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Master of Science Health Administration & Leadership

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The Master of Science Health Administration & Leadership (MSHAL) addresses the national call for health and human services leaders who understand and appreciate the complex nature of health care. This multi-disciplinary program creates a learning environment that promotes synergy among health leaders.

The MSHAL program includes theoretical and experiential learning opportunities, equipping regional health care leaders with the knowledge required to fill more advanced positions within their respective agencies. Core courses provide a sound foundation in health and organizational leadership with electives providing an opportunity to meet individual learning needs based upon career goals. Individuals in the MSHAL program will acquire knowledge and skills in:

  • Implementing and transforming improvements within health and human service systems at the macro and micro-systems levels
  • The art and science of management and leadership of health or human service organizations
  • Capacity building of communities and organizations
  • Processes and project planning
  • Ethical, legal, and regulatory aspects of leadership practice in health and human services
  • Research utilization in health and human services
  • Managerial finance and health care reimbursement methodologies

This is an exciting time for healthcare management.  Leadership roles in healthcare administration provide opportunities to make significant contributions to improving the health of the communities their organizations serve.  Leadership roles often lend themselves as instrumental in shaping healthcare policy.  As a result of the transformation taking place in the healthcare system, career opportunities for healthcare administrators are becoming more diverse.  Healthcare is the largest industry in the United States, and the second largest employer.  An education in healthcare administration and leadership can take you in many different and exciting directions.  Typical work settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Government facilities
  • Ambulatory facilities
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Healthcare Organizations
  • Public health departments
  • Social services agencies
  • Insurance carriers
  • In-home healthcare providers
  • Group medical practices
  • Managed care facilities


Saginaw Valley State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.



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SVSU students address the needs of local and global communities through the integration of meaningful service and traditional instruction that incorporates reflection and critical thinking to enrich the learning experience. 

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