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Magdalene Figuccio, MSN
Director of
Undergraduate Programs

(973) 290-4157

Henderson Hall 123

David B. Tataw, Ph.D.
Chair and Director of Graduate Programs

Henderson Hall 202B

Health Administration

Program Overview

B.S. in Health Administration

This program replaces the Bachelor of Arts in Allied Health, which after May 2015 will no longer be offered as a major.

The new B.S. in Health Administration curriculum is in response to transformations in the health care industry, and offers three concentrations: Health Informatics, Health Project Management, or Health Communication. The emphasis on experiential learning provides students with skills for employment in a variety of health services settings including but not limited to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, community health organizations, multispecialty services, insurance companies, biomedical research organizations, and emergency preparedness organizations in both the private and public domains, local, state and federal government. Health Administration majors will also be well-prepared for a variety of graduate programs, in particular the Master of Science in Health Administration. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that careers in health care will grow at twice the pace for overall U.S. job growth (more than 20 percent from 2008 through 2018,) a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration is a wise choice.

Unique Elements of This Program

  • Students learn to utilize management, organizational, communication, and data analysis skills in the health care industry.
  • Students learn to interpret health care and disease-related research and apply this skill in population health management.
  • Students will choose one of three concentrations: Health Informatics, Health Project Management, or Health Communication.
  • Students benefit from required field experience through internship/capstone or other experiential learning.
  • Students complete a faculty guided, culminating research project that begins during the internship and ends in the Senior Seminar course.


  • Identify basic relationships and multiple elements of a problem, breaking down each element into detail; use analytical techniques to identify potential solutions, weighing the value of each.
  • Assess reimbursement and payment system alternatives; explain the connection between providers and payers; analyze disease, population and utilization data.
  • Consider the business, demographic, ethno-cultural political and regulatory implications of decisions; develop strategies to improve the long-term success and viability of the organization.
  • Work cooperatively with others; value others input and expertise; seek input of others to increase the quality of solutions and decisions.
  • Speak and write in a clear, logical, grammatical manner in informal and formal situations; makes presentations in a clear and understandable voice free of extraneous phrases.
  • Recognize the potential of Information Systems in process and patient service improvement; is familiar with current technology for patient tracking (record management, billing and reporting).
  • Plan, execute and oversee a project; establish phases and steps within a realistic timeframe; tracks performance against plan and budget; ensures delivery within a prescribed time frame.
  • Act openly and honestly; demonstrate ethical behavior, professional practice, social accountability and community stewardship.
  • Develop curiosity and desire to know more about things, people and issues; cultivate a desire for knowledge and staying current with health, industry and professional trends.

M.S. in Health Administration

The Master of Science in Health Administration features an integrated program combining a core curriculum, an elective component, and a culminating experience in which health administration skills and competencies are synthesized through an internship and capstone course.

The Health Administration program has been designed for early and mid-level careerists in the health care industry. The program will be of particular interest to health care administrators, managers, nurses, other health care providers, and any health related professionals who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise in health management. Applicants who have not previously studied health administration are welcome.

Graduates of this program will find diverse job opportunities with a variety of health organizations, including hospitals, home health agencies, health insurance companies, life care facilities, managed care organizations, medical group practices, mental health agencies, and pharmaceutical and biomedical industries.

Stressing leadership, management, and analytic competencies, the program focuses on offering students opportunities to develop and expand the knowledge and skills required to excel both professionally and personally. Teamwork and peer collaboration are encouraged.

Unique Elements of This Program

  • Designed for professionals in the health care environment, and students with little to no professional health care experience
  • Accommodates working students by offering evening courses
  • Provides small classes, individual attention, and real-world applications of academic concepts
  • Uses highly credentialed and experienced faculty members
  • Accommodates students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds

How Graduates Will Benefit

The goals of the program are to prepare graduate students to:

  • Demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills of effective health care service delivery
  • Integrate behavioral, social, and cultural factors into health administration practices
  • Develop analytical strategies and techniques applicable to a changing health care environment
  • Develop leadership skills through the application of current health administration theory and ethical proactive decision-making
  • Provide administrative leadership by combining ethical considerations, critical thinking skills, and the humanistic application of current health administration theory

The Master in Health Administration reflects the mission of the college and seeks to apply the principles of management, leadership, service, and ethics through a high quality academic experience, recognizes the needs of health care managers/providers, and provides a flexible, multidisciplinary opportunity to obtain essential management skills and required expertise for success in today’s health care environment.

