School and Ranking Information
While there are five schools within a ten-mile radius of Arlington, Virginia, that offer healthcare administration programs, this article ranks the top three schools based on proximity, program offerings, and rankings.
- Winner: George Washington University's healthcare management program was ranked in the top 25 in the nation in 2011. This school offers one bachelor's degree program as well as two master's degree programs in the field.
- Runner-Up #1: Georgetown University, which is ranked among the top 25 national universities, also has a top-30 ranked healthcare management program. This university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in the field.
- Runner-Up #2: Marymount University offers dual master's degrees for students interested in healthcare management, business administration and information technology. It also offers an undergraduate option.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||George Washington University||Georgetown University||Marymount University|
|Rankings||21st among healthcare management programs nationwide (2011)*||21st in national universities and 29th among healthcare management programs nationwide (2011)*||N/A|
|Location||Washington, DC (roughly 3 miles from Arlington)||Washington, DC (2 miles from Arlington)||Arlington, VA|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Healthcare Management Degree Award Levels Offered||Bachelor's, master's and post-graduate certificate||Bachelor's and master's||Bachelor's and master's|
|Healthcare Management Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||67**||56**||22**|
|Most Popular Healthcare Management Program (2011-2012)||Master's (35 awarded)**||Master's (32 awarded)**||Master's (22 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class||81%**||94%**||48% (20% transfer-out rate)**|
|Noteworthy||Offers a public health management graduate certificate||Master's degree students can earn their degree either full-time or part-time||Master's degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)|
Sources: *US News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: George Washington University
- Students earning their Executive Master of Health Services Administration degree have a 12-week online module
- Online dual degree options include a bachelor's and master's degree in clinical management and leadership, or a bachelor's degree in clinical management and leadership and a master's degree in health care quality
- The school also offers a health service administration specialist degree
While earning an undergraduate degree in clinical management and leadership, students study marketing/planning in health sciences, healthcare law and regulation, case studies in health care and informatics in the health sciences. Those earning their master's degree complete a field experience, which includes residency and internship focus areas. The executive master's degree program is only offered as a distance learning program and is designed for individuals who are currently employed in healthcare delivery with at least five years of experience. In addition to a 12-week online module, executive master's degree students also have four days of learning on campus at the beginning of each semester.
Runner-Up #1: Georgetown University
- Senior interns are assigned to senior executives at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
- The master's degree program has small class sizes
- A majority of graduates either earn administrative fellowships or employment with their administrative residency organizations
Bachelor's degree students at Georgetown University are required to complete a health quality internship and learn about health services research and strategic planning and marketing. Internship sites include the Mobile Pediatric Clinic, the risk management department, the Department of Surgery and the Center for Clinical Bioethics. The master's degree program has been accredited by the CAHME and pairs students with healthcare executive mentors. Group projects, experiential learning and on-site assignments are examples of the learning methods included in the master's degree program.
Runner-Up #2 Marymount University
- School offers a health information management bachelor's degree
The health information management degree combines information technology, medical information management techniques and health care systems. Bachelor's degree students will complete a capstone project while working with an actual client. The master's degree program is intended for those who have working experience in business or health care. In order to graduate from the master's degree program, students must complete either an approved internship/fellowship or write a research paper.