Master of arts in public service administration

Specialization in Healthcare Administration

Who is it for?

This health care leadership graduate program is for students who want health care management positions.

As managed care and health care delivery evolve, new skills and knowledge are needed. This program provides a foundation in finance, economics, policy, leadership, systems, and outcome planning and evaluation.

Through the many elective offerings — informatics, case management, marketing, program development, administrative practicum, conflict resolution, long-term care and more — students can explore a wide range of special interests.


This specialization is ideal for those who work in or for:

  • Academic medical centers
  • Clinics
  • Health plans
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care settings
  • Managed-care organizations
  • Public health departments


To earn a master's degree in public service, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Core Courses

Required courses (12 credits)
PUBS 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics 3 credit hours
PUBS 6205 Urban Policy and Public Service Administration 3 credit hours
PUBS 6210 Ethics in Public Service -OR- 3 credit hours
NURS 6007 Ethics in Health Care 3 credit hours
PUBS 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
Constrained electives (3 credits)
PUBS 6051 Contemporary Leadership 3 credit hours
PUBS 6215 Nature of Cities 3 credit hours
PUBS 6220 Organizational Behavior in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6230 Legal Issues in Public Service 3 credit hours
PUBS 6235 Communication and the Management Process in Urban Services 3 credit hours
PUBS 6240 Urban Public Sector Economics 3 credit hours
PUBS 6995 Independent Study 1-3 credit hours
PUBS 6931 Topics in Public Service 1-3 credit hours
Specialization Courses (15 credits)
HEAL 6820 Health Care Program Development 3 credit hours
HEAL 6841 Health Care Finance 3 credit hours
HEAL 6840* Environment of Health Care Delivery 3 credit hours
HEAL 6848 Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
ELECTIVE Contact your adviser for elective options 3 credit hours

* HEAL 6840 replaces NURS 6009

Integrative Learning Options (choose one)

Professional Project

  • Six credits of a professional project. This course is taken three credits at a time, preferably in two consecutive semesters. The professional project courses are generally not offered during summer.

There are two options for a professional project.

  1. Work independently with a faculty adviser and possibly an organization to produce a research-based service or product.
  2. Submit for publication to a peer-reviewed journal the findings from a research study that has been supervised by a faculty member.

Comprehensive Exams

  • Thirty-six credits of course work followed by a comprehensive examination. Students will take: 12 required credits, three credits from constrained core electives and 15 credits from specialization courses. The final six credits should be approved by the program adviser.