2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

The Health Administration Program

Ms. Deborah Peters, Director
APS 116, (406) 896-5832


James Aspevig, MPH; Bradley M. Beauvais, PhD, MBA; Matthew S. Brooks, PhD, MPH; Patrick Hermanson, PhD; Paula H. Kitzenberg, OTR/L, MHA; Lenette Kosovich, RN, MHA; Roland B. Loudenburg, MPH; Mary Helen McSweeney, PhD; Theresa Parker, MA; Vu Pham, J.D., MHA; Lyle M. Seavy, PhD; Carrie D. Stringham, DM; Lynn I. Ward, MHA, RHIA

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA)
BSHA Concentrations are offered in Business, Health Information Technology, and Long Term Care Management

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), Health Administration Concentration

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (BSLS), Health Administration Concentration

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Mission of the Program

The mission of the Health Administration Program at Montana State University Billings is to educate and prepare individuals to be health care leaders who can meet the challenges of health care in our region, advance the quality of care delivered to all, and meet anticipated workforce needs in a variety of positions in health administration.  All courses are available online.  The Program enhances the depth and quality of education at MSU Billings through internships and research partnerships in the health community.

Program Learning Objectives

At the completion of the BSHA Program graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply general management concepts regarding the organization of work and human resources.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare industry.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of evidence based medicine and health informatics.

Careers in Health Administration

Health Administration is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States.  Careers in health administration include a wide range of management and administrative positions in health-related organizations and health service delivery systems.  They include hospitals, ambulatory care, physician group practices, laboratories, pharmacies, social service agencies, long term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health organizations, managed care plans, regulatory agencies, and health insurance companies.  The Program is designed to meet the rapidly evolving demands of a dynamic industry.

Advising Information

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to confirm that their Plan of Study is accurate and complete.  If necessary, changes and updates should be made in order to ensure that Program requirements can be completed in a timely manner.  Faculty advisors work with students to explore appropriate internships that will support the student’s interests and career objectives.

Academic advising services for all students are provided through the Advising Center in McMullen Hall first floor west.  Once students have declared Health Administration as their degree program, they will be assigned to a Health Administration faculty member for  advising.  Advising files for all Health Administration students are maintained by the Program.  Although advisors are available to assist students in designing their Plans of Study, students are ultimately responsible for planning and meeting degree requirements.

Health Administration Internships

The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration requires an internship in which students observe and participate in the field of health administration.  The purpose of the internship is for the health manager-in-training to apply the conceptual foundation and competencies learned in the classroom and develop skills in areas such as leadership, strategic planning, organizational management, human resources, outcomes evaluation, and critical thinking.

Admission to the BSHA Program

All students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration Degree rogram are required to file an application for admission to the program.  All students must meet the following requirements for admission to the Health Administration major:

  1. a minimum of 40 credits completed
  2. a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  3. satisfactory completion of *WRIT 101, *WRIT 220, *M 143, ACTG 201, *ECNS 201, HADM 210, or their equivalents.

*May satisfy General Education requirements.

Student application materials are available from the Health Administration Program (APS 107, 406-896-5830) or online at www.msubillings.edu/hadm/.

Program Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration, students are required to earn a grade of C- or better in all required courses.

Health Administration students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 will be counseled about raising their grades or choosing another major, and will be unable to continue in the program until their cumulative GPA is 2.5 or better.

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