50 Most Innovative University Healthcare Administration Departments

Top Master's in Healthcare Administration - Most InnovativeBy Kelley Jacobs

Posted February 2015

The field of Healthcare Administration is in a state of transformation and growth. As healthcare becomes more and more a global concern, it is important that administrators of healthcare facilities, policy entities, and research programs are globally aware and posses the knowledge to influence others to behave in a holistic manner. Earning a degree from a respectable, quality institution is the first step.

Methodology

We reviewed universities and colleges with Healthcare Administration Departments to find the most reputable, innovative and transformational departments in the United States. Our criteria for this list include the following:

  • Departments all have at least a Master’s in Health Administration program accredited by the CAHME (Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education). This indicates a higher level of quality and demonstrates that the Department seeks constant development and improvement.
  • Departments have a variety of degrees to meet the individual needs to those interested in administration.
  • Departments have active student associations and alumni programs providing professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Departments listed have faculty that are engaged in research in the field.

From the list of departments meeting the above criteria, we further narrowed our list by awarding points to departments who met additional criteria.

  • Master in Healthcare Administration (or other accredited program) with a residency opportunity or internship (2pts)
  • Department provides opportunity for international involvement either through coursework, case study, or International Lab (2pts)
  • Employment rate after graduation reported to be greater than 90% (2pts)
  • Varying program delivery methods including on-line and Executive programs (2pts)

The 50 highest scoring programs are listed below. Programs are listed in order of least expensive to most expensive (based on full-time, in-state tuition rates for a two year CAHME accredited program using the current tuition rate multiplied by two.)

1. College of Health Professions, Weber State University

Ogden, Utah

Weber University

The College of Health Professions include practical programs like nursing and radiology in addition to a Master in Healthcare Administration. A joint MHA/MBA degree is offered on campus as well as online. The MHA program targets professional development and applied skills. Students work closely with faculty, who are engaged in research and consulting in various health administration settings. Students are able to participate in fieldwork in almost all areas of the Department in order to enhance their classroom education with real-world experience.

Points:6

Cost: $15,775/2 years

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2. Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University

San Diego, California

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The Graduate School of Public Health is one of four nationally accredited (CEPH) schools of public health in the state of California. Most students work with many different local health systems and health organizations. Collaborations include the University of California, the San Diego School of Medicine, and other reputable organizations around the country. The school emphasizes the importance of treating health in a holistic manner by assessing the social, physical, and emotional well-being of the individual or community.

Points: 6

Cost: $16,264/2 years

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3. College of Health Professions, Governors State

University Park, Illinois

Governors State

Governors State University is not only an accredited program boasting numerous degrees and certificates in the area of health administration, it has the lowest tuition in Illinois for such a program. Students can expect to be ready for employment in the field upon graduation, with 91% employed in the field within three months of graduation. Students at all levels can participate in the Student Healthcare Management Association, providing mentoring and professional development opportunities. Governors State takes great pride in making education accessible to those traditionally under-served by the higher education community.

Points: 6

Cost: $18,111/2 years

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4. Department of Health Sciences, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Savannah, Georgia

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Armstrong Atlantic State University encourages seasoned professionals as well as new-to-the-field students to join the Department of Heath Sciences. Students can earn degrees and certificates at all levels. A holistic approach is emphasized across the department so students can gain an appreciation of health as more than just lack of illness or injury. The Department boasts an active Health Sciences Student Association and Study Abroad program. Both the Master of Health Service Administration and the Master of Public Health are accredited.

Points: 6

Cost: $19,617/2 years

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5. Institute of Health Administration, Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia State University

Georgia State University offers a dual MBA/MHA, a Master of Science in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration with a Health Administration Concentration. The Department recognizes the importance of technology related to healthcare administration and offers several programs established with the College of Business as a joint venture to blend the two areas. Students can expect a challenging program focused on preparing them for this multifaceted field. Strategic thinking, creativity and problem solving skills are valued and supported through professional development opportunities offered within the Department.

Points: 8

Cost: $19,416/2 years

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6. College of Urban & Public Affairs: Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

Portland State

Portland State University offers four different master’s programs for those seeking to further their education in public policy related to health care. Portland State University has extensive community partnerships developed with health service providers. Students are able to take coursework across various departments to ensure their interests are met and their education is holistic. Faculty have professional backgrounds in health leadership positions and management. Portland State MHA program is unique in that half of the credits required for graduation are to be from specialized health related skill courses.

Points: 8

Cost: $20,916/2 years

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7. Department of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University

Located close to Washington DC, George Mason University is world renowned for its influence in the global space related to Health Administration and Policy. The Department offers graduate and undergraduate programs in areas such as healthcare administration, health informatics, health policy and senior housing administration.The Senior Housing Administration is a unique program for students interested in working in senior living facilities, group homes, or retirement communities. Students interested in Graduate Certificates have five options to choose from to further develop their education and experience in their chosen areas of employment. The Department is considered a Top 40 program in Healthcare Management. The BS program in Health Administration is the largest in Virginia.

Points: 8

Cost: $20,136/2 years

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8. Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Kansas Medical Center

Kansas City, Kansas

University of Kansas Medical Center

The Department of Health Policy and Management is driven to recruit students with diverse backgrounds, employ top notch faculty, emphasize life long learning, and encourage collaboration between fields and communities.  The Health Services Administration Program is physically structured to allow students the opportunity for inter-professional learning. The Department offers a joint MHSA/JD or MHSA/Nursing degree for those practitioners seeking administrative positions which would benefit from practical education and knowledge.

Points: 6

Cost: $20,216/2 years

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9. Department of Health Management & Informatics, University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

University of Missouri

The Health Management and Informatics department at the University of Missouri offers the 4th largest accredited MHA program in the U.S. 100% of MHA graduates are employed after graduation, making the program one of the most successful in terms of job placement. Located on a health sciences campus, students are encouraged to collaborate with other students in other related fields to gain a holistic view of the field of health care administration. The Department works with students to place them in a variety of internship sites lasting 12 weeks to allow students time to immerse themselves in real-world settings.  Post graduate fellowships are available for one or two years to gain additional experience working with field leaders.

Points: 8

Cost: $22,473/2 years

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10. Department of Health Policy and Administration, Washington State University

Spokane, Washington

WSU Medical School

The Department of Health Policy and Administration offers the Master’s in Health Policy Administration which is ranked 46th in the nation. Fully accredited, faculty provide students the ability to analyze international health systems, decision making skills and rural policy knowledge. Students can complete the program part or full time. An active Alumni System provides students the opportunity to network with other graduates. The Association of Healthcare Students (AHS) is active on campus and provides additional opportunities for professional development and training throughout the year.

Points: 8

Cost: $22,792/2 years

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11. School of Public Health, University of North Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

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The University of North Texas School of Public Health has identified the importance of integration between academic health care and the needs of community practitioners.  One of the few Universities to be accredited by both the Association of Schools of Public Health and the Council on Education for Public Health, it strives to be a leader in the education of students. Since this department is relatively new, they have identified the need for a strategic road-map which has input from community partners and the University community. Through this forward thinking, the Department has implemented residency requirement for graduate students, and engaged in high profile projects such as DREAMS (Diabetes Research, Education and Metabolic Studies).

Points: 6

Cost: $23,052/2 years

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12.  School of Allied Health Professionals, Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

The School of Allied Health Professionals offers those seeking a top notch education in Health Administration several options to achieve their goal. As one of the oldest and most highly ranked programs in the country, the School offers three degrees in Health Administration. The School has created cutting edge curriculum in part with Richmond health care organizations to allow for hands-on learning. 100% of graduates are placed in a related position upon graduation. Faculty are world renown and are recognized for conducting research with an international impact.

Points: 8

Cost: $24,568/2 years

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13. Department of Health Policy and Administration, University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

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University of South Carolina is an accredited research university that is consistently ranked as a top public school. USC Master of Health Administration students have the the ability to study full-time or part-time. Graduates of the program are employed in many top healthcare administration positions including CEOs of health insurance companies and hospital presidents. Students in all stages of their career can expect to gain a solid foundation in healthcare administration and best practices with coursework reflecting the desired skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive in employment.

