Health Services Administration

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration offers an interdisciplinary major in Health Services Administration leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The program recognizes that many agencies and organizations require personnel with a strong background in both the sciences and management for research, service, and administrative positions.

A wide variety of career opportunities exist in a wide variety of organizations because health care broadly impacts society. Potential employment settings include: hospitals, clinics or ambulatory care centers; mental health agencies; prepaid health maintenance organizations; health insurance companies; federal, state, and local governmental health agencies; and health specialty vendors.

The program promotes an interdisciplinary perspective in health services administration that encompasses sciences with a public health emphasis and an orientation in business principles. With careful planning, a student may minor in one or more of the following: history and government, economics, business administration, political science, or sociology.

Distinctive features of the program in Health Services Administration include a wide assortment of classes in business, political science, economics, and other applied areas. Program courses include Introduction to Health Care Organizations, Health Services Planning, Health Services Law and Legislation, and Illness and Health Care. In addition, each student must complete a semester-long supervised capstone experience in which the student gains academic credit for administrative exposure in a cooperating health related organization

For students holding an associate degree or a diploma from a three-year nursing program, the program participates in articulation agreements providing credit for coursework taken at the community college level toward achievement of the B.S. degree.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (2, 5, 6, 7, and 8)16
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
MATH 124Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)3
POLS 220State and Local Government (GEF 8)3
POLS 480Seminar in Non-Profit Administration3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (GEF 4)3
SOCA 207Social Problems in Contemporary America3
or SOCA 235 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCA 325Illness and Health Care3
SOCA 333Sociology of Work and Work Places3
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BUSA 101Introduction to Business3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 225Elementary Business and Economics Statistics (GEF 8)3
ECON 441Public Economics3
HUMS 100Community Service1
HUMS 210Introduction to Welfare3
HUMS 300Introduction to Health Care Organizations3
HUMS 320Public Administration3
HUMS 330Health Insurance3
HUMS 400Health Services Law and Legislation3
HUMS 410Fundamentals of Health Care Administration3
HUMS 420Principle of Microhealthcare Finance3
HUMS 421Principles of Macrohealth Care Finance3
HUMS 430Medical Ethics3
HUMS 440Long Term Care Administration3
HUMS 470Health Services Planning3
HUMS 489Practicum Capstone Internship6
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Restricted Electives in ACCT, ECON, POLS, SOCA, HUMS12
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 124 (GEF 3)3PSYC 1013
SOCA 101 (GEF 4)3HUMS 1001
WVUE 1911HUMS 2103
GEF 24GEF 63
 GEF 83
 14 16
Second Year
BUSA 1013ECON 2023
ECON 2013ECON 225 (GEF 8)3
ENGL 3053POLS 220 (GEF 8)3
HUMS 3003GEF 53
SOCA 207 or 2353Restricted Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
HUMS 3203HUMS 4003
HUMS 3303HUMS 4103
HUMS 4203HUMS 4213
HUMS 4303HUMS 4403
SOCA 3253Restricted Elective3
Restricted Elective3 
 18 15
Fourth Year
BCOR 3503HUMS 4896
ECON 4413SOCA 3333
HUMS 4703Restricted Elective3
POLS 4803 
Restricted Elective3 
 15 12
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Outcomes

Health services administration

This program has the following specific outcomes:

  • The student will demonstrate a broad based understanding of the dynamics of the health care industry, including familiarity with a variety of care delivery organizations, types of care delivery methods, and fiscal responsibilities.
  • The student will be able to apply critical thinking and higher level analytical skills to problems and issues in their career fields.
  • The student will be able to communicate effectively in oral and written form and use specialized vocabulary utilized in the health care industry in the appropriate context.
  • The student will become culturally competent and know about the importance of diversity in the work environment



  • Janis E. Rezek - PhD Sociology
    Gender Studies

Associate professor

  • Thomas McGraw - MHA

Assistant professor

  • Amanda E. McCarty - MS, MS-HCA, MBA