Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Health Care Administration

The comprehensive Master of Health Care Administration curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management trends, quality and performance improvement, leadership skills, community health planning and advocacy, organizational theory, finance, health law and research methods in health services administration.

The philosophy underlying the program’s curriculum is to provide students the tools and knowledge needed in high quality healthcare management positions. The goal is to set the foundation for future healthcare executives and to expand the leadership skills of current leaders.

The mission of the program is to prepare a diverse group of highly skilled leaders that utilize evidence-based strategies to develop, manage, and improve various health service programs and health related organizations.

The vision of the program is to be to be a transformational catalyst in creating future health care leaders with the values pertaining to:

  • Leadership: high standards and ethical behavior
  • Knowledge: evidence based and inter-professional
  • Innovation: technology and data driven 
  • Diversity: inclusive and respectful
  • Quality: environment for excellence in quality and improvement 

The Master of Science in Health Care Administration is 36 credits. There is no room in the degree for elective credits.

A minimum 'B-' grade is required in all graduate courses. Students must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) in order to graduate. All students should refer to the Academic Probation policy regarding grades lower than a 'B-' in the graduate program.

Core Courses

HCA 505: Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare


HCA 510: Advanced Healthcare Finance


HCA 515: Leadership and Strategic Planning in Healthcare


HCA 520: Healthcare Marketing


HCA 525: Community Health Concepts


Healthcare Informatics and Technology


HCA 535: Healthcare Information Governance


HCA 605: Management and Supervision in Healthcare


HCA 610: Policy and Regulatory Strategy in Healthcare


Healthcare Performance Improvement and Quality Management


Research Methods in Healthcare


Health Administration Masters Capstone


Core Total


Program Prerequisite

  • An undergraduate course in Statistics is required. This may be satisfied by taking MAT 105 Statistics from COSC, or an equivalent transfer course. It may also be fulfilled by the completion of an online, non-credit statistics review course administered by COSC by the beginning of the second term of the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Health Care Administration will be able to:

  1. create a strategic plan for health care organizations or entire systems;
  2. explain how to recruit, hire, lead and manage a diverse group of staff;
  3. explain the role of the administrator in upholding the legal, social, and ethical responsibilities in the healthcare organization as they relate to patient/client rights;
  4. develop health care delivery goals and standards to lead organizations in quality care initiatives;
  5. assess customer service and client satisfaction for continuous performance improvement;
  6. assess economic factors and payment sources that influence health care decisions of the population served;
  7. prepare and analyze departmental and organizational budgets;
  8. manage financial endeavors for the healthcare organization, including explaining financial and accounting information and the use of that information for short and long-term investment decisions;
  9. explain the connection between the regulatory and voluntary accrediting standards and health care policies and procedures;
  10. use and analyze clinical informatics to improve clinical performance;
  11. analyze what communication, teamwork, and leadership skills make an effective health care organization and develop an implementation plan;
  12. analyze global factors affecting the health care industry; and
  13. use marketing data analysis to develop a plan for growing an organization and creating brand recognition.