Points: 6

Cost: $24,762/2 years

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14. Department of Health Policy and Management, University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

University of South Florida

The Department of Health Policy and Management prepares leaders, policy analysts, and researchers for positions in health related employment settings. They offer an MPH, MHA and PhD program (and specialties within those programs) in addition to 2 graduate certificates. Students can earn a dual MHA/MBA degree. The MPH and the graduate certificate program are online programs so students can pursue them on their own schedule or location. PHA candidates come to campus for a one week seminar to engage in hands-on learning in a collegiate environment. Faculty in all program areas are highly educated and respected in their fields.

Points: 8

Cost: $24,998/2 years

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15. College of Public Health/Health Science Center, University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

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University of Kentucky emphasizes collaboration and partnerships with leaders in the field in order to keep students informed of current trends in healthcare administration. Through the Executive Seminar Series, students can interact with industry leaders.  Employment placement is between 84-100% for new graduates. Many faculty are not only educators, but are also leaders in the field.  Internships are required of master’s candidates with minimal previous healthcare management experience. UK has an active Student Association which allows students not only to network, but develop long lasting professional relationships to foster future collaboration efforts.

Points: 6

Cost: $25,050/2 years

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16. College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

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The University of Gainseville College of Public Health and Health Professions offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of healthcare administrators. The part-time MBA/MHA dual degree program can be completed by working professionals. A PhD in Research Studies allows those with an intensive passion for research to earn their advanced degree. The MHA program seeks to educate those shaping healthcare policy and practice. Students are placed in a three-month internship prior to completing the MHA program.

Points: 6

Cost: $25,360/2 years

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17. Department of Health Sciences, University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

University of North Florida

The University of North Florida is home to several different administration programs related to health care; including public health, health administration, and aging services management. The MHA program specifically provides students the opportunity for hands-on learning through partnerships with Mayo Clinic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and various other area hospitals in the region. The program is geared toward those wanting leadership positions in organizations around the world. UNF also offers a dual MHA/MBA degree. Faculty have demonstrated experience in the field and seek to develop students into future leaders.

Points: 6

Cost: $26,643/2 years

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18. Department of Health Management and Policy, The University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is home to over 1,000 alumni of their Health Management and Policy programs. Students can participate in the program’s affiliate of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network, the prestigious network for health care executives. Students can engage in hands-on research with the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis which seeks to inform federal and state health policy makers on healthcare initiatives including Medicare. The University has a 100% success rate in placing students in health administration positions within three months of graduation, allowing students to utilize their skills and education almost immediately after graduation.

Points: 4

Cost: $27,306/2 years

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19. School of Public Health, University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

University of Memphis

University of Memphis has been in the forefront of healthcare administration in Tennessee by becoming the only accredited  program in the state. The School of Public Health has strategic partnerships around the country which allow students access to an extensive network of professionals and facilities. Unique to the Health Administration area, the Day One program gets students “up and running” with leadership development opportunities to allow students to be competitive in the employment market. The School of Public Health offers several online degrees. Starting this year, an Executive MHA option will begin allowing seasoned professionals to complete a hybrid degree online and during seven weekends on campus.

Points: 8

Cost: $28,590/2 years

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20. Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the first public university in the nation. Kiplinger’s rated UNC as a “Best Value in American Higher Education.” The department offers both a Residential MHA degree as well as an MHA program for those already engaged or employed in the field. The Executive program is consistently top ranked. UNC emphasizes a global approach to health administration and policy. Research areas include cancer care, financial management and performance, and quality and access to care. The Health Policy and Management department currently has over 450 students enrolled in its various programs making it one of the largest and most diverse departments in this academic area.