We are a learner-centered, industry-focused and competency-based program which is designed to add value to students and the organizations they work for.

We plan on training early careerists and making mid-level professionals more competent in their present responsibilities with enhanced potential for upward mobility and easy movement within the health care industry.


We envision a premiere learner-centered, flexible program which leads to graduates who will positively influence health systems nationally and globally.


The program utilizes 15 of the 26 competencies of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Competency Model as the framework for learning and assessment method and program outcomes. The 15 competencies comprise of accountability, analytical thinking, collaboration, communication, financial skills, human resource management, information technology management, interpersonal understanding, process management and organizational design, professionalism, project management, strategic management, team leadership, and self-development. The 15 competencies fall into the three domains of transformation, execution, and people as follows:


  • Analytical Thinking
  • Financial Skills
  • Strategic Orientation


  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Communication Skills
  • Information Technology Management
  • Performance Measurement
  • Process Management/Organizational Design
  • Project Management


  • Human Resources Management
  • Interpersonal Understanding
  • Professionalism
  • Self Development
  • Team Leadership


B.S. in Health Administration

Core Courses (47 credits)

  • Introduction to the Health Care Industry
  • Accounting for Health Care Professionals
  • Global Health and Cultural Perspectives
  • Health Care Organizations and Delivery Systems
  • Introduction to Health Communications
  • Introduction to Health Information Systems
  • Foundations in Project Management for Health Services Organizations
  • Population Health Planning and Assessment
  • Health Policy, Law and Ethics
  • Health Care Economics
  • Organizational Behavior in Health Systems
  • Research Methods and Project Management
  • Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations
  • Internship and Capstone in Health Care Management

Additional Prerequisites (10 credits)

  • Introduction to Business: Domestic & Global Dimensions
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Theories of Microeconomics


Majors are required to choose a concentration (Health Informatics, Health Project Management, or Health Communication) of 10 credits. The 10 credits include the introductory course required for all majors, plus two additional four-credit courses.

  • Informatics Concentration
    • Introduction to Health Information Systems
    • Health Care Informatics and Data Base Management
    • Informatics Applications
  • Quality and Project Management Concentration
    • Project Management Foundations in Health Services Organizations
    • Quality & Performance Management
    • Project Procurement Management
  • Health Communication Concentration
    • Introduction to Health Communications
    • Risk Communication in Health Systems
    • Planning and Implementing Health Campaigns

Suggested minors

  • Business Administration
  • Leadership
  • Informatics (Computer Science)
  • Communication
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Transfer Students
Students may transfer in up to 90 credits. Graduation requirement is 120 credits. Students may be over the "120" credit if they transfer in the complete allowance of 90 credits.

If the student has earned an A.A.S degree from an institution that has an articulation agreement with CSE, they will generally be required to take CSE 200 and Element III for their general education requirements. All transfer students will be assessed individually by the Admissions Office for correct placement in General Education Requirements.

Students transferring from a school without a current CSE Articulation agreement will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer credit acceptance.

Students transferring into CSE with an Associate's Degree (A.S.) will be required to take Element III of the College general education program.

M.S. in Health Administration

Foundation Courses (6 Credits)

  • Graduate Writing Seminar
  • Ethical Issues in Human Services Leadership

Core Courses (30 Credits)

  • Health Care Systems and Environments
  • Managerial Epidemiology and Population Health Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Strategic Human Resources Management in Health Care
  • Finance and Budgeting for Health Care Managers*
  • Health Policy and Law
  • Health Care Economics
  • Health Information Systems and Informatics
  • Marketing and Strategic Planning in Health Services Organizations
  • Health Services Quality Improvement and Project Management
  • Research Methods for Health Care Managers

Electives (Students select one 3-credit course)

  • Independent Study
  • Health Communication
  • Long Term Care Administration
  • Managed Care and Insurance
  • Leadership in Inter-professional Health Care Practice
  • Global Issues in Health Policy and Management

Internship and Capstone Experience (one 3-credit course)

  • Health Administration Internship and Capstone
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Continuous Enrollment


*Financial Accounting Tutorial is required before students can take Finance and Budgeting for Health Care Managers

