Top School in Pittsburgh for Health Administration Careers

Pittsburgh, PA, has few schools with programs in health care management and administration. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

There are a few schools offering health care management and administration degrees found in Pittsburgh. The following schools are considered the top three based on such considerations as rankings, degree levels and quantity of degrees awarded in the field:

  • Winner: University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh is the top pick for its multiple rankings at the national level from U.S. News & World Report in 2011 and 2013, its high degree level available in the field and for its graduation rate.
  • Runner Up #1: Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, secures the first runner up spot for its degree level options and number of degrees awarded in the field.
  • Runner Up #2: Carlow University in Pittsburgh is in third place for its tuition rate and the percentage of faculty who have the highest degree in their field of study.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Pittsburgh Duquesne University Carlow University
Rankings #19 in Top National Public Schools in 2013*,
#58 in Top National Universities in 2013*,
#25 in Top Graduate Schools for Health Care Management in 2011*
#120 in Best National Universities in 2013*,
#44 in Best Value Schools - National in 2013*
Ranked in the lower 25% in Regional Universities - North in 2013*
Location Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, PA
School Type 4-year, public** 4-year, private, not-for-profit** 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $20,076 (graduate, in-state)**, $32,398 (graduate, out-of-state)** $30,034 (undergraduate)**, $19,044 (graduate)** $24,438 (undergraduate)**
Health Care Management and Administration Degrees Offered Master's degrees** Bachelor's and master's degrees** Bachelor's degrees**
Health Care Management and Administration Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 29** 37** 9**
Most Popular Health Care Management and Administration Program (2011-2012) Master of Health Administration (29 awarded)** Master of Health Management Systems (19 awarded)** Bachelor of Science in Management Health Services (9 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 79%** 77%** 56%**
Noteworthy Health Policy Institute provides cooperative research to help improve decision-making process for health care administrators and managers*** Only Spiritan institution of higher education in the United States*** Founded in 1929 by Sisters of Mercy from Ireland to provide baccalaureate education for Catholic women***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Schools' Websites

Winner: University of Pittsburgh

  • Pitt offers a graduate student Health Policy and Management Association
  • Pitt is third in public institutions in the U.S. National Science Foundation's ranking of federally funded research.
  • Pitt is ranked among top 378 colleges in the United States in the Princeton Review rankings for 2014

Students interested in studying health care management and administration at the University of Pittsburgh can avail themselves of the program offered through the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Graduate School of Public Health. Completion of the program can lead to a Master of Health Administration. The school emphasizes that the 60-credit program can be completed in five terms of full-time study. However, the school does allow students to participate in the program on a part-time basis, providing the courses are completed in a timely manner, as determined by the administration. The program includes a 3-month residency, which generally takes place between the second and fourth terms. Students must also write and submit a master's essay dealing with a problem or issue that's related to health care administration.

Runner-Up #1: Duquesne University

  • Duquesne offers a Health Management Systems Student Society
  • Undergraduate internship is required
  • Duquesne was the only Pennsylvania school and only Catholic school ranked among top 20 most financially efficient schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report' in 2012

Through the Department of Health Management Systems of the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences, Duquesne University offers programs dealing with health care management and administration. The specific major or concentration is health management systems, which consists of elements of health care, business management and information systems management. The undergraduate program is a 129-credit curriculum that requires students to complete a 2-year pre-professional regimen of courses. Before students can proceed to the 2-year professional phase of the program, they must have competed the pre-professional phase with a minimum 2.75 GPA and receive department approval. In the senior year, with department approval, students must complete two 3-credit internships. Graduates may qualify to sit for the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national certification examination. DU also offers a 36-credit graduate program leading to a Master of Health Management Systems.

Runner-Up #2: Carlow University

  • Men admitted starting in 1945
  • Selected for the U.S. President's Community Service Honor Roll, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • 76% of full-time faculty has doctorate or other terminal degree

Students can pursue instruction in health care management and administration at the School of Management at Carlow University. The 120-credit program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Management Health Services. Required courses include business and management, information technology, health care finance and human resource management. Students are also required to complete a 3-credit internship, practicum, research component.


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