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Joint Degree Program in Master of Health Services Administration and Master of Science (Nursing-Organizational Leadership)

Dual Degree Program in Master of Science, (Nursing-Organizational Leadership) and Master of Health Services Administration

The objective of this program is to combine into 8 semesters of study the two-year Master of Science Degree offered by the School of Nursing and the two-year Master of Health Services Administration degree offered by the Department of Population Health. This dual program is intended to provide the student who plans to engage in nursing administration (Organizational Leadership) with the opportunity to acquire training in the convergent fields of nursing and health services administration.

The relationship between health services administration and nursing is close, and it is not surprising to find many individuals with nursing backgrounds in top health care management positions. Moreover, it is becoming important for nurses, especially at senior levels, to have a fundamental understanding of financial management, human resources management, operations management, and health policy and administration. Both the School of Nursing and Department of Population Health are seeing increasing numbers of nurses who wish to acquire education and skills in health administration/leadership. Combining the MHSA and MS degrees will provide additional career options for master's level nursing students who wish to pursue a career in health care or organizational leadership.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the dual MS/MHSA program a student must meet the admission requirements of both the School of Nursing and the Department of Population Health. Application materials must be completed in both the School of Nursing and the Department of Population Health, and filed by the appropriate admission deadlines.

A student who decides to enter the program after beginning his/her first year in the School of Nursing or in the regular MHSA program should review their plans with the organizational leadership advisor in the School of Nursing and the student support manager in the Department of Population Health as soon as possible. No student may enter the dual program after completing the equivalent of two full-time semesters (18 credit hours) in either the Nursing or MHSA curriculum.

Diplomas are awarded concurrently by each School/Department after the student has completed the dual degree program requirements.

The dual MS/MHSA program is open only to those individuals who have earned a nursing baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and whose undergraduate academic record indicates that the applicant has the capacity to complete the dual degree program.

All students in the combined program must complete a total of sixty-one (61) graduate credit hours: thirty-two (33) hours in the Department of Population Health and twenty-nine (29) hours in the School of Nursing.

Students enrolled in the dual degree program must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for all course work. A cumulative grade average below 3.0 will result in dismissal from the dual degree program.

Students enrolling in the dual degree program will be assigned an advisor in both the School of Nursing and Department of Population Health. Advisors will be assigned when the student is admitted to the dual degree program.

Any course substitutions or curriculum modifications must be approved by both the School of Nursing and Department of Population Health.

Typical Dual Degree Program Format

  School of Nursing Department of Population Health Total
First Year 12 cr.  9-11cr. 21-23 cr.
Second Year 10 cr. 11-13-cr. 21-23 cr.
Third Year 7cr. 10 cr. 17 cr.
Totals 29 cr. 32 cr. 61 cr.

Course Sequencing for Dual Degree Program Beginning Fall 2012

Fall (1) Spring (1) Summer (1)
HP&M 810 (3 cr.) NRSG 880   (3 cr.) NRSG 754 (3 cr.)
NRSG 748  (3 cr.) HP&M 822 (3 cr.) Elective (in lieu of HP&M 848)
NRSG 755 (3 cr.) HP&M 846 (3 cr.) Option 1
Total 9 cr.  Total 9 cr. Total 3-6 cr.

Fall (2) Spring (2) Summer (2)
HP&M 848 (2 cr.)
or elective-Option 2
NRSG 885 (2 cr.) NRSG 883 (3 cr.)
HP&M 858 (3 cr.) NRSG 881 (3 cr.)  HP&M 852 (2)
HP&M 831 (2 cr.) HP&M 833 (2 cr.)   
NRSG 826 (2 cr.)    
Total 7-9 cr.   Total 9 cr. Total 5 cr.

Fall (3) Spring (3) Summer (3) – Optional*
HP&M 852 (2 cr.)  HP&M 861 (2 cr.)  NRSG 886 (3 cr.)
HP&M 854 (3 cr.) NRSG 886 (3 cr.) Comprehensive Exams
HP&M 837 (3 cr.) NRSG 820 (2 cr.)   
NRSG 898 (2 cr.) Comprehensive Exams  
Total 10 cr.   Total 7 cr.  

* Students may choose to reduce their Spring (3) load by moving all or some of their 3 hrs. of NRSG 886 and their Comprehensive exams to the Summer Semester, or by enrolling in all or some of their 3 hours of NRSG 886 in the Fall (3) Semester.

Nursing Courses

Course # Course Title Credit Hrs.
NRSG 748 Theories for Practice & Research 3
NRSG 754 Health Care Research 3
NRSG 755 Health Care Professionalism: Issues & Roles 3
NRSG 820 Program, Project and Communication Planning 2
NRSG 826 Global Perspectives and Diversity in Health Care 2
NRSG 880/
HP&M 840
Organizational Foundations for Leading Change 3
NRSG 881 Applied Budgeting & Finance 3
NRSG 882 or
NRSG 883
Introduction to Operations or
Complexity Approaches to Improve Organizational Effectiveness
NRSG 885 Evaluation & Analysis for Health Care Effectiveness 2
NRSG 886 Organizational Leadership Practicum 3
NRSG 898 Research Project 2
Total NRSG hours – Dual Degree Program: 29

Master of Health Services Administration Courses:

Course # Course Title Credit Hrs.
HP&M 810 The Health Care System 3
HP&M 822 Health Care Economics 3
HP&M 827 Financial Applications in Health Care Management 3
HP&M 832 Governance and Health Law 2
HP&M 833 Ethics 2
HP&M 837 Health Policy 3
HP&M 846 Managing Information Systems & Technology 3
HP&M 848 Designing Health Care Organizations (or Elective) 2
HP&M 852 Strategic Marketing 2
HP&M 853 Strategic Management 2
HP&M 854/
NRSG 891
Human Resources & Workforce Development 3
HP&M 858 Health and Social Behavior 3
HP&M 861 Capstone Seminar 2
Total MHSA hours – Dual Degree Program: 33
School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Population Health
Mail Stop 1008
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-2780