Admission Criteria

Applicants must follow all of the admission criteria for graduate programs including, but not limited to:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Generally, applicants must have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who have background and potential for success but whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted to the graduate program on a provisional basis.
  • Meet health requirements of the College.
  • Computer literacy is vital for successful completion of the program. Students who need to increase their computer competency should speak to the Program Chair about options for obtaining the necessary computer skill level.
  • An acceptable Background Check may be required as a condition for completing a Health Administration course and/or project. Applicants are responsible for completing and paying for all Background Check(s) if more than one is required under renewal time lines. (Applicants should contact the Health Administration program for full policy, requirements and procedures.)
  • Submit a personal statement, resume and two letters of professional recommendation.
  • Graduate students whose native language is not English must submit certification of English proficiency or take an English language proficiency exam as determined by the graduate course of study coordinator. An original copy of your test score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the past two years, must be submitted. Normally total TOEFL scores of under 550 for the paper-based test or 210 for the internet-based test (IBT) will not be accepted. This requirement is waived for students who have received a baccalaureate or master's degree from an accredited college or university in which English was the language of instruction as verified on the student transcript(s) and/or transcription service(s).Programs and courses taken at colleges where English is not the primary language of instruction must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services) for a course-by-course evaluation.
  • Students whose native language is not English must submit certification of English proficiency or take an English language proficiency exam as determined by the graduate course of study coordinator. Applicants who must take the TOEFL must score 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or higher on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Programs and courses taken at colleges in countries outside the United States must be evaluated by WES (World Education Services) for a course-by-course evaluation.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of credit into the graduate program will be subject to the evaluation and approval of the Program Director. A maximum of9 credits can be accepted in transfer into the M.S. in Health Administration Program. All transfer credits must carry a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). All courses in the required Graduate Writing or Ethics Study must be taken at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Program Completion Criteria

Completion of the program will be determined by successful completion of all course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. In addition, students must receive a "pass" grade for their Capstone Experience.

Continuous Enrollment Criteria

Students are expected to enroll continuously until the program is completed. With the exception of students who are on an approved Leave of Absence (see the Leave of Absence Policy in this Graduate Catalog), any student who has not registered for a course for 2 consecutive semesters (fall / spring) must pay one credit of graduate tuition in each subsequent semester until the student registers for a course. This continued enrollment fee is required in order to maintain standing in the program. Should the student not pay the continued enrollment fee, the student will have to reapply for admission to the program should the student want to continue in the program.

For the Capstone Experience, students who do not successfully complete the Thesis option in 2 semesters, or any of the other Capstone Experience options in 1 semester, are required to pay one credit of graduate tuition each semester until completion through course GST 650.

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

Introduction to Allied Health Studies
Credit Hours: 4

This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the health care system and the skills they will need to work in this system. The course will look at the profession from a professional and personal perspective. Topics on the professional aspect will include: health care today, language of health care, the human body, personal and workplace safety, communication in health care settings, health care skills, business of health care and opportunities in health care professions. The areas of personal perspective will include all issues related to work-life balance and incorporating health practices in their lives which will enhance their quality of life.

Course Level: 2

Global Health and Cultural Perspectives
Credit Hours: 4

This course is a comparative study of disease ecology and medical systems of other cultures. The roles of disease in human evolution and history will be examined. The sociocultural factors affecting contemporary world health problems, the cultural aspects of ethno-medicine and biomedicine, as well as ethnicity and health care will be explored.

Course Level: 3

Health Care Organizations & Delivery Sys
Credit Hours: 4

The organization, administration and functions of health services in the United States and other major nations will be examined. Social and public agencies that affect the US health care system will also be studied. Methods currently employed in the US for analysis and evaluation of health care systems will be explored. This course will offer opportunities for students to apply these principles in various areas of the health care system. An in-depth examination of current U. S. policies and practices pertaining to Medicare & Medicaid will be evaluated. Insurance and the current health care laws will be monitored and the impact on society will be integrated into the course. Prerequisite: AHS 101.

Epidemiology and Human Disease
Credit Hours: 4

The course will address distribution and determinants of disease/conditions in populations. An overview of epidemiological principles and practices using current health topics will be presented. This course provides a general overview of diseases, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Medical resources in disease management will be considered. Mental health issues will also be examined. Special attention will be given to disease prevention. The role of alternative medicine will also be discussed. Prerequisite: AHS 101.

