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Master of Health Services Administration

The Health Services Administration (HSA) graduate program is designed to educate knowledgeable, multi-skilled current and future healthcare leaders.

The Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) builds on the health-related preparation and work experience that students bring to the program and develops advanced competencies in management, research techniques and fiscal management.

Courses are offered in formats designed for the working person. The MHSA program is accessible to working adults who cannot take time away from jobs and families for full-time study. Health care cases and content are fully integrated into each course and health care management texts are used along with Internet resources. The 47-credit master's degree can be completed in five semesters by attending online and evening classes.

University of Detroit Mercy is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission – and includes the programs within the University. The MHSA program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Higher Education Network which is through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).  Members of the HSA faculty serve on the Executive Board of the local chapter of ACHE, the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE) and participate on the chapter committees. MHSA students are eligible to attend the educational programs sponsored by MCACHE that are held throughout the year.  Attending these programs provides students with opportunities to meet many healthcare executives in the local area and learn about current topics and issues of interest to health administrators.  Each year students are invited to participate in a job shadow event that is coordinated through the participating universities and the MCACHE Student Activities Council. This innovative event provides an opportunity for students to spend a day with a healthcare executive, observe the executive’s activities and meet other executives within the organization.

This program is also available at the University Center at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.

For the HSA Student Handbook and other policies, see Policies, Procedures & Handbooks.

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    MHSA Admission

    Graduate Application Requirements

    • A baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Resume or Curriculum Vita.
    • In some cases work experience is considered.
    • Three letters of recommendation from professional and academic recommenders, including one from a direct supervisor.
    • Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended.
    • A well-formulated career plan articulated in a brief essay.
    • A personal interview with the Health Services Administration Program Chair.

    Conditional admission may be granted to students whose GPA is less than 3.0. Where conditional admission is recommended, the student will be required to complete a list of courses specified by the program chair with a grade of B or better in each of the courses. These courses may not be repeated.

    Application Deadlines 

    Please note: We will not accept applications after the semester deadline dates
    • Fall Semester: August 1
    • Winter Semester: October 31
    • Summer Semester: April 1

    There are two ways to apply:

    Option 1 is directly through Detroit Mercy, the online application is free - click here to apply. Admissions Office, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-635-5020.
    Option 2 is through the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application System (HAMPCAS).  
    Our graduate program in Health Services Administration is a participant of HAMPCAS. This means that applicants can now apply to health management, administration and policy programs across different colleges and universities throughout the U.S. by way of a single, web-based application.  See below for the benefits to applicants when using HAMPCAS.
    Go to HAMPCAS to apply now.

    International Students

    In lieu of sending foreign transcripts directly to us, applicants who have studied overseas must submit official foreign transcripts to an approved (WES and ECE) foreign transcript evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report. Contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The service may take several weeks to process your foreign transcript once it is received.
    Applicants who are not United States citizens must contact the International Admissions Office for information about the application process and status. For more information click here. You may also contact them at:

    International Admissions Office
    Phone: 313-993-3310
    Fax: 313-993-3326
    admissions@udmercy.edu
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    Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS)

    About HAMPCAS

    The Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS) is the first national centralized application service designed for students applying to graduate programs in health administration, healthcare management and health policy. The service enables applicants to apply to multiple colleges and schools through a single web-based application.

    To provide applicants with the most efficient application process, we are pleased to announce that University of Detroit Mercy’s Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree program is a participant in the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application System (HAMPCAS). Applicants can either apply directly to the University of Detroit Mercy or through HAMPCAS.

    By using the HAMPCAS portal, applicants apply to health management, administration and policy programs across a variety of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. by way of a single, web-based application.

    The benefits to applicants using HAMPCAS are many, including:

    • Decreases the time and cost of applying to multiple programs.
    • Eliminates duplication of effort that required applicants to submit multiple copies of credentials, transcripts, essays and more.
    • Allows for the customization of essays or the use of a standard essay. For each school applying to you can select which option you prefer within one online application.
    • Allows completing your application over multiple sittings before submitting to all schools simultaneously. Also allows updating your application with new information after the application has already been initiated.
    • Enables you to check application status within the system from anywhere you have internet access.
    • Enables one-time payment for all applications via secure e-commerce.

    HAMPCAS Application Processing Fees

    Application processing fees are dependent on the number of designated programs/degrees selected by the applicant. The first designation is $115 with each additional application being $40.

    Tips for a Successful HAMPCAS Application

    • Apply as early as possible
    • Read all of the instructions within each section of your HAMPCAS application before submitting your completed application
    • Review the specifics of the programs to which you are applying via the program links within the HAMPCAS application
    • Print a copy of your HAMPCAS application for your records
    • Make sure to monitor your application online and check for email messages from HAMPCAS or the schools via the online application and email account you provided in your application.

    Remember that your application is not considered complete and will not be processed, until you have e-submitted the application, paid your application fee and an official transcript from every college and university you have attended is received by HAMPCAS.

    Questions?

    Need assistance with the HAMPCAS portal? Call 617-612-2882 or email hampcasinfo@hampcas.org. HAMPCAS Customer Support is available to answer your questions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

    More Help from HAMPCAS

    Have more questions about HAMPCAS? Contact AUPHA at 703-894-0940.

