Health Administration (MS)

Master of Science in Health Administration (HEADMS)
Unit: School of Public Health and Information Sciences (GH)
Department: Health Management and Systems Sciences
Program webpage: louisville.edu/sphis/departments/health-management-systems-sciences/academics-1/ms-in-health-administration

Program Information

Healthcare management is a broad field serving one of the largest and most essential industry segments in the United States and Canada. Management is needed in multiple aspects of the industry which include: hospitals, nursing homes, physician’s offices, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, consulting, government and public policy, and many more.

The Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences (HMSS) offers the Master of Science in Heath Administration degree for students with no healthcare experience (Evening Track MSHA) and a modified curriculum for working mid-career executives (Executive Track MSHA). Evening track students may be enrolled full or part-time. Executive track students must be enrolled full-time (cohort model). As major policy reforms propel widespread disruption across the entire health care delivery system, HMSS recognizes the need to train and further educate a broad cadre of skilled leaders and managers to meet immediate and critical organizational and system-wide challenges.

Competencies

The Program will use the University of Louisville’s Population Health Leadership (PHL) Competency Model. This competency model is a modified version of the National Center for Health Care Leadership (NCHL) competency model (nchl.org).

For a complete listing of the competencies for this program, please click here to visit the MSHA web page for the School of Public Health and Information Sciences

Curriculum

The curriculum has 3 main components beginning with an exploration of broad principles and key influencers of leading health care organizations, moving to an examination of evidence-based and data-driven frameworks for strategic leadership and effective management of health care organizations and issues, and then to an analysis of the external health care and policy environments that impact population and community health care management.

Faculty Advisor

On matriculation, each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is requested to meet at least twice each semester with his or her advisor. The faculty advisor serves as academic practicum advisor, academic mentor, and counselor on career and employment opportunities, professional development, and opportunities beyond graduate school.

Admission Requirements

The Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences (HMSS) offers the Master of Science in Heath Administration degree for students with no healthcare experience (evening track) and a modified curriculum for working mid-career executives (executive track). 

Prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent.  It is recommended that applying students have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Prospective students must also submit:

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One-page personal statement written by the applicant that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health and health care management, noting any professional or research experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months.
  • International applicants: Foreign credential evaluation of all degrees from non-U.S. institutions. Please contact the MSHA program prior to completing this requirement.
  • Admission interviews by the HMSS Health Leadership Committee are required and are in addition to your application for admission. An interview provides the HMSS Health Leadership Committee an additional source of information and perspective about your potential fit for the University of Louisville.

If applicable, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 90; passing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville; or a degree from an accredited U.S. institution (this requires provisional admission with evaluation of English language competency).

Evening track admissions

Students entering the MSHA evening track must have less than five years of working experience.

Prospective students must submit test scores from any of the following: GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, or DAT. Scores must be no more than 4 years old. The requirement is waived if applicant has a terminal degree from a U.S. institution or has obtained and can provide a copy of the Confirmation of ECFMG® Certification (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates).

Executive track admissions

Students entering the MSHA executive track must have a minimum of five years working experience. Preference will be given to students with health care-related work experience. 

There is no test score requirement.

Performance within curriculum for both tracks

Students in the Program must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in coursework. 

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete the 57-credit hour curriculum, earn a grade of B or above in the MSHA Capstone Course, and have an overall 3.0 GPA in coursework in order to graduate from the program.

All courses within the curriculum are required and there are no electives. Students within both the evening and executive tracks take the same courses except for PHMS 686, which is required for the evening track only, and PHMS 691, which is required for the executive track only.


Evening Track Requirements

Education Plan
The evening track is designed so that students can work as full-time employees and attend evening classes. The practicum course, PHMS 686 MSHA Practicum, is designed to expose students new to the health management field to working conditions in healthcare organizations between their first and second year in the Program.

Coursework

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
PHMS 615 Introduction to Health Systems 3
PHMS 681 Population Health Quantitative Methods 3
PHMS 682 Population Health Information Management 3
PHMS 680 Health Management Leadership Seminar 1
PHMS 683 Healthcare Quality Management 3
 Hours13
Spring
PHMS 684 Project Management for Population Health 2
PHMS 620 Healthcare Strategic Management 2
PHMS 685 Healthcare Operations Management & Science (course pending) 3
PHMS 610 Health Policy & Analysis 3
PHMS 609 Health Finance and Financial Management 3
PHMS 686 MSHA Practicum 1
 Hours14
Year 2
Fall
PHMS 687 Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Managers 3
PHEP 501 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PHMS 662 Health Economics 3
PHMS 688 Healthcare Marketing 2
PHMS 605 Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations 3
PHMS 686 MSHA Practicum 1
 Hours15
Spring
PHMS 689 Insurance & Alternative Payment Models 2
PHMS 635 Health Law and Ethics 3
PHMS 630 Human Resource Management in the Public Health Sector 3
PHMS 625 Population Health Management 3
PHMS 690 MSHA Capstone Course (course pending) 3
PHMS 686 MSHA Practicum 1
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours57

Executive Track Requirements

Education Plan
The overall guiding philosophy for the executive track in the MSHA curriculum design is that the Program will only meet once a month and that a hybrid method of content delivery (synchronous and asynchronous) will be used so that the mid-career executives can proceed working in their current jobs while in the Program. The MSHA executive track substitutes the practicum with the course PHMS 691 Current Topics in Health Administration. This course allows students to consider and discuss the current, real-time challenges facing the healthcare industry. Since the executive track students have management experience, the practicum is not required.

Coursework

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
PHMS 615 Introduction to Health Systems 3
PHMS 681 Population Health Quantitative Methods 3
PHMS 682 Population Health Information Management 3
PHMS 680 Health Management Leadership Seminar 1
 Hours10
Spring
PHMS 684 Project Management for Population Health (course pending) 2
PHMS 620 Healthcare Strategic Management 2
PHMS 685 Healthcare Operations Management & Science (course pending) 3
PHMS 610 Health Policy & Analysis 3
 Hours10
Summer
PHMS 609 Health Finance and Financial Management 3
PHMS 683 Healthcare Quality Management 3
PHMS 689 Insurance & Alternative Payment Models 2
 Hours8
Year 2
Fall
PHMS 687 Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Managers 3
PHEP 501 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
PHMS 662 Health Economics 3
PHMS 688 Healthcare Marketing 2
 Hours11
Spring
PHMS 635 Health Law and Ethics 3
PHMS 605 Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations 3
PHMS 625 Population Health Management 3
 Hours9
Summer
PHMS 691 Current Topics in Health Administration (course pending) 3
PHMS 630 Human Resource Management in the Public Health Sector 3
PHMS 690 MSHA Capstone Course (course pending) 3
 Hours9
 Minimum Total Hours57