Graduate Program Health Administration

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Health Administration Master's Degree Overview

The Master of Public Administration: Health Administration is a 60 credit degree, with each class at 3 credits. Students complete 39 credits of required courses, 15 credits of electives, and 6 credits of an Integrative Experience. One course must fulfill the Diversity Requirement and 30 credits of your program must be health care specific.

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Health Administration Master's Degree: Why PSU?

Unique Partnerships and Community Connections

Portland State is well-known for its focus on community service and engagement, and the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is one of the best places to take advantage of the numerous community partnerships PSU has developed. Partnerships and cooperative arrangements exist within the Oregon University System (which includes Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Oregon, and more) as well as with multiple health, human service, community and governmental agencies in Portland, across Oregon, and nationally.

Experienced and Committed Faculty

Our faculty members and instructors are leading researchers and practitioners in the field of public administration. Their diverse array of expertise, experiences, and interests include local and regional government, public finance and law, nonprofit management, leadership, sustainability, health management and policy, natural resources policy, and much more. Faculty members continually practice and expand their skills through scholarship and service, and our students have the opportunity to work closely with these leaders in the classroom, through funded research, and technical assistance projects.

Creating Leaders

The Mark O. Hatfield School of Government has earned a reputation as a producer of well-qualified and passionate alumni. You will be learning with committed students from a wide variety of fields and levels of experience, and networking with community organizations, professionals, and decision-makers.

Featured Courses

  • PA 511 Public Administration
  • PA 533 Public Policy: Origins and Process
  • PA 534 Administrative Law
  • PA 551 Analytic Methods in Public Administration I
  • PA 552 Analytic Methods in Public Administration II
  • PA 582 Public Budgeting
  • PA 590 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • PA 540 Administrative Theory and Behavior
  • PAH 570/HSMP 570 Health Administration
  • PAH 571/HSMP 571 Health Policy
  • PA 513 Administrative Ethics and Values
  • PAH 574/HSMP 574 Health Systems Organization
  • PAH 586/HSMP 586 Introduction to Health Economics


Students can take up to 15 electives, and they must all be approved by the faculty advisor. For each elective course, students must write a paragraph on how that course will help with their career or professional development. Students with little or no experience in the health care sector are advised to take PA 504 - Cooperative Education within the first 12 months of the program.


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