Points: 8

Cost: $35,552/2 years

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21. Department of Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management, Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Temple

Temple University is world renown both for its faculty and its students. Risk, Insurance & Healthcare Management faculty are comprised of committed teachers and scholars, recognized both nationally and internationally for curriculum development and research excellence. Students can participate in a residency or fellowship providing additional training before graduation. Students interested in actuarial science, Healthcare Management or Risk Management and Insurance will find that the department offers degrees at both the bachelors and master’s levels to meet their needs. Temple has one of the biggest departments of its kind and is a top tier institution with over a dozen research institutes for students to utilize.

Points: 6

Cost: $36,576/2 years

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22. School of Health Administration, Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

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The School of Health Administration has both an accredited graduate and undergraduate program in healthcare administration. Primarily focused on middle to senior level executives, it serves as a springboard to greater employment prestige and knowledge in the field. Students in the MHA program can elect to complete a thesis or a field experience depending on their needs. The School allows students of other disciplines to complete a 9 hour cognate in health administration to enhance their skills in organization, law and behavior. For those seeking a minor, the School offers a minor in healthcare administration which includes six hours of electives. Faculty throughout the department are esteemed professionals with extensive backgrounds as both educators and practitioners.

Points: 6

Cost: $36,652/2 years

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23. School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota is home to world-class laboratories and research centers. Students are able to work side by side with students of other disciplines to gain a holistic approach to health administration. Over 130 faculty are engaged in current research trends such as childhood obesity, smoking, Ebola and other problems affecting society on a global level. Students gain an appreciation for the complexities surrounding healthcare policy and administration. Currently, 21 master’s programs are available including the MHA. There is an extensive alumni network of over 10,000, allowing students additional networking opportunity.

Points: 8

Cost: $39,072/2 years

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24. College of Social Sciences & Education Department of Health Services Administration, Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier

Xavier University is a leader in modern healthcare administration. Ranked as a top Business Graduate School for Physician-Executives, the program has an excellent international reputation. Students can take advantage of a paid 8-12 month residency program working with executive leadership in the field. An extensive alumni network in the US and abroad allows students to collaborate and foster partnerships across various health care sectors. Program size is deliberately kept small to allow faculty to engage in small group and individual projects. The MHA program has been accredited every year since accreditation began.

Points: 6

Cost: $38,400/2 years

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25. Department of Health Services Administration, University of Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

University of Alabama Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public institution offering numerous healthcare administration degrees at all levels. UA-B is a leader in international collaboration and networking. With an extensive alumni network and an international alumni chapter in Saudi Arabia, UA-B alumni provide mentoring, internship opportunities and career guidance to current and graduated students. An administrative residency is required in the master’s program which allows students access to training and real-world employment settings to apply their education.

Points: 6

Cost: $40,028/2 years

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26. Department of Health Administration & Human Resources, University of Scranton

Scranton, Connecticut

University of Scranton

The University of Scranton has been nationally ranked for the past 21 years. While the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources offers a variety of programs to meet the changing environment of healthcare, they are especially proud to offer an MHA degree online, in an accelerated format and in an Executive version. This unique approach ensures that professionals at all career levels have access to a quality education. Students are required to complete a capstone project as well as complete an Administrative Residency.  Job placement is currently 94.7% upon graduation. With support from dedicated faculty engaged in active research, students are kept current on changing trends and new ideas in healthcare administration.

Points: 8

Cost: $41,360/2 years

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27. Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Little Rock, Arkansas

University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas offers a broad perspective on healthcare by considering not only individual and family health, but also the health of the community. UA takes great pride in being the only CAHME accredited program in Arkansas. Students have access to a quality, accredited program on the forefront of health administration research and management techniques. Students are able to take advantage of coursework taught by dedicated professors and top level health care administrators actively working in the field. UA requires a paid residency as a requirement for their master’s program.

Points: 6

Cost: $43,070/2 years

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28. College of Health Sciences, Rush University

Chicago, Illinois

Rush University

Rush University is a top-ranked educational institution and medical center. The College of Health Sciences provides students interested in healthcare administration a unique opportunity to get hands-on, paid work experience in their first year of the their Health Science Management program. The College uses a Practitioner-Teacher Model of education where faculty not only teach, but conduct research and work in policy development. This allows better integration of real-world experiences in the classroom. Rush has a 90% job placement rate after graduation from their Master’s in Health Systems Management program.