    AUPHA mailing address is 2000 14th Street North, Suite 780, Arlington, VA 22201  www.aupha.org.

    The HAMPCAS mailing address for the purpose of sending your transcripts is: HAMPCAS Transcript Processing Dept., PO Box 9122, Watertown MA 02472.

    Additional Resources

    FIND A PROGRAM
    To search for a program, both HAMPCAS programs and non-HAMPCAS programs, go to the AUPHA website to search via lists or via the AUPHA Online Directory of Programs at http://network.aupha.org/main/resourcecenter/futurestudents/.

    APPLY TO HAMPCAS PROGRAMS
    To find out whether the programs you want to apply are available via the HAMPCAS portal, visit http://www.aupha.org/HAMPCASSchools on the AUPHA website or go directly to HAMPCAS.

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    Curriculum

    MHSA Sample Class Schedule 

    This is a sample sequence of course offerings. Classes may not be offered
    in this exact order. Please consult your advisor prior to registration. *


    Courses (Macomb UC Campus) 2016-18

    Courses (McNichols Campus) 2016-18

    Term I Fall 2016

    • HSA 5000 - Theory and Practice (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5010 - Accounting Principles (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5160  Marketing (1.5 cr)    ____ (co-req 5190)
    • HSA 5190 Strategic Planning (1.5 cr) ____ (co-req 5160)
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term I Fall 2016

    • HSA 5060 - Health Economics (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5500 – Information Systems (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term II Winter 2017

    • HSA 5020 - Financial Management (3 cr) ____ (pre-req 5010)
    • HSA 5940 - Capstone (3 cr) ____
    • ETH 5520 - Ethics (3 cr) ____ OL
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term II Winter 2017

    • HSA 5000 - Theory and Practice (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5050 - Legal Aspects (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5780 - Quality Improvement (3 cr) ____
    • ETH 5520 - Ethics (3 cr) _____ OL
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term III Summer 2017

    • HSA 5070 - Population Health (3 cr) _____OL
    • HSA 5090 - Human Resources (1.5 cr) ____ (co-req 5150)
    • HSA 5150 - Leadership (1.5 cr) _____ (co-req 5090)
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term III Summer 2017

    • HSA 5070 - Population Health (3 cr) ____ OL
    • PYCH 5030 Statistics (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term IV Fall 2017 

    • HSA 5060 - Health Economics (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5500 – Information Systems (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term IV Fall 2017

    • HSA 5000 - Theory and Practice (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5010 - Accounting Principles (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5160   Marketing (1.5 cr)    _____ (co-req 5190)
    • HSA 5190 - Strategic Planning (1.5 cr) ____ (co-req 5160)
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term V Winter 2018

    • HSA 5050 - Legal Aspects (3 cr) ____
    • HSA 5780 - Quality Improvement (3 cr) ____
    • ETH 5520 - Ethics (3 cr) ____ OL
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

    Term V Winter 2018

    • ETH 5520 - Ethics (3 cr) ____ OL
    • HSA 5020 - Financial Management (3 cr) ____ (pre-req 5010)
    • HSA 5940 - Capstone (3 cr) ___
    • HSA 5860/5900 Internship (2-3 cr) ____

     Additional Required Courses

    • HLH 5500 - Research Methods (3 cr) – (Offered Every Term) ______
    • HLH 5700 - Delivery & Policy (3 cr) - (Offered Every Term) _____ OL
    • PYCH 5030 - Statistics (3 cr) - (Offered Summer & Fall Terms on McNichols Campus) ______

       *See course catalog for additional information

     Additional Required Courses

    • HLH 5500 - Research Methods (3 cr) – (Offered Every Term) ______
    • HLH 5700 - Delivery & Policy (3 cr) - (Offered Every Term) _____ OL
    • PYCH 5030 - Statistics (3 cr) - (Offered Summer & Fall Terms on McNichols Campus) ______

      *See course catalog for additional information


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    MHSA Degree Competencies

    MHSA Program Competency Model

    DOMAIN 1.  Leadership

    DOMAIN 2.  Communications and Interpersonal Effectiveness

    DOMAIN 3. Professionalism and Ethics

    DOMAIN 4.  Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment

    DOMAIN 5.  Business Skills and Knowledge

    View a complete list of competencies within each domain.

MHSA/MBA Program Option

Students interested in pursuing this option will receive two separate degrees after successful completion of both degree program requirements.

Applicants to the MHSA/MBA program option must apply and be accepted to both programs. Applying to only one of the programs does not automatically admit you in this option.

If granted admission in either the MHSA or MBA program, it also does not guarantee admission into this option.

For more information, please contact the Master's of Health Services Administration program chair, Dr. Renady Hightower at hightore@udmercy.edu.

As a reminder, you must apply to both the MHSA and MBA programs.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Health Services Administration Certificate

Students interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Services Administration program (other than business students) can click HERE.

Health Services Administration Management Certificate

Students interested in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Services Administration Management (for business students) can click HERE.

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