Public Health B.S. - Concentration: Health Services Administration

About the Program

If you are interested in a rewarding career that allows you to improve the lives of others while working in a rapidly changing field, you should consider a career in health administration.

The Health Department at East Stroudsburg University provides diverse opportunities for students interested in health administration. The curriculum and experiences also provide a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate school training.

At ESU, students receive innovative academic preparation, with an emphasis on public health practice, public administration and management theory and extensive applied experiences within professional settings. The Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Services Administration provides broad exposure to the health sciences, as well as the natural and social sciences.

Upon completion of the degree programs, students are prepared to assess community needs, and design, implement and manage health and medical programs that promote health and prevent disease. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to network with practicing professionals.

Degree Options:

The Health Services Administration program is designed to prepare students for administrative careers in an expanding healthcare field. The program is interdisciplinary, so students take courses in three departments: Health, Political Science, and Economics.

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration – A 44-credit interdisciplinary major that provides students with the educational foundation for careers in health administration, delivery, and policy.
  • Health Administration Minor – An 18-credit program that provides students enrolled in other majors with a general understanding of health administration.

Are you interested in...

  • Planning, coordinating, directing, and supervising healthcare delivery
  • Managing a medical facility/clinical department
  • Improving the quality of care and efficiency in healthcare facilities

Choose Health Services Administration at ESU

  • Small class size
  • Qualified, experienced faculty
  • Practical internships

Is health services administration a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Students who graduate with training in health services administration can find career opportunities in administration or resource development in the public or private sectors of health service delivery, and can specialize in planning, organization, policy formation and analysis, finance, economics, and marketing. Health service administrators play a leadership role in regional, state, national, and international agencies and organizations. Students who graduate from our programs can enjoy successful careers in a variety of settings.

Career Settings

  • Ambulatory clinics
  • Hospital inpatient and outpatient departments
  • Managed care organizations
  • Insurance and pharmaceutical companies
  • Administrators in training for long-term care
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Internships

Students in the Bachelor of Science program have the opportunity to complete internships with major health care facilities throughout the northeast. Student internship sites include:

  • Government agencies: federal, state and local health departments;
  • Medical centers, hospitals and other health care institutions;
  • Community coalitions and health improvement programs;
  • Not-for-profit organizations (i.e., American Cancer Society, American Red Cross); and
  • Worksite wellness and health promotion programs for employees.

Program Features

72 credits with cognate

The Health Service Administration concentration is an interdisciplinary program that provides the educational foundation for careers in health services administration, delivery and policy.

The program prepares students to work in the challenging healthcare sector in the administration of health services. The program prepares students for careers that make a significant contribution to improving the health of communities. The program consists of courses from the Economics Department, the Political Science Department, and the Health Department.

The program is designed to prepare students to enter careers in healthcare delivery settings (hospitals, clinics, home health agencies), public health settings (county and state health departments or community-based organizations), in other allied health settings (nursing homes) or in the insurance segment (insurance companies and HMOs).

Required courses:

 

HLTH 210Foundations of Health Science

3 credits

HLTH 230Community Health

3 credits

HLTH 261Foundations of Epidemiology in Public Health

3 credits

HLTH 271Environmental Determinants of Community Health

3 credits

HLTH 280Fundamentals of Health Administration

3 credits

HLTH 370Planning and Evaluation in Public Health Practice

3 credits

HLTH 381Health Economics and Finance

3 credits

HLTH 382Health Ethics & Law

3 credits

HLTH 386Pre-Practicum in Public Health Practice

3 credits

HLTH 412Computer Applications in Public Health

3 credits

HLTH 415Determinants of Disease

3 credits

HLTH 440Modifying Health Behaviors

3 credits

HLTH 470Global Public Health

3 credits

HLTH 486Field Experience & Internship

1 - 15 credits

BIOL 117Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory for the Health Sciences

1 credit

Choose three courses from the following:

9 credits
HLTH 240Health Emergencies

3 credits

HLTH 355Drug Abuse & Prevention Education

3 credits

HLTH 408Women's Health Concerns

3 credits

HLTH 401 Public Health Preparedness

3 credits

HLTH 442Human Sexuality and Reproductive Health

3 credits

HLTH 432Death and Dying

3 credits

HLTH 444Health Promotion Programs and Aging

3 credits

HLTH 450Public Health Nutrition

3 credits

Co-requisite courses:

MGT 200Principles of Management

3 credits

MGT 211Financial Accounting Fundamentals

3 credits

MGT 352Human Resource Management

3 credits

BIOL 116GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences

3 credits

HLTH 380Health Project and Grant Writing

3 credits

 

CMST 111GN: Introduction to Communication

3 credits

OR

CMST 253GN: Public Speaking

3 credits

 

CPSC 100GN: Personal Computers and Their Uses

3 credits

MATH 110GN: General Statistics

3 credits

 

POLS 160GN: Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits

OR

POLS 293GE: Public Policy and Administration

3 credits

Additional requirements:

Minimum overall GPA of 2.8

C or above in all Major classes

4 Year Curriculum Program Plan

(Subject to change by university without notice)

Freshman Year

Fall

HLTH 210Foundations of Health Science

3 credits

CPSC 100GN: Personal Computers and Their Uses

3 credits

MATH 110GN: General Statistics

3 credits

BIOL 116GE: Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences

3 credits

BIOL 117Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory for the Health Sciences

1 credit

 

HPLW 105Health Promotion and Lifetime Wellness

3 credits

OR

FYE 100University Studies

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring

HPLW 105Health Promotion and Lifetime Wellness

3 credits

OR

FYE 100University Studies

3 credits

 

HLTH 230Community Health

3 credits

ECON 112GN: Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits

HLTH 415Determinants of Disease

3 credits

XXXX ___Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Sophomore Year

Fall

CMST 111GN: Introduction to Communication

3 credits

MGT 200Principles of Management

3 credits

MGT 211Financial Accounting Fundamentals

3 credits

GenEd ____General Education Elective

3 credits

XXXX ___Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring

HLTH 280Fundamentals of Health Administration

3 credits

POLS 293GE: Public Policy and Administration

3 credits

GenEd ___General Education Elective

3 credits

GenEd ____General Education Elective

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Junior Year

Fall

HLTH 382Health Ethics & Law

3 credits

XXXX ____Co-requisite coursework (EMGT or POLS)

3 credits

HLTH 440Modifying Health Behaviors

3 credits

GenEd ____General Education Elective

3 credits

GenEd ____General Education Elective

3 credits

GenEd ____General Education Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Spring

HLTH 380Health Project and Grant Writing

3 credits

HLTH 370Planning and Evaluation in Public Health Practice

3 credits

HLTH 381Health Economics and Finance

3 credits

HLTH 386Pre-Practicum in Public Health Practice

3 credits

GenEd ___General Education Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Senior Year

Fall

GenEd ____General Education Elective

3 credits

HLTH 460Community Health Organizations

3 credits

HLTH 470Global Public Health

3 credits

XXXX ____Co-requisite coursework (EMGT or POLS)

3 credits

XXXX ___Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring

HLTH 486Field Experience & Internship

1 - 15 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 122

For more information, contact the department at 570-422-3702 or visit www.esu.edu/hlth.