Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Program Website
Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the United States. WVU Tech offers one of the only HSA undergraduate programs in the state. Our program is designed to develop healthcare leaders with strong communication and critical thinking skills who are committed to delivering effective public health services.
The HSA program is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in health administration, business management, sociology, political science and economics. Students may opt to minor, or even double major, in any of these complementary academic programs.
As part of the program, our students are required to complete a 300-contact hour practicum, which enables them to gain practical, hands-on experience in the healthcare industry.
Graduates in the HSA program are candidates for entry-level
positions in practically all areas of healthcare administration, including
hospitals, long term care, medical clinics, medical practice groups and home
health agencies. In addition, graduates have a sufficient background to
secure employment in government, in the insurance industry and in human
resources departments managing employee benefits programs. Several graduates
have utilized the HSA degree to gain admission into graduate school to better
enhance professional opportunities for them.
Each student graduating from the HSA program must complete a practicum experience. This activity involves the student spending a minimum of 240 contact hours in a participating organization being mentored by a seasoned professional in the field. The student is exposed to the daily routines and rhythm of an organization; learns about the administrative and decision processes in actual practice; becomes familiar with the organizational structure; observes the interaction between decision makers by attending key meetings and being involved in projects; and develops an appreciation for the effort involved in managing a successful organization. It's part of our hands-on approach that makes HSA grads ready for the workforce on day one.
Learn about the principles of modern health care administration, planning, organizing, directing and controlling in health services management. You'll also discuss the contemporary issues in health care administration
This course is a philosophical and sociological investigation of complex moral problems in medicine and healthcare delivery. Topics include euthanasia, abortion, allocation of scarce medical responses, accessibility problems, AIDS, research and human experimentation, among others.
Explore an overview of behavioral factors relating to occurrence of and response to illness, with particular emphasis on American medicine. Designed especially for students interested in health-related careers.