Health Services Management Overview
This broad, multidisciplinary program prepares students to become health services leaders in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. The program offers an accelerated Master of Science (30 credits) for experienced health care administrators. This program is intended for students who are interested in advancing in their careers in health care management and leadership.
Our graduates gain knowledge and skills related to research, quality management, information technology, strategic planning and other skills needed to elevate their careers and adapt to changes in the evolving health care delivery system in the United States.
Admitted students must have at least 4 years of managerial experience in health care.
Graduates of the health services management program are employed in many areas of the healthcare sector. Employment opportunities include health care settings such as clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, or individual medical practices, as well as other businesses that provide medical services, manufacture medical equipment or drugs, provide medical insurance, or otherwise facilitate the provision of healthcare to patients. They also in the public health and patient advocacy sectors of the health care system. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs in health services management are expected to grow 20% between 2016 and 2026, at a much faster rate of growth than the average occupation (Medical and Health Services Managers : Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
The Mercy Advantage
- No GRE required
- Full or part-time enrollment
- Scheduling is designed to support professionals with multiple responsibilities.
- Courses can be taken at the Bronx, Dobbs Ferry and Online
Mentorship & Faculty
Faculty are experienced health care administrators, consultants, administrative nurses and lawyers, and available as mentors. Students also benefit from our career development center.
Each applicant must submit the following:
- Current résumé
- Two professional letters of recommendation on letterhead (letters from friends, acquaintances or clergy are welcome but do not replace the two professional letters)
- Two - three page essay providing the reasons the student wishes to pursue a graduate degree in Health Services Management
- Interview with the program coordinator or the program director
Students applying to enter the M.S. program must have worked in health care as an administrator or a manager for four years. Upon receipt of all transcripts and completion of all requirements and interviews, qualified applicants will be admitted and assigned an advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Classes are offered weekly at night, Saturday and online.
It’s designed for health care administrators and managers with considerable experience (four or more years).
Yes, faculty have extensive experience in health care and will be available as mentors. We also have an excellent career development center.
In addition to classes being taught by health care professionals with extensive experience, many courses have speakers from the health care field.
Yes, the program is offered 100% online.
Program Details & Curriculum
The 30-credit Master of Science program in Health Services Management is organized as follows:
Core Courses: 6 Credits
Advanced Core Courses: 9 Credits
Health Services Management Specialization: 12 Credits
Culminating Experience: 3 Credits
Total: 30 Credits
For students who began this program prior to Fall 2020, please see the 2019-2020 catalog for program requirements.
- Successful completion of full curriculum (30-M.S.; 36-M.P.A.)
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- The student should be able to demonstrate the ability to analyze missions, visions and data to develop programs using research techniques
- The student should be able to formulate a strategic plan for continuous improvement in a changing health care environment
- The student should be able to asses aspects of the U.S. health care system including political, ethical, financial and risk management issues related to effective health facility operations
- The student should be able to utilize written and oral communication skills in accordance with health industry standards
- The student should be able to create a plan that facilitates the acquisition of a health care information system.
- The student should be able to develop and present an effective professional training program
- The student should be able to demonstrate the ability to utilize theoretical and applied skills obtained during the course of study in the MS program. This is done by participation in the culminating capstone experience, which includes identifying, analyzing and developing a comprehensive report on issues facing the health care industry or health care organizations
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