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Health Systems Administration MS

Program overview

The MS in health systems administration is designed to provide strategic skills for today’s health care management. Now, as never before, health care is rapidly transforming. The pace of technology and innovation are changing how, when, and where health care is provided, and who is providing it. Concurrently, health care customers have high expectations for quality and responsiveness to their needs—delivered in a cost-effective manner.

To provide these strategic skills, the MS in health systems administration builds on a foundation of courses in policy and law formation, health care economics, innovation, and leadership. Additional options are provided through course selections, building an integrated program that meets the individual challenges of participating students.

The program is available online, allowing students to pursue their degree while maintaining full-time employment in locations around the world. A distinct advantage is the diversity of the student population, allowing for creative discussion and comprehension of global health care issues and how these relate to the standards and practices of the American health care system. The ability to share information and ideas, and to compare and contrast strategies, allows students a level of creativity and scope of practice not found in the traditional classroom.

RIT provides excellent online learning support that leads the student through registration and use of distance learning tools. In addition, for select subject areas, the program plans special learning sessions that blend presentation styles. This could be through attendance at seminars in locations throughout the country or on the RIT campus. These formats provide a combination of both distance learning and interaction with presenters who provide a strategic view of health care delivery models.

Curriculum

The program requires 36 semester credit hours at the graduate level and can be completed in approximately two years. Students may complete the program on a part-time basis. Students must maintain a 3.0 average throughout the program. Toward the end of their program of study, students may choose to complete a thesis, a capstone project, or a comprehensive exam. Upon matriculation, each student works with the program chair for advice and direction to develop a plan of study.

Concentrations

Student may tailor their program of study by choosing from among three concentrations: leadership in health care, healing hospitality, and health care operations.

Thesis/Capstone/Comprehensive exam options

All students must complete a thesis, a capstone project, or a comprehensive exam to complete the degree program. In conferring with their academic adviser, students may choose a thesis or capstone project topic that complements the candidate’s undergraduate training, career experiences, and graduate interests. Both the thesis and capstone project are formal documents that reflect the candidate’s professional preparation and should be of an applied research genre. Graduate faculty will assist the student in selecting a relevant thesis/project topic.

The comprehensive exam focuses on knowledge of the core competencies, theory and foundation principles, and application of this knowledge to a variety of scenarios.

Health systems administration (leadership in health care concentration), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
HLTH-700   Research Methods 3
HLTH-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
HLTH-710 Health Governance and Economics 3
HLTH-715 Reinventing Health 3
HLTH-717 Bioethics 3
SERQ-740 Leadership Tools and Techniques 3
HRDE-731 Team Process and Facilitation skills 3
HLTH-720   Health Systems Planning 3
Second Year
HLTH 725 Marketing Within Health 3
HLTH 795 Comprehensive Exam 0
  HLTH Elective 3
HLTH 794 Integrative problem solving 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Health systems administration (healing hospitality concentration), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
HLTH-700   Research Methods 3
HLTH-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
HLTH-710 Health Governance and Economics 3
HLTH-715 Reinventing Health 3
HLTH-717 Bioethics 3
SERQ-722 CRM/Customer Centricity 3
SERQ-710 Evolving Contexts 3
HLTH-745 Healing Cultures 3
Second Year
HLTH-747 Healing Environments 3
HLTH-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
SERQ-712 Breakthrough Thinking 3
  HLTH Elective 3
HLTH-794 Integrative Problem Solving 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Health systems administration (health care operations concentration), MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
HLTH-700   Research Methods 3
HLTH-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
HLTH-710 Health Governance and Economics 3
HLTH-715 Reinventing Health 3
HLTH-717 Bioethics 3
HLTH-730 Finance for Health Care Professionals 3
HLTH-732 Health Insurance and Reimbursement 3
HLTH-735 Management of Risk in Health Care 3
Second Year
HLTH-737 Lean Sigma in Health 3
HLTH-795 Comprehensive Exam 0
SERQ-712 Breakthrough thinking 3
  HLTH Elective 3
HLTH-794 Integrative Problem Solving 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 36

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in health systems administration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years of experience in a health care or health-related organization as either a practitioner or manager. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to complete certain undergraduate courses as a bridge for the content knowledge required for the graduate program. They may also be required to complete a graduate level internship in health care prior to graduation.

All credentials must be submitted and reviewed by faculty prior to the completion of 12 semester credit hours of graduate work in the program.

Additional information

Maximum time limit

University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.


Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Hospital administrator, nursing home administrator, clinical manager, consultant

Functions

Improve efficiency in health care facilities; quality improvement; direct activities in clinical areas; oversee finance, human resources, and information management.

Recent Employers

Strong Memorial Hospital, Genesee Hospital, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Preferred Care


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