School and Ranking Information
A number of schools in the Nashville, TN, area offer health care administration degree programs, but one of them stands out for its especially high national ranking. Based on programs, rankings and student services, the following school is considered one of the top schools in the area for studying health care administration:
- Winner: Vanderbilt University is the only institution in Nashville with degrees in the field that is ranked in the top 20 schools nationwide by U.S. News and World Report. The university offers graduate degrees in health care management.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||Tied for #16 for National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$42,342**|
|Health Care Management Degrees Offered||Master's|
|Health Care Management Degrees Awarded in 2013||29**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||93%**|
|Noteworthy||Vanderbilt is ranked at #11 for best value in the country (2015)*|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
- The Owen Graduate School of Management has accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- The Health Care MBA was ranked in the top 10 worldwide of its kind by FindMBA in 2012
- The management school has a total of 4 centers for learning and research
- The Master of Management in Health Care program had a small class size under 30 people in 2013
Vanderbilt University enrolled more than 11,000 full-time graduate and undergraduate students in the 2013-2014 school year. In its undergraduate courses, the student-faculty ratio is 8:1. Vanderbilt has a total of ten different schools and a faculty in excess of 2,500. Its Owen Graduate School of Management offers a Master of Management in Health Care and a Health Care MBA.
The master's in health care management program typically takes one year to complete. It includes evening-based, intensive courses that take place one weekend per month. Students take 12 credit hours each of business and health care industry core courses; these might include managerial and financial accounting, health services strategic marketing, high performance organization strategies, health care delivery economics and health care organization optimization. A group project is also mandatory.
The Health Care MBA is a 2-year program, and the core requirements include leadership, strategic management, marketing management, accounting, and global economics. Students also take a business ethics course from a pool of options that vary based on the student's specialization, which may be in human and organizational performance, general management, operations, strategy, marketing, finance or accounting. The health care specialization consists of 2 required courses and 8 electives, which may include health care law, marketing, quality and communication.