M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration

Health and human services administration is a dynamic, growing field that needs highly capable, empathetic leaders.

This field offers skilled individuals the opportunity to put their talents to use by improving the lives of those who need it the most. Leaders are charged with balancing multifaceted funding streams and addressing an increasing shortage of qualified personnel while improving the quality of services.

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program is intended for both new and seasoned professionals, and delivers practical and theoretical coursework in general management, financial management, and health or long-term care/human service administration. New perspectives are provided to lead and advance organizations successfully in today’s challenging and complex health, long-term care, and human services fields.

Post-degree Opportunities

The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration prepares graduates for leadership positions in a variety of healthcare or human service settings, such as home health agencies, behavioral health institutions, single and multi-centered hospitals, hospitals, clinics, long-term care centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, governmental health and human service agencies, nonprofit agencies and clinics, and more.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration in as little as two years.
  • The program has six start times per year.

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Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities and Rochester locations and online.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses: 15 cr.

GM623 Academic Research and Writing (3 cr.)

This course focuses on graduate academic writing skills, including voice and style, writing that incorporates source material, ethical use of source material, APA writing guidelines, and revising writing.  Students learn to locate and evaluate resources relevant to the research and writing process.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Develop a research question, delineating the complexity in an issue.
  2. Use information from a variety of sources relevant to a question.
  3. Evaluate information for relevance and credibility.
  4. Analyze and synthesize scholarly articles.
  5. Integrate source material into academic writing, including correct use of summary, paraphrase, and quotation, along with proper citation.
  6. Incorporate different points of view on an issue.
  7. Write clearly and concisely.
  8. Demonstrate skills in rewriting, editing, and proofreading.

GM655 Human Resource Management (3 cr.)

This course examines core areas of talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and employee development in both service and product-driven organizations. It emphasizes the application of effective human resource management principles to the issues faced by organizations today.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Outline the key components of the human resource management and the value added by this functional area.
  2. Identify HR issues and situations in today's organizations and relevant laws impacting them.
  3. Analyze human resource management's organizational role in strategic planning and organizational effectiveness.
  4. Apply the fundamentals of effective analysis and job descriptions and evaluation.
  5. Leverage performance review strategies to motivate and develop employees and support accountability.
  6. Analyze the components of cultural competency and how to use it to create greater inclusion in the workplace.
     

 

HS606 Common Diseases and Treatments (1 cr.)

This course provides an overview comparison of the aging process and illness.  It identifies various agencies that meet the needs of the disabled, ill, or other chronic conditions.  This course provides administrators with the language and basic understanding of health care needs for their clients, patients, or residents.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Differentiate between the aging process and the disease process in order to respond appropriately.
  2. Classify various common conditions and disabilities according to appropriate medical needs and care.

 

HS612 Health Informatics (2 cr.)

 

This course covers accumulation and analysis of data to support administrative decision making and regulatory compliance. Roles that information systems and technologies play in healthcare, long term care, and human services; types of computer-based health information systems; and issues related to data privacy, confidentiality, integrity, and availability are addressed.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Locate and describe regulations and strategic uses of data and information for healthcare, long-term care, or human services.
  2. Differentiate between advantages and disadvantages of information technology when applied to the delivery of healthcare.
  3. Identify what technologies are available for the collection, analysis, retrieval, and dissemination of electronic information.
  4. Analyze the effectiveness of standardize vocabularies and classification systems, and identify how these systems impact delivery of care.

 

HS662 Healthcare Financial Management (3 cr.)

This course examines the financial practices and procedures associated with leading a healthcare, long-term care, or human services organization. Students have the opportunity to analyze and interpret financial statements, as well as create and evaluate capital budgets. Public policy and the economic forces that influence healthcare organizations are explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Create an operating and capital budget for an organization.
  2. Evaluate budget decisions and common economic variables.
  3. Describe and interpret how public policy may affect the financial operations of a healthcare entity.
  4. Examine the reimbursement requirements and regulatory compliance on financial performance.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the financial statements of a healthcare organization.

 

PRM600 Fundamentals of Project Management (3 cr.)

This foundation course examines the project management framework. This framework covers key terminology, project management context, and processes. Topics include project management knowledge areas, life cycles, and organizational designs.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply key project management terms.
  2. Analyze the environment in which projects operate.
  3. Describe a generalized view of how the various project management processes commonly interact.
  4. Identify project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, and procurement management process inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs.
  5. Identify life cycle phases appropriate to a project.
  6. Analyze stakeholder needs and expectations.

Human Services Specialization Courses: 12 cr.

HS601 Human Services Administration (3 cr.)

