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Preparation for Leadership:
Health Services Administration (HSA) BS

Whether you are currently working in health care, or just starting out in the field, Davenport’s bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration (HSA) will prepare you for various management responsibilities in a variety of health care settings. 

Our program teaches both an in-depth understanding of healthcare systems and essential technical skills. You’ll be marketable for a wide range of potential career options, gaining the potential to earn up to one-third more than those without a degree in HSA. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2010 data, the median annual salary for an individual employed in the health services administration field is $84,270. 

The Knowledge You Need

Davenport also prepares you for success by helping you to develop for important professional interactions in the work place, such as: 

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills 
  • Leadership abilities 
  • Strategic planning skills  
  • Communication and interpersonal skills 

Areas of study will include: 

  • Human resource management 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Health care law and ethics 
  • Marketing 
  • Information technology 
  • Risk management 
  • Health care information systems 

In addition to classroom instruction, you will also participate in a monitored internship in a real-world heath care agency. 

In-Demand Careers

The BLS reports a projected 22% growth rate through 2020, a faster than average pace. Davenport's overall HSA Placement rate is 83%. There is no doubt that a healthcare management or administration career will open up opportunities anywhere in the world. Become a preferred candidate for employment with:

  • Integrated Health Care Systems
  • Physician Practices
  • Public Health Organizations
  • Community Health Organizations
  • Health Care Associations
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Third Party Administrators


Why Davenport? 

We know you have many choices. But we also know that nobody works harder to get you where the world is going. When you choose Davenport, you’ll get:

  • The national reputation of Davenport’s curriculum and instructors
  • A broad range of organizations across Michigan and the nation regularly hires DU graduates
  • Credit may be available for eligible previous health services training and experience 
  • Previous credits for coursework (not exact equivalents of DU courses) may be awarded
  • 120 hours of hands-on experience in the health care field before graduation

The DU Advantage

  • Courses available online and in-classroom
  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • Small class sizes (both on campus and online!)
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide 
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Cutting edge programs for today and tomorrow

Want Even More?

Many HSA graduates choose to continue with Davenport University’s recognized MBA program. Talk to your advisor about considering this as part of your education planning and career goals.

Talk to a DU advisor at your campus about creating a flexible schedule that works for you and your career goals.

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Full Curriculum


The Health Services Administration program prepares the graduate for entry-level management positions in various health care settings and organizations. Health services administration careers can include working in integrated health care systems, retirement and long term care facilities, physicians’ practices, community health organizations, health care associations and insurance carriers-third party administrators. Specialties are designed to assist students needing or desiring a more focused area of interest. This degree prepares individuals interested in pursuing Davenport University’s MBA program. Credits for previous Allied Health course work or an associate’s degree with an Allied Health credential (i.e., Registered Nurse, Medical Assistant) that are not the exact equivalent of Davenport University courses may be awarded, following consultation with the Associate Dean of Allied Health.

Please note that students will not be awarded both the B.B.A. Health Services Administration and the B.S. Health Services Administration. Only one degree and catalog year of the Health Services Administration major may be declared.

***Which class should I take? When should I take it? Please click here for the program sequence. (pdf download)

Foundations of Excellence30-31 cr.
BIOL120 or SCI Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology or Natural Science Elective*3-4 cr.
BIOL131 or SCI Introduction to Human Disease or Natural Science Elective*3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
PSYC101Introductory Psychology3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
STAT219Introduction to Biostatistics 3 cr.
Foundations of Health Professions30 cr.
ACCT200Accounting Basics for Managers3 cr.
BITS211Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet3 cr.
CISP112Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
HLTH101Introduction to Health Careers3 cr.
HLTH210Health Care Organizations and Systems3 cr.
HLTH230Health Care Law and Ethics3 cr.
HLTH235Principles of Health Care Management3 cr.
HLTH245Principles of Reimbursement Management3 cr.
HSAD221IT for Health Care Managers3 cr.
MKTG211Marketing Foundations3 cr.
Major55-58 cr.
FINC403Health Care Finance3 cr.
HINT209Quality Assurance Health Care3 cr.
HLTH320Public Health Perspectives3 cr.
HLTH401Health Care Research 3 cr.
HLTH460Health Promotion and Education3 cr.
HRMG213Human Resource Management3 cr.
HSAD301Cultural Issues in Health Care3 cr.
HSAD302Regulatory Health Care3 cr.
HSAD402Health Care Risk Management3 cr.
HSAD403Health Care Economics3 cr.
HSAD425Bioethics3 cr.
HSAD440Health Care Strategic Planning3 cr.
HSAD493 or HSAD495Health Services Administration Online Practicum or Health Services Administration Practicum4 cr.
MGMT321Organizational Behavior3 cr.
Health Care Specialty courses [HS] comprising the major area of the earned health care related associate's degree or 12 -15 credits from any of the following or choose an area of emphasis:(12-15) cr.
Human Resource Management Emphasis(12) cr.
HRMG313Staffing Organizations3 cr.
HRMG350Training for Organizations3 cr.
HRMG431Negotiation and Dispute Resolution3 cr.
MGMT314Managing Change in Organizations3 cr.
Information Technology Emphasis(12) cr.
GPMT287Principles of Project Management3 cr.
IAAS221Security Foundations3 cr.
IAAS245Disaster Recovery3 cr.
IAAS332Authentication and Audits3 cr.
Leadership and Sustainability Emphasis(15) cr.
ENVS125Introduction to Environmental Studies3 cr.
MGMT370Sustainability Principles and Theories3 cr.
MGMT375Leadership Theory and Discovery3 cr.
MGMT420Ethical Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility3 cr.
MGMT435Leadership Challenges Seminar 3 cr.
Risk Management Emphasis(12) cr.
HLTH260Introduction to Environmental Health3 cr.
HRMG350Training for Organizations3 cr.
HSAD320OSHA for Health Care3 cr.
LEGL210Business Law Foundations3 cr.
Recommended Open Electives1-5 cr.
COMM311Organizational Communication3 cr.
HLTH100*Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/First Aid1 cr.
HLTH202Death and Dying3 cr.
HSAD490Health Services Administration Internship3 cr.
PSYC270Dimensions of Aging3 cr.
PSYC303Psychosocial Health Concerns3 cr.
SABR381Study Abroad Experience3 cr.