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Health Care Systems, Master of Science

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Health care continues to be a growing industry. According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth outlook for Medical and Health Services Managers for 2016–26 is 20 percent, a much faster growth rate than the average for all occupations. A study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce states, “32 percent of individuals working in health and administrative medical services hold a graduate degree.”  

Many forces are at play in this expanding health care market, from the increasing aging population to the economics and legal issues surrounding health care reform.   And, as the market for health services evolves to meet these challenges, technology plays an increasingly crucial role in the growth and management of this industry sector and its complex system of health care providers. 

The Master of Health Care Systems (MHS) program recognizes the need for a graduate degree program in health care systems that equips students with the necessary tools to achieve and manage integrated approaches to health care—approaches that enable students to look at operational, policy, technology, and legal issues in health care from a holistic perspective. The program offers both medical and nonmedical professionals opportunities to develop advanced organizational and technical skills, effectively positioning students to assume leadership positions within the evolving ecosystem of the US health care stakeholders and health-related professions.

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    Admission to the M.S. in Health Care Systems is contingent upon an assessment of the candidate’s ability to successfully pursue graduate study. Ability is demonstrated by previous academic performance, letters of recommendation, and other factors that suggest academic potential and motivation.

    Degree candidates must provide the following for admission consideration:

    • Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, including official transcripts from each institution attended.
    • Two to three letters of recommendation from instructors/professors or other qualified individuals.
    • Statement of purpose

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    The objective of this program is to:

    1. provide students with knowledge of health care policy and administration as it is currently practiced, and to be fluent in projected changes and how to manage them.
    2. enable students to comprehend the health care environment as it applies to the law, ethics, and economics.
    3. familiarize students with health care technology and informatics. This is essential to complement the administration of health facilities.


      M.S. in Health Care Systems (30 credits)

      • Management and Leadership in Health Care Organizations
      • Health Care Systems and Health Policy
      • Economic Evaluation of Health Programs
      • Health Care Finance and Reimbursement
      • Medical and Health Informatics
      • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Systems
      • Introduction to Epidemiology
      • Health Care Data Analysis and Management
      • Policy Seminar in Health Systems
      • Health Care Systems Internship

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      Health Care Systems majors enjoy the advantages of being part of St. John’s University. As a metropolitan University committed to Vincentian and Catholic values, St. John’s forges strategic partnerships with leading health care providers throughout the New York area. These relationships make it possible for students to network and have access to professional internships, giving them invaluable real-life experience.

      They also benefit from the many academic resources for which the University is known. Facilities include high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art computer laboratories, a 1.7 million-volume University library system, and the D’Angelo Center, a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and student center equipped with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café, and a full-service food court.

      They have the option of joining the campus Computer Science Society for access to community service, networking, and other career-related opportunities. In addition, students have the option of taking part in the University’s innovative study abroad programs to further expand their educational and experiential horizons.