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
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Health Care Administration
- Health Information and Records Admin
- Health Information Technology
- Health Management and Clinical Administration
- Health Unit Coordinator
- Health Ward Supervisor
- Medical Administrative Assistant or Secretary
- Medical Claims Examiner
- Medical Facilities Management
- Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
- Medical Insurance Services
- Medical Office Computer Technologies
- Medical Office Management
- Medical Office Specialist
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Staff Services
- Medical Transcriptionist
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.