This course provides skills and applied theories of management and leadership in a variety of agencies caring for vulnerable adults. Board governance, departmental administration, strategic planning, decision making, and promotion of sustainability and quality assurance are explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Illustrate roles, relationships, and legal responsibilities for administration, board members, departmental managers, and consultant(s).
  2. Analyze organizational board governance systems for effective implementation of shared vision and mission.
  3. Evaluate strategies for promoting and leading organizational change.
  4. Evaluate decision-making models for human service(s) administration.

 

HS604 Lifespan Development Perspectives (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the aging process.  Identification of resources designed to support healthy aging and to meet the needs of the aged, disabled, and chronically ill population are also covered.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describe common physical, social, and psychological aspects of the aging process focusing on the disabled and chronically ill as well as the various approaches to addressing individual needs.
  2. Identify and develop best practices for addressing common elderly/disabled/chronically ill residents within an agency or facility.

 

HS651 Policy for Human Services (3 cr.)

This course examines the policy and ethical dimensions affecting long-term care and human services administration. Topics include ethical issues, laws, and public policy impacting services; finance and delivery; frameworks for ethical decision making; socioeconomic impacts on public policy; and strategies for influencing the policy-making process.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply frameworks for ethical administrative decision making.
  2. Analyze policies and law impacting the delivery and financial operations of services for vulnerable adults.
  3. Evaluate the role of regional and national regulations on long-term care and human services.
  4. Identify and explain ways to influence the creation of public policy.

 

HS671 Human Services Systems (3 cr.)

This course provides a historical overview of the foundation of human services caring for the vulnerable adult population. Topics include social, legislative, and economic forces influencing the past, current, and future existence of human services and how these systems have brought about change.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Compare the evolution of various types of vulnerable adult services.
  2. Analyze the impact of social, economic, and regulatory forces on planning and objective setting.
  3. Evaluate the emergence of organizational designs, operations, and governance.
  4. Analyze the factors influencing the organizational outcomes and customer satisfaction.

Healthcare Specialization Courses: 12 cr.

GM600 Management Principles (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of key organizational and behavioral concepts, which underlie effective management practice in private and public sector organizations. Management strategies are examined and compared. Special attention is given to defining and interpreting cross-cultural differences and influences. The course gives attention to the local and global trends, both existing and emerging, that influence organizational structure, behavior, and change.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Synthesize and build creatively on concepts about management roles in planning, organizing, leading, and oversight in the 21st century.
  2. Analyze the management challenges of organizations in today's global marketplace.
  3. Evaluate and apply management strategies to rea- world problems.
  4. Outline a rationale for integrating corporate responsibility and social justice into the organization.
  5. Identify personal management skills and competencies.

HS602 Healthcare Administration (3 cr.)

This course provides applied theories and skills of leadership and management in healthcare administration. Governance, vision and mission, strategic planning, decision making, promotion of organizational growth, and sustainability are explored.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze personal leadership and management style, character, and philosophy.
  2. Analyze healthcare organizational governance systems for effective implementation of shared vision and mission.
  3. Evaluate strategies for promoting and leading organizational change in healthcare.
  4. Evaluate decision making models for healthcare administration.

HS652 Healthcare Policy (3 cr.)

This course examines the ethical and legal dimensions of healthcare administration.  Topics include ethical issues, public policy, regulation and compliance standards impacting healthcare finance and delivery; frameworks for ethical decision making; socioeconomic impacts on public policy; and strategies influencing the policymaking process.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply frameworks for ethical administrative decision making.
  2. Analyze policies and law(s) impacting the structure and financing of healthcare delivery.
  3. Evaluate the role of regional and national regulations on healthcare.
  4. Identify and explain approaches to influence and lobby in order to impact the development and implementation of public policy.

 

HS672 Health Systems (3 cr.)

This course evaluates the fundamentals of current healthcare delivery systems in the U.S. Topics include healthcare regulatory and financial systems, healthcare delivery operations, and organizational design theories.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the structure and function of healthcare delivery systems related to organizational design theories, including the continuum of care and population health needs.
  2. Analyze current healthcare systems trends and the impact on future healthcare delivery.
  3. Evaluate healthcare regulatory and financing oversight, and financing and payment options.
  4. Analyze challenges faced by and remedies for current healthcare systems.

Required Capstone Course: 3 cr.

HS698 Capstone Project (3 cr.)

In this course, theory with practice is integrated by formulating and completing a project that applies the program outcomes to the field of health and human services administration and summarizes learning.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply program outcomes to a final project.
  2. Analyze the findings of the project in terms of reproducibility and generalizability.
  3. Relate findings from the project to contemporary practice.
  4. Synthesize related literature on a chosen topic.

Elective Courses: 6 cr.


 

HS678 Field Study (1 cr.)

This course provides students with an opportunity for an in-depth experience and analysis of leadership.  The areas of personal leadership styles, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication are critical to be successful in facility administration.  This course provides opportunities for students to build upon and practice their leadership skills.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze leadership style and personal beliefs.
  2. Document and analyze the learnings from the experience.
  3. Evaluate critical thinking and problem-solving applications.

