Top Health Administration Programs: List of Top Schools

Learn about the top U.S. schools that offer programs in health administration. Find out what makes these schools stand out, including program accreditation and rankings.

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A number of top universities offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in health care management or health administration. A bachelor's degree may qualify you for some positions, but with an advanced degree, you'll have more and better-paying employment options available.

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  • Health Care Administration
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  • 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
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School Overview

Health administration programs are typically found at the graduate level and are often geared toward current professionals in the health management or administration fields. Programs cover finance, marketing, human resources, law, principles of epidemiology and health services systems. The best programs in this field are located at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities which are both large, public universities and Boston University in Boston MA, which is a large, private, not-for-profit university. These three institutions are all highly ranked on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top health care management programs.

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

School Highlight: The school's Department of Health Management and Policy provides a variety of options for master's degree programs in the field of healthcare and services in public health, including certificates and a doctoral program.

The University of Michigan (UM) offers a Master of Health Services Administration degree. This 60-credit program provides coursework includes accounting, health policy and healthcare law. A Ph.D. program is also offered as a Health Services Organization Policy Program, leading to a Ph.D. Dual-degrees are available, in addition to various certificates. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan's School of Public Health at #1 on the list of top health care management programs.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in St. Paul, MN

School Highlight: The university is the #3 public health school in the country according to U.S. News & World Report as of 2017.

The University of Minnesota's School of Public Health offers a CAHME-accredited Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program. Ranked as the #3 public health program in America by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, students in the MHA program take classes in marketing, ethics and long-term care administration. The MHA is also offered as an executive program for professionals already working in the healthcare field. A Masters in Public Health (MPH) Administration and Policy is available for students who plan to work in the public health arena.

Boston University in Boston, MA

School Highlight: BU offers a dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health program that can be completed in two years.

The BU School of Public Health offers numerous healthcare management degrees and certificate programs, including Master of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Public Health and Master of Arts and Master of Science programs. The school also offers undergraduate programs in public health, as well as graduate certificate programs in public health, modern biostatistics in clinical trials and statistical genetics. In 2017, BU's School of Management Health Sector Management Program was ranked #17 nationally by U.S. News & World Report on its list of top health care management programs.

Top Health Administration Programs

Listed below are an additional eight universities that have highly ranked programs in health administration:

  • New York University in New York City gives Master of Health Policy and Management students the chance to complete a year-long Capstone project for real clients.
  • Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, provides students with the opportunity to get first-hand understanding of healthcare delivery by working with a clinical care team in the Ohio State University Medical Center.
  • The University of Alabama sponsors the annual Health Administration Case Competition at its Birmingham, AL, campus.
  • The University of California - Berkeley has set a limit of about 12 students annually who are accepted into the combined MBA and Master of Public Health program.
  • The University of Iowa in Iowa City offers opportunities for graduate health administration students to assist with research projects though The Center for Health Policy and Research.
  • The University of Missouri located in Columbia, MO, gives Master of Health Administration students the option to complete dual programs in areas such as law, health informatics and business administration.
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, gives pre- and post-doctoral students interested in cancer care research the possibility to apply to the Cancer Quality Training Program.
  • The University of Washington in Seattle, WA, provides students in the Master of Health Administration program the option of requesting a mentor from pool of local professionals.

Though we've outlined some of the top universities in the field, there is also a large number of excellent public and private schools throughout the country that offered undergraduate and/or graduate programs related to health administration.

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