D.W. (Bill) Haskins, Academic Director
Master of Science in Health Care Administration
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Phone: 608.342.1961
Fax: 608.342.1466


The University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program prepares patient-care professionals, hospital administration, or current management professionals to help accomplish the triple aim of improving access to care, impacting the quality of care, and reducing the overall cost of care in a variety of settings.


Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate professional communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for a healthcare setting

  • Demonstrate strategic leadership and decision-making skills necessary in healthcare

  • Evaluate operational performance across diverse healthcare organizations

  • Develop strategies to recruit, train, and retain an effective healthcare workforce

  • Evaluate financial strategies and techniques to meet healthcare organizational needs and goals


The program is fully online and designed to provide a foundation for entry and advancement for professionals who are seeking management positions in the healthcare industry. The program’s multidisciplinary curriculum balances theory with real-world applications relevant to the current field and draws primarily from the following academic disciplines: healthcare, public health, information technology, business and communications. The M.S. in Healthcare Administration represents a fully online degree geared toward working professionals seeking to obtain advanced-level competencies in the areas of healthcare leadership, management, marketing, communications, law and policy, and quality and performance improvement. 


Admission to the Master of Science in Health Care Administration requires:

  • Prerequisite coursework in Elementary Statistics, Medical Terminology, and Oral Communication or Speech
  • Employment résumé

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • A personal statement of not more than 1000 words

    Admission exams, such as the GRE or the GMAT, are not required.

    To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on a trial enrollment justified by the admitting department and approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into the program to complete degree requirements; extensions may be granted for extenuating circumstances.

    Program entrance requirements and degree completion requirements are consistent with those of the other collaborative degree-granting institutions offering this program. Applicants should follow the instructions found in the Online Admission Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.


Students with a bachelor’s degree who want to enroll in selected courses without being admitted to the program may enroll as special students. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken as a special student.

Health Care Administration DEGREE REQUIREMENTs


Join the select group of leaders who know that earning a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a great pathway to professional success.

You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 37 graduate credits.. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a “C” has been earned will not be counted toward a degree in Health Care Administration; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average.


The Master of Science in Health Care Administration is earned upon the successful completion of 37 credit hours . All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.

Course Title Credits
HCA 7000U.S. Healthcare Systems3
HCA 7050Population Health and Epidemiology3
HCA 7100Health Communication3
HCA 7150Healthcare Technology, Data Analytics, and Information Governance3
HCA 7200Healthcare Financial Management3
HCA 7300Human Capital Management in Healthcare3
HCA 7400Healthcare Operations and Project Management3
HCA 7500Healthcare Quality and Performance Management3
HCA 7600Health Law and Policy3
HCA 7700Organization Development and Strategic Leadership in Healthcare3
HCA 7800Communicating Current and Emerging Topics in Healthcare3
HCA 7890Capstone Preparation1
HCA 7900Capstone3
Total Credits37

HCA 7000 U.S. Healthcare Systems 3 Credits

Introduces the many public and private elements of the U.S. healthcare system. Explores the historical, social and cultural, financial and economic, and political as well as regulatory factors, and how they interact to influence the delivery of care and services that affect individual and population health outcomes.
Components: Class

HCA 7050 Population Health and Epidemiology 3 Credits

Identifies and addresses epidemiology, biostatistics, including study design within a healthcare framework. Applies these elements to individuals and populations while addressing critical public health perspectives across a broad spectrum from individuals to larger systems to improve the health of a community.
Components: Class

HCA 7100 Health Communication 3 Credits

Analysis and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that impact health. Course explores topics such as the social construction of health, social support, literacy, survivorship, social and community issues, risk management, marketing and public relations, health messaging and promotional campaigns, theory application, and identity across contexts.
Components: Class

HCA 7150 Healthcare Technology, Data Analytics, and Information Governance 3 Credits

This course covers various topics including Electronic Health Records; Health IT Privacy and Security; Health Information Exchanges; IT for Revenue Cycle Management; Utilizing technology to analyze healthcare data including MS-DRG data, hospital readmission data, Medicare spending, and healthcare quality data; Technologies for diagnosis and treatment; Big Data applications in healthcare.
Components: Class

HCA 7200 Healthcare Financial Management 3 Credits

A study of the principles of healthcare finance. Topics include financial and management accounting, the financial reporting structure of healthcare organizations, healthcare financial statement analysis, costing and budgetary methods, sources of healthcare revenue and expenses, processes for healthcare billing, and capital investment decisions.
Components: Class

HCA 7300 Human Capital Management in Healthcare 3 Credits

Examines complexities in human resource management strategies in healthcare organizations. Provides knowledge and tools to develop high potential workforces using a people-centered approach to human capital management, organizational culture/climate, communication, and talent development to ensure competitive advantage in creating sustainable high-performance healthcare organizations in rural and urban settings.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7000 HCA 7200

HCA 7400 Healthcare Operations and Project Management 3 Credits

Examines operations management techniques unique to healthcare processes. Addresses solutions for operational issues in healthcare facilities and supply chain. Highlights essential components of healthcare project management. Emphasizes operational and management tools and techniques for healthcare project and process execution.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7150 HCA 7200

HCA 7500 Healthcare Quality and Performance Management 3 Credits

Overview of quality models and risk management in healthcare. Explore theories, concepts, skills, tools and environmental factors. Focuses on measurement and analysis techniques, as well as real-world applications of quality approaches to implement and sustain performance improvements.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7150

HCA 7600 Health Law and Policy 3 Credits

A study of the political, legal, regulatory, and ethical environments within which healthcare administrators operate. Explores the legal frameworks related to the healthcare system, with an ethical focus. Considers the impact of political structure on healthcare policy, with an emphasis on the role played by healthcare administrators in policy advocacy.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7000

HCA 7700 Organization Development and Strategic Leadership in Healthcare 3 Credits

A study of organization development and leadership theories, including self-discovery of leadership potential and change leadership strategies applied within healthcare organizations. As a blend of theory and application, course is designed for individuals to work toward identifying and facilitating broad-scale organizational change while employing strategic leadership practices in healthcare.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7300, HCA 7400 HCA 7500

HCA 7800 Communicating Current and Emerging Topics in Healthcare 3 Credits

Investigates current and emerging trends influencing healthcare such as healthcare policies and politics, ethics, emerging technologies, healthcare population/disease demographics and reimbursement models. Explores differences between rural, urban and global settings.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HCA 7150 HCA 7600

HCA 7890 Capstone Preparation 1 Credit

Prepares the student for applied capstone course, including assisting with site identification, coordination and approval of placement and of a substantive work project while working with site mentor/supervisor.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: HCA 7000, HCA 7100, HCA 7200, HCA 7300, HCA 7400, HCA 7500 HCA 7700

HCA 7900 Capstone 3 Credits

As a culmination of participating in HCA Graduate Program, apply aspects of theory dynamics of interprofessionalism in healthcare setting(s). Capstone work (minimum 150 hours) will be completed in partnership with site mentor/supervisors. A substantive work project deliverable demonstrating summative application of previous coursework will be expected.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: HCA 7000, HCA 7100, HCA 7200, HCA 7300, HCA 7400, HCA 7500 HCA 7700