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A Fully Online MSc in Health Services Administration

A fully online Master’s degree from the first university in the European Union to earn a QS 5-Star rating for online/distance learning.

  • Flexible delivery, study full-time or part-time
  • Opportunity to sample programme through a free one-week trial
  • Innovative, multi-disciplinary curriculum accommodating individual professional advancement goals
  • Ideal for working professionals and new graduates
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Featured Faculty

“Today health is one of the most importantly developing sectors. During my course students will learn about the contribution of health systems to health improvement across the world. Health systems in high-, middle- and lowincome countries differ, […]”

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Richard Alderslade, Course Lead for HSA-532 Comparative Health Care Systems in the World
“In an era of major healthcare transformation and reform, it is crucial that healthcare leaders and administrators are appropriately trained to exploit opportunities and tackle challenges in a rapidly changing environment.[…]”

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Soulla Nicolaou, Programme Director, University of Nicosia Medical School
“In an increasingly digitised environment, it is important to understand and appreciate the potential of information systems and digital technologies on healthcare provision.[…]”

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Niki Panteli, Course Lead for HSA-523 Managing Health Information Systems |
“The speed of change in healthcare is unprecedented. New technologies, genetic therapies, and scientific discoveries are transforming the way we care for patients. At the same time, […] ”

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George Tsiotras , Course Lead for HSA-522 Hospital Operations, Patient Safety and Quality

Cutting-Edge Online Learning

The programme is conducted completely online in an e-Learning Environment (Moodle), which includes multiple embedded synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, such as webinars, online chats, discussion fora and wikis. In addition, recorded lectures are designed to enhance student interactivity and active learning by including engaging slides with clickable tabs, interactive quizzes, drag-and-drop activities, matching activities and opinion polls. Our programme follows standardised and validated pedagogical approaches, ensuring constant tutor-student interaction (webinars, online chats, discussion fora), student to student interaction (online chats, discussion fora, wikis), and student-material interaction (recorded lectures, additional resources).

Flexible Learning Tailored to Your Needs

Our dynamic programme is tailored to the needs of full-time working professionals and new graduates. Students have the opportunity to determine their time schedule, study pace and workload by choosing the number of courses per semester. In addition, the distance learning mode, comprising online interactive lectures, tutorials, activities and assignments, allows study outside normal working hours, as well as autonomy and control.

The MHSA programme is delivered over 3 semesters (18 months full-time, or up to 4 years part-time) and features 3 core courses in each of Semesters 1 and 2. Semester 3 provides students with the opportunity to choose one of the three elective paths, depending on their own professional development goals. In Path 1, students may complete three out of the six elective courses, giving students the opportunity to gain further in-depth knowledge in specialised areas of health services administration. Path 2 allows students to pursue a public health-related research project, while Path 3 enables students to apply best management practice to develop a business plan or tackle a healthcare administrative issue in their own work environment.

Programme Overview

Are you a healthcare professional or a recent graduate aspiring to advance your career in the unique environment of the healthcare sector? The Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MHSA) rigorously prepares students for a leadership position in this rapidly growing and ever-changing field. The healthcare industry requires highly trained professionals who will ultimately improve patient care through best management practices. The MHSA can help you advance your career in a multitude of healthcare organisations, including hospitals, government agencies, clinics, pharmaceutical companies, insurance firms, non-governmental organisations and biotechnology firms.

The programme’s multidisciplinary curriculum, addressing clinical, economic, ethical, political, technical, social and environmental challenges, is in line with our vision to prepare healthcare managers for a range of important roles, both locally and globally. The MHSA equips students with the core knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage and lead healthcare organisations, exploit the potential for innovation, and provide vision and strategic direction. More specifically, our innovative curriculum allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of financial management, research methods, human resource management, operational practices, health information systems management and clinical leadership.

The programme provides students with the unique opportunity to custom-design their learning experience to match their professional development and educational goals. In fact, students may choose one of the three available elective paths that suit their own needs. For example, students will be able to develop an innovative idea into a start-up, tackle a challenge in their own work environment, obtain deeper knowledge in specialised areas of health services administration or conduct a research study to address a public health problem. Each student will be assigned an academic mentor, who will work with them to help them choose the optimal learning path for their career aspirations.

This is an exciting time to be working in the healthcare sector, with the industry undergoing major transformations and reform. The MHSA can help you serve your community better and advance your career.

Innovative and Modern Curriculum

Our dynamic programme is tailored to the needs of full-time working professionals and new graduates. Students have the opportunity to determine their time schedule, study pace and workload by choosing the number of courses per semester. In addition, the distance learning mode, comprising online interactive lectures, tutorials, activities and assignments, allows study outside normal working hours, as well as autonomy and control.

The MHSA programme is delivered over 3 semesters (18 months full-time, or up to 4 years part-time) and features 3 core courses in each of Semesters 1 and 2. Semester 3 provides students the opportunity to choose one of the three elective paths, depending on their own professional development goals. In Path 1, students may complete three out of the six elective courses, giving students the opportunity to gain further in-depth knowledge in specialised areas of health services administration. Path 2 allows students to pursue a public health-related research project, while Path 3 enables students to apply best management practice to develop a business plan or tackle a healthcare administrative issue in their own work environment.

Internationally Renowned Faculty

To realise our vision of serving as a centre of excellence in health services administration education, we have brought together experts from around the world. Our faculty have extensive experience of teaching, working and conducting research in this exciting field, and each course is taught by a leader in their field.

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into three semesters. Core courses are taught in semesters 1 and 2 and must be successfully completed before any semester 3 course is selected. In semester 3, students can opt to complete a research route, field project route, or to complete three electives from a choice of six courses.

Semester Breakdown

Semester 1: Core Courses (30 ECTS, all courses required)
Course code/Title Description
HSA-511 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
HSA-512 Hospital Operations, Patient Safety and Quality
HSA-513 Managing Health Information Systems
Semester 2: Core Courses (30 ECTS, all courses required)
Course code/Title Description
HSA-521 Clinical Systems Management
HSA-522 Hospital Operations, Patient Safety and Quality
HSA-523 Managing Health Information Systems
Semester 3: Elective Courses (30 ECTS, students are required to choose from the two options offered)
Option 1: Research Pathway (2 courses)
HSA-590 Research Methods and Methodology
HSA-596 Research Project
or
Option 2: Elective Pathway (2 elective courses are chosen from the following)
HSA-531 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Public Health and Health Care
HSA-532 Comparative Health Care Systems in the World
HSA-533 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health
HSA-534 Public Health Nutrition
HSA-535 Strategic Management in Health Care Organisations
Plus
HSA-590 Research Methods and Methodology
or
Option 3: Applied Field Project Pathway (2 courses)                                                          
Choice of one Elective from HSA-533 or HSA-590
HSA-533 Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health
HSA-590 Research Methods and Methodology
HSA-585 Field Project

Admission Requirements

1. A Bachelor’s degree from an institution recognised in the country where it operates. A degree in a health or business-related field is an advantage

2. Two reference letters: Either academic or professional

3. English proficiency: If English is not your first language and you have not earned a degree taught in English, an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-test components, or an equivalent test and scores

4. A personal statement describing your educational and, if applicable, professional background and explaining how this degree would support your career ambitions

Tuition Costs

Our tuition fees are structured to allow access to the course by candidates from a wide range of countries with varying levels of development. This means tuition could be as low as €7,700 for the degree, with an instalment plan also available. Our admissions advisers can provide more details. Please note that students are responsible for all costs incurred while taking examinations in their country of residence.

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