Residency

The residency is an integral part of the MSHSA program. It is designed to supplement coursework and give each student the opportunity to receive guidance from a well-qualified, practicing health services administrator; to apply and test administrative theory in practical work situations; and to develop the ability to assume major responsibility in a health services organizations. The Residency demands that students demonstrate competencies that contribute to the profession of health services administration.  Residency (HSCI 697) should be taken during the second year and preferably in spring which is why only one course is offered for MSHSA students (HSCI 695).

In terms of general objectives, at the conclusion of the Residency program, students will be able to:
1. Describe the organization and framework of the modern health services industry.

2. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with administrative roles in various organizations in the health services industry.

3. Apply leadership skills in a transitional (school-to-career) setting.

4. Interact constructively with diverse specialists in the health services industry to evaluate and resolve administrative problems.


The completion of a residency is a primary component of the program for students who do not have prior appropriate professional work experience in a health-related organization. The residency provides students the opportunity to acquire firsthand professional knowledge of and experience with the functioning of a health-related entity. The working residency requires the completion of 400 hours of approved work experience in a professional capacity, an oral presentation, and a formal report of the residency documenting the student’s experience. The residency is arranged by the student in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

The preceptor is the key player in transition from student to professional. The preceptor is an advisor, teacher, role model, tutor, mentor, and guide.  The preceptor augments faculty efforts to assist residents in developing a philosophy of administration, a code of values and ethics, and life-long professionalism. In this role, the preceptor will mentor the resident to improve skills and capabilities, strengthen interpersonal attributes, and develop as a manager and leader.

Students sign up for HSCI 697 Administrative Residency:
Supervised internship of 400 hours in sites such as hospitals, health plans, HMOs, medical groups, managed care organizations, private or public health services or agencies. Requires a rotation in administrative organization and function. Requires formal written report and presentation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy and consent of department. (4 units)

The following documents describe the process to establish a residency.  The Program Coordinator will work with students to develop a plan, conduct the residency, evaluate the residency and oneself, and develop a final report.