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Master of HSA

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Dec. 06


To begin:

Jan. 10

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Fast-Track Hybrid Program Option

  • 50% online and 50% face to face
  • Face-to-face classes will be split between the MMC and the BBC campuses
  • Offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training and certification Now Available
  • 18 months / 48 credits
  • 8-week courses
  • $31,200
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Fully Online Program Option

  • 100% online
  • Offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training and certification Now Available
  • 24 months / 48 credits
  • 16-week courses
  • $36,000

When applying, select MHSA as your major.

When applying, select MHSA as your major and then select Online as the track.


The FIU Master of Health Services Administration program prepares students for executive leadership positions in healthcare organizations and helps them develop professional career opportunities. Given how complex healthcare systems are, prepared healthcare personnel and executives are required to stay current with progress and change in the industry. This includes technological innovations. The effective administration of high-quality health services that reduce health inequities are pressing concerns for healthcare professionals. We provide graduates with the tools to drive system-related and organizational transformation through applied principles from the business and health sciences industries. The courses in this program are beneficial because health services administrators are increasingly recognized as capable of participating in technological innovations that improve the operation of healthcare organizations, the delivery of higher-quality healthcare, organizational governance, and patient health outcomes. Our program offers a holistic approach to the healthcare industry with courses that focus on:

  • Organizational leadership and management
  • Quality assessment
  • Design of health information systems
  • Specialized healthcare services
  • Professional development training
  • Problem-solving skills

All students are eligible to be Green Belt Lean Six Sigma certified, without additional tuition fees.

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Health Services Administration Department, Masters of Health Administration (MHSA) program is proud to announce that it has been granted Candidacy Status by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The CAHME Candidacy Program allows the program to be considered for Candidate Status, designed to establish communication, assistance, and continuity between CAHME and programs in healthcare management seeking CAHME accreditation. The “Candidate​” designation indicates that a program has voluntarily committed to participate in a systematic plan of quality enhancement and continuous improvement so that CAHME accreditation is a feasible and operational objective. Candidacy status does not indicate accredited status, nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation. Currently, the MHSA program is participating in its self-study year from 2020-2021 to earn the CAHME accredited status thereafter.

Take the next step.

Your FIU Online experience is a shared one, with guidance and feedback from world-class faculty, and innovative, collaborative technology that is accessible anywhere. Prepare yourself to grow with the healthcare industry. Call one of our enrollment coordinators at 1-855-348-6654 to find out why you belong here.

  • Why Apply?

    If you're interested in expanding your understanding of health services administration and building a strong foundation to advance your career, the FIU Master of Health Services Administration program is an excellent choice. Our master's program is geared towards healthcare administrators who wish to develop themselves in the management and administration of today’s healthcare organizations. The program also offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training and certification at no additional cost to students. The fourth and fifth semesters are dedicated to the Lean six sigma certification.

    The Master of Health Services Administration is centered on the patients, clinicians, and our community's needs and concerns.

    Compared to traditional clinical management programs, the MHSA graduate curriculum is expanded by the practice of unique healthcare trends throughout its activities, leveraging the delivery of its competencies throughout the curriculum.

    • Communications & Interpersonal Effectiveness  
    • Healthcare Management & Leadership    
    • Critical Thinking, Analysis & Problem Solving       
    • Ethics in Business, Health Policy Formulation, Implementation & Evaluation, Legal Principles Development, Application & Assessment  

    Our program values:

    Excellence, Compassion, Caring, Innovation, Integrity, Cultural Competence, Collaboration, Social Responsibility, Readiness


    A Leading Health Education Institution

    The FIU Online Master of Health Services Administration program is a part of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (CNHS), which has earned a reputation as a highly ranked, highly relevant academic force that is shaping the future of nursing and health professions. CNHS is committed to preparing diverse health care professionals who are providers and leaders in the delivery of high-quality, accessible, culturally competent and compassionate care within a highly technological and global environment.


    In-Demand Career Opportunities

    FIU Online's Master of Health Services Administration prepares students for executive leadership roles in a variety of health services organizations, including hospitals, health care systems, clinics, nursing homes, and other health care facilities.  

