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Health Services Administration

Stewart Auyash, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Health Services Administration offers a degree program in health services administration. It is designed for students who want challenging careers in the management of health organizations, including hospitals, state and federal agencies, long-term care facilities, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), ambulatory care facilities, managed care corporations, mental health facilities, and other health-related organizations and companies. Some graduates pursue advanced degrees in health administration or business.

The curriculum provides in-depth training in health administration and management. As part of their professional preparation, students spend two summers as administrative interns in selected health care organizations. These two 4-credit internships are billed at the prevailing summer tuition rate. The health services administration program is an associate member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

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B.S. in Administration of Health Services
Special Academic Status Policy for Health Services Administration Majors
To maintain satisfactory academic standing a student must maintain at least a 2.30 GPA in all major department courses (640-xxxxx) and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.30.

Academic Warning - A student who fails to meet the minimum standards stated above and is not suspended or dismissed will be placed on warning. A student on warning may not take fewer than 12 credits in a regular semester without approval by the department chair or dean.

Dismissal - Failure to qualify for removal from warning after one semester will render the student subject to dismissal from the program. After any two warnings, the student will normally be dismissed from the program. If academic performance deficiencies include failure to meet minimum standards of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, the result may be suspension or dismissal from Ithaca College.

Curriculum
Major department requirements Credits

640-10000

Introduction to the Vocabulary of Medicine

1

640-10100

Introduction to Gerontology

3

640-20500

Critical Health Issues

3

640-20600

Health Services Site Visits

1

640-21000

Issues in Health Services Administration

3

640-28600

Pre-Internship Seminar.

0.5

640-30400

Economics of Health Care

3

640-32100

Departmental Planning, Budgeting, and Cost-Finding

3

640-32500

Health Planning

3

640-38700

Internship I

4

640-38800

Post-Internship Seminar

0.5

640-40300

Administration of Health Organizations and Agencies

3

640-41600

Applied Health Care Management

3

640-43500

Health Care Law

3

640-48700

Internship II

4

Total

38

Electives
9 credits of health services administration electives from

640-25000

International Health Issues

3

640-27500

Women in Health Care Management

3

640-29010

Fieldwork in Gerontology

3

640-30300

Computer Applications in the Health Care Field

3

640-30500

Financial Management for Health Administrators

3

640-30800

Program Evaluation

3

640-31400

Long-Term Care Administration

3

640-31900

Aging Policies and Procedures

3

640-33000

Quality Assessment and Risk Management in Health Care

3

640-34000

Managed Health Care

3

640-35000

Health Communication

3

640-40100

Public Health and Epidemiology

3

640-49500

Special Topics in Health Administration

1-3

640-49900

Independent Study

1-4

 

Total, departmental electives

9

 

Total, within department

47

Required courses outside major department (36-37 credits)

880-22500

Financial Accounting

3

880-22600

Management Accounting

3

882-22000

Principles of Management

3

885-34000

Human Resource Management

3

887-20300

Introduction to Law I

3

306-12200

Principles of Microeconomics

3

310-xxxxx

Politics elective

3

312-11000

Introduction to Computers and Information Systems

3

313-10500

Mathematics for Decision Making (3) or

 

313-10800

Calculus for Decision Making (4) or

 

313-11100

Calculus (4)

3-4

313-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning (3) or

 

313-24300

Statistics (3) or

 

313-24400

Statistics with Probability (4)

3-4

314-23000

Medical Ethics

3

319-11500

Business and Professional Communication or

 

225-10800

Human Communication in Organizations

3

336-10500

Library Resources and Methods of Research (freshmen only)

0-1

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-10700

Academic Writing II

3

377-20100

Persuasive Argument or

 

377-31200

Professional Writing

3

 

Total, business and H&S requirements

42-45

Electives outside major department
40-41 credits made up as follows:

Natural science (NS) courses, only one of which may be mathematics

6

Fine arts (FA) course

3

Humanities (HU) courses

6

Social science (SS) courses

6

Any fine arts, humanities, natural science, or social science courses

7-9

 

Total, liberal arts electives

32

From any area at Ithaca College

8-9

 

Total, B.S. in health services administration

128

An information sheet with further details and suggestions about these requirements and a typical sequence of courses is available from the department office.

Gerontology Minor
The interdisciplinary minor in gerontology at Ithaca College is administered by the Department of Health Services Administration. It involves course work from several schools of the College and addresses both the psychosocial and biophysical domains of aging. The minor explores the important and rapid increase in the elderly population, which is having a growing impact on most fields, including business, industry, communications, education, and recreation. The relationships between those fields and health care systems are explored.

The requirements for the minor are designed to complement or supplement a student's major as follows:

Common core of required courses Credits

640-10100

Introduction to Gerontology (3)

 

640-29000

Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)

 

Total, core credits

6

Disciplinary foundation
6 credits from the following courses:

303-20500

Biology of Aging (3)

 

330-36600

Psychology of Aging (3)

 

339-34000

Aging and Culture (3)

 

640-31900

Aging Policies and Programs (3)

 

Total, disciplinary foundation

6

Electives
6 credits from the following courses:

620-24900

Hearing Loss in the Elderly (3)

 

620-35900

Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3)

 

331-31400

Sociology of Health and Medicine (3)

 

640-31400

Long-Term Care Administration (3)

 

344-20700

Death and Immortality (3)

 

661-23800

Leisure and Aging (3)

 

662-32200

Nutrition for the Elderly (3)

 

662-24000

Health Promotion and the Elderly (3)

 

670-20200

Rehabilitation for Older Adults (1)

 

672-48000

Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics (2)

 

One experimental or other gerontology-related course approved in advance by student's minor advisor (3)

 

Total, electives

6

 

Total, gerontology minor

18

Further information about these requirements and the minor is available from the health services administration department office.

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