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)
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 and an online certificate in Medical Billing and Coding for Drexel University bachelor’s degree-seeking students.

Courses are available online. At least 60 approved transfer semester credits (90 approved quarter credits) including courses in:

  • English composition and/or literature
  • Natural sciences with a lab
  • Computing course
  • Mathematics or statistics
  • Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Up to 90 approved transfer semester credits (135 approved quarter credits) for students with 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
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Natural Sciences8.0-10.0
Students may select from Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM) or Anatomy (ANAT) courses. However, any course selected must include a laboratory component. Additional natural science subject options may be considered with the approval of the student's advisor.
Mathematics
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I3.0-4.0
or MATH 181 Mathematical Analysis I
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II3.0-4.0
or MATH 182 Mathematical Analysis II
Computing Course
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
Drexel Experience
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
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
9 Health Services Administration (HSAD) electives *27.0
Business Courses
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
Complete 1 of the following ECON courses:4.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics of Health Care Systems
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
or STS 345 Statistics for the Health Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Humanities and Social Sciences electives29.0
Free Electives40.0
Total Credits180.0-184.0
*

HSAD 316 Health Care across Cultures, HSAD 325 Issues in the Health Care System, and HSAD 320 Managed Health Care are recommended electives.


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

 Four Year Year Co-op and Spring/Summer Cycle

Term 1Credits
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural Science course with laboratory*4.0-5.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HSAD 310Introduction to Health-Systems Administration3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
MATH 101
or 181
Introduction to Analysis I
Mathematical Analysis I
3.0-4.0
Natural Science courses with laboratory*4.0-5.0
 Term Credits16.0-18.0
Term 3
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
HSAD 334Management of Health Services3.0
MATH 102
or 182
Introduction to Analysis II
Mathematical Analysis II
3.0-4.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 4
HSAD 322Health-Care Law3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
ECON 201, 202,
or 240
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics of Health Care Systems
4.0
HSAD 332 [WI] Health-Care Marketing3.0
HSAD 340Leadership in Health Services Administration3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective 3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
HSAD 330Financial Management in Health Care3.0
HSAD 335 [WI] Health-Care Policy3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective3.0
Humanities/Social Science electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
HSAD 321Health-Care Human Resources3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective 3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
HSAD 331 [WI] Non-profits and Health Care3.0
STS 345
or STAT 201
Statistics for the Health Sciences
Introduction to Business Statistics
4.0
Humanities/Social Science electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 11
Health Services Administration (HSAD) electives 6.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Free elective 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
HSAD 345Ethics in Health Care Management3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) electives6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0-184.0
*

Students may select from Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM) or Anatomy (ANAT) courses. However, any course selected must include a laboratory component. Additional natural science subject options may be considered with the approval of the student's advisor.


Dual/Accelerated Degree

Accelerated Dual Degree BS/MPH in Health Services Administration/Masters of Public Health

The Health Services Administration program and the Master of Public Health program in the Dornsife School of Public Health offer an accelerated dual degree option. Participants can earn both a BS degree in Health Services Administration and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in five years.

In this accelerated dual degree program, students participate in the Health Services Administration program for three years (nine academic quarters and one co-operative experience). After three years of undergraduate study students begin their graduate studies in the Master of Public Health program. Nineteen (19.0) quarter credits from the first year of graduate study will be credited toward completion of the students' Bachelor of Science degrees. After the successful completion of the first year of graduate study, students receive their BS. When students successfully complete the remainder of their graduate studies (typically one additional year), they will receive the MPH degree.

Students in this accelerated, dual degree program apply to the graduate Masters of Public Health Program during the fall quarter of their junior year. They then follow the same application procedures as other applicants, including being interviewed by the graduate faculty. (Any student who does not meet the entrance requirements of the graduate program will be able to complete the fourth year of the Health Services Administration program and receive a BS degree.)

Students in the Master of Public Health program complete 64.0 graduate quarter credits to meet the requirements of the master's program. The accelerated, dual degree program represents an acceleration of only the undergraduate portion of the student's curriculum.

For additional information, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions Accelerated Dual Degree Programs page.