Points: 8

Cost: $46,464/2 years

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29. Department of Health Policy and Management, John Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

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John Hopkins University is a leader in the medical field and is consistently ranked as a top university. The Department of Health Policy and Management focuses on giving students a practical education by studying real-world economic, social, and technical issues in healthcare. A residency is required for the master’s program which allows students to work in various settings of interest around the world. Collaboration is critical to their mission and vision, with opportunities to work closely with other academic departments and health programs on an international level.

Points: 8

Cost: $47,328/2 years

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30.  Department of Health Policy & Management, University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburg

The University of Pittsburgh strives to make a national impact with their Master’s in Health Administration through the Department of Health and Policy Management. Program values include a commitment to life long learning and leadership. Many faculty within the department are also researchers in the field, allowing students access to real-world case studies and experiences. Students are challenged and expected to think in an innovative fashion to further improve healthcare policy and administration.

Points: 6

Cost: $48,640/2 years

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31. Healthcare Administration Programs, Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

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Seton Hall is proud to offer a newly CAHME-accredited Healthcare Administration Program. Seton Hall is a Catholic institution offering on-campus and online degrees and graduate certificates in Healthcare Administration. In 2014, the program moved to the School of Health and Medical Sciences to better align the program’s mission and vision for the future. Master’s candidates can benefit from an internship to allow them the opportunity to articulate their education into real-world practice. The program emphasizes collaboration between faculty and healthcare executives in the field to ensure programming aligns with real-world health issues and concerns.

Points: 6

Cost: $48,656/2 years

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32. School of Public Health, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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The University of Michigan is home to the #1 Health Management and Policy Program in the United States according to US News and World Report. This top-ranked program specializes in state-of-the-world healthcare innovation. Students benefit from the expertise of over 50 faculty members and researchers dedicated to the field of healthcare administration. Students take part in research conducted in the three different research centers allowing for active participation in real-world policy and healthcare innovation.

Points: 8

Cost: $49,984/2 years

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33. School of Public Health, University of Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health offers both on-site and online classes in Healthcare Administration. With six degree options, students at all education levels have the opportunity to earn a highly sought after degree. UIC provides global and local engagement opportunities to students and has a strong community presence. Students are able to spend time researching and studying real-world health issues and policies which allow them to transition easily into the workforce.

Points: 6

Cost: $51,104/2 years

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34. Division of Health Services Management and Policy, The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

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The Ohio State University Division of Health Service Management and Policy is a top-ranked program by US News and World Report. Faculty are actively engaged in research and have extensive backgrounds in healthcare management and administration. Students complete a Summer Administrative Residency to gain valuable experience prior to graduation from the MHA program. While at OSU, students have the opportunity to partner with a clinical care team at the Medical Center to observe and learn hands-on about processes and procedures in a medical setting.  Over 95% of students are able to find employment at the time of graduation. The Alumni Society is one of the largest in the United States and provides additional support to new graduates entering the field.

Points: 6

Cost: $55,180/2 years

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35. David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Students in the School of Business at the University of Utah are able to choose from a Master in Health Administration or a joint MHA/MBA program. Students in either program are required to complete a 500 hour internship. Administrative Fellowships are also available upon completion of coursework. Offered coursework is diverse in nature and allows for students to take classes in areas of special interest such as technology. Faculty not only teach but are practitioners in the field allowing for better integration of real-world health administration topics as part of the classroom experience.

Points: 6

Cost: $56,000/2 years

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36. Sloan Program in Health Administration, Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell

Cornell University takes an innovate approach to health administration education by offering not only a Master in Health Administration, but several dual degree programs for students to earn their MBA or MPA degree simultaneously. Cornell is home to the Sloan Colloquia which invites industry experts to come on campus and discuss current healthcare issues and policies with students and faculty. Several Practitioner-Led Intensive Courses (PLIC) are available to students, allowing students to be fully integrated with real-world experiences in the field. Students are able to engage in professional mentorships to help guide them through their education and future employment options.

Points: 6

Cost: $61,570/2 years

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37. Department of Health Management and Policy, St. Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri

St Louis University

The mission of the Department of Health Management and Policy is to improve global health and eliminate health inequalities. The department’s Master of Health Administration is ranked in the top ten graduate programs by US News and World Report. The department is proud to have a Health Management and Policy Advisory Group which shares awareness among practitioners, academics, and leaders in the health field. The MHA is offered as a stand alone degree or as a dual degree in combination with an MBA and JD. Recently, an Executive Master of Health Administration was added to allow seasoned professionals the opportunity to advance their career through online education.

Points: 6

Cost: $61,800/2 years

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38. Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisiana

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The MHA program at Tulane University provides students with a broad understanding of public health as well as how administration fits into the overall big picture. Graduates are employed in a variety of healthcare setting including hospitals, insurance companies, and long term care facilities. The goal of faculty is to educate students who will work to strengthen the healthcare system worldwide. Within the department, students are encouraged to be risk takers and engage in innovative thinking. Tulane goes beyond the education of the current system by seeking to engage students and encourage them to become forward thinking and advocates of change.

Points: 6

Cost: $65,793/2 years

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39. Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

New York, New York

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The Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers an MPA in Health Policy and Management. Students in the MPA program complete a yearlong capstone project (either a consulting placement or a research project). Students in the program can specialize in four different areas including Management, Policy, Finance, and Internal health administration.  The Graduate School is home to many innovative institutes and laboratories. Students can also choose to pursue a degree in International Health if they desire to focus on global health issues.

Points: 8

Cost: $66,960/2 years

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40. Graduate School of Business, University of St. Thomas

Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. Thomas University

The Graduate School of Business offers an MBA with an emphasis in healthcare. Students work through their degree with a cohort, completing work online and in the classroom. Technology is utilized to conduct meetings and facilitate collaboration between cohort members. There are approximately 20 team members in the cohort which allows students to work closely and develop lifelong professional bonds. Faculty and alumni work closely with professional associations to gain knowledge and share expertise between diverse areas of healthcare administration settings.

Points: 6

Cost: $67,500/2 years

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41. Department of Health Services Management and Leadership, The George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University

The Department of Health Services Management and Leadership at George Washington University offers three graduate degrees including the MPH, HMA, and a Health Services Administration Specialist. Students seeking a master’s degree are required to complete a residency, with several top-ranked facilities available to fulfill this requirement. Faculty at GWU are experts in the field and often serve as consultants to healthcare facilities and policy administrators. With a network of over 3,000 alumni, students have an extensive peer group to collaborate. Students gain additional professional experience through seminars and conferences relevant to the latest topics in healthcare.

Points: 6

Cost: $68,250/2 years

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42. Department of Health Policy and Administration, Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

Penn State

Pennsylvania State University Department of Health Policy and Administration provides students with the opportunity to engage with experts in the field and in the healthcare industry. Students in the master’s program are expected to participate in a 10-week residency prior to graduation in order to gain additional practitioner experience. PSU is home to a Board of Visitors which facilitates the opportunity for students to gain professional development and provide guidance on current developments in the field. Students are expected to complete a capstone project prior to graduation to demonstrate their ability to demonstrate aptitude and leadership in their field of study.

Points: 6

Cost: $70,000/2 years

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43. Department of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

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The Department of Health Policy and Management at Texas A&M University offers three master’s degree options and a PhD in Health Services Research. The Department is home to state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories which allow students to experience the latest technology available in the field. Unique research/study areas include Border Health and Rural Public Health. Students complete a 10 week summer internship to compliment their classroom experience. An Executive MHA program will kick off in 2015, allowing mid-career professionals the chance to earn their degree one weekend per month over the course of 2 years.