Health Promotion & Planning
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the process of designing, planning and implementing health education and health promotion programs. The methods of conducting a needs assessment, the development of program goals and objectives, and the internal and external factors that affect program development and implementation are central focuses of this course. Students will complete create, design, and implement a health care project based on the materials covered in the class. The projects will be created in modular fashion incorporating all aspects of health promotion and planning theories and principles. Prerequisites: AHS 101

Course Level: 4

Research in Health Care
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to health research methodologies. Students will develop and use the critical skills needed to plan, conduct and analyze a health care project. IRB role and requirements will be examined in light of these projects. The incorporation of statistical measures and principles will be designed specifically for practical application in the health care research project. Prerequisites: AHS 101, AHS 307

Senior Seminar
Credit Hours: 2

This course provides for the culmination and presentation of the research project initiated in the internship. Students will develop a resume and learn more about professional opportunities in health care. Prerequisites: AHS101, AHS307.

Credit Hours: 2

This course is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and experience working within the operation of a health care institution or agency. Students will begin to develop a project under the supervision of a faculty member and a qualified health professional. This project will be completed in the Senior Seminar. Sixty hours of internship work is required for this course. Prerequisite: AHS101, AHS300, AHS307.

Course Level: 6

Managerial Iss in Health Care Organiz
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores advanced administrative and managerial functions and responsibilities in health service organizations. Course emphasis will be on the development of analytical management skills necessary in meeting the complex challenges in the contemporary health care environment. Principles and application of organizational structure and design, strategic planning, implementation, assessment, and leadership in health care organizations form the core of this course.

Human Resource Management
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an understanding of the Human Resources operation and current corporate (public,private,and non-profit) practices in the field. Studentswill discuss common human resource problems alongwith the tools and procedures for dealing with them. Topics include: human resources planning, job analysis and design, recruitment and selection, training and development, career planning,and labor relations. Case studies and role playing will be utilized.

Health Care Systems & Environment
Credit Hours: 3

This foundation course identifies and explains the essential elements of current health care systems with primary focus given to the emerging relationships among all the diverse components. The scope of study will include acute care populations as well as extended life-care facilities and specialized care for the physically andmentally challenged. Course emphasis will be on the role of the healthmanager inmeeting the complex challenges resulting fromthe rapid changes in the delivery of health care. Medical humanities will be utilized as amethod to enhance the understanding of the diverse perspectives of stakeholders in the health care environment. Legal,policy and regulatory aspects of the health care environment will also be explored.

Health Care Management
Credit Hours: 3

This health caremanagement concentration course provides for the application of concepts and skills for effectivemanagement within the health care environment. Emphasis is given to organizational design,quantitativemethods, and behavioral aspects of management that can apply to the transitional health care delivery workplace. This course provides an overview of the health caremanager?s role in the present environment and encourages the student to develop vision,problemsolving, and analytical skills essential for leadership roles.

Legal, Policy, & Regulatory Issues in HC
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overviewof the diverse and complex legal, policy,and regulatory issues relevant to health caremanagement. Legal,policy,and regulatory concepts are examined using contemporary cases and current legal,policy,and regulatory issues. The management perspective is emphasizedwith the viewof preparing students to develop appropriate policy development skills and to apply an understanding of legal and regulatory issues tomanagement in the health care environment. The course also incorporates the importance of values, ideology,and politics in the ongoing transformation of health care.

Multidiscipl Applic HCM:Psy/Soc Issues
Credit Hours: 1

From the health care management perspective, students will analyze diverse workplace situations and develop appropriate leadership responses to ethical, psycho-social, and technological dilemmas. Learning methodologies include: case history, simulations,problem solving, and decision-making exercises. Note: This course is offered as three (3) one-credit courses.

Multidiscipl Applic HCM:Ethical Issues
Credit Hours: 1

From the health care management perspective, students will analyze diverse workplace situations and develop appropriate leadership responses to ethical, psycho-social, and technological dilemmas. Learning methodologies include: case history, simulations,problem solving, and decision-making exercises. Note: This course is offered as three (3) one-credit courses.

Multidiscipl Applic HCM:Tech Issues
Credit Hours: 1

From the health care management perspective, students will analyze diverse workplace situations and develop appropriate leadership responses to ethical, psycho-social, and technological dilemmas. Learning methodologies include: case history, simulations,problem solving, and decision-making exercises. Note: This course is offered as three (3) one-credit courses.

Finance for Health Care Professionals
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the major financial management issues relevant to diverse health service delivery settings. Principles and applications of practical and essential financial management strategies and techniques form the foundation of the course. Emphasis is on management, control, and interpretation of financial statements. Health management case studies focusing on budgeting, cash flow management, and financial statements are included.

