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School of Health Services Administration

Welcome to the LECOM School of Health Services Administration (SHSA) – Teaching the Business of Health Care.

Healthcare is big business. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. Talented, motivated, and skilled leaders are needed in the health care sector to manage these ever-growing requirements for medical services that align with rapid technological advancements, patient centered ethical compliance requirements and regulatory actions. Expertly trained health services administrators are essential to meet these demands effectively.

Preparing Your Future

The LECOM SHSA programs provide students with indispensable knowledge, leadership, and communication skills required to plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health service organizations such as hospitals, health care facilities, public health care organizations, pharmacies, private practice groups and senior living centers. The knowledge gained from these programs are vital to the understanding, planning, and implementation of sound fiscal policy, strategic planning, industry compliance, ethics and responsible governance.

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Doctor of Healthcare Administration (D.H.A.): The D.H.A. program prepares health industry professionals to become innovative leaders and complex problem solvers. The degree program qualifies professionals to serve as college faculty members, preparing them to teach and perform interprofessional research focused on “the business of healthcare”. They are also prepared as advanced healthcare administrative practitioners. The theoretical and the practical are blended in this rigorous doctorate degree program. D.H.A. graduates will have the next generation understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning and needed to conduct rigorous research and analysis with the objective of applying the findings to real-world decision-making throughout the healthcare industry and effectively interfacing with local, state and federal governments related to healthcare issues. It provides students with a “whole person” osteopathic knowledge foundation from which they can positively influence quality, access and costs of healthcare organizations and delivery systems in the communities they serve.

Masters in Health Services Administration (MHSA): Utilizing the principles of good business, healthcare leaders will obtain the essential tools and skills needed in strategic and ethical decision making. Key areas include: human resource management, accounting, finance, quality and operations management to create an integrative approach to complex problem solving in the current fast changing healthcare industry.

Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics (MSBE): The healthcare industry is beset with ethical issues on a daily basis including beginning and end of life issues, proper handling of medical marijuana, Medicare solvency and advances in medical technology able to sustain life under extraordinary circumstances and access to healthcare. This program’s applied ethics education strives to move learners beyond knowledge acquisition and skills development to develop behavioral changes that result in a higher level of professionalism and the delivery of high quality, patient-centered care.

Masters in Public Health (MPH): The LECOM Masters in Public Health program ensures that all graduates are grounded in foundational public health knowledge. This includes administrative skills critical to improving and enhancing the health, health care, and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in North America by applying the philosophy of osteopathic medicine that seeks to treat the whole person mind, body and spirit.

Tailored Curriculum

Our SHSA degree programs are designed to meet the demands of busy working professionals and fulltime students. Over 98% of our master’s degree program’s didactic curriculum are delivered through a dynamic, web-based, distance education platform offered by an expert team of faculty who possess health care industry experience. MSHA candidates are required to attend only eight days of on-campus in Bradenton Florida or Erie Pennsylvania during the entire program. MPH & MSBE come to campus for only 3 days just prior to commencement. The MHSA, MPH & MSBE degrees are completed in 24 months, enrolling student in cohorts starting in May each year. The MHSA also offers an 18 month compressed program cohort starting in January. The GMAT is not required.


LECOM is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 2845000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Commission has included the LECOM’s School of Health Services Administration programs within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To further assure the quality of the LECOM SHSA programs, the School of Health Services Administration is a member of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Health Services Administration Masters in Health Services Administration program is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida  32399, 888-224-6684.

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