Health Services Leadership & Management

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Overview

The Health Services Leadership and Management (HSLM) specialty will prepare students to actively lead and manage health care delivery in a variety of health care settings. As part of that role, you’ll support positive change in the health care industry and collaborate with other health care professionals and managers. As part of the program, you’ll complete your master's core courses and the Health Services Leadership and Management core courses. Following completion of the core courses, you’ll concentrate on one of three focus areas: HSLM, HSLM Education, or HSLM Business. As a graduate of this specialty, you will be able to apply what you’ve learned to your professional practice in distinct settings such as acute care, ambulatory, long-term, or home health care.

Online Program Overview

  • The master's core courses and HSLM specialty courses are offered only online. Electives may also be taken online, although some face-to-face options may be available.
  • Our faculty members are fully committed to distance learning. Students will receive individual attention from their assigned advisors and communicate with them via telephone or email.
  • For the required practicum, you and your advisor arrange a mutually agreeable site.
  • We understand that online learning is not for everyone. If you want to explore your potential for distance learning and examine our resources for this method of learning, visit the online learning page.

UMSON’s HSLM specialty was made possible in part by a generous gift from Sinai Hospital, a member of LifeBridge Health.‌

Plan of Study

Master's Core Courses*
Course Title Credits
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Leadership & Management Core Courses
Course Title Credits
NURS 690 Managerial Health Finance 3
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 692 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Services 3
NURS 695 Practicum in Health Services, Leadership, and Management 5
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
  Total 17
HSLM Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
NURS xxx Elective 3
  Total 9
HSLM Education Focus*
Course Title Credits
NURS 787 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS 791 Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions 3
NURS 792 Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professionals 3
  Total 9
  Total Credits 38

*Students should select a focus (HSLM or HSLM Education) for their electives.

Sample Plan of Study

MS/MBA in conjunction with the University of Maryland, College Park
OR
MS/MBA in conjunction with the University of Baltimore

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 692 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Services 3
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
NURS XXX Elective 3
  Total 12
Third Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS XXX Elective 3
XXXX Business Course (taken at selected School of Business)* 3
XXXX Business Course (taken at selected School of Business)* 3
  Total 9
Fourth Semester 
Course Title Credits
NURS 695 Practicum in Health Services, Leadership, and Management 5
  Total 5
Credits from MS portion of the dual program 32
Credits from MBA portion of the program** 36
Total Credits 68

*Shared credits between UMSON and School of Business
**Following completion of MS, students will continue with completion of MBA program to complete the dual degree.

Business (MS/MBA) Option

Learn to analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate innovative and creative responses to health care marketplace needs.

The MS/MBA option prepares administrators with a unique blend of advanced nursing and business management expertise.

Graduates are awarded:

The program will prepare you for senior management level decision-making on financial, strategic planning, resource management, and governance issues.

The MS/MBA program:

  • involves 66-72 credits of required coursework
  • can be completed in two years of rigorous full-time, year-round study
  • can be completed part time over a maximum of seven years.

More Information

University of Baltimore
Contact: Justin Daniel
assistant dean of graduate programs and career services
410-837-5741
jdaniel@ubalt.edu

University of Maryland, College Park
Contact: Dustin Hodgson
associate director of MBA admissions
301-405-5729
dhodgson@rhsmith.umd.edu

Sample Plan of Study

MS/MBA in conjunction with the University of Maryland, College Park
OR
MS/MBA in conjunction with the University of Baltimore

First Semester
Course Title Credits
NRSG 780 Health Promotion and Population Health 3
NRSG 782 Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership & Quality Improvement 3
NRSG 790 Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice 3
NRSG 795 Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3
  Total 12
Second Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS 691 Organizational Theories: Applications to Health Service Management 3
NURS 692 Administration of Nursing and Health Care Services 3
NURS 736 Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3
NURS XXX Elective 3
  Total 12
Third Semester
Course Title Credits
NURS XXX Elective 3
XXXX Business Course (taken at selected School of Business)* 3
XXXX Business Course (taken at selected School of Business)* 3
  Total 9
Fourth Semester 
Course Title Credits
NURS 695 Practicum in Health Services, Leadership, and Management 5
  Total 5
Credits from MS portion of the dual program 32
Credits from MBA portion of the program** 36
Total Credits 68

*Shared credits between UMSON and School of Business
**Following completion of MS, students will continue with completion of MBA program to complete the dual degree.

Faculty

Lyn Stankiewicz Murphy, PhD, MBA, RN, specialty director and associate professor

Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, assistant professor
Linda Diaconis, PhD, assistant professor
Linda J. Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, assistant professor
Nancy B. Lerner, DNP, RN, CDONA, assistant professor
Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor