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Specialization in Healthcare Administration
Who Should Consider This Program?
This health care administration specialization is for students who seek health care management positions. As managed care and health care delivery evolve, new skills and knowledge are needed. Through this specialization's many course offerings, students can explore a wide range of interests related to health care. The program balances practical skills with a values-based and research methods-based foundation so that graduates of the program can become dynamic members of their health care organization.
This specialization is designed for individuals interested in a career in academic medical centers, clinics, home health agencies, hospices, hospitals, long-term care settings, managed-care organizations, and public health departments.
To earn a master's degree in public service, students must complete 36 credit hours of course work.
Required Courses, Specialization Courses, and Electives (30 Credits)*
Required courses (12 credits)
|PUBS 6000||History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics||3 credit hours|
or POSC 6101
Contemporary Political Research
3 credit hours
or POSC 6954
Urban Policy and Public Service Administration
Research Seminar in American Politics**
3 credit hours
or NURS 6007
Ethics in Public Service
Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy
3 credit hours
Specialization-focused Courses (12 credits; choose four courses below)
|HEAL 6820||Health Care Program Development||3 credit hours|
or NPSE 6525
Health Care Finance
Financial Matters in the Nonprofit Sector
3 credit hours
|HEAL 6848||Health Care Policy||3 credit hours|
|NURS 6009||Organizational and Systems Leadership||3 credit hours|
|NURS 6440||Theoretical Constructs: Dimensions of Aging||3 credit hours|
|POSC 5381||Politics of U.S. Health Care||3 credit hours|
Electives (6 credits; choose two courses below)
|ACCO 6000||Accounting Fundamentals||3 credit hours|
|HEAL 6845||Case Management||3 credit hours|
|HEAL 6846||Health Care Informatics||3 credit hours|
|MANA 6100||Organizational Behavior||3 credit hours|
|NURS 6440||Theoretical Constructs: Dimensions of Aging***||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6521||Social Entrepreneurship: Nonprofit Organizations||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6525||Financial Matters in the Non-Profit Sector||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6530||Social Justice and Social Activism||3 credit hours|
|NPSE 6540||Restorative Justice||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6051||Contemporary Leadership||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 Non-Profit Sector||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6964||Practicum in Public Service||3 credit hours|
|PUBS 6995||Independent Study in Public Service||1-3 credit hours|
* Depending on your selected specialization, these courses may vary. Please check with your academic adviser for specifics.
** Students taking POSC 6954 must choose the section subtitled "Urban Public Policy."
***Neither NURS 6440 nor NPSE 6525 can count toward both the Specialization requirement and the Electives requirement.
Integrative Learning Options (6 credits)
Students select one of two integrative learning options to complete their degree requirements:
- Students selecting the professional project option will take PUBS 6998 (Professional Project in Public Service) plus one additional, 3-credit course related to the professional project.
- Students choosing this option must submit a project outline to be approved by their program adviser and by the Graduate School.
- Students selecting the comprehensive examination option will take 6 credits of additional course work followed by a comprehensive exam.
- Students typically take the comprehensive exam during their final semester in the program.
Trinity Fellows Program
Students interested in this master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.