Points: 6

Cost: $70,851/2 years

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44. Department of  Health Care Administration, Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

Trinity University

The Department of Health Care Administration at Trinity University offers both a residential program and an executive program in HCA. Those studying on campus benefit from a year long residency to apply their classroom knowledge and training. Faculty are integrated with students to provide ample research opportunities throughout the program. An extensive alumni network encourages students to stay connected to other professionals in the field, across a wide array of setting. 96% of graduates are employed after graduation. Trinity is unique in that it only supports Master’s students in the Department of Health Care Administration.

Points: 6

Cost: $71,376/2 years

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45. Department of Health Care Administration, Simmons College

Boston, Massachusetts

Simmons College

The Department of Health Care Administration at Simmons College in Boston gives students the education to be competitive in the healthcare administration workforce. They offer the Simmons Health Care MBA which is a part-time accredited program taking three years to complete. The Simmons Health Care MBA is compromised of 67% health care courses, which is unlike the traditional 20% required for standard MBA programs. This new program was created in 2013, with most students already being employed prior to joining the program. By providing students the competitive edge of an MBA in addition to their professional skills of an MHA, it is anticipated that graduates will be highly sought after and ready to accept the diverse challenges that healthcare administration provides.

Points: 6

Cost: $72,576/2 years

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46. Department of Health Administration, Army-Baylor University

Fort Sam, Houston, Texas

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Currently only available to members of the federal public health sector, Baylor is an excellent choice for those in military branches, Veterans Affairs, or Army-employed civilians. Ranked 11th in the nation, the MHA program ranks higher than several Ivy League schools. Master in Health Administration students spend a Residency Year at top-ranked facilities like Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins. Students are encouraged to develop peer networks to strengthen their professional commitment to the field. Baylor also offers a dual MHA/MBA degree. Baylor recently added high-reliability science to its curriculum allowing students to engage in this cutting edge advancement.

Points: 8

Cost: $75,076/2 years

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47. Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

USC

The Sol Price School of Public Policy offers five specialization areas for Master of Health Administration students including Health Finance, Health Information Technology, Health Policy Analysis, Quality of Care, and Management, Operations and Leadership. These specializations allow students the opportunity to gain an in depth knowledge of their specific areas of interest. Students are exposed to a strong philosophy emphasizing the link between healthcare theory and actual practice. USC allows students interested in international healthcare administration to study through International Labs. Students are able to work in small teams consulting outside the US on healthcare policy and international issues.

Points: 6

Cost: $78,207/2 years

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48. School of Business Administration, University of Miami

Miami, Florida

University of Miami

Students in the School of Business Administration can take courses online, on-campus or even on another campus such as Puerto Rico. Accredited by the CAHME, the Executive MBA in Health Sector Management is a unique program for seasoned professionals to earn their degree one weekend a month for 23 months. Students in the department have the opportunity to attend conferences and seminars in their areas of interest. Faculty engage students in research mentorships which help articulate classroom learning with real-world experience.

Points: 6

Cost: $87,600/2 years

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49. School of Management, Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

boston university

The School of Management at Boston University offers several different types of MBA programs designed to meet the needs of working professionals including an Evening MBA and an Executive MBA. Several different degrees within 9 specialty areas make it easy for students interested in Health Administration to find a good fit between their business needs and healthcare. Faculty are world renown and are actively engaged in research endeavors. There are over 25 student groups to allow for opportunity to network and collaborate both inside the department and on a global level.

Points: 8

Cost: $91,372/2 years

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50. Department of Health Systems Administration, Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown

Students in the Department of Health Systems Administration can earn a Bachelors degree, an MHSA or an Executive-MHSA. Students at all levels are engaged in internships. EMHSA students have the opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive study with global leaders in the field. Master’s-level students participate in a summer session/residency of 32 hours per week to gain experience in the field. An active student association and alumni group provide students networking opportunities with other elite program participants.

Points: 8

Cost: $93,480/2 years

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Kelley Jacobs is a Midwest business consultant and former program evaluator. Her experience includes qualitative and quantitative research, survey development and statistical analysis. With 15 years in social service, Kelley is passionate about helping others and giving back to the community.

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