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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.


**Which class should I take? When should I take it?  Please click here for a recommended program sequence.

Foundations of Excellence 30-31 cr.
BIOL120 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology 4 cr.
BIOL131 Introduction To Human Disease 3 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
ENGL311 Professional Writing 3 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
PSYC101 Introductory Psychology 3 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
STAT219 Introduction to Biostatistics 3 cr.
Foundations of Health Professions 30 cr.
ACCT200 Accounting Basics for Managers 3 cr.
BITS211 Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet 3 cr.
CISP112 Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
HLTH101 Introduction to Health Careers 3 cr.
HLTH210 Health Care Organizations and Systems 3 cr.
HLTH230 Health Care Law and Ethics 3 cr.
HLTH235 Principles of Health Care Management 3 cr.
HLTH245 Principles of Reimbursement Management 3 cr.
HSAD221 IT for Health Care Managers 3 cr.
MKTG211 Marketing Foundations 3 cr.
Major 55-58 cr.
FINC403 Health Care Finance 3 cr.
HINT209 Quality Assurance Health Care 3 cr.
HLTH320 Public Health Perspectives 3 cr.
HLTH401 Health Care Research 3 cr.
HLTH460 Health Promotion and Education 3 cr.
HRMG213 Human Resource Management 3 cr.
HSAD301 Cultural Issues in Health Care 3 cr.
HSAD302 Regulatory Health Care 3 cr.
HSAD402 Health Care Risk Management 3 cr.
HSAD403 Health Care Economics 3 cr.
HSAD425 Bioethics 3 cr.
HSAD440 Health Care Strategic Planning 3 cr.
HSAD495 Health Services Administration Practicum 4 cr.
MGMT321 Organizational Behavior 3 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.
HRMG313 Staffing Organizations 3 cr.
HRMG314 Managing Change in Organizations 3 cr.
HRMG350 Training for Organizations 3 cr.
HRMG431 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 3 cr.
Information Technology Emphasis (12) cr.
GPMT287 Principles of Project Management 3 cr.
IAAS221 Security Foundations 3 cr.
IAAS245 Disaster Recovery 3 cr.
IAAS332 Authentication and Audits 3 cr.
Leadership and Sustainability Emphasis (15) cr.
ENVS125 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 cr.
MGMT370 Sustainability Principles and Theories 3 cr.
MGMT375 Leadership Theory and Discovery 3 cr.
MGMT420 Ethical Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility 3 cr.
MGMT435 Leadership Challenges Seminar 3 cr.
Risk Management Emphasis (12) cr.
HLTH260 Introduction to Environmental Health 3 cr.
HRMG350 Training for Organizations 3 cr.
HSAD320 OSHA for Health Care 3 cr.
LEGL210 Business Law Foundations 3 cr.
Recommended Open Electives 1-5 cr.
COMM311 Organizational Communication 3 cr.
HLTH100 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/First Aid 1 cr.
HLTH202 Death and Dying 3 cr.
HLTH270 Dimensions of Aging 3 cr.
HLTH303 Psychosocial Health Concerns 3 cr.
HSAD490 Health Services Administration Internship 3 cr.
SABR381 Study Abroad Experience 3 cr.