Top Master's Degree Program in Health Care Management - Columbus, OH

School and Ranking Information

Only four not-for-profit schools near Columbus, OH, offer master's degree programs related to health care management. The top three schools include two public universities and one private institution. Based on 2013 national rankings, program flexibility and special student services, the following schools are the top schools for master's-level health care management programs:

  • Winner: Ohio State University is a 4-year public university. It is the only school of the three that offers a nationally ranked program in health care management. The school has an excellent track record of graduates finding quick employment.
  • Runner Up #1: Ohio University is a nationally ranked 4-year public school. The school's health care management program is offered completely online. Ohio University awarded the most degrees in the field in recent years, by far, of these three schools.
  • Runner Up #2: Mount Vernon Nazarene University is also a nationally ranked school. It is a 4-year private school, with a higher tuition than the other two schools. Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers part of its health care management program online.

School Comparison Chart

Category Ohio State University Ohio University Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Rankings Graduate program in healthcare management ranked #14 in 2013*
Named #18 among top public schools in 2013*
Ranked #56 among national universities in 2013*
Named #65 in top public schools in 2013*
Ranked #131 among national universities in 2013*
Ranked #88 in Midwestern universities in 2013*
Location Columbus, OH Athens, OH (66 miles from Columbus) Mount Vernon, OH (40 miles from Columbus)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees $7,148.40 per semester for 8 or more credit hours (2012; in-state)**
$15,804 per semester for 8 or more credit hours (2012; out-of-state)**
$23,544 for entire program (2012-2013; in-state)**
$24,228 for entire program (2012-2013; out-of-state)**
$20,952 for entire program (2011-2012)**
Master's in Healthcare Management Degrees Awarded in 2012 29*** 155*** 5***
Noteworthy OSU's College of Public Health is the only public health college in Ohio to receive accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health. Students can apply skills learned to practical situations. Graduate program is offered as an MBA in Health Care Administration.

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **Schools' websites, ***NCES College Navigator.

Winner: Ohio State University

  • The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Over 95% of students awarded with an MHA from Ohio State are placed in jobs upon graduating, per the program's website
  • Students benefit from the school's partnership with OSU Medical Center

The Health Services Management and Policy division of OSU's College of Public Health is relatively small for such a large university, with only six professors in the core faculty. Each student in the public health college has a faculty mentor and the opportunity to connect with alumni for career advice. The College of Public Health promotes networking with a graduate-specific student organization (Society of Public Health Students) as well as an active alumni association. Students are required to participate in a paid residency in health administration, working in a clinic or other health organization and earning a stipend similar to what a medical resident receives. The college supports graduates in career placement through its Office of Career Services, which includes an online job board.

Runner-Up #1: Ohio University

  • Among the top three schools, Ohio University awarded the most master's degrees in this field
  • 13% of all master's degrees earned in 2012 at Ohio University were in health care administration/management, according to NCES
  • All courses for the Master of Health Administration program are offered strictly as online classes, and students don't need to go to campus

By providing the Master of Health Administration program online, Ohio University offers the opportunity for working professionals to further their education. An added convenience to this program is that all of the work can be done on the student's schedule, since none of the classes or forums require a specific log-in time.

The program consists of small group activities, such as online chats, virtual discussions and projects, in which students are able to network with their peers. Applicants to the program must have worked in a U.S. health profession for a minimum of two years. The program has six past and current medical professionals as its faculty.

Runner-Up #2: Mount Vernon Nazarene University

  • The program is part of the Jetter School of Business, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • MVNU is a Christian university that strives to infuse Christian values into its curriculum and provides chaplaincy services

Mount Vernon Nazarene University's graduate program in health care administration is one of four MBA programs available at this school. About half of the required classes are focused on general management, while the rest of the curriculum delves into the specifics of health care management. Networking with classmates is encouraged with MVNU's use of cohort groups. Also designed for working professionals, this program offers both online and on-site classes.

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