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Health Systems Administration


Innovative ways to deliver patient care, gathering and analyzing heath care data, enhancing the patient experience, reducing costs, and improving the health of populations are just a few of the challenges facing health care professionals in an industry that is complex and ever changing.

Today’s health care leaders need to manage the business of health care all while improving the quality and responsiveness of patient care. To meet these challenges, you need an advanced degree that combines the leadership and organizational management curriculum of an MBA with the specialized knowledge that comes from managing within an intricate health care industry. RIT’s MS in health systems administration program gives you the skills you need to excel in clinical and business leadership positions across a sophisticated, evolving industry.

Health Systems Administration - A Career with a Calling

Program Overview

The MS in health systems administration provides students with a breadth of knowledge in areas key to the effective management of health care organizations, such as change and innovation, leadership theory and application, bioethics, and human resources. Students complete business and leadership courses that prepare them to tackle issues involving financial management, quality improvement, operations, and strategy formulation. In addition, course work in research, health care operations, and bioethics enhance your insight and experience in the health care industry. You’ll be well prepared to develop and implement plans that shape the health care organizations of the future.

A distinct advantage of the program is the diversity of its student population, allowing for creative discussion and comprehension of global health care issues and how they 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.

Plan of study
The MS in health systems administration is an online program, allowing students to pursue their degree while maintaining full-time employment. The program consists of 12 courses and a capstone project. Courses cover timely topics in health care administration, such as Health Care Operations Management, Health Care Informatics, Human Resources in Health Care, Health Care Strategy: Analysis and Formulation, and more.

Upon completing the MS in health systems administration, you’ll be proficient in:

  • demonstrating knowledge of health care delivery in the U.S. and identifying trends impacting the system;
  • demonstrating the ability to lead an organization working with teams to develop strategies which implements change to meet needs;
  • demonstrating knowledge of efficient and effective financial planning for health care operations;
  • applying systems theory to develop a culture that delivers high quality services with desired health outcomes; and
  • making reasoned decisions based on personal and professional ethics.

Accelerated format
A new accelerated format reduces the length of the program's courses to seven-week sessions, permitting students to complete their program in half the time of traditional semester-based programs.

Flexible start dates
The program offers five start dates that enable full-time employees to choose the best time to begin the program that works around their professional and personal commitments.

Certificate options
An advanced certificate in health care finance and a certificate in health systems administration are also available. Courses in the health care finance advanced certificate may be transferred to the MS program. These programs present a great way to test drive the program and earn a credential in a short amount of time.

A rewarding return on investment.

Meet Andrea Strecker, MS Health Systems Administration, ‘18

I chose RIT to pursue my master’s degree in Health Systems Administration from RIT because of the affiliation with Rochester Regional Health System, the self-paced program, affordability, and RIT’s reputation for providing a great education. Studying online gave me the flexibility to continue to work full-time and fit in my academic work at times I could choose.

Balancing work, my personal life, and online graduate studies gave me skills that have prepared me for a leadership position in health care. I’ve made great personal and professional connections through RIT, and since obtaining my degree, I’ve been approached with promising job opportunities. My investment in this degree was significant, but I wouldn’t change anything about the experience.

If you want a leadership position in health care, you need to have a master’s degree to even be considered. The health systems classes at RIT will challenge your decision-making and teach you to think like a leader. There isn’t a university as well-known as RIT that provides the flexibility and affordability to obtain the skills and degree you need to excel in health care.

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Carla Stebbins
Director Health Systems Administration
(585) 475-4761
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