Health Services Administration

Major: Health Services Administration
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years); Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0701
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Health Services Administration program provides students with a foundation in management and economic principles related to health care, as well as an understanding of the administrative structure, operations, and policies of the health care industry.

The Health Services Administration (HSA) curriculum is a four-year, full-time course of study consisting of 180.0 quarter credits and including one cooperative (co-op) experience comprised of two consecutive quarter terms during the first half or the second half of the junior year. (A non-co-op, full-time time option is also available). Transfer students are eligible for the full-time curriculum with or without co-op depending on the number of approved transfer credits. The curriculum is designed to give students a foundation in general management and economic principles and policies related to health care, as well as to expose students to the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the health care industry by means of courses in health care related to policy, law, economics, management, marketing, and health information systems. At the same time, the curriculum provides interdisciplinary courses dealing with religious, ethical, psychosocial, political, legal, literary, and historical perspectives regarding health care practices and populations in need of health care. Courses in disability and aging expand students' understanding of the role of society and health care in the lives of individuals not always well understood. In addition, the curriculum can prepare students wishing to pursue graduate studies in health services administration, business administration, public health, law, and health communication.

The program also provides a minor in HSA for Drexel University bachelor's-degree-seeking students and an online certificate in Medical Billing and Coding for non-degree-seeking students.

Courses are available online. At least 60.0 approved transfer semester credits (90.0 approved quarter credits) including courses in:

  • English composition and/or literature
  • Natural sciences with a lab
  • Computing course
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Humanities/social sciences
  • Up to 75.0 approved transfer semester credits (105.0 approved quarter credits) for students with a strong academic background in health services administration

Additional Information

The contact for this program is:

Susan Feinstein, BS
Program Coordinator, Health Services Administration
1601 Cherry Street, 7th floor, Room 773
Philadelphia PA, 19102
267-359-5543
slf52@drexel.edu

For more information, visit the Health Services Administration page on the College's website.

Degree Requirements

English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Natural Sciences *8.0-10.0
Mathematics
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I3.0-4.0
or MATH 171 Introduction to Analysis A
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II3.0-4.0
or MATH 172 Introduction to Analysis B
Computing Course
CS 150Computer Science Principles3.0
Drexel Experience
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development **1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Health Services Administration Core Requirements
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 310Introduction to Health-Systems Administration3.0
HSAD 321Health-Care Human Resources3.0
HSAD 322Health-Care Law3.0
HSAD 330Financial Management in Health Care3.0
HSAD 331 [WI] Non-profits and Health Care3.0
HSAD 332 [WI] Health-Care Marketing3.0
HSAD 334Management of Health Services3.0
HSAD 335 [WI] Health-Care Policy3.0
HSAD 340Leadership in Health Services Administration3.0
HSAD 345Ethics in Health Care Management3.0
Business Courses
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
or ECON 240 Economics of Health Care Systems
HSCI 345Statistics for Health Sciences4.0-4.5
or STAT 201 Introduction to Business Statistics
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
Humanities and Social Sciences
PSCI 110American Government4.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) Electives27.0
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives29.0
Free Electives ***39.0
Total Credits180.0-184.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Plans of Study are based on available course scheduling information. Course scheduling is subject to change; therefore, Plans of Study are subject to change.

4 year, No Co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1104.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0MATH 101 or 1713.0-4.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
SOC 1013.0PSCI 1104.0HSAD 2103.0 
UNIV NH1011.0Natural Science course with Laboratory*4.0-5.0HSAD 3103.0 
Natural Science course with Laboratory*4.0-5.0 MATH 102 or 1723.0-4.0 
 15-16 14-16 13-14 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 150**3.0ECON 201, 202, or 2404.0HSAD 335***3.0VACATION
HSAD 3223.0HSAD 3213.0HSAD 3403.0 
HSAD 3343.0HSAD 3303.0HSAD 3453.0 
Free Electives6.0HSAD Elective3.0Free Electives6.0 
 Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0  
 15 16 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
Free elective4.0ORGB 300***4.0HSAD 332***3.0VACATION
HSAD Electives6.0HSAD Elective3.0HSAD Elective3.0 
Humanities/Social Science Electives6.0Humanities/Social Science Electives6.0Free Electives9.0 
 Free Elective3.0  
 16 16 15 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
HSAD 331***3.0Free Elective3.0Free Electives6.0 
HSCI 345 or STAT 2014.0-4.5HSAD Electives6.0HSAD Elective3.0 
Free Elective3.0Humanities/Social Science Electives7.0Humanities/Social Science Elective4.0 
HSAD Elective3.0   
Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0   
 16-16.5 16 13 
Total Credits 180-184.5

