All across the country, the climate and delivery of
health care is ever-changing, growing by leaps and bounds.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment
in the field of health care management is expected to grow
percent from 2008-2018. The health care industry will
continue to expand and diversify, requiring managers to
help ensure smooth business operations.
USD’s Beacom School of Business, in turn, has seen
an increase in enrollment in recent years in its Health
Services Administration programs—the Bachelor of
Business Administration and the M.B.A.’s Health Services
USD’s HSAD curriculum is to yield professionals who
plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of
health care and involves topics such as applied economics,
human resources and marketing. It emphasizes manage-
ment and leadership, all tied to a specific industry.
Having the programs housed within a business school
isn’t a typical arrangement, said Brian Hensel, Ph.D., assis-
tant professor of health services administration.
The business component is strategic,” Hensel said.
Health care administration is a business profession, but
many health administration programs are part of schools
of health sciences or medical schools. Our graduates come
out stronger in business skills.”
Another advantage of USD’s HSAD programs is the
high level of cooperation it receives from health care
professionals from around the state. “We have the support
of health care administrators around the state and region,”
Hensel said. “For example, at the health leaders’ annual
meeting, our students get to experience board meetings.
It’s unusual to have that kind of support.”
And it’s a two-way street. Organizations such as The
Good Samaritan Society serve on the HSAD program’s
USD’s distinctive program gives graduates a boost in the business
L-R: HSAD students Hannah Needham, Courtney Ahlers, Amanda Heimerl and Ryan Warnke