Online M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration and Certificate Programs

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The Compassion to Care. The Confidence to Lead.

Channel your passion to help others by developing the skills to lead in health and human services and face the complex day-to-day and strategic demands of helping others. The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota online M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program provides an optional four-credit practica to prepare you for licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota.*

Whether you have an interest in the field or you’re already working in health and human services, you can build your skills and deepen your perspective. You can also earn a one-year Healthcare Administration graduate certificate which can be taken alone, or you can apply your credits toward the M.A. in HHSA degree.

Gain Skills with this Graduate Certificate

Get the focused training you need to lead in a variety of healthcare settings. During this one-year Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of modern health and human services delivery and study topics like health policy, finance, and administration to advance your career. These certificate credits can be applied toward the M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration degree.

Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. The Saint Mary’s community, together and by association, is dedicated to quality, diversity, accessibility, social justice, and sound stewardship in all its endeavors.

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Online Convenience, On Point Outcomes

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to providing excellence in education beyond the borders of the campus. You want to excel in your profession and to maximize your career, all while maintaining family and work responsibilities. Saint Mary’s online programs are offered in an easy-to-use format that allows for flexible scheduling and provides you with leading-edge knowledge and valuable credentials.

Undertake Innovative Coursework

When you complete the Health and Human Services Administration degree or 12-credit Healthcare Administration Certificate program, you’ll be a leader who’s ready to meet the complex and constantly changing needs of health and human services organizations. Faculty members call on their professional field experience to provide you with relevant knowledge and skills.

Preview just a few of the courses in the online program:

HS 612 Health Informatics and Application

Explore collection and analysis of data to support administrative, operational, financial, clinical decision making, and regulatory compliance. Roles that information systems and technologies serve in the health sector; types of computer-based health information systems; and issues related to data privacy, confidentiality, integrity, stewardship, and availability are addressed.

HS 713 Aging, Illness, and the Continuum of Care

This course provides a culturally responsive overview and comparison of the aging process and illness. Identification of resources designed to support healthy aging as well as understanding various health and human service agencies that meet the needs of the disabled, acute and chronically ill, and the medically complex are covered. This course covers the language and basic understanding of healthcare and human services needs for clients, patients, and residents across the continuum of care.

HS 658 Human Resources in the Health and Human Services Sector

Examine core areas of talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and employee development, including culturally responsive practice and system design. It emphasizes the application of effective and ethical human resource management principles for organizations within the health and human service sectors.

HS 716 Health and Human Services Administration

This course explores applied theories and skills of leadership and management within the health and human service sectors. Leadership styles and culturally responsive approaches to decision making are examined. Topics such as governance, vision and mission, strategic planning, business decision support, and promotion of sustainable, ethical organizational growth, and organization stewardship are explored.

Thrive in Many Professional Settings

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Multi-specialty medical groups
  • Health systems and hospitals
  • Health plans
  • Device manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Long-term care centers
  • Home care and hospice agencies
  • Federally qualified clinics and veterans services
  • Nonprofit health-related agencies

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  1. U.S. News and World Report L.P., Best Colleges Rankings, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Retrieved from

*Program Accreditation and State Licensure:

  • Minnesota: The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Support (MN BELTSS) as meeting education requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in the State of Minnesota. The program is designed to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam. Students who wish to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota must complete the appropriate program pathway, meet the state’s practicum requirements, and pass state and national exams.
  • Other States: This program is not designed to lead to licensure in states outside of Minnesota. It is the responsibility of individual students to verify requirements with their state licensing board and with the National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB)