Health Care Administration

The MSA with specialization in Health Care Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online and designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public, nonprofit and private organizations in the field of health care administration.


The MSA with specialization in Health Care Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online and designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public, nonprofit and private organizations in the field of health care administration.

The inclusion of public administration faculty along with the existing health education faculty in the MSA Online Program facilitates a movement toward the regional and global presentation of a program focused upon preparation of students for administrative management positions within public and private health care agencies, clinics, and hospitals. It offers working professionals the opportunity to enhance administrative skills to manage healthcare personnel, programs, organizations.
Course work prepares students build managerial and critical thinking skills useful in careers as health care administrators. For example, the program integrates social marketing theory and practice, and was designed to provide an understanding of federal and not-for-profit structures and processes as well as the political/economic/ organizational environment in which the health care administrator works. In addition, course work also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs and professional schools.

For more information on core and specialization requirements, please visit our Online UWF Catalog.

Health Care Administration Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Health-Care-Administration-ALP (PDF)

Health Care Administration Curriculum Map: MSA-Health-Care-Administration-CMGR (PDF)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply health education, health promotion, and healthcare
  • administration concepts, principles, and theories
  • Design, develop, implement, administer/manage, and evaluate a social marketing plan to ameliorate a community health problem
  • Generate administrative and other strategies to improve health and healthcare that address diverse sociocultural, political, ethnic, and geographic perspectives
  • Exhibit effective interpersonal communication both orally and in writing, to include the use of email and other technology
  • Recognize ethical problems related to healthcare administration and practice appropriate ethical judgment
  • Collaborate effectively with those in community health care systems, local media, health team members, and community agencies
  • Apply training methodologies and techniques for dealing with healthcare employee discipline and employee grievances
  • Engage in human resource planning, recruiting and testing and in the selection of new healthcare employees, their classification and compensation

Admissions Requirements

The Health Care Administration Specialization requirements:

  • GRE, MAT, or GMAT score prior to admission
  • A letter of intent
  • Résumé
  • Three Recommendation Forms (see PDF below)

For more specific graduate admissions requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Health Care Administration Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF)

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available from the UWF Online Catalog.

Career Opportunities

MSA graduates with a specialization in Health Care Administration have many employment options, or they may further their education in an area of specialization. These graduates are prepared for administrative and management positions within:

  • Public and private health care agencies, hospitals and clinics
  • Government Agencies
  • State and County Health Departments
  • Community Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • School Settings
  • College and Universities
  • Health and Fitness Centers
  • Health Care Settings
  • Corporate Worksite Wellness Settings

Contact Us

Dr. Debra Vinci
MSA-Health Care Administration Coordinator
Department of Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science
11000 University Parkway, Building 72, Room 257
Phone: (850) 474-2592
Email: msahealthcare@uwf.edu

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