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2029, employment of health service administrators will grow by 32% percent, much faster than average for all occupations.

    In May 2019, the median annual wages for medical and health services managers was $100,980, with the top 10 percent — those with the most experience and advanced training — earning more than $189,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

    Future of the Healthcare Industry

    As the large baby-boomer population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This demand will result in an increase in the number of physicians, patients, and procedures, as well as in the number of facilities. There will be a high demand for managers and nursing care facility administrators that will be needed to organize and manage medical information and teams in the healthcare industry.

  • Certifications

    Completing the MHSA degree qualifies graduates in various fields of expertise through certifications that would increase earning potential, including the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), awarded through the American College of Healthcare Executives. Its primary concentration is on healthcare administration, and it is best suited for healthcare management professionals pursuing careers in finance and operations rather than information technology. The following certifications are accessible when paired with the MHSA degree:

    • Certified Medical Manager (CMM): the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management created this certification program to highlight the need for office management knowledge, abilities, and experience in healthcare settings.
    • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS): This certification is through the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
    • Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM): Offered by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the CPHRM certification is regarded as being elite in the healthcare management industry.
    • Certified Revenue Cycle Specialist and culminating with the Certified Revenue Cycle Executive.
    • Other certification options are available through the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management Revenue Cycle Specialists and Managers Certifications.
  • Advanced Health Services Curriculum

    Health sciences-based approaches are scarce in conventional healthcare training programs that are typically housed in business schools—most have few courses in the healthcare industry. As a result, they fall short of providing training to match the performance objectives of community health infrastructures and services. Employers may have difficulty recruiting qualified healthcare professionals that focus on healthcare administration if industry-specific training is not available. While business school programs dedicate significant time to developing business abilities, these skills, while important, are insufficient to advance graduates to handle healthcare practitioners and organizations.


    Each individual is unique, and our expertise transcends a one-size-fits-all approach. Our curriculum is customized to meet your unique career aspirations, and we collaborate closely with you for engagement in professional growth. When our adjunct faculty members mentor you, you will be taught vital principles in the art of innovation by individuals who are chief executives, chief financial officers, or run their healthcare businesses.


    We collaborate with alumni and our advisory board to innovate and stay at the forefront of the latest in the field of health, supported by industry experts and business people who will talk about what it's like to be a healthcare entrepreneur.

  • Courses

    Program Curriculum

    The Master of Health Services Administration consists of 48 credit hours. For the fast-track hybrid format, each course will have both an online and on-campus component. Fifty percent of the content of each course will be online, and the other fifty percent will be on-campus. For the fully online format, classes will be 100% online.

    Foundation Courses

    Introduction to Health Policy and Management   HSA 5125
    The American health care system is broadly analyzed in social, economic, and political terms, including examination of its major operational and programmatic components as they have evolved in their changing patterns and trends of organizational development.

    Management and Organization in Healthcare  HSA 6185
    Fundamentals of management and organizational theory with focus on roles and functions of managers, and the influences of organizational structure and design in the dynamic environment of health care systems. 

    Financing & Reimbursement of Health Systems   HSA 6176
    Introduction to principles and application of health care finance based on financial and managerial accounting.  Financing models and reimbursement strategies are analyzed.  Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HSA 5125

    Core Courses:

    Economic and Decision Analysis in Health Services   HSA 6156
    The course is designed to focus on health economics and decision analysis of issues in health services policy and management. Economics will be used as a tool to analyze health care problems and to understand the functioning of health care markets.   Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185, HSA 6176

    Financial Management of Health Systems   HSA 6175
    Aspects of modern hospital and health care organization financial management are covered to prepare students for executive roles in policy planning and control responsibilities involving budgeting, auditing, investing, capital financing, etc. Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176. 

    Health Law and Legal Aspects of Management  HSA 6426
    The broad range of legal issues in health care and administrative aspects of law that concern health care managers are surveyed for implications concerning malpractice, patient rights, contracts, liability and immunity, taxation, surgical consent, etc. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176. 

    Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Systems  HSA 6186
    Examine leadership and organizational behavior in health care settings. Personal and profession growth are encouraged through integrative study of individual, group and organizations issues. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176.

    Quality Assessment and Outcome in Healthcare  HSA 6759
    The concept of quality and quantity assessment are examined from multiple perspectives: patients, healthcare providers, payer's standard setting organization and healthcare policymakers. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176. 

    Design and Management of Health Information Systems   HSA 6197
    The development and management of health information systems to support managerial decision-making. Emphasis is on the integration of clinical, personnel, and financial data.  Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176.

    Strategic Planning and Marketing of Health Care Services  HSA 6149
    Principles, techniques, and case study applications of strategic planning and marketing in the context of changing environmental, policy, and competitive forces in the health services industry. Prerequisite: Completion of 36 credit hours in program coursework.

    Hospital and Health Facilities Organization  HSA 6205
    Administrative theory and management principles are examined in their application to the organizational analysis of hospitals and health care facilities. Prerequisites: HSA 5125, HSA 6185 or permission from the instructor.

    Ethical Decisions in Health Services Administration  HSA 5655
    This course will study ethical principles as they apply to areas of management, supervision and clinical practice in the delivery of health care. Emphasis is on managerial decision-making. Prerequisites: HSA 5125, HSA 6185.

    Managing Human Resources and Health Professions  HSA 6187
    Study of human resource functions and activities necessary to enhance knowledge, competencies, skills, attitudes and behavior and to improve individual and organizational performance in health care organizations. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176.

    Management of Long Term Care Systems  HSA 5226
    Organizational, financial, and policy issues in the management of long term care systems in the U.S. with special emphasis on the State of Florida.

    Professional Seminar   HSA 6930
    A professional seminar to provide career development skills in preparation for residency or master's project.  Prerequisite: Completed 36 credit hours in the program coursework.

    Integrative Coursework:

    Advanced Health Services Management and Research Seminar  HSA 6717    
    Integrates the theoretical and practical knowledge of other courses and activities in the curriculum. Selected case studies and relevant research provide the substantives framework for seminar analysis of issues and policy questions. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

    Administrative Residency  HSA 6875
    Off-campus placement in residency with health care organizations under supervision of a managing preceptor at the site. Prerequisites: HSA 6930 and approval of the coordinator.


    Master's Research Project  HSA 6977
    The student will be field afforded the opportunity to conduct a research project on a specific health care management problem in a community or institutional setting. A formal proposal will be prepared and approved by faculty. Students will be expected to demonstrate during the course of this research project that they can implement theoretical knowledge and skills learned earlier in courses on research methods and design. Prerequisites: HSA 6930 and permission of advisor.

    Elective Coursework:

    Teaching Health Education  HSC 5319  (4 credits)
    Students will select various modern techniques and tools for teaching health education in elementary and secondary school settings.

    Information and Communication for Health Professionals  HSC 5665 (3 credits)
    Information and communication technology introduce technology and practical computer applications for today’s health care professional. This online course uses a web-based format. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    Admissions Requirements

    • Meet the general University requirements for admission to graduate programs.

    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    • Show promise of success in graduate studies as determined by the faculty.

    • Admission to the program will be based upon a combination of the upper-division (last 60 hours) grade point average

    • A personal statementThe personal statement is a concise one-page document that integrates a detailed description or anecdote from your background, educational, and work experience, or other stories you want to share. You want the reader to gain a clear sense of your commitment to the field and what are your career plans. Aim at showcasing the qualities you have that will help you succeed in the Master of Health Services Administration program at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU.

    • Each applicant must have a GPA for the last 60 hours of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

      Courses are sequenced to enhance the development of competencies as students' progress through the curriculum. Students need to pay attention to course prerequisites and adhere to course sequencing.

      Recommended Prerequisites

      Demonstrated knowledge and ability in the areas of accounting, quantitative analysis, or research methods or statistics, economics and finance as approved by the Department.

    • International graduate student applicant whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 550 paper based and 80 internet based for the TOEFL and a score of 6.5 for the IELTS is required.


    Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be based on additional factors including compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with the programs objectives, relevance of work experience, demonstration of knowledge and ability in areas of accounting, micro-economics, quantitative analysis and basic computer skills as approved by the department, etc. The Program Admissions Committee may require a personal interview as part of the application process.

    For application inquiries, contact us: 

    Phone: 305.348.3125 or 1-(855)-FIU-Online

    Admissions Documents

    A student wishing to enroll in the graduate program must complete the following:

    • Complete the online graduate admissions application.
    • Have official transcripts of all previously earned college or university credits from a regionally accredited institution sent to the University Admissions Office.
    • Submit a personal statement
    • All applications for admission should be reviewed by the Department no later than two months preceding the semester in which the student wishes to commence the program. Admissions are accepted for Fall and Spring Semesters only. A maximum of 12 semester hours taken as an affiliated student can be used toward the degree. Affiliated status does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

    International Students

    Official TOEFL/IELTS passing scores, if required. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years.

    Official transcript translation. If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU.

    A copy of diploma (an official copy may be requested in certain cases).

    Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to: 

    FIU Online
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
    Miami, FL 33199

  • Top Faculty

    Mariceli Comellas

    Mariceli Comellas
    Dr. Comellas background is in psychology and health education. Dr. Comellas is interested in health information technologies, telemedicine, program evaluation, patient health outcomes research. Dr. Comellas research focuses on type 2 diabetes, glycemic control, chronic disease prevention & management, health services administration, and delivery. She has authored and co-authored publications on health services, chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, patient caregiving, and information technologies for patient engagement in healthcare. Dr. Comellas earned degrees in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and The New School for Social Research, and her terminal degree from Columbia University. She is the Graduate Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of the Health Services Administration Department in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU.

    Kellen Hassell

    Kellen Hassell
    Dr. Kellen Hassell is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program at FIU. He specializes in leadership and the administration of long-term-care facilities, including the oversight and coordination of diverse clinical services for patients with severely fragile medical conditions and complex neurodevelopmental disabilities. His research interests center on the influence of healthcare leader stress and decision-making in the management of risk and service quality. Dr. Hassell holds degrees from Nova Southeastern University, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Dr. Frank Fan

    Dr. Frank Fan
    Dr. Frank Fan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master of Health Services Administration program at FIU, teaching courses in the Bachelor of Health Services Administration program. He specializes in global health, health quality, health economics, health policy, healthcare system, and cultural issues in healthcare services. His research interests center on the American solution to universal health care, comparative analysis of health care system reform among countries, and emerging infectious disease control and prevention. Dr. Fan holds a Ph.D. degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

    Dr. Tina Yeung

    Dr. Tina Yeung 
    Dr. Yeung holds a Masters degree in Health Services Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs with a concentration in Health Services Research and Administration from the University of Central Florida. Her passion is to teach and conduct social science research in health policy, health disparities, health information technology, and other health-related topics. Dr. Yeung has authored and co-authored book chapters in health services management and manuscripts in health information technology and population health. She is also a member of national organizations, including Academy Health, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Public Health Association (APHA), and Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Dr. Yeung grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and is an alumna of Ft. Lauderdale High School. In her free time, she enjoys the company of family, reading, traveling, working out, and running her family brewery, located in Bradenton, Florida. Currently, Dr. Yeung is the Faculty Advisor to the Healthcare Executive Student Organization (HESO) and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Health Services Administration Department in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at FIU.

    Dr. Sharon Elefant

    Dr. Sharon Elefant - Adjunct Faculty

    Dr. Sharon Elefant is the Founder of The Nonprofit Plug, a firm that specializes in consulting with various nonprofits to develop their organizational and administrative infrastructure, strategic vision, and implementation plans, fund and growth development, and relationship cultivation. Additionally, she is adjunct faculty for Central Michigan University, Florida International University, and Pacific Oaks College specializing in health care business curriculum, supporting academic excellence in student advising, mentoring and internship programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Elefant’s passion is to integrate students within the nonprofit community for a greater impact.

