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 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 or statistics
  • Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Up to 75.0 approved transfer semester credits (105.0 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
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 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 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
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
or UNIV 101 The Drexel Experience
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
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 Government4.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) Electives *27.0
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives29.0
Free Electives40.0
Total Credits180.0-184.0

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
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
ACCT 110Accounting for Professionals4.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Natural Science course with laboratory*4.0-5.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
MATH 101
or 171
Introduction to Analysis I
Introduction to Analysis A
3.0-4.0
PSCI 110American Government4.0
Natural Science courses with laboratory*4.0-5.0
 Term Credits14.0-16.0
Term 3
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
MATH 102
or 172
Introduction to Analysis II
Introduction to Analysis B
3.0-4.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 310Introduction to Health-Systems Administration3.0
 Term Credits13.0-14.0
Term 4
CS 150Computer Science Principles3.0
HSAD 322Health-Care Law3.0
HSAD 334Management of Health Services3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
HSAD 321Health-Care Human Resources3.0
HSAD 330Financial Management in Health Care3.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective 3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
HSAD 335 [WI] Health-Care Policy3.0
HSAD 340Leadership in Health Services Administration3.0
HSAD 345Ethics in Health Care Management3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective6.0
Humanities/Social Science electives6.0
Free electives3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
HSAD 332 [WI] Health-Care Marketing3.0
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 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
Health Services Administration (HSAD) elective3.0
Humanities/Social Science electives3.0
Free electives3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
Health Services Administration (HSAD) electives 6.0
Humanities/Social Science elective6.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
Health Services Administration (HSAD) electives3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0-184.0

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.
Chalmers Clark, PhD (City University of New York). Associate Teaching Professor. Naturalized epistemology and biomedical ethics.
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.
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.
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.
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