School and Ranking Information
There is only one institution with a nationally ranked health care management program in the Spokane area. Based on ranking, program offerings and student services, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for studying health care management:
- Winner: Washington State University in Spokane is the only school within a 25-mile radius of the city with a health care management degree that is ranked within the top 50 in the nation. The university offers a graduate degree in health policy and administration.
School Info Chart
|Category||Washington State University|
|Rankings||Ranked at #46 for Graduate Health Care Management (2011)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Graduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$11,920 (in-state)**|
|Health Care Management Degrees Offered||Master's|
|Noteworthy||90% of the health policy and administration graduates are employed within 12 weeks**|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **WSU Spokane Website
Washington State University - Spokane
- The in-state tuition and fees rate applies to several out-of-state students, as long as they are from of 1 of the 16 states that are a part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
- WSU at Spokane has earned the distinction as the primary campus for health sciences out of the whole WSU system
- Graduates of the Master of Health Policy and Administration (MHPA) program enjoy an estimated starting salary of $65,000, as of 2014
- The MHPA program has accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Washington State University (WSU) at Spokane was founded in 1989 to serve as WSU's designated site for conducting research, and it presently features a number of research institutes. The campus boasts state-of-the art facilities on its 48-acre urban setting. The university has a total enrollment of 1,458 students, including almost 350 graduate students. As of 2014, there are over 30 students in the Health Policy and Administration program.
The 56-credit-hour Master of Health Policy and Administration program prepares the individual with skills and experience necessary for managing health care systems and for performing as a professional leader working to develop healthier communities. It includes a project or thesis, an internship and several health care and business-related courses, which must be completed in a maximum of six years on either a full-time or part-time basis. Some of the many course topics include leadership, organization, information systems, ethics, law and finance.