4 Year, 1 Co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1104.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0
VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0MATH 101 or 1713.0-4.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
SOC 1013.0PSCI 1104.0HSAD 2103.0 
UNIV NH1011.0Natural Science course with Laboratory*4.0-5.0HSAD 3103.0 
Natural Science course with Laboratory*4.0-5.0 MATH 102 or 1723.0-4.0 
 15-16 14-16 13-14 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 1503.0ECON 201, 202, or 2404.0HSAD 3353.0COOP 101**1.0
HSAD 3223.0HSAD 3213.0HSAD 3403.0Free Elective3.0
HSAD 3343.0HSAD 3303.0HSAD 3453.0HSAD Elective6.0
Free Electives6.0HSAD Elective3.0Free Electives6.0Humanities/Social Science Electives6.0
 Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0  
 15 16 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ORGB 3004.0HSAD 3323.0COOP EXPERIENCE**COOP EXPERIENCE**
HSAD Elective3.0HSAD Elective3.0  
Humanities/Social Science Electives6.0Free Electives9.0  
Free Elective3.0   
 16 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
HSAD 3313.0Free Elective3.0Free Electives6.0 
HSCI 345 or STAT 2014.0-4.5HSAD Electives6.0HSAD Elective3.0 
Free Elective3.0Humanities/Social Science Electives7.0Humanities/Social Science Elective4.0 
HSAD Elective3.0   
Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0   
 16-16.5 16 13 
Total Credits 180-184.5

5 Year, 3 co-ops

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1104.0ENGL 1023.0CIVC 1011.0
VACATION
ENGL 1013.0MATH 101 or 1713.0-4.0COOP 101**1.0 
SOC 1013.0PSCI 1104.0ENGL 1033.0 
UNIV NH1011.0Natural Science course with laboratory*4.0-5.0HSAD 2103.0 
Natural Science course with Laboratory*4.0-5.0 HSAD 3103.0 
  MATH 102 or 1723.0-4.0 
 15-16 14-16 14-15 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 1503.0ECON 201, 202, or 2404.0COOP EXPERIENCE**COOP EXPERIENCE**
HSAD 3223.0HSAD 3213.0  
HSAD 3343.0HSAD 3303.0  
Free Elective3.0HSAD Elective3.0  
HSAD Elective3.0Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0  
 15 16 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
HSAD 340***3.0HSAD 3323.0COOP EXPERIENCE**COOP EXPERIENCE**
ORGB 3004.0Free Electives6.0  
HSAD Elective3.0HSAD Elective3.0  
Free Elective3.0Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0   
 16 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
HSAD 3313.0HSAD 345***3.0COOP EXPERIENCE**COOP EXPERIENCE**
Free Electives6.0Free Elective3.0  
HSAD Elective3.0HSAD Elective3.0  
Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0Humanities/Social Science Electives7.0  
 15 16 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
HSAD 335***3.0Free Electives6.0Free Electives9.0 
HSCI 345 or STAT 2014.0-4.5HSAD Electives6.0Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0 
Free Elective3.0Humanities/Social Science Elective4.0  
HSAD Elective3.0   
Humanities/Social Science Elective3.0   
 16-16.5 16 12 
Total Credits 180-184.5

Health Services Administration Faculty

Jesse Ballenger, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Teaching Professor. Healthcare, medicine and ethics; aging and neurodegenerative diseases; Science and Technology Studies.
Merritt Brockman, DHA, FACHE (Medical University of South Carolina). Assistant Teaching Professor. Patient centered medical home; improvements in health care delivery.
Fred DiCostanzo, EdD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Organizational leadership, Healthcare Management, Human resources and team effectiveness
Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA (Temple University). Professor. Health care policy, nonprofits and health care, and health care management and leadership.
Kevin Mitchell, PhD, MBA (Walden University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Health Services Administration; continuous quality improvement, strategic health care management. Research interests include health disparities in vulnerable population, evidenced based medicine and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
Marina Moses, MS, DrPH (Columbia University). Assistant Professor. Health administration; healthcare policy; nonprofit association management; sustainability.
Kristine A. Mulhorn, PhD (University of Delaware) Chair, Department of Health Administration. Professor. Disablity and aging; cross-national methods of functioning.
Sharrona Pearl, PhD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Medical ethics; science studies; history of science and medicine; critical race, gender, and disability studies; media studies.
Constance Karin Perry, PhD, EMT (University of Buffalo). Associate Professor. Biomedical ethics and ethical theory. Research interests include autonomy, personhood, feminist ethics, the ethics of animal experimentation, and ethical issues in reproduction and pregnancy.
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