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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Health Services Administration, MS


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Students may pursue one of a number of concentration areas to customize this professional degree. One concentration satisfies the Texas requirements for licensure as a long-term care administrator, another prepares individuals for alternative careers in administration of community-based services. A third concentration prepares individuals for a leadership role in a health care delivery setting that required specialized knowledge for effectively working with individuals who have a substance use disorder, disability or chronic illness. The fourth concentration in health data analytics develops leaders with skills in data extraction, focused reporting, data modeling and the analysis of big data in the healthcare environment.

Admission and general degree requirements


Admission requirements

Before being admitted to the master’s program, the applicant must meet the requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School specified in the Admission  section of the graduate catalog. Applying is a two-part process. First, prospective applicants for a master’s program must obtain and file an application for admission to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School. Second, applicants for a master’s degree must also obtain and file a separate application for admission to the program. No specific undergraduate major is required.

Applicants may choose to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (exam must have been taken within the last 5 years) however GRE scores are not required. No specific undergraduate major is required.

General degree requirements

The Master of Science with a major in health services administration is a fully online degree program that requires completion of 36 graduate hours. These 36 hours include a 24 hour core curriculum, and 12 hours in one of the concentrations. Students must complete a capstone course prior to completion of the program. The capstone requires a comprehensive research project covering the student’s field of specialization. The project is designed to demonstrate the student’s mastery of the discipline and ability to apply knowledge acquired throughout the program to solve a real world problem in the student’s area of specialization under faculty supervision.

Degree requirements


Concentration, 12 hours


Students choose one of the following concentrations.

Long Term Care Administration


The courses in this concentration also meet the requirements for licensure as a Long Term Care Administrator. 

Students seeking licensure as long-term care administrators must serve a 1,000-clock-hour internship, for 6 hours of credit, in a licensed long-term care facility. Internship placements are available nationwide under the preceptorship of experienced professionals. 

Licensed long-term care administrators may be allowed to substitute additional course work for the internship.

Rehabilitation Sciences


The rehabilitation sciences concentration allows students to assume a leadership role in health care delivery settings that require specialized knowledge for effectively working with individuals who have a substance use disorder, disability or chronic illness. This concentration explores various aspects of the field of rehabilitation counseling, such as the medical and functional aspects of various disabilities and illnesses, disability-related legislation and the important role of advocacy, and research and program evaluation.

Health Data Analytics


A concentration in Health Data Analytics will meet growing needs in the health care industry and in the regulatory and research arenas for leaders with skills in data extraction, focused reporting, data modeling, and data analysis through the concentration courses in data analytics. The core courses in healthcare administration will provide the topical expertise on the issues and demands facing health care leaders in this age of health care reform and evidence based medicine.

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