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Department of Health Services Administration

The Department of Health Services Administration combines health care management with health services delivery systems to address issues in health care systems, health care delivery and management, health services policy, disparities in access to care, long term care, chronic disease and disability care, and financing and economics in public health services delivery.

At a time of extraordinary need driven by rising health care costs, the aging of the population and growing health disparities, the Department of Health Services Administration seeks to prepare graduate students for research and careers in areas of health services delivery and administration pertinent to these critical issues.


The primary mission of the Department of Health Services Administration is to:

  • Prepare students for careers in public health and health services administration and to conduct research and service which strengthen health care delivery systems and their management.
  • Integrate health service, public health and social welfare activities in order to address current health needs, provide leadership in a rapidly evolving health care industry, and anticipate future health challenges in an expanding global economy.


Faculty members represent disciplines including health services, health management, economics, sociology, public health, organizational development and psychology. In addition to tenured and tenure-track faculty, the department has two "professors of the practice" of public health with extensive backgroud in health policy and health services delivery. Adjunct faculty members are practitioners from fields such as financial management, law, public policy and human resources, and bring their real world experience to the classroom to prepare future practitioners.


Students complete a rigorous, multi-disciplinary foundation in the core public health areas and in health policy, finance and health care economics, marketing, quality assessment and evaluation, leadership and communications, human resource management, information systems and health care organizations. They have the opportunity for significant research and practice involvement with the extensive network of public health and health services organizations in Maryland and beyond. Graduates work in an array of health care organizations including hospitals, long term care facilities, manage care organizations, rehabilitation entities, public health clinics and state agencies.



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