    Saad Ehtisham

    Saad Ehtisham, FACHE - Adjunct Faculty

    Saad Ehtisham is the SVP & President Novant Health Greater Charlotte Market & Presbyterian Medical Center. Ehtisham joined Novant Health in March of 2019 as SVP & President Novant Health Greater Charlotte Market & Presbyterian Medical Center. Prior to joining Novant Health he served for six years at as the System SVP & COO of Central Florida Health, in Florida.  He also worked for Health Management Associates for three years as the CEO at University Medical Center, a 245 bed for profit two-campus hospital in Lebanon, TN. During his tenure he was nationally and locally recognized in the healthcare industry. He was named to the 2012 Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare list by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Nashville Business Journal also named him to the 2012 HealthCare Hero Award in the CEO category.  In 2010 he was named as CEO of the year for Health Management Associates, Inc. He served on the Tennessee Hospital Association Board as the President for middle district of Tennessee. Prior service includes 31 years of progressive experience in Texas, New Mexico, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee and Florida in various executive roles ranging from CNO, COO and CEO.

    Nancy Humbert

    Nancy Humbert, MSN, APRN - Adjunct Faculty

    Nancy Humbert, is an alumnus of Florida International University (FIU) with a Master of Science in Nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University (FSU). She served as Deputy Secretary of Health, Florida from 2004-2007 and served as Vice President of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital from 2007-2020. Currently, she serves as an adjunct faculty member. Her areas of expertise include nursing, public health, pediatrics and leadership and she enjoys sharing her decades of practical leadership experience with the students. Humbert strives to make every lecture and assignment grounded in real-world experiences. “I enjoy mentoring students and guiding them along their professional journey; I have a virtual ‘open door’ and have assisted many students with career planning.”

    Cliff Bauer

    Cliff Bauer - Adjunct Faculty

    Cliff Bauer possesses more than 43 years of experience as a healthcare executive and association consultant in a variety of roles. From 1978-2007 he served as administrator, COO or CEO of nine different hospitals and from 2004-2007 he was the CEO for a Kindred hospital. From 2008-2010 Bauer worked as the COO of Leon Medical Center Health Plans, an MA plan with 30,000+ members in Miami Dade County. Since July 2011, he has been employed by Miami Jewish Health/Florida PACE Centers. He serves on the NPA Board as well as other committees and boards in Florida and is a proponent of the PACE model of healthcare.

    Chris Cuellar

    Chris Cuellar - Adjunct Faculty

    Christopher Cuellar is a certified health care compliance professional, who currently serves as Director of Compliance for Jackson Health System in Miami, FL.  Christopher received his Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, and also has his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from Florida International University. Cueller also currently works for his alma mater, as a professor in the Department of Health Service Administration at FIU. Cueller teaches courses in healthcare finance, human resources, and the legal aspects of health care for both undergraduate and graduate programs.  In his capacity at Jackson Health System, Cueller handles complex compliance, privacy, and ethical issues that arise, as he is the Compliance Officer for both Jackson North Medical Center and Lynn Rehabilitation Hospital. Cueller previously worked for Broward Health as a Regional Compliance Officer and for Tenet Healthcare as a Director of Risk Management for eight years prior to joining Jackson Health System. As a Cuban American who grew up in Miami, Cueller is very passionate about serving and giving back to his community. Cueller has logged hundreds of hours volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami, the Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County, and as a national member of the American Hospital Association’s ASHRM Board of Ethics Committee.

    Charles C. Mays

    Charles C. Mays - Adjunct Faculty

    Charles C. Mays, a graduate of Florida A. & M. University and the University of Miami School of Law, is an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney with many years of experience in civil litigation, appellate litigation, and administrative law, and teaches Health Law and Legal Aspects of Management and Ethical Decisions in Health Services Administration.

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Program Outcomes**

  • 93% graduation rate. (2021)
  • 78% of graduates report their MHSA degree helped their career.

  • 100% of graduates report the MHSA program helped develop their critical thinking, research & writing, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

  • 100% of graduates work in a healthcare setting.

  • 100% of graduates are employed full-time.

  • **MHSA Graduate Program Outcomes (2020) Based on a One-Year Student Employment Survey.

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