Academic Programs of Study

Health Services Administration

MHSA

  • Fully in-person, or online options
  • Manage/administer health care facilities
  • Improve delivery of health services to the community
  • Career improvement and development

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Health Services Administration at Marywood

The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) program provides graduate education in health care administration for professionals seeking careers in the management and administration of health care facilities/organizations. 

This health degree also provides opportunities for individuals in health services to seek career advancement and development to become leaders and innovators in an atmosphere of respect, individuality and flexibility for best collaborative practices in a multicultural, interdependent global environment.

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Faculty include current administrators who wish to share their experiences, The Program is offered both online and in the classroom based on the student's preference.

Alice McDconnell gerontologyDR. Alice McDonnell
Program Director, MHSA & Gerontology

Dr. McDonnell is a graduate of Columbia University with a Dr.PH from the School of Public Health. She also graduated from Columbia University with a BSN in Nursing and Marywood University with a Masters in Public Administration giving her both a clinical and administrative background. Her passion in recent years is in taking care of the older population which is interesting in that she started out in the field of pediatrics. Research interests are in Hospice and Geriatrics where she has published textbooks.  Dr. McDonnell serves as an Administrative Consultant both  in home care and long term care..This background provides expertise which is applied in the classroom.

Other faculty who teach in the Program work both in academia and in their practice as administrative professionals.

This is just a sample of our Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Health Services Administration faculty - see them all!

The Public Administration programs are located in the McGowan Center for Graduate Studies. You'll find specialized computerized programs, including CAI (computer-assisted instruction) and interactive video capability. General word processing and statistical software is available in the lab as well.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Lauren Tokash

Graduate Admissions Counselor
ltokash@marywood.edu
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2271

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in February 2018.  I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology.  I'm also a very proud Mom to my daughter, Vera.

My interests: I love spending time with my family and friends.  During the summer I spend most of my free time at Lake Wallenpaupack.  Whether I'm boating, swimming, or fishing, it's one of my favorite places to be!

My favorite thing about Marywood:  Everyone is so pleasant and welcoming.  From the faculty and staff to the students, you can’t walk around campus without getting a friendly hello.  

My favorite place at Marywood: The entire campus at Marywood is beautiful. But, if I had to narrow it down, I would say the Learning Commons.  Whether it is enjoying a Starbucks tea or just taking in the beautiful view of the mountains, it is a cozy place to be.

You’d never guess: I like to go trout fishing.  It's something I get to enjoy doing with my Dad and Husband and will continue to be by the stream every opening day in April!     

Best advice: Ask questions! This is your investment and your future.  Whether you are confirming the application process with your admissions counselor or learning more about the field from faculty, don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you may have. 


36 SEMESTER HOURS

1. CORE COURSES (24 Semester Hours)

BUS 590 RESEARCH METHODS
HSA 518 POLICY AND PROGRAM ANALYSIS
HSA 520 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SERVICE ADMINISTRATION
HSA532 LEGAL ASPECTS OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS
HSA537 MANAGERIAL DECISION MAKING IN HEALTH CARE
HSA538 INSTITUTIONAL BUDGETING AND PLANNING
HSA 556 CAPSTONE CONTRIBUTION
HSA 597 MANAGEMENT PROJECT/INTERNSHIP

* May substitute courses with the permission of the program director

2. ELECTIVES (12 Semester Hours)

HSA 524 HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
HSA 525 HEALTH CARE ECONOMICS
HSA/GER 527 GERONTOLOGICAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
HSA/GER 528 ADMINISTRATION OF LONG TERM CARE
HSA/GER 529 PLANNING HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY
HSA 539 OVERVIEW OF MANAGED CARE
HSA 580 EPIDEMIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
HSA 570/BUS 570 MARKETING AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
HSA 511 ETHICS IN MANAGEMENT
BUS 541 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT