Health Services Administration
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Program Website
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WVU Tech's Health Services Administration (HSA) program is designed to develop the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. Students are provided the necessary communication and critical thinking skills to deliver effective public health services.
The HSA program includes courses in health administration, insurance, strategic planning, business management, sociology, political science and economics.
Haley Pauley-Moore, '14
GraduateAfter graduating with an HSA degree in 2014, Haley began her career in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and is presently the center scheduling manager at Valley Center in South Charleston, West Virginia. Haley is also in graduate school and will graduate in December 2018 with a Masters in Health Care Administration.
After graduating in 2018 with a major in Health Services Administration, Joshua immediately began his career in a long term care facility. He is currently the Center Assistant Executive Director for Oak Ridge Center, Genesis HealthCare in Charleston, WV. Joshua is enrolled in the state Administrator-In-Training licensure program and is expecting to take his long-term administrators license by the end of 2018.
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.
CareersWVU Tech Health Service Administration graduates have been employed at
- Longterm nursing facilities
- Assisted living communities
- Medical group management companies
- Government service agencies
- Insurance agencies
- Health care consulting firms
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.
THINGS YOU'LL LEARN
Administrative, financial and ethical logistics behind the healthcare industry, plus a sociological look at the industry and its patients.
Fundamentals of Health Care Administration
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.
Illness and Health Care
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.