The term "health services administrator or manager" encompasses all individuals who plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of healthcare services. Generally, they fall into one of three categories: 1) generalists (health care administrators) - who manage an entire facility and 2) clinical managers - who have training or experience in a specific clinical area, and 3) health information administrators - who are responsible for the maintenance, security, and analysis of all patient-related information. EKU's Health Services Administration degree lays the educational foundation for each of these categories.
B.S. in HSA Curriculum Options
Health Care Administration and Informatics
Health Care Administration and Informatics (HCAI) provides individuals with a unique blend of both business and healthcare-related course work. This option is ideal for individuals who would like to have the flexibility of developing a career as either 1) a health care administrator or 2) a specialist in health informatics and information management.
The curriculum establishes a strong health care management foundation while developing a depth of knowledge in health informatics. Health informatics and information management professionals are experts in collecting, interpreting, and analyzing patient data for clinical, financial, and administrative decision-making. With the advancement of health communication and information technology, the need for these professionals will grow in the future.
Students graduating from the HCAI option are eligible to sit for the national certification examination leading to a credential as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA).
The HCAI option is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Ancillary Health Management
Ancillary Health Management (AHM) is a degree progression opportunity. This option is for individuals with a completed associate or bachelor's degree in another field of study who want to advance into supervisory and managerial positions within a health care organization.
Graduates of the HSA program leave Eastern Kentucky University to develop their own unique careers. They find employment in a wide variety places, performing many different types of jobs. Some of the graduates become certified as a RHIA. While others seek graduate degrees. Take a look at our graduate outcomes to see what you could be doing with a degree in Health Services Administration.