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Health Services Administration

You don't need a stethoscope to make a difference in healthcare. Each day, healthcare executives are making significant contributions to the health and lives of the people and communities they serve.

Why Study Health Services Administration?

As a health services administration major at USD, you will learn to think creatively and collaborate effectively so you can develop the skills and gain the knowledge needed to manage health organizations. Here you will find a variety of experiential learning opportunities ranging from internships in Sioux Falls to study abroad trips to Japan. Our program prepares students for leadership roles in health care organizations by applying a comprehensive understanding of business to the ever-changing world of health care.

Become a leader in health care management who can face the challenges that my arise in the medical field with confidence as a health services administration major.

Degrees & Offerings

Health Services Administration (B.B.A)

  Vermillion Main Campus

A degree in health services administration provides a solid foundation for students wanting to work in health care organizations including hospitals, long-term care facilitates, insurance companies and physicians offices. A focus in health services and management can be tailored to your career plans as a leader in health care management.

Health Services Administration


A minor in health services administration will help you develop analytical thinking and leadership skills that will serve you in any career. This program is a great complement to a variety of majors, including business, health sciences, medical biology, physiology or political science.

Accelerated Business Administration (B.B.A./M.B.A.)

Major + Master's
  Vermillion Main Campus

Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program may opt to complete both the B.B.A and M.B.A. concurrently. Students who pursue this fast-track option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs. Permission to be awarded the undergraduate degree prior to the completion of the graduate degree is available. A health services administration specialization is available as part of the MBA program.

Program Details






Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.


As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

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The Health Services Administration program requires that students complete internships, which give the students the opportunity to gain real-world experience while still in school. In many cases, students who have interned at an organization have been hired on permanently after graduation. Students work alongside preceptors to learn about the nature of their work, while observing different functions and responsibilities of that health care organization. Administrative and research projects allow the student to learn about managing and submitting work which addresses a real-world need with real-world implications. 

Do you have your sights set on Cuba? Africa? Germany? Japan? Ireland? The USD Beacom School of Business can help you get there. Our students have participated in conferences and faculty-led courses around the world, and our student aid helps make those experiences affordable.

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USD is home to more than 170 student organizations, including several that are housed in the Beacom School of Business. You may be interested in joining Beta Alpha Psi, Healthcare, Executives, advancing in Leadership (HEAL)or Coyote Capital Management to make friends, develop new skills and explore your interests.

Healthcare Executives Advancing in Leadership (HEAL) increases your knowledge of the healthcare industry in order to build the competitive advantage needed to succeed. Working closely with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) - the nation's largest professional society for healthcare executives - HEAL offers opportunities to network with other students and healthcare executives through guest speakers, field trips and meetings.

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As a business administration student at USD, you will be supported by your faculty and peers to make connections between your academic experience and your career path. You will grow personally and professionally during their time on campus and your career development begins the first day of classes.

The Career Success Center has career development services to support students every step of the way. You will build relationships with alumni, employers and graduate schools to optimize internship, job and career opportunities. These partnerships assist you in developing co-curricular experiences that will help to ensure they are successful in their future pursuits.

USD offers a range of scholarships for students, including scholarships specifically for health services administration majors. The Beacom School of Business strives to recognize and reward outstanding students for their accomplishments and potential through scholarships and travel funding.

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in health services management.
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Health Services Management

Equipped with real-world research projects, internships with industry-changing companies, you'll learn to apply business principles to the rapidly growing healthcare field and lead the charge into the future.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Health Services Management Division. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in health education and promotion, mobile health technologies, global health and health care analytics.
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Matthew Heard

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Jewel Shepherd

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
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Carole South-Winter

Associate Professor
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Gain Real-World Experience

Healthcare Executives Advancing in Leadership (HEAL) increases your knowledge of the healthcare industry in order to build the competitive advantage needed to succeed. Working closely with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) - the nation's largest professional society for healthcare executives - HEAL offers opportunities to network with other students and healthcare executives through guest speakers, field trips and meetings.
As a HEAL student you can be involved in cutting-edge, hands-on learning intended to make a lasting impact on the industry. Current students are actively developing patented equipment and conducting empathy trainings for regional health care organizations.
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Build Your Network Through Engaging Internships

As a health services administration student, you will be required to complete internships that will give you real-world experience while still in school. Many students go on to work permanently for their internship organizations after graduation. 

Learn more about the Health Services Administration Internship Program.

Tuition & Costs

USD offers low tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, as well as scholarships, financial aid and employment opportunities to help make your education even more affordable.
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* SD Advantage: The in-state rate is available to new undergraduate students who are residents of South Dakota, Colorado, Illinois (starting Summer 2023), Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin (starting Summer 2023), Wyoming and children of alumni of USD.

More About Tuition & Costs

This is an estimated annual cost. Other factors may change the cost of tuition.

Undergraduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.


USD awards nearly $9.5 million in scholarships each year. View our scholarships to see which ones you may qualify for and how you can apply.


alum success story

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Foundations I learned while at Beacom and in the HSAD program have helped me exude confidence in multiple environments at an early point in my career.

Ben Cahoy, M.B.A.

B.B.A. Health Services Administration '11
Director of Supply Chain Category Management, Sanford Health

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