student who majors in Health Services Administration will:

  1. possess a working knowledge of major interpretations of the administration of health services;
  2. engage in modes of research and inquiry which are used to explore, document, and understand problems of health care delivery;
  3. participate actively in the discussion and critical evaluation of contemporary issues in American health care;
  4. respond to the contemporary challenges of health care delivery, relating the study of health services to contemporary health service delivery problems;
  5. empathize with and display sensitivity to the emotions and values of patients, patients’ families, co-workers, and other health care professionals, especially those from different cultural, ethnic, and/or class backgrounds.

The sequence of courses in the major is interdisciplinary and includes a significant integration of courses from business administration and the social sciences. Together with Marywood’s liberal arts curriculum, the courses in the major curriculum are designed to enable graduates to enter the job market in entry level administrative positions.

Program requirements for Health Services Administration

Sixty‑three credits with cognate courses are required, spread across the following disciplines and departments:

I. Five courses in Business Administration to include:

BUS 123 Management and Career Options 3
BUS 131 Accounting I 3
BUS 132 Accounting II 3
BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools 3
BUS 301 Management Information Systems (Prerequisite: BUS 200) 3

II. Eight courses in Sociology, Social Sciences, and Health Services Administration selected from the following:

CJ 201 The Juvenile Justice Subsystem 3
SOC 214 Social Problems 3
SOC 350 Medical Sociology 3
SOC 351 Social Research (Prerequisite: MATH 155) 3
SOC 454 Computer Applications in Social Research (Prerequisite: SOC 351) 3
HSA 425 Children's Rights and Societal Responses (crosslisted SSCI 425) 3
HSA 430 Aging Issues (crosslisted SW 430/SSCI 430) 3
HSA 461 Administrative Practicum in Health Care Systems 3
GER 435 Aging and Society (crosslisted SOC 400/HSA 435) 3

III. Four courses in Health Services Administration to include:

HSA 420 Introduction to Health Services Administration 3
HSA 496 Health Services Administration Internship 3
HSA 498 Health Services Administration Practitioners Seminar 3
HSA 437 Managerial Decision Making in Health Care Organizations 3

IV. Cognate courses to include:

ECON 100 Basic Economics 3
PS 210 American Government and Politics 3
PS 211 State and Local Government 3
SOC 218 Anthropology 3

Academic Facts

  1. 120 credits are required for a degree.
  2. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 60 credits at Marywood University, divided equally between the major and the liberal arts.
  3. Courses in the major should be taken at Marywood University. Courses to complete the liberal arts requirements may be taken at other universities and transferred at the grade level of C or above.
  4. The student must maintain a QPA average of 2.50 in the major and 2.00 overall to graduate as well as be retained in the program.
  5. NOTE: Exceptions to policy require approval by the student’s advisor.

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