Health Services Administration: Definition and Degrees

What is Health Services Administration?

Health Services Administration involves planning, directing, and coordinating medical and health services. Health Service Administrators might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. This field also involves directing changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology. (Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook on

How did the Health Services field come about?

The field of health services administration has been around for numerous years. In today’s ever- changing health services industries, the profession has morphed beyond leadership roles, and is commonly a combination of business, sciences, fiscality, policy and much more. 


Mission Statement for the Master of Health Services Administration department:

The Master of Health Services Administration department strives to provide professionals with the skills necessary for leadership roles in an evolving and multifarious environment of health services administration. With an unwavering commitment to ethical practice and in support of the TCSPP’s Values and Philosophy, the department endeavors to provide students the abilities to serve in the health services community. Utilizing innovative educational methods to achieve its educational goals through advanced research, scholarship, and the development of administrative skills and knowledge, students can further their careers with a commitment to improving the health of the communities they serve.

Program Goal:

Prepare students with the essential competencies to work in mid to upper level administrative positions at various health services organizations with a focus on leadership, knowledge, skills, high quality and cost-effective healthcare services, ethics and social responsibilities throughout our health systems.

Program Objectives:

To provide students a curriculum that supports the demands of the health services industry exceeding health services administration standards. To sustain highly-qualified students through education and preparation to meet the needs of health services industry.

Degrees in Health Services Administration offered at The Chicago School

Careers in Health Services Administration

  • Nursing home administrator
  • Clinical/hospital manager
  • Health information manager
  • Federal, state or local health department professional
  • Managed care professional