Top Schools for Medical Administrative Services

Read about medical administrative service programs, through which students learn how to plan and direct healthcare delivery in hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices. Find information about three top-notch institutions, as well as a list of other schools that offer programs for medical administrators.

School Information

Education requirements for medical administrators vary according to the employer and can range from a community college certificate to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a healthcare emphasis. MBA programs can be found at Duke University and Vanderbilt University, both of which are nationally ranked; Tidewater Community College offers an undergraduate certificate program.

1. Duke University in Durham, NC

School Highlight:The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has one of the largest healthcare MBA programs in the country.

Duke University is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked eighth among national universities in 2015, as well as 13th for its Fuqua School of Business. Fuqua's Health Sector Management MBA program is available in daytime, weekend executive, cross-continent and global executive formats. Once enrolled, students learn about health policy and law, payers and providers, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, as well as diagnostics and global health. Relatively new programs include a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics program that combines studies in information technology, business and medical topics.

2. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

School Highlight: Facilities at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management include the Financial Markets Research Center and the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies.

Vanderbilt University ranked 16th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Through the Owen Graduate School of Management, students can pursue a Master of Management in Healthcare. This 1-year program includes courses in finance and accounting, healthcare industry economics, marketing, operations and leadership. Students enrolled in the MBA program can also choose a specialization in healthcare.

3. Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA

School Highlight: Tidewater Community College was ranked 31st on Community College Week's list of top associate degree-producing schools for 2011.

Tidewater Community College (TCC) is a 2-year public school that offers a Health Information Management program. Required coursework includes topics in record management, computer proficiency, systems analysis, data processing and management, quality assurance, medical terminology, budgeting, and personnel management. The program requires 240 internship hours as a graduation prerequisite.

Top Schools for Medical Administrative Services

School Name Distinction Location
Indian River State College Self-paced, individualized medical administrative specialist program Fort Pierce, FL
Northwestern University 2013 Business of Healthcare Conference brings together professors, professionals and students to discuss healthcare industry topics Evanston, IL
San Jacinto Community College Business department offers several related programs, including cancer data or health information management, long-term care or medical administration and medical billing Pasadena, TX
University of Colorado Students in the executive MBA in Health Administration program are mentored by health administration alumni Denver, CO
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities MBA students in the Medical Industry Valuation Laboratory work in multidisciplinary teams to analyze success factors for new medical technologies and services Minneapolis, MN
Yale University MBA for Executives: Healthcare is one of the three focus areas for Yale's Executive MBA program New Haven, CT

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