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The health care industry is the fastest growing sector of the economy, with projected growth of 22 percent through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the industry expands and evolves, there is increasing demand for skilled health care and public administration professionals to manage business operations and ensure high-quality care.
The Department of Health Care and Public Administration offers undergraduates and graduate degree programs that prepare you for in-demand leadership positions in hospitals and nursing homes, county, city, town, village government offices, school districts, and federal and state agencies.
Instructed by dedicated faculty, our programs stress leadership, problem-solving skills, ethical concerns, legal regulations, and cutting-edge information technology and computer-based management systems. Our M.P.A. in Public Administration is the only program on Long Island accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The master’s and dual-degree programs offer advanced training in many essential functions in the management of health care and public service operations, including budgeting and finance, regulatory and legal compliance, policy, and human resources administration.
M.P.A. in Health Care Administration
The 42-credit Master of Public Administration degree in Health Care Administration provides the comprehensive curriculum needed to succeed in a highly complex, competitive and ever-changing health care environment. Courses examine both practical and theoretical problems in the field and provide an understanding of a wide range of topics including organizational structures, administrative techniques, policy analysis and program management.
Your plan of study is comprised of 18 credits of foundation courses, including: "Principles of Public Administration," "Organizational Theory and Behavior in the Public Sector," "Economic Environment and the Public Sector," "Analytical Methods," "Computer-based Management Systems" and "The Policy Process in Health Care Administration."
The Advanced Core Curriculum (nine credits) explores various aspects of public sector administration, including: "Human Resource Administration," "Fundamentals of Budgeting and Finance," and "Administrative Responsibility and the Legal Environment." Nine credits of electives and a thesis round out the program.
A specialization in Gerontology is available.