School and Ranking Information
Students pursuing a degree in healthcare management in the Kansas City, MO, area have only three options to choose from. The options are all 4-year schools, including two private non-profit institutions and one public school. Based on program offerings, ranking information, and degrees awarded, the schools have been ranked as follows:
- Winner: Park University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as two graduate certificate options. It was ranked among the best 20 universities in Missouri in 2013.
- Runner-Up #1: Avila University is the runner-up, featuring undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its adult accelerated programs. It was a top-100 regionally ranked school in 2013.
- Runner-Up #2: University of Missouri - Kansas City, the only nationally ranked school on this list, offers a health administration emphasis through its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. It also offers a certificate program in healthcare management designed for professional physicians.
School Comparison Table
|Park University||Avila University||University of Missouri - Kansas City|
|Ranking||#15 Missouri university (2013)*||#98 regional university (Midwest 2013)**||#179 national university (2013)**|
|Location||Parkville, Missouri (11 miles from downtown Kansas City)||Kansas City||Kansas City|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|| $9,788 (undergraduate),
| $23,950 (undergraduate),
| $6,935 (in-state, graduate),
$16,380 (out-of-state, graduate)***
|Healthcare Management Degrees Offered|| Bachelor of Science in Management - Health Care specialization,
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
| Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management,
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Healthcare concentration
|Master of Public Administration - Health Administration emphasis|
|Healthcare Management Degrees Awarded (2011-2012)|| 59 bachelor's (BS in Management - Health Care),
31 master's (MHA)***
| 6 bachelor's (BS in Healthcare Management),
60 master's (total MBA)***
|67 master's (MPA)***|
|Most Popular Program||BS in Management - Health Care (59 degrees awarded)***||Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management (6 degrees awarded)***||Master of Public Administration (67 degrees awarded)***|
|Graduation Rate (150% of Normal Program Time, 2005-2012)||39%***||42%***||43%***|
|Noteworthy||Established in 1875||Initially opened as a school for the deaf in 1830's||Chartered in 1929, only dental school in Missouri|
Sources: *4 International Colleges and Universities, **U.S. News & World Report, ***NCES College Navigator
Winner: Park University
- Undergraduate and graduate degree options
- Accelerated, online and extended learning options
- Graduate certificates available
- Member of Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Park University, located in Parkville, Missouri, was established in 1875. Through the School of Business, undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Management with a specialization in health care, offered as an accelerated program, as an online program or through face to face courses at the school's extended learning campuses, including one located in downtown Kansas City. Program courses include topics such as community health, health care delivery and health care human resources management. Program electives cover team building, risk management and third-party reimbursement.
Graduate students can pursue a Master of Health Administration (MHA) through the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. The MHA program is offered primarily online with face to face courses available at the downtown campus. The 36-credit program is recognized by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Graduate courses include consumer-driven health care, nursing administration, quality improvement and pharmaceutical health care delivery. Graduate certificates are also available in healthcare/health services management and leadership, as well as in leadership of international healthcare organizations.
First Runner-Up: Avila University
- Undergraduate and graduate degree options
- Accelerated professional undergraduate program
- Graduate business program concentration
Avila University in Kansas City began in the 1830's as a school for the deaf, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph. This private Catholic institution offers adult education accelerated professional programs through Avila Advantage. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, a 128-credit accelerated program with course topics that include healthcare planning, healthcare marketing and strategic management, as well as professional development courses in leadership, proposal writing and statistical analysis.
On the graduate level, students can pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Healthcare. The 30-hour MBA program includes core courses in financial accounting, marketing management and business legislation, with concentration course topics covering healthcare systems, income analysis and organizational strategy.
Second Runner-Up: University of Missouri - Kansas City
- Graduate degree concentration
- Physician Leadership Program
The University of Missouri - Kansas City was chartered in 1929. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in health administration through the Henry W. Block School of Management. Program courses include financial management of health and human services, health policy studies and health services program evaluation. In addition, the School of Management and the School of Medicine have partnered to offer the Physician Leadership Program. A professional certificate program, this program is designed for current licensed physicians in the process of advancing to managerial or administrative roles in healthcare. The program sponsors a Healthcare Speaker Series, featuring industry professionals discussing topical issues in healthcare administration. Program courses include topics such as strategic planning, health economics, regulatory issues and risk management.