College of Health Professions
Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA)
The MHSA Program allows students to focus their studies on the management/administration of health services delivery within a variety of organizational settings. Students wishing to design, implement, and manage health delivery systems will learn the fundamentals of strategic planning, marketing, administration, finance, and the intricacies of the skills necessary to assist those who strive to maintain the health of others.
There is a growing need for health care professionals in all health service settings for two reasons. First, the economics of our healthcare delivery system demand that Americans significantly reduce healthcare costs and render more efficient health services. Second, the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in this country are largely preventable and are related to a person's lifestyle and health choices. With these changes in the forefront, a paradigm shift is now underway in the health sciences which will place further emphasis upon the skills of qualified health administration professionals. The MHSA has been designed with these present and future needs in mind.
A Master of Health Services Administration graduate will find employment in a number of venues. Opportunities continue to be present in traditional acute care hospitals, but in decreasing numbers. As a result of market forces, driven primarily by changing reimbursement policies and managed care, opportunities for trained health service administrators in other areas are growing rapidly. Within these settings are large group physician practices, home health care agencies, long-term care facilities, transitional care units, and rehabilitation centers, among others.
Armstrong graduates in health services administration can be found working in all areas of the United States. The vast majority have found employment in a field related to their program of study. Some graduates have chosen to pursue additional graduate studies and their degree in health services administration has provided them a competitive advantage.
MHSA students take advantage of small class sizes, personalized plans of study, accessible professors, and an instructional staff with years of experience. In addition, the MHSA program is the only program formally accredited to deliver graduate health services management education in the state of Georgia outside of metropolitan Atlanta. Finally, many students find the location of Armstrong, close to countless health service organizations in Savannah, of significant benefit during the course of their study — particularly as they investigate applied learning experience opportunities.
Course of Study
The program of study is 53 credit hours, including a minimum of one semester for applied learning experience. Required courses include the following topical areas:
- Healthcare Finance
- Healthcare Marketing
- Healthcare Law and Ethics
- Health Information Systems
- Healthcare Public Policy
- Health Economics
- Organizational Theory and Behavior
- Strategic Planning
- Insurance and Reimbursement
- Accounting Principles
- Quantitative Decision Theory and Methods
- Quality Management Theory and Methods