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.
Amanda McCarty, MS, MBA, MHA
Teaching Assistant Professor
Amanda McCarty, MS, MBA, MHA is an Assistant Professor in Health Services Administration at WVU Tech.
Since 2013, Amanda has also worked as a consultant for the Public Health Foundation since 2013, where she provides training and technical assistance for state and local health departments.
Amanda holds a BS and MS in Exercise Science as well as an MS in HealthCare Administration from Marshall University, and an MBA from West Virginia University.
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 Executive Director for Pine Lodge Care & Rehabilitation Center in Beckley, WV. Joshua has been an administrator with Genesis Health Care since 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.