Gov. Scott M. Matheson Center for Health Care Studies
Program Office: 5th Floor Moran Eye Center, 581-5619
Mailing Address: 175 North Medical Dr. East, Salt Lake City, UT 84132-5901
Director, Richard J. Sperry, MD, PhD
Health services administration (HSA) is an interdisciplinary, master’s-level program coordinated through the offices of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Gov. Scott M. Matheson Center for Health Care Studies. The following master’s degree programs participate and their faculty representatives comprise the Health Services Administration Steering Committee:
- Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- Public Administration (M.P.A.)
- Public Health (M.S., M.P.H.)
- Social Work (M.S.W.)
- Anthropology (M.A., M.S.)
- Economics (M.A., M.S.)
- Health Promotion and Education (M.S.)
- Medical Informatics (M.S.)
- Nursing (M.S.)
- Pharmacy Administration (M.S.)
All faculty offering course work in health services administration have regular academic appointments in participating colleges or departments of the University. Faculty thus are specialists in an academic discipline (e.g., economics, marketing) and/or an aspect of health services administration (e.g., health care delivery, planning, and evaluation). Professional administrators in the community also contribute their expertise.
In the spirit of interdisciplinary education, the program is a cooperative offering from all of the participating departments. A unique feature of the program is that students must concurrently meet the requirements of a participating master’s program as well as those of the health services administration curriculum. At graduation, the student who successfully completes both sets of requirements receives a college- or department-conferred master’s degree with recognition for satisfying health services administration requirements.
This dual orientation provides graduates with the breadth and depth needed to administer health care organizations in today’s dynamic environment. The program prepares students for health administration, policy, and planning positions in public and private health care organizations such as hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, insurance companies, quality improvement organizations, long-term care facilities, mental-health facilities, consulting firms, public health departments, and other government agencies.
Special Admission Requirements. Admission to the HSA Program requires the following. Applicants must be matriculated or have been accepted for matriculation in one of the participating master’s degree programs at the University. Candidates must then apply separately for admission to the Health Services Administration Program by:
1. Submitting to the HSA Program student advisor a brief, 1-2 page “Statement of Intent” outlining reasons for pursuing the HSA emphasis, including related personal and professional experience and career goals, and
2. Having a personal interview with the HSA Program student advisor.
Upon admission to the HSA Program, students are encouraged to work closely with the HSA student advisor to plan their course work.
Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of health services administrators in a variety of organizations. Prominent academicians and practitioners provide advice on professional competencies and course offerings. There are four major areas of study: management skills, organization of health services, social and behavioral sciences, and research and quantitative skills. Within each area there are several required courses and electives. Depending on the student’s degree program and timing of admission, the health-services administration curriculum adds from two to four semesters of study.
Students can choose from selected courses to meet the requirements of the participating master’s-degree program as well as the program in health-services administration. For example, a student in the master’s of public health program can use FP MD 6300, Introduction to Epidemiology, to satisfy both departmental and health services administration requirements.
Specific courses required for the four major areas of the health services administration curriculum total 39 to 48 credit hours. For descriptions of the following required and/or elective courses, see the corresponding department elsewhere in this section of the catalog.