Schools with Health Administration Programs: How to Choose

Students pursuing careers in health administration can receive training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs train students to work with the business aspects of the health industry. Those who already hold a position in the health industry, such as nurses, have an opportunity to move up to the administrative level in this field of study.

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Programs in health administration are available at 4-year colleges and universities. Among other considerations, students should look for programs that cover the business side of the health industry in-depth and offer some hands-on training.

10 Health Care Management Schools

These schools offer health care management programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Master's $20,966 in-state, $42,016 out-of-state
University of Alabama - Birmingham Birmingham, AL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $7,766 in-state, $17,654 out-of-state (undergraduate), $7,340 in-state, $16,628 out-of-state (graduate)
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Master's $17,289 in-state, $25,953 out-of-state
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 4-year, Public Master's $12,779 in-state, $24,002 out-of-state
Rush University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $32,608
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Master's $11,074 in-state, $28,465 out-of-state
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $50,510
St. Louis University St. Louis, MO 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $39,226 (undergraduate), $18,346 (graduate)
U.S. Army - Baylor University Waco, TX 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $30,150
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Master's $12,425 in-state, $31,897 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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  • Medical Administrative Assistant or Secretary
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  • Medical Facilities Management
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  • Medical Office Management
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School Selection Criteria

Students should keep these considerations in mind when seeking a school in this field:

  • Look for a school that offers hands-on experiences, like internships, and opportunities for networking with healthcare professionals.
  • Consider schools that train students to operate within a variety of health care organizations.
  • Students who already hold a degree in a health-related field, such as nursing or physical therapy, can find programs that will help them transition from practice to management.
  • Some schools offer online courses, which can benefit students who need scheduling flexibility.

Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management

Undergraduate students learn the basics of health care management in preparation for work in administrative and managerial positions. Registered nurses or technologists who enroll in these programs may be allowed to earn college credit based on their previous experience in the field. Students may be required to complete an internship.

Master of Health Administration

Master's programs in health administration require about 50 credit hours, which students complete in 3-5 years. Most programs encourage students to take on an internship or part-time employment in the health administration field.

Students often work with health care practitioners in order to observe the experiences and challenges that health care professionals face. Those who earn a master's in health administration go on to leadership positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, health insurance companies, volunteer agencies and other health care venues.

Master of Health Services Administration

These master's degree programs prepare graduates to pursue careers as hospital administrators, medical facility managers, policy analysts or health information managers. The core curriculum is much like a general business administration curriculum, building students' skills in areas such as management, marketing and finance. Students in this program complete approximately 54 credit hours of coursework.

Health administration programs are available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. When choosing a school, prospective students should consider programs that allow for hands-on and clinical experience, as well as the availability of online courses.

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