 

HS688 Field Study: Part 2 (1 cr.)


This course is a follow-up to the previous field study. It provides students with continued opportunity for an in-depth experience and analysis of leadership. The areas of personal leadership styles, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication are critical to be successful in facility administration. This course provides opportunities for students to practice and build on their leadership skills.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze leadership style and personal beliefs.
  2. Document and analyze the learnings from the experience.
  3. Evaluate critical thinking and problem-solving applications.

HS692 LTC Practicum 80 hours (1 cr.)

The practicum course is designed to meet the practicum requirements set out by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). This course provides practical learning experiences within the context of a nursing facility to complement the student's academic training and work or volunteer experience in long-term care, general health care, and management. Please contact BENHA to determine if this course meets the requirements for you to take the MN Nursing Home Administration licensing exam.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the functions of nursing facility departments.
  2. Explain the roles of the nursing facility administrator and facility relationships in the context of operations, governance, community relations, resident councils, and other health care providers operating in the continuum of health care.
  3. Complete research designed to improve operations and inform decision-making on a current issue.
     

HS693 LTC Practicum 200 hours (2 cr.)

The practicum course is designed to meet the requirements set out by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). This course provides practical learning experiences within the context of a nursing facility to complement the student's academic training and work or volunteer experience in long-term care, general health care, and management. Please contact BENHA to determine if this course meets the requirements for you to take the MN Nursing Home Administration licensing exam.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of all functions of the nursing facility departments.
  2. Explain the roles of the nursing facility administrator in the context of operations, governance, community relations, resident councils, and other health care providers operating in the continuum of health care.
  3. Complete research designed to improve operations and inform decision-making on a current issue.

HS694 LTC Practicum 300 hours (3 cr.)

The practicum course is designed to meet the requirements set out by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). This course provides practical learning experiences within the context of a nursing facility to complement the student's academic training and work or volunteer experience in long-term care, general health care, and management. Please contact BENHA to determine if this course meets the requirements for you to take the MN Nursing Home Administration licensing exam.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of all functions of the nursing facility departments.
  2. Analyze results of regulatory inspections, write and implement a plan of correction including in-service education.
  3. Explain the roles of the nursing facility administrator in the context of operations, governance, community relations, resident councils, and other health care providers operating in the continuum of health care.
  4. Complete research designed to improve operations and inform decision-making on a current issue.

 

HS695 LTC Practicum 400 hours (4 cr.)

The practicum course is designed to meet the requirements set out by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA). This course provides practical learning experiences within the context of a nursing facility to complement the student's academic training and work or volunteer experience in long-term care, general health care, and management. Please contact BENHA to determine if this course meets the requirements for you to take the MN Nursing Home Administration licensing exam.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of all functions of the nursing facility departments.
  2. Analyze results of regulatory inspections, write and implement a plan of correction including in-service education.
  3. Explain the roles of the nursing facility administrator and the facility relationships in the context of operations, governance, community relations, resident councils, and other health care providers operating in the continuum of health care.
  4. Complete research designed to improve operations and inform decision-making on a current issue.


 

 

HS702 Field Study: Part 3 (1 cr.)

This course is a follow-up to the previous two field study experiences. It provides students with continued opportunity for an in-depth experience and analysis of leadership. The areas of personal leadership styles, problem solving, critical thinking, and communication are critical to be successful in facility administration. This course provides opportunities for students to practice and build their leadership skills.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze leadership style and personal beliefs.
  2. Document and analyze the learnings from the experience.
  3. Evaluate critical thinking and problem-solving applications.

 

HSxxx Elective Choices ( cr.)

Electives can include any of the following course offerings: 

  • Non-required HHSA course (e.g. Healthcare Administration Specialization students could take the Human Service Specialization courses for elective credits); 
  • Any courses without prerequisites in a Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Master of Arts program;
    • Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Project Management
    • Organizational Leadership
    • International Development.

Please note: Practicum electives are only for individuals preparing for MN Nursing Home Administration licensure.  Students must complete coursework covering BENHA standards 1-8 before enrolling in a practicum course.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses 15 cr.
Specialization Courses 12 cr.
Required Capstone Course  3 cr.
Elective Courses  6 cr.
Total 36 cr.

 

Choose either the Healthcare Specialization or Human Services Administration Specialization or customize the specialization by choosing one course A, one course B, one course C, and one course D.

  Healthcare Specialization   Human Services Administration Specialization
A HS602 Healthcare Administration A HS601 Human Services Administration
B HS652 Healthcare Policy B HS651 Policy for Human Services
C HS672 Healthcare Systems C HS671 Human Services Systems
D GM600 Management Principles D HS604 Lifespan Development Perspectives



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