Managerial Accounting for Health Care
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the principles of accounting and stresses the use of accounting as a vital health care management tool. Emphasis is on preparing the student to interpret and analyze health care financial data.

Hlth Care Statistical Analysis & Researc
Credit Hours: 3

This course presents statistical concepts within the framework of health caremanagement planning and research. Emphasis is on evaluating statistical data formore effective decision-making and for understanding the fundamentals of analyzing research data.

Research Methods
Credit Hours: 3

Focusing primarily on qualitative researchmethods, this course concentrates on the interpretation, evaluation, and use of researchmethods for the purpose of appropriately applying research data in the practice of health caremanagement and leadership. Additionally, this course will provide necessary information needed to successfully engage in an academic research study. Prerequisite: All programrequired graduate courses and/or permission of the Director.

Lessons in Film
Credit Hours: 3

Through the exploration of film, this course examines the role of health caremanagers in relation to the development of humanistic management skills and to themanagers?role in supporting the delivery of humanistic health care. Taken fromthe diverse perspectives of the health care patient,provider,manager,and organization, topics such as ethics,organizational culture,empathy,diversity, justice, integrity,communication,and the influence of powerwill be investigated through film. This consideration of health care management concepts through lessons found in the art of film uniquely exposes the students to a critical evaluation of important management values and behaviors essential to humanistic management and the delivery of humanistic health care.

Health Care Economics
Credit Hours: 3

Application of the discipline of economics to the unique situation of the health care environment will be analyzed. The study of economic concepts and the implications ofmarket situations and competitive systems will be discussed. Topics covered also include the problems posed by the current roles of federal, state, and local governments on the demand and cost of health care delivery.

Health Care Marketing
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses onmarketing concepts and techniques appropriate for health caremanagers andmarketers. It covers research and planning approaches through awide range of strategies, includingmarket segmentation,product linemarketing,physical services,and using public relations and advertising. Additional topics include designing approaches for building consumer loyalty and strategies for dealingwith the diverse institution?s productmix. The coursewill also include contemporary case studies illustrating market decisions faced by the health care professional.

Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3

An exploration of an area or special topic of current interest in health care management. The topic for any given semester will be determined by the department.

Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3

Independent project in an area of individual special interest. The student and faculty advisor develop appropriate goals for the project which is then presented in a formal proposal. This course may require the preparation of a final paper and presentation. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director.

Action Research Proj
Credit Hours: 3

The research internship consists of three major components: ? discreet management action research project ? a literature review research paper ? outcomes assessment caption. The Action Research Project option for the Capstone Experience consists of the graduate student becoming a part of a health care organization?s team that is charged with completing a specific management project. Besides taking a leading role in the project planning and implementation, the graduate student conducts a comprehensive literature search and authors a literature review research paper that delineates current research on a topic that is an essential component of the management Action Research Project. This management Action Research Project presents the student with access to a vital experience in action research and health care management leadership, and provides value added to the health care organization through the provision of empirical data pertinent to the project, and access to additional hands-on assistance with the organization's project. The final component of the research internship is the outcomes assessment caption. The caption delineates how the Action Research Project contributes to the students? accomplishing of their personal professional / educational outcomes, and the outcomes of the program in the spirit of the missions of the College and the Graduate Programs. Prerequisite: All program required graduate courses, including HCM 630, Research Methods, and/or permission of Director. Should the student take more than 1 semester to complete this culminating experience, a continued enrollment fee must be paid in each of the additional semesters until the Action Research Project is completed.

Professional Portfolio
Credit Hours: 3

The Professional Portfolio option for the Capstone Experience is a document that demonstrates the acquisition of the student?s knowledge and skills, and the attainment of professional academic goals. The Professional Portfolio also presents the student?s literature review research paper completed for the Professional Portfolio in an area of academic interest related to the graduate degree in health care management. The Professional Portfolio provides students with an opportunity to systematically assess and evaluate their own professional development. There are two main segments to the portfolio. The first segment is a literature review research paper. All students who choose the Portfolio option for their Capstone Experience will complete a major literature review research paper. The second segment consists of the writing of outcomes assessment captions. Prerequisite: All program required graduate courses, including HCM 630, Research Methods, and/or permission of Director. Should the student take more than 1 semester to complete this Capstone Experience, a continued enrollment fee must be paid in each of the additional semesters until the Professional Portfolio is completed.

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