Top School in Sacramento for Health Administration

The Sacramento area has few schools with health administration programs. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

There are few schools in the Sacramento area with programs in health administration. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, school type and graduation rates:

  • Winner: University of California in Berkeley is the top pick due to its vast number of awarded degrees in the field, high graduation rate and top-10 national rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2012.
  • Runner Up #1: University of California at Davis secures first runner up resulting from its proximity to Sacramento and accredited health administration program, as well as the fact that it's a public school.
  • Runner Up #2: California State University in Chico receives third place on account of its tuition rates and regional ranking in 2012 given by U.S. News & World Report.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of California - Berkeley University of California - Davis California State University - Chico
Ranking Ranked as the 8th best national university in 2012,
Health management program was ranked 3rd*
Ranked as the 38th best national university in 2012* Ranked as the 31st best regional university (West) in 2012*
Location Berkeley, CA (65 miles from Sacramento) Davis, CA (14 miles from Sacramento) Chico, CA (83 miles from Sacrament)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, public
Tuition (2012-2013) $12,874 (in-state, undergraduate),
$35,752 (out-of-state, undergraduate),
$12,874 (in-state, graduate),
$27,976 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$13,877 (in-state, undergraduate),
$36,755 (out-of-state, undergraduate,
$13,107 (in-state, graduate),
$28,209 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$6,890 (in-state, undergraduate),
$18,548 (out-of-state, undergraduate),
$8,206 (in-state, graduate),
$17,752 out-of-state, graduate)**
Health Administration Programs Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Master's degree Bachelor's degree
Health Administration Degrees Awarded 300** 12** 71**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 90%** 82%** 59% (6% transfer-out rate)*
Noteworthy Master's program requires at least two years of experience 300 hour practicum is part of the curriculum Bachelor's degree program is member of Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

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Winner: University of California - Berkeley

  • An 11-month master's degree program is available to doctoral students
  • Public health students have an opportunity to gain practical experience with several groups on-campus, including Cal Student Assistance for Public Health and Crisis Health Initiative

The School of Public Health at the University of California - Berkeley offers a bachelor's and master's degree in public health that includes health management training. The bachelor's degree program in public health features health policy and management electives in health economics, program design, idea planning, law and society, public policy, budgeting, legal system and politics. The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management is a 48-credit program that covers areas involving public health, economics, finance, management and law. Students have an opportunity to complete projects, and the program culminates in a comprehensive exam. An 11-month (MPH) program is available for doctoral students, and dual degree options include Master of Public Policy, Master of Business Administration and Master of City Planning.

Runner-Up #1: University of California - Davis

  • Program is accredited through the Council of Education for Public Health
  • Medical and veterinary students can interrupt their studies to enroll in the program

The Master of Public Health at the University of California - Davis is 58 units and features coursework in health service administration, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences and environmental health sciences. Students also have an opportunity to learn about current topics in the field through seminars. The practicum requires that students complete 300 hours of work in a public health setting.

Runner-Up #2: California State University - Chico

  • Internship is part of the program
  • Students clubs at the university include Association of Chico Healthcare Executives and Health Professions Association

California State University - Chico offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a heath services administration option. The curriculum covers topics in health services management principles, medical economics, health care delivery system, financial management and health care policy and politics. Electives offer students a chance to learn about marketing, grant writing, fundraising and EMS systems planning. Internship can take place in hospitals, hospice centers, assisted living facilities, clinics and insurance companies.

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