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Health Services Administration

Health Services Administration

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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Our program is designed to develop healthcare leaders with strong communication and critical thinking skills who are committed to delivering effective public health services.

Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the United States. WVU Tech offers one of the only Health Service Administration (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, insurance, strategic planning, business management, sociology, political science and economics. Students may opt to minor, or even double major, in several of these complementary academic programs.

As part of the program, our students are required to complete a 240-contact hour practicum, which enables them to gain practical, hands-on experience in the healthcare industry.

Profiles


Haley Pauley

Haley 
Pauley-Moore, '14

Graduate

After 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.
Joshua Stone

Joshua
Stone, '18

Graduate

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. 

Career Profile

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. 

Careers

WVU Tech Health Service Administration graduates have been employed at
  • Hospitals
  • Longterm nursing facilities
  • Assisted living communities
  • Medical group management companies
  • Government service agencies
  • Insurance agencies
  • Health care consulting firms

Practicum

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

Medical Ethics

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.

View a sample degree schedule or explore more course options in the catalog.

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FAFSA: 003827   SAT: 5902   ACT: 4536
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