Undergraduate Program Public Health: Health Services Administration

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Public Health: Health Services Administration Overview

The OHSU-PSU collaborative School of Public Health is an innovative structure, in which we bring the best of two universities to you. Our design is a product of our innovative spirit and values: we bring that approach to you, working to chart your path into clinical, educational, policy, and direct-service health care.

With five specialized Health Studies concentrations and two minors, we provide you with specialty training and a core foundation in public health that positions you to excel in the career path you seek.

In our Health Administration Services concentration, you will learn the policy, organizational, administrative, and financial foundations for health care systems and health services delivery. Our graduates are ready to enter the workforce in hospital or health provider administration, as project managers, and as patient support and health policy advocates.

We offer:

  • Tailored, individualized advising and mentorship
  • Expert faculty with extensive research and real-world experience
  • Innovative curricula – we bring the community to you through guest speakers, applied learning activities and a focus on current issues – all focusing on developing solutions to real-world problems
  • Experiential learning -we bring you to the community through a mentored internship
  • Faculty and career development opportunities from both universities

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health: A great place to make a world of difference.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
100% online
Combination of online and on campus
  • BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    On campus
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  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
    On campus
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Public Health: Health Services Administration Bachelor's Degree: Why OHSU-PSU?

Our two universities, our city, and our state are recognized as national leaders in health exploration, innovation, and community-based partnership.

Our graduates emerge with degrees endorsed by both OHSU and PSU in a field in which demand is growing rapidly.

Your course of study is CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health) accredited and will provide you with the skills necessary to enter into the field of public health/community health, and the sub-discipline you choose.

We also provide a strong foundation and support for those wishing to pursue graduate study.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration?

Our alumni are prepared continue to graduate school for an MPH, as well as an MPP, MPA, or MBA with emphasis in the management or policy of health care systems.

With a bachelor’s degree in Health Studies: Health Service Administration alumni may seek positions in both the private and public sectors, including:

  • Hospital department manager
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Clinic administrator
  • Medical office business manager
  • Dental office administrator
  • Insurance company analyst/specialist
  • Government policy maker
  • Government lobbyist
  • Human relations personnel
  • Facility operations specialist
  • Manager of health care staffing agency
  • Hospital marketing staff
  • Facility project manager
  • Insurance contract negotiator
  • Lab/Testing facility manager

Featured Courses

  • BA 101 Introduction to Business
  • BA 306 Essentials of Finance (prerequisite BA101)
  • EC316 Introduction of Health Care Economics
  • PHE 320 Health Ethics
  • PA 425 Grant Writing for Nonprofits
  • PHE 321 Health Policy
  • PHE 322 Health Services Administration
  • PHE 426 Advanced topics in Health Services Administration (prerequisite PHE350)
  • PHE 427 Health Informatics
  • PHE 478 Program Planning
  • PHE 479 Program Evaluation

Featured Electives

  • COMM 329 Introduction to Health Communication
  • PA 315 Managing People for Change
  • PA 392 Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • PHE 423 Business and Aging
  • PHE 472 Marketing Public Health


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Our school is accredited by the Council for Education In Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health. Its work ensures that schools and programs are meeting the highest standards for education in public health disciplines.

Our MPH in Health Management and Policy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). Ours is the only Health Management and Policy program in the state that is CAHME-accredited.

Our Human Lactation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).