HSAD BS/MPH 3 + 2 Program

Required Courses
BIO 107
BIO 108
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
and Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory
4.0
BIO 109
BIO 110
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
and Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
4.0
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
INFO 101Introduction to Computing and Security Technology3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience *2.0
Core Health Services Administration (HSAD) Courses
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
Health Services Administration (HSAD) Electives27.0
Health Care Law & the Elderly
The Affordable Care Act
Advanced Health-Care Ethics
Development of World Health Care
Evolution of Health Care in the United States
Interdisciplinary Health Services
Health Care across Cultures
Religious Views on Health Care
Health and Vulnerable Populations
Women and the Health Professions
Managed Health Care
Introduction to Long-Term Care Administration
Health Technology and Ethical Responsibility
Issues in the Health Care System
Holism and Health Care
Partnerships in Health Care
Health Care for Diverse Groups
Health Care and the Media
Health, Illness, and the Arts
Urban Health Care
Health Care/Quality Improvement
Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations
Children and Health Care
Health and Illness in Film
Mental Illness in the Media and Arts
Ethical Issues in Reproduction
Public Health Ethics
Health Information Systems
Health Care Privacy & Security
Special Topics in Health Services Administration
Special Topics in Health Services Administration
Special Topics in Health Services Administration
Special Topics in Health Services Administration
Required Business Courses
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Required Humanities and Social Sciences Courses
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
PSY 250 [WI] Industrial Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 115Social Problems4.0
SOC 215Sociology of Work4.0
SOC 235Sociology of Health and Illness4.0
SOC 271Sociology of Aging4.0
Free Electives10.0
Graduate MPH Program Requirements
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
MPH Discipline Specific Foundation Courses15.0
MPH Integrative Learning Experience4.0-6.0
MPH Electives/Graduate Minor Courses21.0
Total Credits225.0-227.0
*

UNIV NH101 is taken over two terms.

Term 1Credits
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
HSAD 310Introduction to Health-Systems Administration3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 3
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 235Sociology of Health and Illness4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 4
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
HSAD 332 [WI] Health-Care Marketing3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 5
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
HSAD 334Management of Health Services3.0
INFO 101Introduction to Computing and Security Technology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
HSAD electives6.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 6
COM 181Public Relations Principles and Theory3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 330Financial Management in Health Care3.0
HSAD 335 [WI] Health-Care Policy3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Free elective4.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 7
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
HSAD 321Health-Care Human Resources3.0
HSAD 322Health-Care Law3.0
PSY 250 [WI] Industrial Psychology3.0
Free Elective3.0
HSAD elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
HSAD 345Ethics in Health Care Management3.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
SOC 271Sociology of Aging4.0
HSAD electives6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
SOC 115Social Problems4.0
SOC 215Sociology of Work4.0
HSAD 331 [WI] Non-profits and Health Care3.0
HSAD 340Leadership in Health Services Administration3.0
HSAD elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
HSAD elective3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 11
Free elective3.0
HSAD electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 12
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 512Methods for Public Health Research I 4.0
Discipline Specific MPH Course3.0
MPH Elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 13
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
PBHL 513Methods for Public Health Research II4.0
MPH Electives6.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 14
Integrative Learning Experience I2.0-3.0
MPH Electives6.0
Discipline Specific MPH Course3.0
 Term Credits11.0-12.0
Term 15
Integrated Learning Experience II2.0-3.0
MPH Electives6.0
Discipline Specific MPH Courses9.0
 Term Credits17.0-18.0
Total Credit: 225.0-227.0

About the Minor

The minor in health services administration is designed for students interested in preparing for careers in health services administration while pursing a major in another area. In addition, the curriculum can prepare students wishing to pursue graduate studies in health-services administration, business administration, public health, and law.

Required Courses
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 310Introduction to Health-Systems Administration3.0
HSAD 334Management of Health Services3.0
Complete 1 of the following courses:3.0
Financial Management in Health Care *
Leadership in Health Services Administration
Ethics in Health Care Management
Complete 4 of the following courses:12.0
Advanced Health-Care Ethics
Development of World Health Care
Evolution of Health Care in the United States
Interdisciplinary Health Services
Health Care across Cultures
Religious Views on Health Care
Health and Vulnerable Populations
Women and the Health Professions
Managed Health Care
Introduction to Long-Term Care Administration
Health Technology and Ethical Responsibility
Issues in the Health Care System
Holism and Health Care
Health Care for Diverse Groups
Health Care and the Media
Urban Health Care
Health Care/Quality Improvement
Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations
Children and Health Care
Health and Illness in Film
Mental Illness in the Media and Arts
Ethical Issues in Reproduction
Public Health Ethics
Total Credits24.0
*

Requires ACCT 115 as a prerequisite.

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.
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.
Kristine A. Mulhorn, PhD (University of Delaware) Chair, Department of Health Administration. Professor. Disablity and aging; cross-national methods of functioning.
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.
Michelle Sahl, PhD, MEd, MBA, MBE (The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). Associate Teaching Professor. Health management and policy: management and leadership of health services organizations, urban health, and the history of health care systems.
Spencer R. Ward, PhD (University of Nebraska). Assistant Professor. The use of behavioral techniques to reduce performance anxiety, improve the knowledge acquisition process and promote distance-learning models.

Emeritus Faculty

David Flood, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor Emeritus. Medical humanities: an examination of topics in medicine and health care from the perspectives of literature, the arts, and medical ethics.
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